Monday, July 22, 2013

Conservatives, Beware the Hatch Effect

By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | July 22nd, 2013
In 2014, several prominent Republicans in the House and Senate are going to be challenged by people more conservative than the incumbents in area where a more conservative person can still win. Leading up to these challenges, conservatives must beware of the Hatch Effect.
In 2012, many conservatives in print, radio, and television came out quickly and endorsed Orrin Hatch against Dan Liljenquist. Hatch had been a conservative warrior for a long time, he sounded conservative, and we’d need him in the fight against amnesty. He made the rounds on television, radio, and had references in various op-ed columns. Outside groups went to work for Orrin Hatch...... Orrin Hatch got re-elected and became an integral part to helping the Gang of 8 shape its immigration plans and run interference against conservatives. The shift back to what too few were warning about happened quickly……There are no indispensable men in Washington, but over the next year many of the very men responsible for the mess the GOP finds itself in are going to trot out op-ed columnists, talk radio hosts, and TV pundits to tell you that they are, in fact, indispensable to the fight for freedom.  There are no indispensable men….Beware the Hatch effect. Your bias should be toward credible primary challengers…..To Read More…….

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