The question on a lot of lips is whether Richard Lugar’s primary loss signals anything about Orrin Hatch, who now is the undisputed longest-serving Republican in the Senate.
According to an account in the Atlantic, at FreedomWorks headquarters Tuesday night people were chanting “Hatch is next!”
But not many observers seem to think that’s true. That same Atlantic piece (read it here) predicts Lugar will be the tea party’s only victory this year. Lugar had some unique and serious issues, not the least being that he no longer lived in Indiana.
I was in Indianapolis a little more than a week ago and could almost feel the anti-Lugar momentum. It did feel like a special case.
Here’s what the Atlantic said: “But there’s almost no way Hatch will lose the primary. He got a majority in the convention, where delegates tend to be more conservative than primary voters. Furthemore, Mitt Romney, with whom Hatch has aligned himself, will be on the Utah primary ballot; in 2008, Romney got nearly 90 percent of the Mormon-heavy state’s primary vote.”
I honestly think it’s too early to say. What do you think?