The Club for Growth and other conservative groups have said they’ll target any Republican who would vote for a tax hike. Asked if those Republicans should worry about a primary challenge, Huelskamp observes: “They’ve received a number of calls and concerns. I’ve heard from constituents, and if it’s the same across the country, the conservative base is quite upset. “They’re very upset that in the midst of the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression and a wounded presidency, that the GOP establishment could not beat this president, could not win seats in the Senate, lost eight seats in the House. So there’s a lot of dissatisfaction with the current establishment in Washington, D.C. and I’m presuming it will translate into election results in the next year to two. Primaries begin in a little over a year in some of these states and this is going to be a huge issue in many of these races.”Of course, Huelskamp is correct. Club for Growth and various Tea Party groups do pose a threat. However, any Republican who votes for a tax increase could be facing the double challenge of a Tea Party challenge in the primary, AND a Libertarian Party challenge in the Fall election.
Huelskamp's on to something. He's just grossly under-estimating the threat these Republicans might face.Photos - Libertarians for Congress 2012 - Ron Reale (NC), Rich Ebar (MI), and Scott Gesty (DE).