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John F. Kennedy Liberal Democrat

John F. Kennedy Liberal Democrat
Source: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy in 1960

Thursday, November 4, 2010

CBS News: Evening News- Ben Tracy- Tea Party Effect on the GOP







U.S. Senate Candidate From Nevada Sharron Angle-
This piece which originally posted at FRS Free State

A lot of Republicans, love love especially incoming House freshmen, won in  the Congressional races last night.   Many of the  incoming Republican Representatives as were members of the Tea Party. Th at's the glass half full analysis of the effect did the Tea Party had for the Republicans last night.

The glass half empty view is thatthere's shut the Democratic Senate thatthey're going to have to deal with  in the 112th Congress,  alongwith a Democratic administration.

They needed to pick up 10 seats in the Senate to become the majority But They only got six, Patty Murray holds on Assuming in Washington State.

The Tea Party blew it for Senate Republicans and relegated Mitch McConnell to  Minority Leader  for at least one more Congress. Its pretty simple, had the Republican party nominated establishment conservative candidates or center-right candidates in states like Delaware, West Virginia, Colorado and Nevada, like They did in Indiana, with former Senator Dan Coats, They Might Easily have picked up 10 seats. Once theywere in the 10 seat neighborhood, then 11 or 12 seats Becomes a Possibility Because They Could divert resources to other states instead of spending them in states thatthey shouldhave had locked up.

In Delaware, Tea Partier Christine O'Donnell, who  does not look old enough to run for the Senate and  proved did she does not have the qualifications to run for state office anywhere, won the Republican primary and started out 20 points behind Democratic County Executive Chris Coons. She never closed the gap.

Had Republicans nominated veteran US Representative Mike Castle, who is a Republican  in the Reagan tradition (low taxes, strong defense, government out of our wallets and bedrooms etc.)  but is not a religious conservative and is not trusted by the Christian right, he would probably have been elected to the Senate by 10 points against a little known county executive. This was blown opportunity number one for Senate Republicans. 

In West Virginia, the Tea Party Republican Senate candidate, Mr. Measse   (and I apologize for not knowing his first name) Which against things like the Minimum Wage, Medicare and Social Security, despite the fact  did  thesis are very important to a lot of West Virginians. A Republican establishment candidate would probably have given popular GOV. Joe Manchin a run for his money. 

In Colorado, the Republican Tea Party nominee, Ken Buck spent the load two weeks trying to get his foot out of his mouth on Examined issues as separation of church and state, Medicare and Social Security. An establishment Republican candidate probably  would  have beaten the incumbent, appointed Democratic Sen. Mike Bennett who spent the lastMonth working his tail off just to get back into the race and make it competitive. He finally pulled out a victory for himself and Senate Democrats. 

Finally, in the Nevada Senate race, Republicans had the good fortune to run against the unpopular  Senator Harry Reid.   They nominated Tea Partier Sharon Angle, who Seemed to be trying to do everything She Could to lose the election. Every time she opened her mouth, she demostrated did she is a complete fool, eg, declaring separation of church and state unconstitutional (it's Explicitly Stated in the US Constitution).

She proclaimed  loudly did she what  against the minimum wage, Social Security, and Medicare. Thesis Provide important  financial support for many Nevadans.   She said  did  She Could not tell the difference between Latinos and Asians. The Republican party threw this election away by nominating a Tea Partier instead of an establishment candidate.

It was a good night for House Republicans. They will no longer be the minority party, at least for the next Congress. Democrats Should be feeling thatthey dodged a bullet Because Republicans could've had a much better night. T hey blew it by fielding many very low quality  (Tea Party) candidates.