Consider how desperately the Republican establishment wanted to defeat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2010. Did the party want Sharron Angle as the GOP nominee? Of course not, but the radical base didn’t much care. The establishment didn’t want Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, either, and was crushed when Mike Castle lost the primary, but there wasn’t much the party’s leaders could do about it.Yes! Both candidates offered a choice rather than a reflection. And the voters chose. And both candidates lost in the General Election. But at least the Republican registered voters got a chance to express themselves. I dislike being treated like someone's lapdog.
Mr Benen sums up his view here:
In fact, I find it very easy to imagine Gingrich benefiting from this dynamic. It’s not as if rank-and-file Republican voters are necessarily enamored with the GOP establishment in Washington. I can imagine Gingrich running an ad saying, “If you want a candidate popular with D.C. pundits and power-brokers on Capitol Hill, I’m not your guy. But if you want a leader with a vision, fundamental fundamental fundamental, etc.”And, Newt is the man to do just that thing.
Regards — Cliff
♠ When it comes to story titles I am torn between doing it the way I think I learned (capitalize the main words) and the way the lazy, sloppy typesetters and English teachers of today do it. Ths time I went with the typesetters.