Kathleen Parker: This year's elections could be brutal for GOP

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7 2014 12:08 p.m. MST

The conservative Club for Growth and the Republican Liberty Caucus, which calls itself the "conscience of the Republican Party." Last August, a "Too Liberal for West Virginia" campaign was launched against Capito because, among other things, she is pro-choice and voted to raise the debt ceiling. In her stead, the RLC is supporting Republican Pat McGeehan, who served in state House of Delegates from 2008 to 2010 but has lost two state Senate election bids.

Despite having tailwinds at their back, Republicans stand to lose to proud purists while Democrats, feet up, admire the shine on their shoes. To put it kindly, pride in losing does little to contradict Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's observation that the GOP needs to "stop being the stupid party."

Wonder what the fat lady will sing?

Kathleen Parker's email address is kathleenparker@washpost.com.

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