He would likely have won a general election, if he could have held onto the Republican nomination. Since then, Flake has become even more outspoken, decrying the direction of the Republican Party as self-described conservatives sacrifice their principles at the Altar of Trump. I understand that frustration, but channeling it through a clown like Stewart is short-sighted, spiteful, and self-defeating. They said they are more interested in throwing temper tantrums than in winning elections. Last week in Virginia, Republican primary voters surrendered a chance of picking up a Senate seat. In nominating Stewart to run a futile campaign against Kaine, grassroots Republicans did send a message to the GOP establishment. Back in September, I wrote a column arguing that Republicans were at a crossroads. Robert Bentley as Bentley was being chased from office by a sex scandal. Stewart has played footsie with the Alt-Right grifters behind the Charlottesville protests, and has positioned himself as a vessel for the frustration Republican voters have with the Republican Party. Frankly, his admonitions would carry more weight if he were willing to fight to stay in the Senate. The people who care about them are dedicated partisans, not persuadable, undecided voters. Email him at gbosse unionleader. Once Moore secured the nomination, he faced allegations that he had spent his 30s creeping around teenage girls. Parties decide what they are when they pick their candidates. With the filing period closed, New Hampshire voters have a choice about the direction of their parties. Strange had some baggage, having been appointed by Gov.