Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hurrah for the Republican Establishment

Yesterday I wished Sen. McConnell well in his primary fight against a Tea Party challenger.  McConnell won easily. 

Indeed, it was a big day for the Republican Establishment:

Mr. McConnell’s victory came on a day when five other states — Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Pennsylvania and Oregon — held primaries. And in many of those high-profile contests, it was establishment Republicans coming out on top over Tea Party challengers, as in the McConnell-Bevin race.

I have maintained from their first appearance in reaction to Pres. Obama's election that the Tea Party, like other know-nothing movements before them, would last through three election cycles, then fade. 2012 was their third cycle.  Yesterday, in Kentucky and several other states, the Republican Establishment turned back the invaders.

I am hopeful that these victories will encourage career politicians, such as Sen. McConnell, to feel confident that they can get back to governing without fear of successful attack on their right flank from an anti-government movement.

1 comment:

ceemac said...

Somewhere you need to add an "except for Texas."

We had primary runoffs yesterday. Tea Party aligned Republicans swamped Establishment Republicans. There were several establishment types that were defeated by TP's in the original primary.

Unless the Chamber of Commerce types back back Dems for Gov and Lt. gov then Texas will be more conservative in 2015 than it is now.