Tea Party Puts GOP Victory in Senate at Risk
I keep seeing these stories, but in this off year election season of malaise anything political can happen. So I certainly hope that Democrats are not resting their strategy on hopes of Republican in-fighting. Instead they should be putting forth good candidates and gearing for the strongest grass-roots coalitions that they can to fight the chance of changeover in the Senate inch by inch.
The Democrats should be on the ground right now building both local and national issues for their candidates to ramp on, issues that will drive wedges into the gaps the author mentions below as well as the widening gap between Middle class america and the far right yahoos in charge of the GOP nowadays.
After ending 2013 with tails tucked, thanks to a series of errors, blunders, glitches and misstatements of true-ish-ness, Democrats were poised to lose control of the Senate. Instead, tea party Republicans seem bent on helping Democrats win.
The formula is familiar by now: Republicans who aren’t conservative enough, meaning they might deign to work with Democrats, are targets for primary challenges by folks who often couldn’t win a staring contest much less a statewide election.
One need think back only to Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell, who is not a witch (because she said so) and who in 2010 defeated the primary favorite, then-Rep. Mike Castle, and handed the Senate seat to Democrat Chris Coons, a relatively unknown county executive.