The aftermath of NY-23
Jon Henke applies his own analysis to the NY-23 race:
The story of NY-23 is not “conservatives beat moderates” or “conservative loses to Democrat”.
The story of NY-23 is “the Right starts dismantling the Republican establishment.” This is about how the Republican Party is defined and who defines it.
Right now, the movement wants the Republican Party to be defined by opposition to big government. Gradually, as new leaders arise, we will demand that the Republican Party be defined by its own solutions, as well, but rebuilding is an incremental process. We can hammer out the policy agenda and the boundaries of the coalition later.
For now, our job is to disrupt the establishment GOP. If we beat Democrats while we’re at it, great. But the first priority is to fix the Drunk Party – the Living Dead establishment Republicans. They’re history. They just don’t know it yet.
NY-23 was the first shot in that war. It was a direct hit. Next year, we start storming the castle.
Me: Next up, Rubio vs. Crist and DeVore vs. Fiorina.