I was far from born when Reagan, in his 1966 campaign for Governor of California, spoke his '11th Commandment'- "Thou shall not speak ill of any fellow Republican." Liberal Republican attacks on primary winner Barry Goldwater were a significant part of the 1964 Presidential defeat. More importantly, attacking a fellow Republican during the primary makes life significantly easier for the Democrat in the general election. Looking back at the 2012 primary fight, you can see this clearly-Mitt Romney's highly negative attacks on his primary opponents, and their attacks in return, made it much more easy for Barack Obama's campaign to win re-election.
More importantly, these negative attacks are disastrous for party unity at a time when it's most desperately needed. After all, the end of the primary cycle is when the party needs to come together most-and yet, with negative attacks on everyone, it leaves a significant number of Republicans-conservatives and moderates alike-with a sour taste in their mouths, unwilling to help elect the nominee in the general election. Again, this plays perfectly into the liberal candidate's hands.
I'm not a fool-I know that primary fights are going to get ugly-especially with conservatives going up against moderate incumbents like Bevin in Kentucky. However, can we try to keep it somewhat positive? The Party-and the conservative movement-will be much better served by having a nominee who isn't already battered by the negative attacks of fellow Republicans. At least keep attacks professional, please-personal attacks do nothing but hurt everyone involved. Thanks, and let's look forward to the next year!