On Fox News last night, Mitch Daniels belatedly weighed in on Dick Lugar's big loss last week in the Indiana Senatorial primary to Richard Mourdock.
"It's a factor. It was a factor here in our state, but in this contest, very honestly, the winner - Richard Mourdock -- started with 2/3 of the regular REpublican county chairmen for him, and added as that number went along.
This was a test between two good friends of mine, two allies, two really good people, but it would be a complete misunderstanding to label this a tea party phenomenon when, in fact, the winner had a role of a very strong majority with rank-and-file Republicans.
.... he's a Republican regular himself, and that was the decisive factor."
I didn't follow Indiana too closely, but was "the decisive factor" really that Mourdock was allegedly a part of the Republican establishment?
If you remember, Daniels backed the establishment favorite, Dick Lugar, in the primary.