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, John Avlon, Shushannah Walshe and Tunku Varadarajan react.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.