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09.14.10

Tea Party Triumph

In the last biggest primary race before the November midterm elections, the Tea Partiers tested the GOP’s chances at winning a majority in Congress. Daily Beast contributors Mark McKinnon, Nicolle Wallace, Matthew Ygelsias, and John Avlon react.

In the last biggest primary race before the November midterm elections, the Tea Partiers tested the GOP’s chances at winning a majority in Congress. Daily Beast contributors Mark McKinnon, Nicolle Wallace, Matthew Ygelsias, John Avlon, Shushannah Walshe and Tunku Varadarajan react.

Make Everybody Vote
By Peter Beinart

The country didn’t swing right Tuesday night. Only the hard right bothered to vote. Peter Beinart on how compulsory balloting could prevent the next Christine O’Donnell.

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The Right’s Self-Inflicted Wound
By Matthew Yglesias

The upset in Delaware is the latest sign of a conservative civil war between work horses and show horses. Matthew Yglesias on how Palin and DeMint are destroying GOP dreams of a Senate majority.

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The Republicans’ Silver Lining
By Nicolle Wallace

Yes, the Delaware upset could hurt the GOP’s chances this fall. But Nicolle Wallace argues that a more modest November would actually be good for Republicans.

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A System That Rewards the Extremes
By John Avlon

The fringe and entrenched won, and the competent and respected lost. Last night was a bad night for good government, on both sides of the aisle.

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Another Strong Primary Night for Palin
By Shushannah Walshe

The former governor racked up some big wins for her endorsees—from a long-shot Tea Partier to a former Real World castmate. The outlook for these winners’ general election chances, however, is decidedly mixed.

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Obama Loses a Mayor
By Dana Goldstein

Adrian Fenty’s defeat puts Washington, D.C.’s aggressive school reform efforts, spearheaded by schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, on the chopping block—and is a lesson for the president from voters.

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A Suicidal Vote for Purity
By Tunku Varadarajan

Tunku Varadarajan rues the Tea Party primary victories that have no chance of general election success—and suggests it’s time for Republicans to drop the slogans and scare-mongering and come up with some real ideas.

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The Revolution Has Arrived
By Mark McKinnon

Tea Party upstarts rock Delaware and New Hampshire. Mark McKinnon on a GOP establishment on the run, what voters want—and the coming Republican identity crisis.

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