Dave Kranz: Pumping up the profile of a nearly dead organization
From those differences came formation of the Mainstream Coalition. That group organized several months ago - made up largely of moderate Republican senators who were branded by some as unholy renegades that didn't always agree with conservatives on issues like abortion and other social issues.Read all of this bulls... article here.
Those differences resulted in primary challenges leading to the ouster of veteran Republicans like Stan Adelstein, J.P. Duniphan and Duane Sutton. It carried over to the general election, when voters did some retaliating, ushering out Republican incumbents like Dick Kelly and Bill Earley. Voters also trumped some decisions made in the primary, turning down those who defeated Adelstein and Sutton.Former Sen. J.P. Duniphan of Rapid City realized personally the impact of the conservative-moderate divisions in the Republican Party. She now looks at legislative business from the outside, one of the Mainstream members who lost her job in a heated primary she says was filled with untruths about her record. She likes what she sees and credits the coalition with making an impact.
"I think what the Mainstream Coalition did - it kind of triggered people thinking that you can be somewhat conservative and still hold true to your views, have an appreciation for people with other views," she said.
"it kind of triggered people thinking that you can be somewhat conservative and still hold true to your views"? Is anyone buying that?
What she should have said is that for a couple of months, we patted each other on the back for staking out moderate positions on issues. But then the people who elected us tossed us out.
And sorry. If you read the article, I'd like to know what stands of JP's that Schmidt supposedly misrepresented. Because when I looked many months ago, I think he had it spot on.
The Mainstream coalition. A bad idea whose time has passed.