Though GOP officials say the party is still guided by the same
conservative principles they championed when they took over Congress,
they have recognized over the subsequent half-dozen campaigns that
enforcing such orthodoxy would prove fatal to its centrist candidates
fighting to hang on in politically competitive states and districts —
a relatively small group, but one that has been essential to the GOP
maintaining its majority by only a dozen or fewer seats.
So why aren't the local town democratic party committees working overtime to push these critical so-called moderate republicans out? Could it be that the anti-war drumbeat is monopolizing too many resources?
Playing Defense: GOP Strives for Continuing Majority in ’06, Bob Benenson | Congressional Quarterly, Apr. 24, 200