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Republican elites should back away from Nevada

New York Times Magazine has a friendly little (well, long actually) piece about Harry Reid.  He’s so interesting!  He looks like a cadaver but he’s so nice!  Politically, he’s such a savvy fellow:

“And he has done what he could to choose his opponent. Jon Porter, a three-term member of Congress, was considered one of Reid’s toughest potential foes — until he was defeated in 2008 by a Democrat, Dina Titus, who benefited from the largess of Reid’s political operation. Last August, Dean Heller, a Republican member of Congress and another potentially strong challenger, called Reid to tell him that he would be sitting this one out; Nevada Democrats suspect Heller reconsidered the wisdom of abandoning a safe seat to challenge an incumbent with $25 million in the bank. That leaves a bench of second-tier candidates like Tarkanian and Lowden, who have far less campaign experience, money and institutional backing than Reid.That might be the single-best thing going for him right now.”

Interesting that the Times forgot the matter of Brian Krolicki.  I blogged back on December 12 of Krolicki’s vindication after Reid did “what he could to choose his opponent.”  (Charges against Krolicki of misappropriation, conveniently filed at the end of ’08, were dismissed by the court at the end of ’09.)  Currently Nevada’s Lt. Governor, Krolicki is considered one of the top Republicans in the state.

Now Krolicki is strongly considering a shot at Reid’s senate seat.  Yesterday’s Las Vegas Sun has this:

“‘There are serious people making compelling arguments to me both in the state and out of the state to reconsider the Harry Reid race, and based on that pressure and those conversations I am indeed looking at it,’ Krolicki said.”

John McCain, who asked Krolicki to chair his ’08 presidential run in Nevada, is one of the “serious people” urging him on.  Also, the Scott Brown miracle is as persuasive for Krolicki as it’s been for other Republicans across the country.

So, let’s say Krolicki gets in the race.  How does that shake up the primary?  As I’ve said in earlier posts, I don’t feel the love for Sue Lowden, although I would vote for her in the general with little regret.  Danny Tarkanian has been at the top of my list up until now.  He’s solidly conservative, works hard and has name recognition.  He and Sue break almost even in polling against Reid.  And, unlike Sue, he’s not worth $50 million.

I admit it.  I’m a populist bigot.

Thus, my question about Krolicki.  Take anything the liberal LV Sun says with a grain of salt, but the following summation makes me nervous:

“If he is the preferred candidate of Republicans in Washington, he could see a quick cash infusion and pressure on other candidates to bow out.”

My sense of fair play is bothered by the notion that kingmakers in DC may pick my next senator.  They buggered up NY-23.  They tried to bugger up Rubio in Florida.  Krolicki deserves his shot if he wants to take it, and Harry Reid is the juiciest target in Democrat politics right now, but the Republican elites need to back off.  Scott Brown has shown that a light, genuine touch is the key to winning.

Cross-posted.