Monday, April 21, 2014 8:54 PM
There likely is meddling here but of another sort, and the media is just feeding it. By attacking Tillis as if he is their main opponent, the Democrats and their media friends are trying to sucker Republicans into nominating him. The polls of voters show that Tillis is weaker against Hagan than most of the others in the GOP field and the straw polls show that the GOP rank and file has little enthusiasm for Tillis. Is the candidate of the GOP beltway establishment, but not of the party base. Off year elections are turnout elections, and for that a candidate who does not fire up the party base often turns our to be a loser. Karl Rove should know about that, as he has lost 10 of the 12 US Senate races he has been involved in.
Missouri Democrats steered Republicans into nominating the opponent they wanted, Todd Akin, by attacking Akin. Harry Reid and Kay Hagan are saying to North Carolina Republicans ''please don't throw us into that Tillis briar patch'', and trying to do exactly the same thing by attacking Tillis. It is also useful to remember that at the time of the GOP primary, Akin was also Karl Rove's candidate, while Akin's two primary opponents had Tea Party backing.