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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Extreme Right-Wing Conservatives snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory?
The 2010 Primary Season is officially over and victories by Tea Party back candidates have rocked the GOP establishment to their foundation. Look no further than Delaware and Christine O'Donnell's victory over Congressman Mike Castle. Up to this point, Republican Mike Castle had never lost a political contest in this deep, dark blue of blue Democratic strongholds. This is a span of more than 20 years.
While the Tea Party continues to demonstrate they're a force of conservative nature that the GOP establishment cannot contend with, the implications of their primary successes are just beginning to be felt. Democrats, having been pummeled since the start of the Great Recession and throughout this lack-luster economic recovery, are feeling a stiff gust of wind in their sails with O'Donnell's win in Delaware. Why?
For starters, Christine O'Donnell is a perennial candidate with a personal credibility problem, has significant personal financial issues, has sued a former employer for discrimination and wrongful termination, and as the head of an "Abstinence Only" group made controversial statements regarding masturbation. In a nutshell, O'Donnell is the GOP's worst nightmare come true. Click here for the CNN report on her background.
There seems to be widespread consensus that Delaware is off the target list for the NRSC, virtually assuring Democratic retention of the Senate. But will O'Donnell's victory affect other GOP targets? Possibly.
Democrats now have a chance to turn the tables and make the case for them to retain control by nationalizing the Tea Party candidates as too extreme. What kind of message can the Democrats cobble together with less than two months to go until November 2nd, that will hold the line for them to retain control?
Just like Republicans were handed a gift by Democrats overreaching with their legislative agenda and not focusing on the economy first and then everything else, Democrats have been handed the gift of the Tea Party and the circular firing squad within the GOP. Republicans had the Democrats on the ropes and the Tea Party threw a banana peal on the mat hoping Democrats would step on it and fall. Whoops!
So here's the picture Democrats have to paint for the General Election voters: Message Received. We hear you America and we'll do better. But if you didn't like what the Republicans did when they had control, just wait and see if you give the keys back to this group. Too extreme to govern and make rational decisions. The GOP and the Tea Party will be the end of us all. The GOP created this problem (The Tea Party) and now they can't put the crazy kid back in Juvee.
Here's a short list of statewide GOP nominees that are supported by the Tea Party:
Delaware U.S. Senate - Christine O'Donnell
New York Governor - Carl Paladino
South Carolina Governor - Nikki Haley
South Carolina U.S. Senate - Senator Jim Demint
Florida Governor - Rick Scott
Florida U.S. Senate - Marco Rubio
Kentucky U.S. Senate - Rand Paul
Texas Governor - Governor Rick Perry
Utah U.S. Senate - Mike Lee
Nevada U.S. Senate - Sharron Angle
Alaska U.S. Senate - Joe Miller
If you know of more, please add to the list. But with just this list, the window of opportunity is there for Democrats to take advantage of the extremist candidates running on the GOP slate and put them under the magnifying glass. Christine O'Donnell's victory might be the proverbial straw that breaks the camels back for the GOP to run the table. Then again, the American public might just be that fed up with business as usual in Washington, D.C. to elect this group and their supporting cast.
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