There’s increasing talk of running primary challenges against “RINOs”. In those discussions I have maintained that challengers must be credible – no more Angle/O’Donnells, thank you – and must be organized in order to mount a realistic challenge. You can bet that the lesson of 2010 wasn’t lost on “moderate” Republican Senators, and that would be “don’t take your challenger for granted and you don’t have a ‘right’ to the seat”.
So, today is a good day in Wonderland!
From, of all places, the Washington Post, comes what I hope will be manna from heaven:
Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock will launch his primary challenge to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) on Tuesday with the support of a majority of both the state’s 92 Republican county chairmen and its state party executive committee, he told the Fix in a recent interview.
“I feel bad that he’s going to be humiliated by this list,” Mourdock said.
Mourdock added that he believes Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) and Rep. Mike Pence (R), the party’s two leading figures in the Hoosier State, are going to stay neutral in the primary …
That such a large contingent of the party establishment should come out against or withhold support from an incumbent senator is highly unusual and reflects the difficult path ahead for Lugar in advance of the May 8, 2012, primary fight. It also suggests there is a clear path to victory for Mourdock.
Mourdock will officially launch his campaign with a six-city tour.
Read the whole article, even if it IS the WaPo, it appears to be a textbook for challenging entrenched and out-of-touch incumbents. Specifically, Mourdock is an elected official who has won statewide office, he has lined up heavyweight in-state support, appears to have the top statewide names committed to be “neutral” which is huge when dealing with an incumbent who’s been in office forever, and is having ongoing discussions with other potential candidates about not splitting the “non-Lugar” vote.
I hope Little Dick just retires, no primary fight would be better than embarrassing Dickie with a primary loss. But actually I’d rather spend the money to beat the enemy in November of 12.
Great job Indiana Republicans! I hope your wisdom in running against an incumbent is catching.