When Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina decided to endorse Pat Toomey’s GOP primary challenge to Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania last year, plenty of Republicans seemed eager to denounce him for shrinking the party. “Some conservatives would rather lose than be seen as compromising on what they regard as inviolable principles,” grumbled Texas senator John Cornyn, who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine contributed an op-ed to the New York Times. GOP moderates, she warned, “often get the distinct feeling that [they’re] no longer welcome in the tribe.” Even DeMint’s fellow travelers at the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal piled on: “Republicans shouldn’t follow South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint and welcome Mr. Specter’s defection as an ideological cleansing.”
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