10.20.2014 1

Where is the Republican Party?

bonginoThe full version of this article was originally published on Breitbart.com.

By Rick Manning

Dan Bongino is the ideal candidate for Congress.

Bongino has the pedigree as a former Secret Service agent that provides an automatic stamp of approval from everyone who learns this one fact about him.

He has built-in name identification through his regular guest radio hosting gigs on both Washington, D.C. local and nationally syndicated radio shows, as well as a best-selling book “Inside the Bubble” that puts him on the credibility map.

Bongino even has demonstrated expertise in social media with more than 21,000 personal followers on twitter.

Young, smart, handsome, savvy, and quick with a sharp sound bite, Dan Bongino is everything the Republican Party purports to look for in a candidate, yet the National Republican Congressional Committee has not lifted a finger to support his election effort.  As of this writing, they haven’t even called him.

Part of the reason could be that early in the race Bongino was considered a long-shot, running in the blue state of Maryland in a district that was gerrymandered to give a Democrat a good chance of winning.  However, even with the most creative drawing of the district lines, the District is only a D+4, meaning that it leans Democrat but can be won by a Republican in an election cycle that favors the GOP.

And that is exactly what we have.  2014 is the ideal election cycle for mobilized voters in the highly conservative western Maryland part of the district to overwhelm the disenchanted and demoralized Democrats in the D.C. suburban part of the District.

Bongino for his part has nationalized the election having both Senator Rand Paul and Mike Lee into the District to rally the base, along with other conservative superstars like Col. Allen West.

On the fundraising front, Bongino continues to raise more money than his Democrat incumbent opponent, another touchstone for legitimacy.

Yet, even though Bongino’s district is in the Washington, D.C. media market, the political masterminds at the NRCC remain deaf to the possible pick-up.

It makes one wonder if the lack of enthusiasm for Dan Bongino is because he is a constitutional conservative who has a libertarian streak.  A man accustomed to saying what he believes and not backing down from a fight, it is fair to ask if House Republican leadership would prefer to have Bongino on the outside looking in to their cozy little club.  After all, who needs another Louie Gohmert constitutional conservative holding them accountable to limited government principles.

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