In a stirring display of old-fashioned political pragmatism, national
“It’s time for
"I will proudly support Mitch McConnell," wrote Erick Erickson of the blog RedState, who also supported McConnell's opponent, Matt Bevin.
“Bevin’s principled challenge helped Senator McConnell rediscover his conservative principles,” offered Matt Kibbe of
Does this mean all is forgiven in the fractious conservative camp?
Not exactly. Bevin couldn't quite bring himself to endorse McConnell on Tuesday night. As for all those Washington-based tea party organizations, they recognize that their legitimacy in the GOP now depends partly on whether they help Republicans win a majority in the Senate this fall — making McConnell majority leader — or get blamed for another embarrassing shortfall.
The two ends of the GOP still have plenty to argue about. There’s still a Senate primary in Mississippi in which tea party activists hope to unseat Sen.
And there’s still a presidential campaign approaching in 2016, one that will almost surely pit one or more tea party-style candidates such as Sen.
So the argument isn't over. In politics, it almost never is.