After a week featuring the first primary of the cycle and the annual CPAC barometer of sentiment on the Right, NBC’s First Read made a very good point this morning that nicely sums up my own impressions as well:

[I]f you thought Sen. Lindsey Graham was going to coast in his June 10 GOP primary, you need to think again. If 41% of Texas Republicans voted against [Sen. John] Cornyn when he was facing a clown-car of candidates, how many South Carolina Republicans will vote against Graham, who has voted for President Obama’s Supreme Court picks and been a key author of comprehensive immigration reform? Bottom line: Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Pat Roberts, and Thad Cochran look MORE vulnerable today than they did last week.

RINO Purge ’14–and its effect on potentially vulnerable GOP incumbents–hasn’t even really begun.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.