The Most Important Election In 2014   Leave a comment

For what it’s worth, I agree with Stu Rothenberg’s assessmentquoting:

The single most important election in the country next year won’t take place in Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina or Alaska. And it won’t occur next November, when voters across the country pick the next Congress. It will take place in Kentucky on May 20.

While the general election in the commonwealth — and in other states — could decide which party controls the Senate for President Barack Obama’s final two years in office, the GOP primary will go a long way in determining whether the Republican Party continues its evolution toward uncompromising utopian purity and, eventually, possible irrelevance.(The Hill)

Rothenberg makes a good point here: if Mitch McConnell loses to Matt Bevin, that could reverberate up-and-down throughout the GOP and further splintering them in 2014; even if McConnell wins, he would still have to face Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election and don’t you bet that they’ll be watching to see what bits of oppo-research they can glean from the GOP primary for use in the November election campaign.

What’s especially interesting is that, as the Tea Party entwines itself deeper and deeper into GOP politics, imagine if you’re Kelly Ayotte in the Granite State, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Rob Portman of Ohio….if McConnell, who by any stretch of the imagination, is pretty darn conservative, goes down to defeat at the hands of Matt Bevin in May, what are they likely to do? Worse, imagine that you’re MA congressional candidate Richard Tisei or CT’s Andrew Rorabach; how are you supposed to campaign when your opponent throws up images of Michele Bachmann and other Tea Party darlings at you?

In a nutshell, there’s the dilemma for Republicans…and while I’m eager to see them get their just deserts (as in a few electoral beatings), it’s still a bit sad to watch one of America’s major parties continue to self-implode as they are.


Posted October 21, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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