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A won-loss sheet for the Tea Party Express

Tea Party Express - Sal RussoThe meme of Tuesday's election has already been written: It was the year of the "tea parties." But just for fun, I looked at how one particular tea party group -- the Tea Party Express -- fared with its 112 endorsements. The answer: Almost all of the Republican incumbents who earned the TPE nod won reelection, but the GOP challengers it backed had much less success.

That's just one group, and I suspect that other tea party organizations could make the case that they inflicted more damage on Democratic incumbents. As far as the Express is concerned, though, it may have been more influential in the primaries than in the general election.

In a statement issued Wednesday morning, the Express focused more on qualitative effects than quantitative ones. "The biggest victory might be the fact that the impact of the tea party movement was so strong that everyone - even many Democrats - started adopting the messaging  and positions of the tea party movement," the group said. "There weren't all that many candidates running on the platform defending tax-spend-bailout policies or big government excess, such as ObamaCare."

As of noon Wednesday, 66 Republicans endorsed by the Express had won their races, and two were leading. Of that group, 41 were GOP incumbents who were either unopposed or who won easily. Ten more of those who won by large margins were candidates for open seats previously held by Republicans, and three were running for open seats previously held by Democrats. The remaining 12 defeated Democratic incumbents, four by 3 percentage points or less.

Thirty-nine other Republicans endorsed by the Express lost on Tuesday, including one incumbent (Charles Djou in Hawaii), three running for open seats previously held by Democrats, and one running for an open seat previously held by a Republican (that being Delaware's Mike Castle, who was defeated in the primary by Christine O'Donnell -- a tea party favorite who didn't go over so well with the rest of the state's voters).

The seven other Republicans endorsed by the Express were in races that were too close to call as of Wednesday morning. All but one, the Alaska Senate race, involved Democratic incumbents.

In sum: 56 Democratic incumbents targeted, 12 defeated (so far). That's not bad in comparison to historical rates of incumbents winning reelection, but it's not so impressive when compared to the rate at which Democrats were being defeated across the country this year.

Just as a point of reference, Sarah Palin targeted 20 seats held by Democrats who voted for the healthcare reform law, and Republicans took 18 of those. But all of those districts had been won by Palin and John McCain in the 2008 presidential race, so this year's Republican challengers were running on friendly turf.

-- Jon Healey

Photo: Sal Russo, chief strategist for the Tea Party Express, tracks election results at an election night party in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

 
 

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 GordonSantaMonica

First let’s sit back and take a deep deep breath and say thank G-D the midterm election cycle is now complete. Congratulations to the winners and the losers. While I am a Democrat and a moderate at that I still say I am glad it wasn’t worse than it ended.

I might also add the following …

Did you look at the results of this midterm? Have you counted the number of votes for each party in each of the houses of congress? If you did the simple math you would see that the political extremes don't have the votes. That means the Middle of the political spectrum will finally get their political rewards. Bipartisan is no longer a dirty word nor is compromise.

The difference between the Political extremes is ..... nothing!!! You are each narcissistic politicians. You are both self righteous. The people in which you each believe if they do not achieve that which you wanted you run off into the corner somewhere and pout shout and whine about that SOB that broke their promise.

The one fact that I would notice that is different has to do with the truth or lie ... The left will have an affair and accept the fact that affairs are ok and move on. The right raps itself within the Constitution, the Flag and the Bible and says we tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth and then goes off into the corner and gets off.
Remember during the Bush-two years it was “My way or the Highway” … now in the Barack Obama years it is “Transparency, Protest, and Loud Verbal Debate”.
Admittedly depending on whose side you might be on, we interpret the actions of each side according to our own prejudices. In any case Patriotism is at the center along with our individual beliefs. Depending on which side you choose we slant our truths … when the Right called debate … Patriotism … and the Left called … debate or opposition as racism … is absurd and leads to irresponsible reporting.
The other obvious exaggeration by both the political extremes has to do with the so called win by Barack Obama. He won 53% of the vote. This was no landslide election. In fact we can agree that the Independent voters held the balance of power in their hands. The other hidden fact is that the margin of victory for the President in each congressional district was even just as tight. With this in mind, one could assume that the congressional battles in any district will be extremely tight. Basically … if the president or the congress screwed up then the party in power did meet their demise. I believe each of the party leaders that run campaigns knew this possibility. If they didn’t then they should be fired.
The Tea Party is the new independent electorate that is available to the more like minded Republicans. The CHANGE independents that voted for Barack stayed home pouting about the fact … in their eyes … that Barack and the Congress did not give them all that they wanted. Oh well … the shift of power has occurred.
How will the Republican Party really look? How will the new congress look?
1. Will the Republican Party become more exclusive, or will it moderate itself to become more inclusive?
2. Will a Neo-Conservative Republican Party be formed?
3. Will a Neo-Conservative Party be formed?
4. Could we end up with three strong parties?
5. Will there be a new Republican party with fresh ideas and new faces. Will there be conflicts between the Principles of the past versus the Neo-Conservative Principles. Will there be room for a variety of Principles
OR
Who will take over the Republican Party ….
1. The Tea Party
2. The Neo-cons … Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin.
3. Karl Rowe and the Good Ol Boys
4. Sarah Palin and Friends
5. Mitt Romney and Huckelberry Hound.
The disgruntled CHANGE independents that voted for Barack Obama did not come out and vote for more CHANGE instead they stayed home. Maybe it will turn out to be a blessing???
Oh by the way … one can also chew on the following thought …
We have entered into the decade of political entrapment. That is to say the Progressive Democrats took advantage of the 2007-2008 financial and economic crisis and won two of the three branches of Government … Be careful what you ask for you just might get it!!!!
The Repetitive Rhetoric Regressive Republicans are taking advantage of the current ongoing crisis and will attempt to win back one if not both houses in Congress. What for? They have been Regressive and non participants to the ongoing attempt to strengthen the economy. Philosophical differences you know. LOL LOL LOL!!! This is ok because when the electorate of 2010 sees that the New and Confused Repetitive Rhetoric Regressive Republicans cannot improve the situation … then in fact the Democrats will again win the Presidency and both houses of congress with bigger numbers in 2012. Numbers that will permit the Democrats to pass their real PROGRESSIVE PROGARMS that the FEAR MONGERING REGRESSIVE REPUBLICANS kept talking and talking and talking about. The trap is set. Philosophical differences you know. LOL LOL LOL!!! Be careful what you ask for you just might get it!!!
And so it is said and so it is written “BE CARFULL WHAT YOU ASK FOR BECAUSE YOU JUST MIGHT GET IT”!!!!
Isn’t Politics Fun? It is like a Merry-Go-Round … wait long enough and the process will eventually repeat itself.
Isn’t politics fun???????
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Dan Jeffs

The Tea Party revolution is on

Deeply concerned and frustrated voters swept-out many Democrats in the nation's congressional elections November 2nd, clearly signaling that the 'Tea Party' revolution is underway. Indeed, Republicans took the majority in the House, and narrowed the gap in the Senate. However, if they don't hold fast and true to our founding constitutional principles, they will be replaced with those who do.

Surely, the same goes for President Obama and many Democrats who were barely re-elected, including those in the Senate who are up for re-election in 2012. If the President, the Congress and for that matter, the Supreme Court, don't take the pathway to right the wrongs they've done to society, the economy, our constitutional democracy and the American people, they should certainly be voted out of office and/or otherwise impeached and removed from office.

Even though there was also a Republican shift in state governments, New York and other hopeless states held fast to their liberal decline. Indeed, clueless Californians kept Sen. Boxer and elected hapless Jerry Brown to lead the Sacramento Democrat hole-in-the-wall-gang, as a defiant gesture of voter-assisted economic suicide. Alas, the Tea Party revolution is unlikely to keep California lemmings from blindly running off the cliff and pushing the rest of us with them.


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