FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Twice burned, Republicans are treading carefully around tea party groups as they pursue a Senate majority that slipped through their fingers in 2010 and 2012. "You'd have to be an idiot not to prepare" for primary challenges, says one past director of the Republicans' Senate campaign committee. Strongly conservative candidates have captured
When did the pro-competition, pro-free market Republican Party start squashing those principles in their own political primary system? "Clearing the field" for hand-picked candidates because a few consultants sitting in a circle say "he can win!" is both poor policy and poor politics.