This article by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy is basically a summary of various posts and comments made here on PP over the last couple of weeks; it’s a nice lil Sunday afternoon read. Here are some highlights:
- The Republican Party’s nightmare scenario is a U.S. Senate race so crowded and divisive that Democrats have a shot at the bruised-and-battered eventual nominee.
- National GOP groups are wary of being seen as interfering, and influential state politicians are staying on the sidelines. Gov. Nathan Deal, perhaps the only state figure who can play kingmaker, has relayed to several potential challengers who made pilgrimages to his office that he’ll avoid behind-the-scenes tampering.
- “I have been asked if I would be the one that would mediate among my friends,” Deal told the AJC in an interview. “I do not value that role and nor will I assume that role.”
- Democrats are pursuing a very different strategy. State Democratic Party Chairman Mike Berlon said the party is trying to coalesce around one candidate in the next few weeks. Potential candidates include U.S. Rep. John Barrow, of Augusta, and Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn.
- Sue Everhart, the head of the Georgia Republican Party, said she expects a messy race to produce a strong candidate who can raise the $12 million she said is needed to run a solid statewide campaign. … Trying to winnow the field is “not the Republican way,” she said. “I’m not concerned about it. I think that the right people will emerge. The party won’t be playing favorites to anyone.”
- That’s not to say other groups won’t try. American Crossroads, a deep-pocketed group co-founded by Karl Rove, recently made waves by announcing it would form a new political action committee in an effort to boost more “electable” Republican candidates in 2014. The Tea Party Patriots responded by announcing a Super PAC of its own for more conservative hopefuls.
- “The Republicans haven’t figured this out yet,” Sabato said. “They’ve tried both ways and they’ve suffered in both circumstances. In 2010 they got involved (in primaries) and the tea party ran all over them and nominated candidates that lost in the fall. And last time around they stayed out of the process and then bad candidates were nominated and they lost anyway. They can’t win for losing.”