Nathan Dahm ran to the right of Rep. John Sullivan in Oklahoma's First District—and came out a loser.
Dahm, who picked up the endorsement of the conservative (and utterly inconsequential) Tulsa Beacon, didn't break 20 percent, a sign that Tulsa-area voters were not impressed by the 'true conservative' label.
First District voters apparently forgave Sullivan's personal problems, which included a public admission of his alcoholism and a stay at the Betty Ford clinic.
Sullivan is campaigning as if he's the picture of health, with Voice-of-God ads showing him jogging along the Arkansas River.
In fact, Sullivan is Oklahoma's contribution to Washington's botanical garden, a rather colorless potted plant that takes up valuable space and contributes almost nothing to the good of the nation.