Another Tea Party Primary Win

In Nebraska, a marginal candidate has won the Republican primary for senate after a Palin endorsement and a blitz of SuperPac ads in the last week. Democrats are hopeful that returning native son Bob Kerrey can return to the state and recapture his old senate seat. It does make it a more interesting race. In 2010 the Republicans embraced the tea party so they could win and gain power. It worked in the House, which they won handily. But in state wide senate races, the tea party candidates didn’t fare as well, losing most of the states where they had won primaries (Kentucky’s Rand Paul being the obvious exception who did win the senate seat.) It had looked this year like the Republicans had a very good chance to retake the senate around 22 of the 33 seats up are currently held by Democrats. They had a lot more to defend. And once again, the tea party could derail the Republican dreams of taking control of the senate. We of course won’t know until November; the point is that the Republicans continue to make things harder on themselves than things should be. The party that obediently marched in lockstep during the Bush years continues to flounder from its embrace with extremists (the tea party candidate who defeated Lugar in Indiana last week came out saying he doesn’t believe in bipartisanship and will never compromise).
When you watch the leaders of the party, like John Boehner, it’s clear they don’t know what to do. They have to keep embracing the extremists or they think they’ll lose the power they have, but they aren’t that extreme themselves, so they continually contort themselves into policy pretzels. I’d almost feel sorry for Boehner save for the fact that he made his own bed and now he gets to lie in it.
If nothing else, the recent primary results have shown that reports of the demise of the tea party have been premature.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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