Back before the conflagration that was World War II, some of Europe's great powers engaged in a surrogate struggle by arming the warring factions in the Spanish Civil War. It was a great way to test their latest weapons and tactics.
Here in our country and in our time, the role of Spain is being played by the state of Wisconsin, where a political civil war has raged for nearly 18 months — presaging the fierce national politics of this presidential year.
Watch Wisconsin over the next four weeks, and you will see where we are headed as a nation in the months ahead.
The nearly four-decade career of Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar has come to an end. The Republican elder statesman, well known as an internationalist and as a moderate willing to reach across the aisle, lost his primary battle to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, a conservative upstart backed by the Tea Party.
"My public service is not concluded," Lugar said during his concession speech, according to Reuters. "I look forward to what can be achieved in the Senate in the next eight months despite a very difficult national election atmosphere."
Have we seen the end of the Tea Party movement? New York Times reporter Kate Zernike is the author of Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America. Host Rachel Martin talks with Zernike about the Tea Party's current relevance and influence in the political process.
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Utah Senator Orrin Hatch survived his state's Republican nominating convention yesterday, but barely failed to get enough votes to avoid a June primary. It'll be the six-term senator's first primary in 36 years. Still, he's not complaining because convention delegates didn't toss him from the race and ultimately from the Senate. That's what they did two years ago with three-term incumbent Bob Bennett.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, ducked the fate of his former colleague, Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, and won strong support at the Utah Republican convention Saturday, but it wasn't quite enough to win the GOP nomination outright.
The six-term Utah senator needed 60 percent of convention delegates' votes to win: he got 59 percent. That means he'll compete on the Republican primary ballot June 26, against former state senator Dan Liljenquist for the Republican nomination and the chance to take on a Democratic opponent in the fall election.