After last night’s round of primaries, David Frum issued the definitive statement on the GOP’s short and largely meaningless civil war. His tweet:
Post-primary GOP deal: donors choose the candidates; Tea Party writes their message.
Texas and a few other pockets of the South may be exceptions, but across most of the country that’s the deal. “Established” political figures like Mitch McConnell get to keep their spots as long as they let the party’s craziest extremes hold a veto on policy decisions. The lessons of 2012 have been trumped by the lessons of 2010. Why should I care about the party’s future chances of holding the White House if doing something about it might cost me a carefully gerrymandered seat?
Good to have that cleared up.