Neil Sinhababu and Nicholas Beaudrot's political blog
Interesting that Mark Kirk is preparing for the 2010 Senate race by being more conservative relative to his district than any Republican save poor Rep Cao. Do I just have a weird reading of my state being in Chicago, or is this guy betting on red way more than advisable in IL?
I think the issue is that he fears a primary challenge. The Illinois GOP has been taken over by fundies in a lot of ways. It's been a real problem for a while ... conservatives sat on their hands when the pro-choice Topinka ran against Hot Rod, and completely non-viable candidates like Jim Oberweis end up winning primaries.
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