{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.}

From today’s Meet the Press:

MR. MEACHAM: A, a congressman who’s running for the Senate told me recently that the House Republican Conference had never been so conservative, and that to run statewide you could not be captive to the House Republican Conference.

Now, it’s time to play everyone’s favorite game show: Name That Republican!

A Congressman, running for Senate, and (ostensibly) a member of the House Republican Conference… well, only three sitting Republican Congressmen are currently running for Senate:

1) Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS)

2) Rep. Jerry Moran (R-KS)

3) Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO)

Two of them are from Kansas, a state that hasn’t sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since the 1930’s – so I doubt that either of them are complaining about being “captive” to the House GOP.

So, which Republican told Newsweek editor Jon Meacham that “the House Republican Conference had never been so conservative, and that to run statewide you could not be captive to the House Republican Conference”?

By the process of elimination, it must be Missouri’s own Congresscritter Roy Blunt.

As such, someone ought to confirm that Blunt, in fact, had said that.

If he did make those comments to Meacham, someone should ask Blunt – a member of this perilously right-wing House GOP caucus’ leadership – why his own caucus, of which he is a leader, is so right-wing that it impairs his ability to run statewide in the purplest of purple states and forces a leader in his Party to run away from his Party.