Rep. Justin Amash was supposed to be the next big target of the establishment wing of the Republican Party, sweating all the way to the finish line.
Instead, campaigning just two weeks before his primary, Amash seemed almost carefree. “Things are going great,” he said after a parade this weekend in this Grand Rapids, Mich., suburb.
His confidence is for good reason. Many GOP operatives had been outspoken about their hopes to kick out Amash this cycle for being what they viewed as too extreme in his tea party positions. But while the establishment deployed a shock and awe strategy for Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi and Rep. Mike Simpson in Idaho this year when they feared losing primaries against tea party rivals, no intense effort has materialized against Amash.