A Washington Post report today reveals Republican weakness in those three states. The retirement of Georgia's Senator Saxby Chambliss who decided not to battle a tea party candidate going after his seat sets off speculation about Tennessee's moderate Republican "pragmatists", Lamar Alexander, and South Carolina's Lindsey Graham and their possible replacement by tea party extremists.
That Alexander, Chambliss and Graham have found themselves in this situation, a decade after debuting as rabble rousers who helped return the chamber to GOP control, is the latest demonstration of how much the Republican Party has changed. Its voters more than ever demand a confrontational tone and in-your-face tactics, the sort of behavior that they have shied away from.
“The big change is in terms of strategy and tactics,” said Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, noting that the three incumbents are all fairly conservative in their policy positions. “The war has changed. Republican voters want every fight to be hand-to-hand combat. They don’t want to give any ground.” ...WaPo
Does the tea party, a very noisy minority but -- it seems -- one that's losing steam, have what it takes to dominate the Senate? Or is this about tearing the Republican party into pieces, leaving Democrats with with Senate and possibly the House?
Each of the three states — Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia — have tilted so far toward Republicans in the last two decades that Democrats have little to no chance of challenging for those seats in a midterm election. Then again, senior Democratic strategists on Friday began picturing what the primary process would look like for Republicans, searching for candidates who would appeal to the middle in case an unelectable conservative won the nomination.
Rothenberg said the trend in GOP primaries suggests Democrats might as well find at least somewhat credible nominees in Georgia and South Carolina. “Everything is all or nothing in Republican politics,” he said. “And increasingly now it’s nothing.” ...WaPoIf you look at, say, President Obama's statement on gun control, I think it's possible to see a Democratic party that really is "organizing for America," and that the South is seen is part of that America. Here in Texas, the march to the left is well underway as moderate Republican Texans express their distaste for the state's as well as the nation's Republican anti-education, increasingly corrupt, party.