The media, liberal Republicans like David Frum, and every left-winger out there has for a year decried, bemoaned, ridiculed, and laughed at conservatives for an alleged “purity test” for candidates.I have been a chief target of those attacks from the Republican establishment, pundits, the left, and the media. Never mind that is was never true. I’ve always said the GOP should go right where it can go right. That’s not everywhere.Unperturbed, folks from the GOP establishment and Republican pay-to-play organizations to your friendly national news correspondent, have gone after me and conservatives for our alleged purity test. Charlie Crist is a victim. Kay Bailey Hutchison is victim. Carly Fiorina is a victim. Bob Bennett is a victim.You get the idea. These “fiscal conservatives,” which increasingly means someone is pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, and pro-tax increase, are all victims of the conservative movement’s purity test.The media has droned on ad nauseum about this.But what of yesterday? Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana is bidding goodbye to the United States Senate. He’s had enough. But why? Well, CNN reports this little gem that might otherwise be missed:
“He hates the Senate, hates the left bloggers,” a friend and longtime adviser to Bayh said. “They are getting their wish, pure Democrats in the minority.“
[insert the scratching sound of an abruptly halted record here]So the left has a purity test? They are running Evan Bayh out of the Senate because he is not liberal enough? Really?I hope the media and David Frum will spill as much ink and exhale as much carbon dioxide on this as they have the conservative movement’s alleged purge.