In Missouri, an increasingly red state that went overwhelmingly for Trump, this may prove difficult. But the groundwork needs to be laid now. After Republicans finally woke up to the flagrant racism of Rep. Steve King of Iowa, they found and funded primary opponent Randy Feenstra, who went on to win his House seat. There is no shortage of ambitious Republican candidates in Missouri who can make Hawley pay.
If the Trump era has taught us anything, it’s that we are mistaken to wait until after the primaries to ask conservatives to vote their conscience. The simple fact is that pro-life, limited government conservatives are never going to start voting for Democrats, nor can they reasonably be expected to. But that means we need to clean house on our own side of the aisle, and that starts by going all-in on our next set of primaries.