The news is that Karl Rove's crowd is dumping $1.1 million into Thom Tillis' primary campaign.
This is profoundly wrong and unjust on several levels:
1. The 17th Amendment to the constitution clearly intends that the people of North Carolina choose their United States Senator. Our extraconstitutional party system determines who the major nominees will be. It is terribly wrong that out-of-state, wiser-than-thou national party bosses have such a disproportionate influence on choosing the state's nominee. This is supposed to be for Carolinians to decide.
2. Rove has had a horrible record electing United States Senators. Check this website to learn the awful truth regarding all the races he lost during the 2012 cycle.
3. It seems that nearly all the enthusiasm at the grassroots level is directed toward Greg Brannon-- and secondarily, toward Mark Harris. (Harris' standing, however, may be on the uptick.) Much of the support Tillis is showing in the polls is merely on the basis of his TV ads.
4. From what I can discern, Tillis is not well-liked within the party and among conservatives. In fact, my impression is that he is actually disliked by a fair number of folks who would otherwise be behind the GOP nominee.
5. Many North Carolina conservatives have concerns that Tillis will not be equal to the enormous tasks of undoing all the damage we have seen in Washington, reversing some terrible precedents and restoring a constitutional republic. Part of the basis for this concern is the fact that moderate national party figures are trying to get him nominated. And part of the basis is familiarity with his record. (Some conservatives also feel that Tillis would present a weaker contrast with Kay Hagan).
It would be a downright shame if Rove's crowd were to purchase the nomination for Thom Tillis, and then find conservatives at the grassroots unenthusiastic about helping him.