-- Sessions declined to say whether he'd run for another term as leader of the NRCC. If he doesn't, he made clear he'd be comfortable with Walden replacing him, saying he couldn't imagine a "more competent" deputy and that he has "great confidence in Greg." Leadership of the group is the source of constant palace intrigue in Washington. -- On the morning after the historic primary defeat of Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., the two GOP lawmaker-strategists said the tea party remains a force for the positive for Republicans. Sessions said tea party challenges are "not only healthy but good for our party," creating a more "energized" electorate. Both sidestepped questions about the implications for American democracy given the thinning out of moderates from the GOP ranks. -- Walden did take aim, however, at what he called "a cleansing on the left" of Blue Dogs and more moderate members, citing the victory Democratic Rep. Mark Critz in Pennsylvania last month over more moderate Rep. Jason Altmire. Walden said the race "to the left" there has given Republicans a pick-up opportunity there in the fall. -- Sessions declined to endorse in the contested Senate Republican primary in Texas. "I am supporting the winner," he said, with a smile.
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