There’s a myth in Indianapolis Republican circles that goes something like this: back in the good old days, the Indiana GOP was made up of high minded, moderate statesmen from metro Indianapolis like Richard Lugar and Bill Hudnut. Then a bunch of troglodytes from rural Indiana like Mike Pence took over and wrecked the party and the state with extreme social conservative policies that are bad for business.
I think the theme of the GOP throughout my lifetime has been: What can we accomplish without any real courage? The answer is cut taxes and regulations. Anything beyond that requires some courage. The voters have figured this out and won't put up with it any longer, hence the primary challenges and other signs of uppitiness among us hoi polloi.