A Tea Party Tsunami? More Like a Tempest In a Teapot!
Now these Tea Party candidates have to actually govern. Let’s see how that works out. If their hero Palin is the model that they follow, they’ll be quitting in about 18 months.
Let’s all step back and take a deep breath. The midterms are over and as we assess the results, let’s put it in the proper perspective:
- Just 24 hours ago, the market predicted it was more than likely that the Democrats would lose 60 or more seats in the House of Representatives. They only lost 58 so far, and the number is not going to go above 60 once all are decided.
- Democrats held the Senate relatively easily when you get down to it, with it looking like 51 clear Democrats going back to caucus with 2 independents (Lieberman & Sanders). So in real terms, they’ll end up with a 53 to 47 advantage, with Biden the tie breaking vote if needed.
- Some very high profile Tea Party darlins’ lost including Buck, Miller, O’Donnell, Fiorina, Whitman, and best of all SHARRON ANGLE, with the last one a direct punch in the Tea Party snout.
- Some of the Tea Party hopefuls were clearly a focus for not only the Tea Party Express and Fox News, but also the GOP, with candidates like Angle, Whitman, Buck and Fiorina the beneficiaries of millions in campaign funding in either secret money, or personal wealth, all ultimately for naught.
- Interestingly, something that no one seems to be talking about on the morning after is that many of the Democratic Senate loses were much closer than expected, such as in IL where Kirk, who was predicted to when easily, could not be declared until 11pm CDT and in PA where Sestak hung in against Toomey well into the night despite predictions that the Republican would romp.
- Also in IL, Pat Quinn, the Democratic candidate for Governor, is ahead of the Republican candidate Bill Brady, an extremist in his own right, by a slim margin that looks like it will hold, despite the pre-election polls having him down 37% to 45%.
Hey, the traditional midterm reality is the party holding the executive branch gets beaten up. What transpired was expected, perhaps deserved to some extent, but in no way was it historic nor of the magnitude predicted just a few days ago. If the media is saying it is, it’s because to report otherwise would expose the harsh reality that their preferred pre-election narrative was more about ratings and revenue than responsible journalism. But are we really surprised?
This is a loss, but one that can be handled. Now these Tea Party candidates have to actually govern. Let’s see how that works out. If their hero Palin is the model that they follow, they’ll be quitting in about 18 months.
For us, our course is clear…this is a call to action, financially, emotionally and in sweat equity. Let’s get started….