What has to be done is a specific target of unreliable members and to run them out in the primaries. Sadly, it seems like in TN, we see RINOs ousting Conservatives. In the 1st District for Congress, for example, David Davis was a solid freshman Conservative who lost due to RINOs and Democrats voting for Roe, his RINO opponent in the primary. With Roe’s win, the state delegation moved leftward.
One big problem, too, we have in this state is that we have open primaries, which invites Democrat chicanery (so in GOP areas where Dems don’t run candidates (or weak candidates), they interfere and choose OUR candidates), and another is no runoff. We got Corker because he didn’t have to go to a runoff against Ed Bryant despite only getting a plurality.
I’m from the 1st district and was very sad to see David Davis go. I got to hear him speak shortly before the election and was very impressed by him. I think that you are exactly right about our primaries being open causing trouble. Is that something that can be changed? If so, how?