Hardly an original thought, however, from Couric. From a quick perusal of the MRC's archive, I discovered that on NBC's Today show back in 2005 she worried about whether "the religious right has too much influence on the Republican Party" and, after listing some non-conservative positions held by "moderate Republican" Senator Arlen Specter, empathized with him: "Do you feel like an endangered species these days?" (Specter, of course, a few years later fled the GOP for the Democratic Party where he was promptly defeated in their primary.)
Couric teased Thursday's newscast by characterizing conservative Republican winners as "fringe" players: "The party crashers. Big primary victories by fringe candidates open a rift in the GOP."