Lamar Alexander has long been known as a relatively reasonable Republican legislator, one of those rare creatures known as moderate pragmatists. A coalition of Tea Party groups don’t like that at all and have written him a letter telling him that if he doesn’t retire from the Senate, they’ll be mounting a primary challenge from the right. The language of that letter is quite interesting:
A coalition of conservative Tea Party groups published an open letter Wednesday urging Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to retire instead of seeking a third term next year.
The letter warns Alexander that if he refuses to “retire with dignity,” he will eventually face a significant primary challenge from the right.
“Unfortunately, our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship, two traits for which you have become famous,” the letter reads.
This confirms what I’ve been saying about the Tea Partiers all along, that they are extremists for whom no one is ever pure enough. That’s why the GOP has such a problem trying to simultaneously harness their energy and votes while keeping them under control.