I find it amusing that, in the wake of the Senate passage of the stimulus bill, the National Republican Trust PAC is threatening to go after Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania by funding Republican primary opponents the next time they’re up for reelection. This is typical folly on their part, and a waste of their dwindling resources.
All three senators hail from Democratic leaning states. The only way they could remain in office is by bucking the party from time to time. In the event they are challenged in their party’s primaries, when the challenger rails against the stimulus bill it will work in favor of the incumbent (unless the primary turnout is skewed to right –wing nutjobs who cry “socialism” every time the government spends money). In the unlikely event the incumbents lose the primary, they can either drop out or run as Independents. In either scenario, the most likely outcome will throw the seat to a Democrat.
Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. If this is the kind menu the Republicans are going to offer under new chairman Michael Steele, the Democrats will be the majority part for the next generation.