Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tea party groups tell Sen. Lamar Alexander he's vulnerable in 2014

Tea party groups tell Sen. Lamar Alexander he’s vulnerable in 2014, should step aside

Washington Times, August 12,2013 twenty tea party and conservative groups in Tennessee have signed onto a letter that asks Sen. Lamar Alexander to retire, claiming “our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship, two traits for which you have become famous.” Read more

Despite tea party activist discontent, no one with stature or credentials has stepped forward to challenge Alexander. Any potential viable challenger as already endorsed Alexander. You can't beat somebody with nobody.

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1 comment:

  1. Rod, it's true you can't beat somebody with nobody but you can beat nobody with somebody. If Alexander has the integrity of his own stated convictions and doesn't run again then the seat would be open to the strongest conservative candidate (though hopefully not someone from the fringe/nullification wing, IMO) in a state not LIKELY to elect a Democrat. Unlikely but not impossible so it should be a strong candidate who can marshal the resources to engage. Risky, yes, but if Alexander follows his own advice then there is at least a pretty good chance that a real conservative can take that seat. Another plus is that a solid, non-fringe candidate is likely to draw the resources of some strong conservative organizations like the Senate Conservatives Fund. There is obviously a risk that Alexander, if he doesn't run, makes his campaign chest, if that is legal, to a moderate Republican, but what would be the loss (besides the risk of a Dem beating that squishy Republican?