"....they are attempting to make over the Republican Party in Cruz's own messianic image."
All out civil war has broken out in the Republican Party between traditional conservatives and the Tea Party. The bitter internal debate in the GOP surrounding the governmental shut down has placed three United States Republicans Senators in jeopardy.
The leaders of the Great Tea Party Rebellion are Senator Ted Cruz from Texas and former United States Senator James DeMint. Together they are attempting to make over the Republican Party in Cruz's own messianic image.
The three Senators who sought a solution to the economic crisis are now facing tough Republican primaries. If they are defeated, it will create a more divisive Senate along the lines of the House of Representatives. Which can only be seriously bad news for America.
The three Senators are:
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky):
McConnell was thought to be out of the woods in the race against his Tea Party Challenger in the primary. However with his leadership in restoring sanity to the United States government, significant funds and resources are being directed by the Tea Party to his challenger Matt Bevin. Immediately after the final vote a major PAC, Senate Conservatives Fund, endorsed Bevin. In endorsing the challenger they said:
Matt Bevin is a true conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are destroying our country. He is not afraid to stand up to the establishment and he will do what it takes to stop Obamacare. We know that winning this primary won't be easy. Mitch McConnell has the support of the entire Washington establishment and he will do anything to hold on to power.
Senator Thad Cochran (Mississippi):
The moment Senator Cochran supported the compromise he immediately had a serious Tea Party challenger in State Senator Chris McDaniel. The challenger was not only endorsed by the Senate Conservative Fund but also DeMint's Club for Growth. Some believe that the challenge might force Cochran to retire. He has served in the Senate for 35 years and is would be 82 years old at the end of his next term if re-elected. He has less than $800,000 in the bank at this stage. If he doesn't run, will we see former Governor Haley Barbour step into the race?
Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina):
This is yet one more Senator who observers believed was out of trouble until the government shut down. Graham not only voted for opening government but also was highly critical of the shut down. A Clemson University Poll showed that 20% of Republican voters would not vote for him no matter what. Also that two-thirds of the Republican base is not happy with Graham. The fact that there are three Tea Party challengers to Graham usually would work in favor of the incumbent. However South Carolina is one of the states that has a 'run-off' if no one receives 50% of the vote.