A report at the links below say Republicans’ hopes of taking back the Senate received a big boost in primary elections last week, with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) easily winning and other candidates favored by the Republican Party establishment beating back tea party challengers.
After years of intraparty turmoil that cost Republicans key races, voters this year are coalescing around the GOP’s strongest candidates ahead of the November general election, when control of the Senate during President Obama’s final two years in office will be up for grabs.
Why does an apparent weakness in some of the tea party candidates help establishment Republicans and the Republican Party in general?
The goal is to win control of the Senate. However, the ultimate goal is to win the White House in 2016 and a tea party candidate has little or no chance of winning a national election.
Republicans who do not have far-right political views are called RINO’s (Republican in name only) by the tea party.
By their standards Ronald Reagan was a RINO.
Reagan, the most popular President since Kennedy, was center-right politically and would not have won two landslide presidential elections if he had been far-right.
It was the “Reagan Democrats” that helped elect him twice.
If Rand Paul the Libertarian or far right tea party types like Ted Cruz would become the Republican presidential candidate it will be a Barry Goldwater redux.
Goldwater won his home state of Arizona and Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina as shown below.
Goldwater only managed to win 52 electoral votes while Johnson won 486.
If the Republican Party maintains a narrow far-right stance in future national elections they may never again control the White House.