Organized groups are now preparing to push GOP nominees hard right in 2012. Putting aside the question of whether that's a good strategy (that is, whether the risks of losing seats to Democrats is worth the upside of more conservative Republicans winning some seats, and pushing other incumbent Republicans to the right as they fear tough primaries), I have a different question today.
It's pretty clear that Olympia Snowe is a lot less conservative than most Congressional Republicans. It's a lot harder to tell whether Orrin Hatch and Dick Lugar are in fact less conservative than, say, Ron Johnson and Mike Lee. Different rhetoric, and different emphasis, perhaps, but it's not entirely clear to me that Hatch and Lugar are in fact less conservative. Here's my question: to what extent do you trust organized groups to correctly identify "real" conservative candidates?