For all of the assumptions (“conservatives cannot win”) that have gone into national Republicans’ disrespect for Pat Toomey, it is important to remember that he held down a congressional district for three terms that went for John Kerry in 2004 and for Al Gore in 2000. Toomey was not considered “too conservative” by the voters in Allentown and Bethlehem, to whom he made a convincing case for fiscal discipline and free markets.
His successor in that district, Rep. Charlie Dent (R, Pa.), has an ACU lifetime rating of 64. He is about as moderate as they come in the GOP caucus. And he has endorsed Toomey for Senate.