When I started writing the GOPLifer blog at the Houston Chronicle at the end of 2008, I was unable to identify Republican centrists anywhere in the country who were willing to openly challenge the party’s extremes. Over the Obama years, a few figures like David Frum began to emerge from the party’s intellectual wing, along with a few retired politicians, who offered some dissent. But primary challenges to Republican incumbents were universally launched from the rightwing fringe. Sane Republicans never fought back in ways that mattered.
That seems to be ending. Republicans have moved so far off the established political spectrum that primary challenges from the center have begun to look promising. A few candidates have taken notice of this opening and launched insurgent campaigns. A new Forbes post examines three Congressional candidates looking to replace Republican extremists from the center.