- Mildly unpleasant truth: today’s Republican votes will have no effect on general Senate elections in 2014, 2016, and 2018. Primary voters will either punish the Senators who voted Yes on cloture, or they will not. Either way, the vote will not be an issue in the general election.
- Absolutely hysterical truth: Today’s Democratic votes will have an effect on general Senate elections in 2014, 2016, and 2018. Primary voters may not punish Democratic Senators for this – Democratic primary voters are over-represented by fringe types who actually like Obamacare – but general voters are another story.
Sorry I’m not being gloomy about this. It’s just that I remember what it was like before RedState started trying to get people elected to office. Lot of friends of the site stood next to Senator Ted Cruz this week, starting with Ted Cruz instead. It’s a process, not an event.