It seems one of the favorite Republican games is the circular firing squad. Republicans love to shoot each other. Republicans at every opportunity seem determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. There are too many Republicans who think they are the only real Republicans and all other Republicans are RINO's. They would prefer ideologically pure candidates who cannot win or govern over less perfect candidates who could give Republicans a governing majority.
I sometimes disagree with some of the votes cast by Lamar Alexander. As an example, I disagree with the Internet income tax bill he is pushing. However, I am not going to fall out with someone over a single vote or over several votes if I agree with their record most of the time. Now, if Alexander was being challenged in the primary by an accomplished, viable candidate who was more conservative than he, I could be persuaded to vote for the other candidate. I would consider voting for Ron Ramsey, or John Duncan, or Marsha Blackburn if they were challenging Alexander. I am not, however, going to support someone who cannot win a general election. I am not going to vote for a nut just because I sometimes disagree with Lamar Alexander.
Tennessee is about as red a state as there is now and I suspect no viable Democrat will run against Lamar Alexander. However, if a nominee like Kane the pro wrestler, or Lenard with her background and record, or Kooky Kookogey take the nomination away from Alexander, we will be handing this state over to the Democrats on a silver platter.
Greg Johnson, writing at Knoxnews.com makes this same point:
Republicans could win the Senate in 2014. But if the right puts up candidates like O’Donnell and Angle or Lenard or Kookogey, the reign of Reid and Obama will continue and conservatives will have squandered another opportunity. (link)