November 19, 2013


When Primaries are the Only Competition

Charlie Cook: "So when people ask, 'Why in the world is Elizabeth Cheney taking on Mike Enzi?' maybe the answer ought to be, 'Why not?' With so many Senate seats now in states where the opposition party has no plausible chance of winning, it does inject a bit of competition where there is effectively none and punishes complacency in a body where members in one-party states could easily get that way. When there is so much animosity toward Washington, it actually is surprising that there are fewer incumbents facing primary challenges. Cheney's run appears to be a campaign against Washington more than an ideological jihad. It would be wrong to see this as a tea-party challenge; this is more of an outsider--albeit from an insider family--running against a longtime incumbent. These are so rare that they are newsworthy."










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