Shane D’Aprile reports:
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is asking supporters of his Senate Conservatives Fund to help him build a war chest ahead of the 2012 elections, when Republicans are hopeful they can take back the majority in the Senate.
In an email sent Tuesday with the subject line “Say No to RINOs in 2011,” DeMint pledged that the Senate Conservatives Fund will play a key role in the upcoming legislative battles in the Senate with an eye towards 2012.
In this context, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to the re-election bids of Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe, and Richard Lugar all of whom are up for re-election in 2012 and have backed the Obama administration on a high-profile issue or two. Kay Bailey Hutchison is in some ways the Senator most vulnerable to a challenge from the right, but she may not run for re-election. There’s also always the possibility of a challenge to a non-moderate like Bob Corker who voted for TARP and has, I think, at times acknowledged that carbon dioxide emissions leads to global warming. I sort of suspect that Rupert Murdoch and Rush Limbaugh are going to decide that they’re not interested in backing self-destructive primaries in the 2012 cycle and suddenly all the oxygen will vanish from the DeMint/tea party space. But I could be wrong.