Do Dems have anything to be worried about?
I don't think Democrats should get cocky looking
at Tuesday night's election results, but if they
want to learn what might work in November 2010,
there are fascinating lessons in what just happened.
On the GOP side, Mitch McConnell, Dick Cheney
and the NRCC lost big, as Kentucky voters rejected Trey Grayson
and Jeff Reetz in big Senate and House primaries
there, going for Tea Party newcomers Rand Paul and Todd Lally.
In Pennsylvania, the NRCC lost again, as Democrat
Mark Critz beat Republican Tim Burns for Jack Murtha's old seat,
in the only district that voted for John Kerry
in 2004 and John McCain in 2008. Burns tried to nationalize his race with
campaign cartoon that depicted Nancy Pelosi as
a monster (about the fifth time Republicans have tried, unsuccessfully,
to run against Pelosi). He only succeeded in
showing he has Mommy issues with his silly Pelosi caricature...
So for now at least, the lesson seems to be that
both parties are vulnerable to insurgent challenges from their base.
The Tea Party has shown that it can be a force
in electoral politics (before tonight, its main achievement was electing
Democrat Bill Owens in the NY-23 race, when party
members decided GOP incumbent Dede Scozzafava was too liberal.)
We don't know yet how that will play in November.
Will those insurgents prove to be stronger candidates than the
establishment figures they beat? Or will they
wind up marginalized in a two-party race?"
I've said it before and I'll keep saying it until
I think it's not true - the Teabaggers are killing the GOP.
And what about that Rand Paul nut?
Can you believe some of the crap he's been saying?
The only outright Teabagger who's won anything
says the Civil Rights Act
was a bad thing for the government to get into.
He also thinks the Disabilities Act
goes too far - really, Rand?
The Teanaggers' only success sounds like Sarah
Palin doing shots of Cuervo Gold. (Not a compliment)
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