Justin Amash

Rep. Justin Amash Facing "Ugliest House Primary"


W. James Antle III at American Conservative takes a close look at the bruising attempts to bash libertarian-leaning Republican congressman Justin Amash in his ongoing Michigan primary:

Primary challenger Brian Ellis says he has just "been very factual" about Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash's voting record, but National Journal has dubbed the contest "the ugliest House primary of the cycle."

Ellis has plowed at least $400,000 of his own money into a primary challenge against Amash, whom he has called "al Qaeda's best friend in Congress," among other pleasantries. The businessman has made himself the candidate of K Street Republicans, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and the neoconservatives.

So far, the polling doesn't suggest this is enough to make him the candidate of the Republican Party in his district. A Wenzel Strategies poll commissioned by the Amash campaign shows the incumbent trouncing Ellis by 22 points, with Amash taking 56 percent of the vote to Ellis's 34 percent….

Ellis, as Antle notes, faces a challenge that a fellow Republican would have to face against someone as libertarian as Amash:

He simultaneously portrays himself as more moderate and more conservative than Amash. So far, the latter message doesn't seem to be breaking through. In the June poll, Amash led 60 percent to 31 percent among Tea Party supporters while Ellis led 53 percent to 35 percent among self-described Tea Party opponents.

Ellis uses Amash's generally strong defense of his constituents' civil liberties as a hook to seem "tougher on national security" including using a Marine vet's voice in an attack ad. 

"We were out there fighting for the country, and he's voting against anything that would help us," the veteran says in the voice-over.

Perhaps what would most help American troops is bringing them back from pointless and useless foreign entanglements, an idea that is making more and more sense to more and more Republicans.

I interviewed Amash after his last successful election as part of a package of liberty-minded Republicans in Congress.

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  1. What was Reagan’s “commandment” or whatever? Yeah, fuck that. I hope Amash makes it through – his shitstain opponent sounds like a real peach.


    1. I came here to say this.

      When a libertarian runs in a GOP primary, the pissy little socons stomp their feet and demand that we run on the Libertarian ticket.

      When a libertarian wins a Republican primary, the socons bawl and refuse to line up behind the libertarian Republican.

      When a libertarian runs on the Libertarian ticket, the same socons demand that he get out of the race so as not to spoil the Republican’s chances.

      When a Republican loses by a margin less than the Libertarian vote, the socons wail about the Libertarian taking votes from their candidate and scramble to increase the signature requirement for 3rd party ballot access.

      So, you want us to line up behind you when you win a primary, but you won’t return the favor. You say we’re not part of the coalition, but you’re entitled to our votes. You want to kick us off the team, but, if we start our own, our team isn’t allowed to play on a level field. It’s like a 3-card Monte, except that the conmen actually believe that their scam is somehow noble.

      1. Sorry, plains, but you’re wrong. 3-card monte is a legit game of chance and the purveyors of such are infinitely better people than the GOPtards that think we are their cattle.

      2. I’ve said many times that if Ron Paul had actually eked out enough delegates to win the Republican nomination, the neocons would bolt and form their own third party behind Bloomberg, Giuliani, McCain or some other fascist, despite their earlier bleating about party unity.

      3. And when a libertarian runs as a GOP candidate , the libertarians take their 5% and vote for someone else. Just to send a message of course.

      4. And when a libertarian wins, that squealing sound is the air coming out of the balloon of liberty because they dumbly start carrying water for the open-borders/La Raza crowd, thus inflating our welfare state and empowering the transfer of productive citizens’ money from their own pockets to the welfare state.

        Someday, maybe, libertarians will grow up intellectually, or get run over by reality, or something. Until then, they are literally the welfare state’s best possible friend.

  2. W. James Antle III

    He writes for the American Conservative, you say?

    1. “Now, my caddy’s chauffeur informs me that a bank is a place where people put money that isn’t properly invested.”

  3. an idea that is making more and more sense to more and more Republicans.

    Sadly our resident Canadian neocon is not a Republican.

    1. Cytofascist?

    2. Cyto is Canadian?

    3. Sadly, you’re a mendacious cunt.

      1. Sadly, you have never once added anything to a conversation other than weak insults.

        1. This is pretty funny coming from a guy who basically posts the same collection of 10 buzzphrases ad naseum.

          1. Like I said…

            1. You’re tiresome and lame.

              1. Like I said…

          2. “This is pretty funny coming from a guy who basically posts the same collection of 10 buzzphrases ad naseum.”

            This is pretty funny coming from Yellow Tony.

        2. Actually Cytotoxic is pretty good on things that are not US foreign policy….

          Which makes his Neoconism all the more distressing.

          1. All I ever see are insults.

      2. Wait, so I’m not special to you anymore? I thought I was your mendacious cunt. And now I find out I’m just the next mendacious cunt?

        ::runs off sobbing::

        1. Sadly, you were never the only one.

      3. Also, like the typical know-nothing peacenazi you are, you don’t know what a neocon is and use the term like a prog uses the term ‘racist’ ie to describe anyone who disagrees with you.

        1. I think the definition of a Neocon is widely assumed to mean an adherent of an expansive and preemptive foreign policy designed to create stability in other nations in order to protect American interests.

          And I think that’s being pretty generous insomuch as it does not address their fiscal irresponsibility,their unwillingness to engage in political solutions with those nations who do not immediately kowtow to their demands and their abandoning of morals or rule of law in the name of safety.

          1. Citizens! In all times, two political systems have been in existence, and each may be maintained by good reasons. According to one of them, Government ought to do much, but then it ought to take much. According to the other, this two-fold activity ought to be little felt. We have to choose between these two systems. But as regards the third system, which partakes of both the others, and which consists in exacting everything from Government, without giving it anything, it is chimerical, absurd, childish, contradictory, and dangerous. Those who parade it, for the sake of the pleasure of accusing all governments of weakness, and thus exposing them to your attacks, are only flattering and deceiving you, while they are deceiving themselves.

            Neocons are the third system.

            1. I’m pretty sure that’s not one of your ten stock quotes. One is about cops being drawn to power b/c they’re power-hungry bastards (and that’s a precise quote, not paraphrase), I remember that much.

              What are the other nine?

              1. another one has something to do with the daily mail. but that still leaves eight.

                1. What about sarc’s story about overhearing cops in a bar lamenting the fact that they haven’t been able to shoot someone yet?

                  Down to 7.

                  1. Isn’t he the guy the cop gave a ride to on a cold rainy night AND NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED.

              2. I’m pretty sure that’s not one of your ten stock quotes.

                I quote from Bastiat a lot.

                One is about cops being drawn to power b/c they’re power-hungry bastards (and that’s a precise quote, not paraphrase), I remember that much.

                Close, but no. I’ve got a couple quotes from Frank Herbert (Dune) about how power is a magnet for the corrupt, and about how people attracted to power become addicted to violence. I don’t keep them on hand and have to look them up each time, and am not doing it right now.

                What are the other nine?

                Dunno. Never counted.

          2. I think the definition of a Neocon is widely assumed to mean an adherent of an expansive and preemptive foreign policy designed to create stability in other nations in order to protect American interests.

            Well that’s wrong. The heart of neoconservativism is altruistic foreign policy. We must bring them democracy; we must ‘engage’ because we’ll be better off if only we fix them. It’s white man’s burden by foreign policy. Thanks for confirming what I said early ie that as you use it it’s just a smear used on non-peacenazis.

            1. The heart of neoconservativism is altruistic foreign policy.

              Yup, that’s the first word that jumps into my mind when I think of Bill Kristol: altruist.

            2. Sorry, but you can call chickenshit chicken salad, but that doesn’t make it so.

              The neocons’ actions speak volumes. And they speak to what I described to the letter.

              You really come off as a xenophobic nutball on this, do you know that? Because your foreign policy beliefs are totally different when we start talking about people from Muslim countries as opposed to people from South America or Asia.

              1. “Come off as”?

                1. Dare I say he’s worse than Nicole but in a whole different way?

            3. You convince us utterly of your altruism by sneering at the notion of peace.

              1. You convince us utterly of your altruism by sneering at the notion of peace.

                You mean dropping bombs on people isn’t altruistic? Come on!

                1. They’re love bombs!

                    1. My love bullets look more like opals.

      4. You’re Canadian?

        1. And proud of it! Okay not really.

          1. Don’t worry. Canada isn’t proud of you either.

          2. You got a balanced budget.

            Jesus if the US had that I would become a full on American-flag-bikini wearing Patriot.

        2. He’s a Canadian that loves the idea of sending the citizens of other countries to fight various wars. Of course, he lacks the conviction to do so himself.

          1. He derives vicarious pleasure from the military killing brown people.

            1. ITT, mendacious cunts who can only repeat lies and ad hom because they are too afraid to debate, because I will kick their asses. Again.

              1. That’s funny! You… debate… lol!


      5. Sadly, you’re a mendacious cunt.

        That hurts…

        But i am overjoyed with your use of the word ‘cunt’.

        ‘Cunt’ really needs to be added to American conversational speech.

        1. Somewhere Ken Schulz’s head just exploded.

  4. ‘Fat is not a bad word’: Teen accuses Instagram of size discrimination after her account was removed for underwear selfie
    Instagram has since apologized to Samm Newman, 19, saying it ‘wrongly removed’ her account
    A spokesperson for the social media platform explained the image was ‘flagged’ by fellow Instagram members

    John would.

    1. This is why the DM is so,franking awesome. They actually troll that land whale by putting underwear pictures of desirable women after posting hers.

      Also,she needs to heed Dean Wormer’s advice: fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.

      1. She didn’t look drunk.

        1. She’s 19 and she goes to Ohio University in Chillicothe. I think it’s assumed she’s drunk.

          1. Yeah. I suppose she’d have to be drunk to be proud of that picture.

      2. Lonely Lingerie model. Yum!

    2. From Ohio, naturally.

      1. And Chillicothe at that!

        (No offense meant, ENB)

    3. Warning. What is seen at the link cannot be unseen.

      1. No, but you can scroll down and it takes away some of the pain.

    4. There is a difference between “plus sized” and “grotesquely obese.”

    5. I just had a brilliant idea. The gunt-bra. Who wants to invest? We’ll make millions.

      1. I think you and maybe Sugarfree. And that’s probably it. Nobody else wants to spend that much time thinking about gunts.

        1. I don’t know, I just told my wife last night that I needed to invent something.

          1. But how do you do market research?

            “Excuse me, miss. You look like a disgusting fatbody. Could you try this on so I can see how it looks?”

            1. “Who wants some tequila?”

              1. “Who wants some tequila donuts and ice cream!?”

      2. That is basically what Spanx are, gunt-bras. And Spanx apparently make you fart more or less continuously.

        Fat, farty and ready to party.

        1. Does Spanx offer a wonder gunt bra? I don’t think so. What about gunt bras to maximize gunt cleavage? Gunt maternity bras? Gunt bras with zippers in the bottom to facilitate easy retrieval of dropped Jolly Ranchers?

          There’s a wholly untapped market of women who want to celebrate their gunts just waiting to give us their fat and dirty dollars. Hop on the gunt train with me and let’s head on down to Money Town.

          1. The push-up gunt bra, for those girls who long for gunt cleavage but just can’t shove enough cake into their glistening maws to get it.

          2. What about the plumber helper undies? Those are for guys with narrow asses who feel insecure about their inability to expose their plumber crack when bending over.

            The plumber helpers squeeze and enhance their ass cleavage so that they can compete with fatter guys as they bend over and show dat azz crack.

            1. You’ve invested far too much thought into this, Jimbo.

          1. “Account Has been Suspended”

            Wait,we can’t even fat-shame on the internet now?

            What the fuck is the world coming to?

      3. Don’t we already have these? I’ve seen on the bumpers of cars in the city. That’s what you are referring to, right?

    6. She is not my cup of tea but some brothers enough the “chubbies”

  5. Never forget – Ellis thinks it’s wrong for Amash to obsess about the Constitution:

    “If something is unconstitutional, we have a court system that looks at that.”


    If I were Amash, I’d be bombarding the voters with this quote, juxtaposed with “Supreme Court upholds Obamacare,” “Supreme Court allows govt to take your house,” “Supreme Court declares right to abortion,” etc. Accompanied by appropriate images.

    1. I like it.

    2. Or show Amash taking the oath of office, “”Ido solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;” and then show Ellis saying “We have a court system that looks at that.”

      1. Do both. Start with bad court decisions, then show him taking the oath to defend his constituents from such assaults on their liberties.

    3. A mash should hammer the guy on that one. Constitutional =/= right. Just ask any black person prior to Brown v board of Education.

    4. Anyone on the Reason staff know someone in the Amash campaign? 😀

  6. What a douche if you live in Amash’s district you have GOT to vote for him.

  7. Amash is my rep.

    A local view:

    Ellis is part of Ellis Parking, who has a stranglehold on parking downtown. Needless to say their rates are high – which doesn’t help with the grassroots.

    Ellis, needless to say, is rich and lives in one of the best neighborhoods in town. It doesn’t help against any charges of being any crony capitalist.

    I’ve seen a number of Ellis signs, but far more Amash signs – even in the upscale part of town.

  8. “Amash for Congress – Ellis for guy at the bar bitching about the do-nothing Congress.”

  9. The Country Club Repubs are worried.

  10. Hey friends, quite yer bitching and put your money where your mouth is. I didn’t like that Amash only takes campaign contributions through paypal rather than a direct credit card contribution system like Paul, but it does work. You gotta do what you gotta do!

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