Arkansas is a small state in terms of House representation. That being said, Arkansas is closer to resembling Nebraska than Idaho. Despite being in the South, the state sends few Conservatives to DC. With only two actual races, there isn’t a whole lot of action to be had. Arkansas had three missed opportunities to replace RINOs, thus earning the Nebraska comparison. This primary has little potential to advance Conservatism due to several missed opportunities to challenge people who are part of the problem.
Best Pick: Randy Cadwell
Worst Pick: Robb Ryerse
Best Race: District 4
Worst Race: District 3
Rick Crawford is an incumbent and a loose spender. He is unopposed.
French Hill is another incumbent RINO. He is unopposed.
Steve Womack has a Liberty Score of 37. This stems from his years of spending taxpayer money recklessly. I was hoping challenger Robb Ryerse could be no worse but consider this:
Think establishment Democrats support healthcare for all? They don't. Maybe we ought to elect an independent Republican who DOES support Medicare for all. https://t.co/PkE2vGlv50
— Robb Ryerse (@RobbRyerse) May 15, 2018
Ryerese is a founder of a church called Vintage Fellowship. Initially, I thought he was a rare example of someone who is leftist politically but conservative (evangelical) theologically. But I looked into his church to get a better grasp on his worldview and it is seemingly orthodox until it says:
Our theology is more than a personal academic exercise. We recognize that what we believe has global consequences. Because we find ourselves in God’s story of redeeming the world, we are seeking justice and equality. We believe the church ought to be an agent of global good by mobilizing itself to fight poverty, consumerism, oppression, and inequality. We believe that this fight is not necessarily political and certainly not nationalistic. Rather, we believe in engaging the world as Jesus did ‐ subversively, counter‐culturally, and graciously.
I found it unsurprising that his church had no mention of spreading the gospel, and had a bigger emphasis on social justice. Even his stance on abortion was incredibly weak. He’s a most plain RINO running to the left of another RINO.
Conservative Pick: None, Womack will win anyway
Bruce Westerman is a halfway decent Conservative in Congress. He voted against Omnibus. He does vote for other fiscally irresponsible measures on the other hand. So he is not immune to challenge. He is being challenged by a preacher, Randy Cadwell. Cadwell is running as a Conservative. His motto “For God and Country” are appealing. And furthermore he doesn’t seem like a snake oil salesman using the bible like Roy Moore, and he doesn’t seem like he’d say dumb things all the time like Mike Huckabee.
It would be ideal for Cadwell to be running in District 3. But he’s not. The challenge is seeing whether Cadwell would vote substantially different that Westerman, and it seems unlikely. Cadwell has a big emphasis on infrastructure spending. This isn’t a strike but he had little emphasis on balanced budgets. Still, Cadwell is likable and definitely not establishment. He’s worth the risk.