The Hits Just Keep On Comin'

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When you stand for something, you have a strong foundation. When you stand for nothing, you collapse.

The GOP no longer stands for anything -- they're as scattered as buckshot at a turkey shoot. Now comes news of another Republican stalwart facing intra-party conflict. The Tea Party is again attacking one of their own-- Senator Lamar Alexander.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee will be challenged by conservative state representative Joe Carr in the Republican primary next year, becoming the fourth incumbent Republican U.S. senator to face a primary challenge from the political right.

I guess the south does rise again, along with Wyoming. GOP incumbents, long considered "safe" are now under attack from the right.

Republican U.S. Senate leader Mitch McConnell faces a challenge from conservative businessman Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi is being challenged by Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham faces at least three primary challengers in South Carolina.

What's a factious party member, long held as a stalwart in the GOP supposed to do?

Twenty Tennessee Tea Party and conservative groups last week published an open letter calling on Alexander to retire with dignity instead of seeking re-election in 2014.

It's becoming pretty clear. There is no one GOP. It's two or three scattered parties, without focus, and with fear as their guiding beacon.

Alexander responded with an opinion piece in The (Nashville) Tennessean newspaper rejecting the call, saying the state needs to send to Washington conservatives who know how to govern.

"Governing means listening, standing up for what you believe in and solving problems to get a result," he said.

Go ahead, Senator Alexander.  Tell us what you're standing up for and believe in. Is it right wing craziness or some across the aisle common sense? I bet you choose the wacky right, because you lack the fortitude to govern with your beliefs. Prove me wrong.

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  • David G

    I like it. DG

  • kiptw

    A new initialism to go along with RINO — NNE, for Not Nutty Enough.