But they could make it harder getting on the ballot
With TMay herself now joining those attacking BoJo for his Burka comments the big danger he faces is not being able to get enough fellow CON MPs to support him in the first rounds of voting to get on the ballot.
It is precisely this type of comment that raises big question marks over his judgement. It appears to be attention-seeking.
I’ve little doubt that if he got to the final runoff of two that he’d do well with the membership but it is the parliamentary party that he first has to convince.
Like in many things it is his choice of language that might attract the headlines but undermines him with his colleagues.