by Frank Lewis
[Conservative] activists predict a wave that could roll from California to Kentucky to New Hampshire and that could leave even some GOP incumbents — Utah Sen. Bob Bennett is one — facing unexpectedly fierce challenges from their right flank.
“I would say it’s the tip of the spear,” said Dick Armey, the former GOP House majority leader who now serves as chairman of FreedomWorks, an organization that has been closely aligned with the tea party movement. “We are the biggest source of energy in American politics today.”
“What you’re going to see,” said Armey, “is moderates and conservatives across the country in primaries.” …
Party strategists worry that well-funded, well-organized challenges from the right could force Republicans to exhaust precious resources on messy primary fights — or force moderate candidates to adopt more strident positions early on that could haunt them during the final months of the campaign.
Politico focuses on House and Senate races, but who's to say that the tea-bagging insurgents wouldn't go after a governorship? Oh man that would be sweet. That's what I want for Christmas.
Some have invoked Frankenstein to illustrate how the GOP has lost control of the monster it created by stoking voters' fears and resentments for decades. I prefer Hannibal, and the scene in which revenege-seeking Mason Verger is devoured by his own killer pigs. — Frank Lewis
UPDATE: "In what will be a race that will pit one outspoken conservative against another," downstate whacko Jean Schmidt has a challenger.