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No Conservative Is Safe — Even McConnell Gets a Primary Challenger

Challenger Matt Bevin

Despite being a solid conservative, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is likely facing a Tea Party-aligned challenger in the Republican primary next year. From the Courier-Journal:

A Louisville businessman has scheduled a press conference in Frankfort Wednesday to announce whether he’ll run for the U.S. Senate against Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Republican primary.

A news release said Matt Bevin will announce his intentions at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol, kicking off a three-day event with eight campaign stops across the state.

Bevin, 46, is a partner and adviser at Waycross Partners, an investment management firm.

While McConnell will likely still win, it is remarkable that his record of strong opposition to almost every proposal from President Obama is not enough to prevent him from getting a serious and well-financed challenger.

It is not just moderate Republicans who are facing primary challengers from the right, but even reliable conservatives like Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) have been forced into serious primaries. Every small deviation from the current orthodoxy is used as a weapon against them.

This is a reminder of why the politics for things like immigration reform are so hard in the Republican House. There are no shortage of people on the right willing to punish members for even a single perceived misstep. Having a “mostly conservative” record is still not good enough to discourage all primary challengers from the right.

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No Conservative Is Safe — Even McConnell Gets a Primary Challenger

Challenger Matt Bevin

Despite being a solid conservative, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is likely facing a Tea Party-aligned challenger in the Republican primary next year. From the Courier-Journal:

A Louisville businessman has scheduled a press conference in Frankfort Wednesday to announce whether he’ll run for the U.S. Senate against Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Republican primary.

A news release said Matt Bevin will announce his intentions at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol, kicking off a three-day event with eight campaign stops across the state.

Bevin, 46, is a partner and adviser at Waycross Partners, an investment management firm.

While McConnell will likely still win, it is remarkable that his record of strong opposition to almost every proposal from President Obama is not enough to prevent him from getting a serious and well-financed challenger.

It is not just moderate Republicans who are facing primary challengers from the right, but even reliable conservatives like Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) have been forced into serious primaries. Every small deviation from the current orthodoxy is used as a weapon against them.

This is a reminder of why the politics for things like immigration reform are so hard in the Republican House. There are no shortage of people on the right willing to punish members for even a single perceived misstep. Having a “mostly conservative” record is still not good enough to discourage all primary challengers from the right. (more…)

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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