Paul Broun runs for Senate by trolling his colleagues
I'm just going to quote myself writing in January about Broun's decision to run:
Georgia's primary election runoff rules might prevent Broun from eking out a plurality victory over a bunch of less-crazy candidates, but even if he doesn't win, he’ll definitely push the entire field further to the edge of the fringe that the national party has been trying to back away from since November.
Since I wrote that, a couple things have happened. First, the RNC released a huge report begging the Republican Party to moderate its language and some of its policies. Second, two members of the Republican House delegation from Georgia voted against the most recent Paul Ryan budget -- because they found it to be insufficiently conservative. One of those members was Broun, who published an op-ed decrying the budget before the vote. The other was Rep. Phil Gingrey, who is also considering running for the Senate seat, and thus "can't let Broun get to his right," as Dave Weigel says.