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Running a farm team for politics

Last week, as the debt-ceiling crisis neared its end, I got an e-mail from an outfit called the Western Representation PAC. The subject line was “The Big Surrender Caucus.” The purpose was to ask me for money, so it could run primary challengers against “milquetoast establishment Republicans” who had committed the sin of compromise.

This — the threat of the big-money primary challenge — is why the government came to a standstill for so long. This is why moderates have disappeared, and why we’re due for more crises soon.

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