Conservatives challenge Republican leaders
There is real resistance to accommodating liberalism on the right. Leaders who feel pressure from the media to compromise are having to defend those compromises in primary elections this year. It is hard to get a feel for how effective those challenges are in the House races, but the Katrina Pierson challenge to Congressman Sessions in the Dallas area has attracted some attention and has gotten an endorsement from Sarah Palin. Polling has shown Sen. Cornyn with a substantial lead over his challengers. Both sides need to do a better job of explaining what there strategy is in dealing with a liberal President and a liberal media.
Although upsets are unlikely, the long list of candidates trying to unseat high-ranking Republicans in the primaries reflects fissures within the party.