Santorum’s “Surge” and the Orrin Hatch “Purge”

Posted on February 15, 2012 by

Senator Orrin Hatch – who fought and foiled liberals for 36 years – is on the tea party hit list.

Republican ultra-conservatives – busy stopping Romney’s nomination – are determined to purge “big government barnacles” like Hatch.

Also targeted in an upcoming state primary is Indiana’s Dick Lugar.  These attacks by  “ultras”  on incumbents push republicans further and further to the right.

The Santorum surge – a dream-come-true for democrats – exposes a similar dynamic.  Is there any way for the republican presidential candidate – whoever it is – to find a way back to the electoral “mainstream”?

We’ll leave that to GOP strategists.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s improving poll numbers and an uptick in the economy is prompting panic among republican elites.

Not only concerned about a white house loss, they’re worried that their plans for a senate takeover are in jeopardy (here’s Fred Barnes in the Weekly Standard).

What triggered this years out-of-control conservative over-reach?

Big tea party wins in the house and key states in 2010.

And what’s the lesson for democrats?

That it may be better to be lucky than good.

Comments (2)

 

  1. "Errin" Hatch says:

    Hatch won’t even tell the truth about his 17 votes to raise the debt

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEaXg6uOOks

  2. Dennis Dreith says:

    While I have so many areas where my own politics are at odds with those of Sen. Hatch, he has been a true ally in the protection of intellectual property rights. I have worked with him on a number if issues, and despite his conservative credentials, I have found him to be open minded, quite capable of compromise, and an all around decent person. An attack on him is an attack on bi-partisan cooperation, which is in serious short order in US politics currently. But…who ever said the Tea Party is about bi-partisan cooperation. This is a classic example off the type of childish temper tantrums that are an impediment to moving this country forward.

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