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It is hard to understand exactly why a brilliant tactician like Mr. McConnell would be so deeply involved in this campaign. Does Mr. McConnell feel threatened by Mr. Sasse? Does he secretly hate conservatives? Is he shilling for Obamacare?

Whatever the reason, when the only principles you stand for anymore are your own survival or some petty grievance, then your principles no longer have anything to do with the Constitution.

Charles Hurt can be reached at and on Twitter @charleshurt.