Yet another single-issue right wing extremist has decided to run for election, something we'll see more and more of as the extremists break out from under the GOP tent and set out to claim their place in the political landscape. This chap is an anti-immigration wacko, apparently determined to use Senator John McCain's past bipartisan efforts towards immigration reform as a club against him.
Chris Simcox, an anti-illegal immigration activist who founded border watch group the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, will announce today that he will challenge John McCain in the GOP primary in Arizona. Simcox will highlight McCain's moderate stance on immigration, which dogged him during last year's presidential primary. It will be a tough path to hew for Simcox, given McCain's fundraising ability, brand and name recognition. Still immigration is a sensitive issue for many voters, and while McCain's rhetoric on the issue shifted some during the campaign, he remained committed to the kind of comprehensive reform that inflamed conservatives.
We can expect the fracturing of the GOP to continue along these paths as the extremists abandon any effort to work within the framework of the GOP establishment.
The man in charge of electing more Republicans to the Senate said it will be difficult to stop the Democrats from winning a 60-seat majority in 2010.
Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the new head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), knows he has a difficult road ahead of him.
"That's going to be real hard, to be honest with you," Cornyn said of keeping Democrats from reaching 60 seats, adding:
"Everybody who runs could be the potential tipping point to get Democrats to 60. We've not only got to play defense; we've got to claw our way back in 2010. It'll be a huge challenge."
So far this cycle, Republicans have been faced with retirements in four swing states, emerging primaries against at least three of their members and a map that, after two cycles of big GOP losses, continues to favor Democrats.
Progressives should do everything possible to encourage the further splintering of the GOP base. They are in disarray and floundering - let's keep them there.
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