Going Extreme: Demint Says Recruiting Electable Moderates "Doesn't Make Any Sense"
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[NRSC Chairman John] Cornyn has gambled much on finding and promoting centrists able to win Senate seats in swing states and even some Democratic redoubts. And he’s decided to do so even though those candidates in at least four states — California, Florida, Kentucky and Connecticut — must first compete in and win expensive and potentially divisive primaries, mainly against more socially and fiscally conservative candidates.
"He’s trying to find candidates who can win. I’m trying to find people who can help me change the Senate," said Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a leader of the conservative bloc. "To think we can grow the party by picking people who are more liberal and don’t share our core values doesn’t make any sense."
As kos said earlier this week about the urge to purge amongst teabaggers:
Maybe they've stumbled upon a brilliant "addition by subtraction" political formula that allows them to win more races by kicking everyone out of their party. But I still like our approach better. And in the end, we have the majorities to prove it worked.
Maybe they will. But so far, the only stumbling they've done has been over the first Democratic victory in NY-23 since the Civil War.