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Righty pundits on 'suicide' watch

Update: 3:40 p.m.

Conservative pundits are split on Christine O'Donnell's victory, just as they were on her Delaware primary campaign. The question of the hour: What does it mean?

With Karl Rove whacking away at her, several prominent commentators on the right are somewhere between distraught and distressed over the O'Donnell win, while others are angry at the Architect. Check out Michelle Malkin taking on her fellow Fox contributor:

"Rove came across as an effete sore loser instead of the supposedly brilliant and grounded GOP strategist that he's supposed to be. Expect more Washington Republicans to start sounding like tea party-bashing libs as their entrenched incumbent friends go down."

Former WSJer Tunku Varadarajan, in the Daily Beast:

The Tea Party has won its precious primaries. And I am stomping my foot as I write this, because that party has succeeded in handing American democracy back to the floundering Democrats.

In Delaware, Republican primary voters have delivered a gift to their opponents: the gift of near-certain re-election. Confirming the truth that primaries are but a sweaty, vulgar contest in which ideological bully boys stomp to the forefront, Republican die-hards have voted for "purity," an elusive concept at the best of times, but in this context a vote for suicide.

Frum Forum also sees a dark day for the GOP:

The real action in this election cycle was in the Republican primaries, they are almost over, and we already know who won: (drum roll, please!) President Obama. American conservatives have suffered a crushing and lasting defeat. The center of gravity in American politics has shifted permanently and irreversibly to the left (and conservative ideology will eventually follow).

At Hot Air, though, Ed Morrissey blames the Republican establishment:

What does Mike Castle's crash and burn among Delaware Republicans say about their party organization? After all, we have heard oodles of commentary about how Delaware Republicans are moderates who might get energized by the Tea Party but supposedly aren't looking for conservative candidates. Instead, they convinced Castle to leave a relatively safe House seat instead of looking for someone who hadn't backed a government takeover of the energy sector in cap-and-trade (in a coal-dependent region!) and co-sponsored the DISCLOSE Act. Perhaps had the GOP establishment listened a little more carefully to Delaware Republicans, who turned out relatively heavily in this election, they wouldn't find themselves crying in their lattes this morning.

They stuck with a liberal, establishment candidate in a cycle where liberals and establishment figures are uniquely unpopular. Had the Republican leadership been in touch with Delaware Republican voters, they might have found a more suitable candidate for the popular mood, and would not have had to deal with Christine O'Donnell and her outsider bid. They have no one to blame but themselves.

As for the liberals, Washington Monthly's Steve Benen is pretty excited:
"O'Donnell instantly joins the Crazy Caucus and may in fact be in the running for the nuttiest of them all. She has, after all, equated masturbation with adultery as part of her bizarre religious crusade. The chairman of the Delaware Republican Party characterized his party's U.S. Senate nominee as 'a perennial candidate unworthy of being elected dog catcher.' Even Dick Armey's FreedomWorks, which rallies behind right-wing fringe candidates, wanted nothing to do with her."

But as I discuss below, O'Donnell's detractors should heed the old Chinese proverb: Be careful what you wish for.

A tale of two channels last night:

Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, airing old footage of Christine O'Donnell talking about how masturbation is wrong and must be discouraged.

Sean Hannity on Fox, talking about how the tea partyers keep mounting strong challenges against establishment Republicans -- the kind that he usually backs.

Soon afterward, the AP calls the Delaware Senate race for O'Donnell -- a huge upset over former governor Mike Castle, who the pundits thought until about five minutes ago would waltz to victory.

In my book, this is bigger than Joe Miller winning in Alaska or Sharron Angle in Nevada. O'Donnell rode Sarah Palin's endorsement and not much else to victory. In fact, the Weekly Standard, Red State and other conservative media outlets came out against O'Donnell, or reported troubling details about her record. Now, we get to how the O'Donnell win will be played.

The common media wisdom -- a misnomer this year -- is that candidates such as O'Donnell are a huge gift to the Democrats. Instead of Castle, who would have had a cakewalk in November, they have an inexperienced true believer whose extremism won't play outside the narrow confines of a low-turnout GOP primary.

But what if that's wrong? Angle, whom views the mainstream media with fear and disdain, has turned out to be competitive against Harry Reid. O'Donnell has lots of vulnerabilities for County Executive Chris Coons to exploit -- but in an anti-Democratic, anti-incumbent year, that may matter less than many journalists think.

The NYT put it this way: "Throughout the campaign Ms. O'Donnell was dogged by reports -- many of them generated by members of her own party -- that she had trouble with her personal finances, had fudged her educational history and was not fit for office. But Ms. O'Donnell continued to rebut, repudiate and push on, with a hefty dose of help from the Tea Party infrastructure."

But here's the wrinkle: Will conservative pundits, some of whom preferred Castle, close ranks behind O'Donnell? Hannity wound up defending her against none other than Karl Rove, who said O'Donnell has "serious character problems," misled voters and has said "nutty things."

Consider this spitting match between right-wing radio host Mark Levin and the Weekly Standard's John McCormack, who reported that O'Donnell had filed a gender discrimination suit against her former employer and was never in a master's program at Princeton, as she claimed.

Levin's response: "Lol. I think you're an ass. You can quote me."

He also said on Facebook: "Should O'Donnell win Tuesday's primary, the Democrat will be trolling for opposition dirt to use against her, and he need only Google the Weekly Standard and McCormack in particular. There the Democrats will find all the poison they could ever want."

Says McCormack: "Does Levin really think that this information wouldn't have come to light if I hadn't reported it? Does he think voters don't have the right to know the details of the lawsuit filed by O'Donnell before going to the polls?"

These are just the opening salvos. I think more Washington reporters are going to be hopping on Amtrak to visit Delaware.

By Howard Kurtz  |  September 15, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
Categories:  Latest stories , Top story  | Tags: Christine O'Donnell, Delaware, Senate, tea party  
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This article is WAY too Tea Party to be given any exposure by the liberal internet news posting editors. And really, it is more unbiased then anything else(the way the media used to be 50+ years ago).
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The Contract FROM America. You don't know what it is do you. It is ACTUALLY (not the media spin) what the grassroots Tea Party movement is all about. It has been out for a year and a half.
The press and the career politicians don't want you to know what it is. Check it out for the truth. Or don't and let them "spin" you around by the nose.

Posted by: StephenWV | September 15, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I think the problem with Howard's analysis is that he forgets how deeply unpopular Reid is in Nevada, and the only reason he has remained competitive is because the GOP put up a candidate that Reid has made just as unpopular as he is. It isn't that Angle has proven herself a good candidate, it's that the alternative to her is just as lousy. That problem won't exist in Delaware, as Coons doesn't have Reid's baggage and O'Donnell barely has support from her own party.

Posted by: mustangs79 | September 15, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

O'Donnell is a pale imitation of Palin who will ensure a Democratic victory in Delaware, but before she crashes and burns we must thank her for permanently tagging Karl Rove with the memorable epithet "UNFACTUAL."

Posted by: HughBriss | September 15, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Well, it scares me to think that any of these right-wing, irresponsible hatemongering Tea Party candidates will actually get elected. Our country cannot progess forwards in a positive way when we are run by narrow-minded, regressive people who cater to the wealthy and corporate interests and not those of the middle class. If that happens, look for a real revolution against their facist-like government and this country will end up as the socialist nation these people are so inclined to harp on.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | September 15, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Karl Rove, of all people, complains that O'Donnell has "character issues." LOL indeed.

Posted by: Honus | September 15, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The Tea is Strong, filled with Hemlock and Gall.

The GOP has slept with the enemy, and will acquire every sexually transmitted infection the enemy carries. Sorry, Karl Rove, you got the itch, and you got it bad.

Meanwhile, the Tea Baggers and their confused followers are opening the door for the adults to resume control over the Congress. I hope President Obama, with whom I have many disagreements but considerable capable of learning, has the good sense to LOL in private. This primary has handed him a golden opportunity, if he has the wisdom to use it.

God bless America.

Posted by: bloommarko4 | September 15, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Kiss off Tunku Varadarajan. Go pout in a corner. What the TP has done is made it possible for a Republican win in November. Of course soon the Tea Party will be distancing themselves from the sad state of the Republican party. The party for the rich and the corporate elite. The rest of America shouldn't expect anything from Republicans. Look at the tax cuts they now have planned. You do NOT represent the party of moderate Republicans for sure. You doubted her ability in the primary, that's okay wait for election night.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | September 15, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Caribou Barbi found someone to relieve her of the Bible Spice moniker.

Posted by: blasmaic | September 15, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Kurtz gives himself away with his concern about whether right-wing pundits will support O'Donnell, as if pundits rather than the people are all that matters. Maybe he's right - the pundits have already shown they are quite capable of brainwashing millions of americans, and being republicans, they will soon be marching in lockstep in favor of the most extremist candidates. But not all voters are this extreme, and I suspect the party has shot itself in the foot.

Posted by: dougd1 | September 15, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Castle can still win this thing if he gets a favorable call from the Fox News "Decision Desk."

Posted by: mattintx | September 15, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Only in America. Or 1930's Germany.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | September 15, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The GOP made a deal with the Devil, drawing in bigots and right wing extremists. Now that Devil is going to extract its price, dragging the GOP down into Hell.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | September 15, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

As Robert Redford's character in The Candidate said: "Now what?"......

Posted by: jckdoors | September 15, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone actaully think Mark Levin can conduct a real argument? He's a cut rate Don Rickles and appeals to snarky people like himself. Why would anyone debate anything with him?

Posted by: kchses1 | September 15, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I once thought republicans and democrats were political affiliations. After a few days of reading the post, I realize,
Republican is code for racist, sexist, gay hating, jew hating, muslim hating white middle class working taxpayer.
and democrat is code for cross dressing, psuedo intellectual race baiting RICH famous priveledged know it all, tax loop hole loving white middle class professional.

So the working class against the professional(non working class)
I don't get how the democrats get to pretend they are the poor ones?
and how they are somehow representing
the poor minorities?
cuz they hire them to cut the lawn and watch the spoiled rich kids?

Posted by: simonsays1 | September 15, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The tea party tent just gets bigger and bigger. But with that many clowns, you know it's a circus. Grab your popcorn and watch the GOP implode.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | September 15, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The GOP made its deal with the Devil, now it has to pay the price.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | September 15, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Says McCormack: "Does Levin really think that this information wouldn't have come to light if I hadn't reported it? Does he think voters don't have the right to know the details of the lawsuit filed by O'Donnell before going to the polls?"

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Levin and the Tea party members are all totally psychotic. They have divorced from reality.

I bet 50% of all Tea Party candidates will do jail time withn five years from their election.

Luckily, here in the civilized state of Maryland, not a single one of these facists has been able to mount even a thread of a successful campaign.

If Christine O'Donnell shows up here, well, we have a bushel of rotten tomatos, and we are waiting to greet her.

(Hey, she might look really good with all that rotten goo smeared on her face!)


Posted by: trenda | September 15, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Howard, PLEASE reassure me that you understand the difference between a low-turnout party primary and a general election. I ask because I seriously doubt you'd spend one line of type speculating that a nutjob like O'Donnell could actually win in Delaware.

In a primary, the most extreme candidate generally wins (especially in these parlous times), whereas the more centrist candidate generally prevails when the entire electorate is eligible to vote.
Moreover, while I wouldn't rule anything out in November, Delaware is VERY unlikely to be receptive to what O'Donnell represents.

Posted by: DCSteve1 | September 15, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party-GOP rift reflects a fundamental underlying fault line of the political right. The economic policies of the GOP are directed to benefit the top 5-10% of the electorate, which includes corporate interests and wealthy investors. To remain electable, the GOP has to appeal to nativist and religious values to get a slice of the remaining 90%, and to get many of them to vote against their own interests, which a strong government and modern public policy defends against corporate exploitation.

What we are now seeing is a breakdown of that fault. The Tea Party are not the cultivated GOP establishment, but rather extreme right wing ideologues, with no real concept of democratic governance. When these people do get elected, they will either resign quickly (a la Sarah Palin) or will be publicly humiliated in office, as their constituents begin to understand the incompetence they have voted in. In fact, electing folks like Rand Paul (KY), Sharron Angle (NV), or Pat Toomey (PA) will be the greatest destructive force ever for the right, because once the true beliefs of these leaders emerges, there will be an unavoidable conflict with reality.

That is why the Democratic party will hold its majority in both houses, and might even extend it, because the GOP establishment will turn on the Tea Party.

Posted by: AgentG | September 15, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm loving how the liberals are loving this. I'll be waiting to see how much you're loving it when we gain seats in November and retake the White House in 2012. You'll never get it back, liberals, because this movement will not be stopped. There are more of us than there are of you! The revolution has started!!!

Posted by: georges2 | September 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Delaware's DemocRat Senator Candidate Chris Coon, FULLY endorses the economic disaster that would be Cap & Tax:

As Delawareans continue to see their fuel and energy prices increase, they must consider becoming good environmental stewards. That is why Chris Coons, in his role as County Executive, took steps to address the county’s own energy consumption and emissions in order to bring costs down for taxpayers and protect the environment.

As Senator, Chris will continue what he started here in Delaware to encourage all governments and businesses to inventory their greenhouse gas emissions, develop an action plan for reducing these emissions and become more energy efficient.

Chris is also calling for a nationwide cap and trade program that will help establish a price on carbon and unleash the creativity of American ingenuity to help solve the increasing effects of Greenhouse gases on the environment.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

DONATE TO Christine O'Donnell!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://christine2010.com/

She's NOT a Green Marxist!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: theaz | September 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

rove is a crook. He is a closet gay who has not right to speak of character issues. He inflicted that moron w on this country and the world nearly ruining both in the process.

Posted by: letemhaveit | September 15, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think Christin O'Donnell can get the minorities' vote?

Posted by: lindalovejones | September 15, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Did you hear about McDonnell's slogan for her campaign?

"If you vote for me, I promise not to touch myself"

Posted by: fluxgirl | September 15, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I suggest that Democrats not get too cocky about winning easy victories against these tea party crackpots. Unless the party successfully motivates (i.e. scares) its voter base, we might see these nutjobs in the Senate. Having lived through the 2000 elections, we all know that anything is possible!

Posted by: maggots | September 15, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

lindalovejones asks, "Does anyone think Christin O'Donnell can get the minorities' vote?"

I'd guess she could get the vote of people over 40 that are virgins, like she (supposedly) is. That is a minority, but probably not what you were asking.

Posted by: nisleib | September 15, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

For the establishment Republican punsters to so vehemently go after Christine O'Donnell and her fair and square win in Delaware is very unfortunate. They may have to eat some crow in November when all the votes are tallied and O'Donnell may be the winner - just as it happened yesterday very much contrary to expectations.

Posted by: Tommypie | September 15, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

In all of this blather, I'm missing only one thing, which I've been missing from the beginning: if there is an actual party called the Tea Party, what are the policy positions? Not the vague nonsense being peddled to the unwashed masses of unfocused angry voters about the "free market" and "small government," bla-bla, but actual, well thought-out policies that lead to legislation and better laws? I should add, legislation that stands a chance of being passed into law?
Here's the answer: Zip. Zilch. Nada. Gornisht. At the Tea Party, the hot air balloon is full, but the substance cabinet is empty.
If any of these clowns are elected they'll be outcasts in the Congress and they won't serve for long.

Posted by: babsnjer | September 15, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Democracy is sausage making. Primaries are glass enclosed kitchens. Sure, the occasional result may be counterproductive to Machiavellian designs on macro political agendas, but when the dust settles the morning of November 3rd, Republicans will have walloped Democrats, perhaps without a pick-up in Delaware.

Posted by: ecrutle | September 15, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

So the same folks who drove the GOP into the ditch in 2006 and 2008 now claim Christine O'Donnell's primary victory will hurt Republicans in November. Dream on, Karl Rove.

Posted by: austinrl | September 15, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

As is usual at this site, I see a number of left leaning folks using a fair amount of venom and hatefulness, to describe how venomous and hateful the Tea Party people are.

I guess there is one way to see whether the voters in the Republican primary made a good or a bad choice. Wednesday morning 11/3 will settle these issues.

Posted by: commonman1 | September 15, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Stop telling people how to vote. Heck, the Tee Pees gotta vote their own way and without any interference from anyone. Otherwise the purity will be lost. Natural bodily fluids will be corrupted. Gotta love this strange stuff. But you guys just vote. Heck, it's your right.
And no Liberal is gonna ever tell you how to vote. Remember that. You go vote now. Yup. And do it your way. It's your right to do so.

Posted by: jato11 | September 15, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The last time I checked these were AMERICANS voting in these primaries. Can the POST cover what AMERICANS think the issues are; not continually critique the party they want to blame for a position the POST can't endorse.

Posted by: genefitzhugh | September 15, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Most of the comments above reflect incredible ignorance of what it is taking place in America.

Tea Party activists are very upset with the Republican Party Elites.

They correctly feel that this is the opportunity to get control not only of Congress but also to get rid of RINO's who they feel betray the true Republican ideals.

Nov 2 is going to be totally incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: CubanAmericanharto | September 15, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

No one in the media or the Republican party should feign surprise at the success of Christine O'Donnell, Rand Paul, Joe Miller, Marco Rubio, or Sharon Angle. This "constitutional conservatism" nonsense has always thrived on the right in this country, and it was really given a boost back in the 1980s. Ronald Reagan didn't govern like the aforementioned candidates think he did. Once he got in office, he continued reading from the right-wing playbook to throw them some red meat to keep them happy. The reality of Reagan in office was quite different, but he and his allies always encouraged the rhetoric we hear from some of the GOP's Senate nominees today. One doesn't have to look very hard among Republicans to hear talk of declaring Social Security unconstitutional or privatizing it; cutting taxes for the super wealty because we all owe our jobs to them; ending Medicare because it amounts to "socialized medicine"; that labor unions are evil and anathema to economic health; unemployment benefits are for lazy people; etc. etc. I hope they nominate more of these right-wingers so the Democrats can beat them to a pulp, if not this year, then in 2012. Let the pseudo-libertarians take over the GOP and see what happens.

Posted by: MichaelHuffaker | September 15, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Delaware is coal dependent? Did I miss something?

The gross state product of Delaware in 2003 was $49 billion. The per capita personal income was $34,199, ranking 9th in the nation. In 2005, the average weekly wage was $937, ranking 7th in the nation.[23]
Delaware's agricultural output consists of poultry, nursery stock, soybeans, dairy products and corn. Its industrial outputs include chemical products, automobiles, processed foods, paper products, and rubber and plastic products. Delaware's economy generally outperforms the national average of the United States.
The state's largest employers are:
government (State of Delaware, New Castle County)
education (University of Delaware)
banking (Bank of America, Wilmington Trust, First USA / Bank One / JPMorgan Chase, AIG, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Barclays plc)
chemical and pharmaceutical companies (E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.,[24][25] Syngenta, AstraZeneca, and Hercules, Inc.)
healthcare (Christiana Care Health System, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children)
automotive manufacturing (Fisker Automotive)
farming, specifically chicken farming in Sussex County (Perdue Farms, Mountaire Farms, Allen Family Foods)
The Dover Air Force Base, located next to the state capital of Dover, is one of the largest Air Force bases in the country and is a major employer in Delaware. In addition to its other responsibilities in the USAF Air Mobility Command, this air base serves as the entry point and mortuary for American military personnel, and some U.S. government civilians, who die overseas.
Delaware has six different income tax brackets, ranging from 2.2% to 5.95%. The state does not assess sales tax on consumers. The state does, however, impose a tax on the gross receipts of most businesses. Business and occupational license tax rates range from 0.096% to 1.92%, depending on the category of business activity.
Delaware does not assess a state-level tax on real or personal property. Real estate is subject to county property taxes, school district property taxes, vocational school district taxes, and, if located within an incorporated area, municipal property taxes.
Over 50% of US publicly traded corporations and 60% of the Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware;[26] the state's attractiveness as a corporate haven is largely because of its business-friendly corporation law. Franchise taxes on Delaware corporations supply about one-fifth of its state revenue.[27] Although Delaware is ranked first tax haven in the world by Tax Justice Network[28], it is not listed on the OECD's 2009 "Black List", despite objections of Luxembourg's and Switzerland's authorities.[29][citation needed]
Title 4, chapter 7 of the Delaware Code stipulates that alcoholic liquor only be sold in specifically licensed establishments, and only between 9:00 AM and 1:00 AM.[30]
As of January 2010, the states unemployment rate is 9%.[31]

Posted by: hiberniantears | September 15, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

OK, so Mike Castle who was by all accounts not an ideologue but a guy who seemed to think fairly independently is out...

Now, what exactly does this O'Donnell want to do if she arrives in WA? Channel the Founders wills? Lower Taxes no matter what? Honestly, I just want to know what specific things America could expect if she arrived.

Like or dislike Obama, on measure he made some specific claims about what he would try to do and has been doing those things.

I thought Graham (GOP) offered the most telling moment when attacked by Tea Partyers... he said, "OK, so you win... what then??" Crickets...

I actually want a left and right leaning set of competing ideas and parties, but I also want the parties to be adult enough to know that their ideologies are not laws of physics. Sadly, adults seem to be in short supply.

Posted by: Rickster623 | September 15, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure I'm not the 1rst to note that the difference between
Nevada and Delaware is voter registration by party. Sharon Angle
and O'Donnell may be fellow nutters, but one is in a majority
repuglican state and one in a Democratic majority state.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | September 15, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think Christin O'Donnell can get the minorities' vote?
Posted by: lindalovejones
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Do they have them in Delaware?

Posted by: sosueme1 | September 15, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

"Democracy is sausage making. Primaries are glass enclosed kitchens. Sure, the occasional result may be counterproductive to Machiavellian designs on macro political agendas, but when the dust settles the morning of November 3rd, Republicans will have walloped Democrats, perhaps without a pick-up in Delaware."

Agreed. The couple of tea party candidates that pulled it off - even if they lose in November - won't at all change the inevitable rightward momentum of the generals. What the partiers have accomplished, however, is the real story: establishment Republicans that care more about being re-elected than keeping a truly conservative agenda are now on notice that they face being knocked out in future primaries. November will still be a blowout for the GOP - this blog is proof that the left is desperate to concoct bad news for the GOP. Rove doesn't like O'Donnell? Big deal. Most dem are running like rats from a sinking ship from the white house - there's more infighting and discontent in the democrat party over a failed presidency than in the GOP over a couple of primary upsets

Posted by: lou12 | September 15, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

So, Prince Karl is all flustered that a totally unqualified, "nutty" candidate could somehow win a Senate primary? What, pray tell, did he expect the sleazy, scorched-earth style of political machination he's always practiced to yield? Why, sleazy, scorched-earth candidates, of course!? Time to reap the whirlwind, Turd Blossom!

Posted by: bluejay31 | September 15, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

So what’s the bottom line?

Many of those upstart Tea Party backed candidates will result in the voters having a choice not an echo in November. If the voters choose to send Democrats back to the Congress, the nation will know what it's voting for and will have nothing to complain about when the Left leads us further down the road to dictatorial Socialism and the dissolution of US power and leadership in the world.

To continue to elect those Rinos (Republicans-In-Name-Only), who have no real conservative principals to guide them, and then wonder why they end up voting with the Left Wing Democrats, is to demonstrate the clear definition of insanity; ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’

Whether conservative voters are a majority in the upcoming election only time will tell, but I'm pretty sure their number one goal is NOT to make sure that there is a Republican Majority in 'name only' to elect a new Republican Speaker or Majority Leader. I pretty sure that their goal is to elect, if they can, folks who will be guided by conservative principals, first to defend America regardless and, second, to preserve freedom at home under the principals of Constitutional Federalism.

If we win, future generations will be forever thankful. If we don't, then may God have mercy on this nation because we tried. It's time to take a stand one way or the other. The summer soldiers and sunshine patriots we've been returning to Congress simply won't do anymore. Things have gotten too bad.

The ‘professional politicians’ in the Republican party can weep all they want. We really don’t care about their careers and ego. What we care about is this country and what kind of country we are leaving for future generations, so you Republican politicians and power brokers better get on board or you’ll be forever looking at the rear end of that Democrat donkey...and I know your collective ego won't like that!

Posted by: suenjim | September 15, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

This is great! Hollywood couldn't script this. O'Donnell is a Palin wannabe. She's certainly got the matching IQ and mouth, except she's funnier. What a gift to the Dems.

Let's ensure she gets all the air time she wants. My guess is she, unlike Palin, won't get stumped by what books or mags she reads, but she'll undoubtedly blurt out any number of bizarre thoughts.

What a hoot!

Posted by: joachim1 | September 15, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

“Righty pundits on 'suicide' watch”
“That's funny. I actually chuckled. And revealing. Never see any "headline" like that in reference to the Dems. Pelosi hasn't been seen or heard from in weeks – no one's worried about her mental state?

One can always depend on “Lefty pundit” Kurtz, to help the cause, in any “small” way, he can.

Posted by: MaDr | September 15, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

We are near the brink. We’re spending money that we don't have and the Chinese soon might not be our banker.

http://www.businessinsider.com/top-chinese-economist-calls-for-government-to-ditch-us-
treasuries-and-buy-gold-2010-7

Social Security, that inexhaustible font of money is now exhausted.

http://www.wealthdaily.com/articles/newsflash-social-security-is-now-cash-flow-negative/2310

Every stupid Keynesian move made by O’dumbell and this Congress has failed and failed miserably (if they’d only ask me I could have told them so)

Yet you silly-socialists insist that a Federal Government downsized to its Constitutional limits and free-market capitalism are nothing but buzz-words/phrases and NOT POLICY! They aren’t buzz-words, THEY’RE ARE ONLY HOPE!

MORONS!

Posted by: sosueme1 | September 15, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

There are these factors and more that the average voter in every state will have to reconcile for themselves on election day. I don't think many moderates are going to go for these Tea Baggers who are so strange. Strange is funny, and nice, and all of that, but one has to wonder, what exactly will these folks DO if they become SENATORS???
Senators????
Howard's just greasing the rope here, but he's more than likely hoping more craziness emerges. Angle, by the way, now has to reconcile her comments about becoming a mainstream senator in Washington ... and like ... comparing herself to Harry Reid ... he's a main-street senator, so she becomes one of THEM? She has to keep bringing in the dough, and some supporters are going to want a "come to Jesus" meeting with her if she plans on winning in November.
But, hey, who knows what the GOP would do if they win, and put these great candidates some key position on a Senate committee.

Posted by: zennheadd | September 15, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"Righty pundits on 'suicide' watch"

Kinda like how the "Lefty pundits" have been since Teddy's seat turned GOP?

ROFLMAO - Howie, your partisanship is showing, as usual..

Posted by: illogicbuster | September 15, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm loving how the liberals are loving this. I'll be waiting to see how much you're loving it when we gain seats in November and retake the White House in 2012. You'll never get it back, liberals, because this movement will not be stopped. There are more of us than there are of you! The revolution has started!!!
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I read the above with mixed emotions. I too used to call for revolution, when I was younger and under the influence. But revolutions -- just look at Russia in 1917 -- have a way of devouring their young and setting off unintended consequences. On the other hand, Lenin showed how a small band of dedicated radicals could take over a country. The passion of this writer, and the apathy of this writer, means that, "yes, it could happen here." Scary.

Posted by: nick4 | September 15, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"Whom"? Are you insane? "Angle, whom..."
Please check your grammar before posting to Washingtonpost.com!

Posted by: funkysmith | September 15, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Careful Kurtz the level of excitement your experiencing might cause some health problems. The only thing for sure with the upcoming mid-terms is that the Dems will take a spanking that will rival 94. Also the problem with you state run guys is that your wrong most of the time and most of America don't really care what you have to say.

Posted by: davispope | September 15, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

it aint over till it's over: the tea party is anti u.s. debt not anti democrat.

Posted by: corp21 | September 15, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Americans of all political stripes have the right to run candidates for public office, even Nabisco-Americans (it's impolite to call the Teabaggers 'Crackers' to their faces.) So Christine.....let's hear more about your crusade against masterbation/adultry...LOL.

Posted by: MARTinNJ | September 15, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The Party of NO has morphed into the Party of CAN'T, as in win.

RIP GOP!

Posted by: apspa1 | September 15, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's the way it goes. Sometimes voters interject their views into the body poliitic.
Who'd thunk?

Posted by: mtpeaks | September 15, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Angry Dog - 7/2010 -

The new numbers from Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller showed Republican registration ... 398,898.


Democratic registration ... 456,672.

Posted by: lensch | September 15, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Angry Dog - 7/2010 -
The new numbers from Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller showed Republican registration ... 398,898.
Democratic registration ... 456,672.
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Uh hun, and what the number of independent voters?
If it's 10% of the total, that would number nearly 100,000 voters.
Enough to swing this race either way.


Posted by: mtpeaks | September 15, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

So what’s the bottom line?

Many of those upstart Tea Party backed candidates will result in the voters having a choice not an echo in November. If the voters choose to send Democrats back to the Congress, the nation will know what it's voting for and will have nothing to complain about when the Left leads us further down the road to dictatorial Socialism and the dissolution of US power and leadership in the world.

To continue to elect those Rinos (Republicans-In-Name-Only), who have no real conservative principals to guide them, and then wonder why they end up voting with the Left Wing Democrats, is to demonstrate the clear definition of insanity; ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’

Whether conservative voters are a majority in the upcoming election only time will tell, but I'm pretty sure their number one goal is NOT to make sure that there is a Republican Majority in 'name only' to elect a new Republican Speaker or Majority Leader. I pretty sure that their goal is to elect, if they can, folks who will be guided by conservative principals, first to defend America regardless and, second, to preserve freedom at home under the principals of Constitutional Federalism.

If we win, future generations will be forever thankful. If we don't, then may God have mercy on this nation because we tried. It's time to take a stand one way or the other. The summer soldiers and sunshine patriots we've been returning to Congress simply won't do anymore. Things have gotten too bad.

The ‘professional politicians’ in the Republican party can weep all they want. We really don’t care about their careers and ego. What we care about is this country and what kind of country we are leaving for future generations, so you Republican politicians and power brokers better get on board or you’ll be forever looking at the rear end of that Democrat donkey...and I know your collective ego won't like that!


Posted by: suenjim | September 15, 2010 6:43 PM
You're absolutely correct. I've been watching this building for some years. On the GOPUSA forum, I was constantly chided for being for the more conservative candidate rather than the one the so called leaders had determined to be the "one". To me, the democratic party turned me off when Lyndon Johnson was president. What I have watched occur since has been the democratic party marching ever leftward with the republican party following along slightly behind in the race for power. The TEA Party folks have pulled the reins and said enough of that.

Posted by: gfafblifr | September 15, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Not every Tea Party candidate can claim victory.

http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/515378.html?nav=5008

Posted by: adkeditor | September 15, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

"But what if that's wrong? Angle, whom views the mainstream media with fear and disdain, has turned out to be competitive against Harry Reid."

The fundamental difference is that Harry Reid was dead meat and Angles nomination gave him new life. O'Donnell's opponent isnt nearly as unpopular. In a normal year Reid would be trailing by double digits rather then holding onto a slight lead

Posted by: chet_brewer | September 15, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

this is just the beginning, and it is simple childsplay, since the Establishment has wandered off into the wilderness,while continuing to speak as if they are the Monarchy or the diety.. thats over... we need responsible govt., and it aint cutting S.S., Health care, or any other program... it requires a tax base that covers expenses, it requires companies to either be American based or foreign based and pay for it..the insiders have lavished their friends far too much for a secure nation to survive, and they dont care...

Posted by: nzonelson | September 15, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

she got 30,000 votes in a state that had 623,784 eligible votes in 2008 and a turnout of 413,000.

Posted by: chet_brewer | September 15, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

"I'm loving how the liberals are loving this. I'll be waiting to see how much you're loving it when we gain seats in November and retake the White House in 2012. You'll never get it back, liberals, because this movement will not be stopped. There are more of us than there are of you! The revolution has........."
What an idiot, this writer is evidently on drugs, too think that tea baggers are anywhere near mainstream, the whole movement has been a grass roots sham, bankrolled and operated by the rich right wing "nuts"

Posted by: tawarrick | September 15, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

"O'Donnell instantly joins the Crazy Caucus and may in fact be in the running for the nuttiest of them all."

I've heard she actually believes that islands can tip over from overpopulation, the two Vietnams (north and south) exist peacefully and that $800,000 in stimulus money spent to teach folk in Africa to wash intimate body parts will help the US economy...

...oh, wait! That was incumbent members of the Democrat Crazy Caucus. lol

The constantly amusing "Glass House" thingy...

Posted by: deadmanwalking | September 15, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

YOU BETCHA! Just like in 2008, Palin's Klan Rallies are coming home to roost. And the United (not Divided) States of America will be a better place for their universal rejection. Enjoy the apoplexy, Mr. Hannity!

Posted by: braultrl | September 16, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

What sweet justice to see the attack dogs turn on Rove. He's the one who feed them red meat over so many election cycles.

They'll turn on Palin too when she steps out of line. Count on it.

Posted by: mypitts2 | September 16, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

"You'll never get it back, liberals, because this movement will not be stopped. There are more of us than there are of you! The revolution has started!!!"

Spoken like a sad sack who hasn't seen the Census figures and knows nothing about the demographic changes in America.

Posted by: mypitts2 | September 16, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Oh, who cares. Some nutjob winning a primary in Delaware is about as revolutionary as my dog taking a second poop on his morning walk. There's always been a crazy element in this country; having the Tea Party serves to keep them visible and engaged, which is a heck of alot better than the alternative.

Posted by: simpleton1 | September 16, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

What does it say that even ultra-rightwing Karl Rove thinks she's an extremist nutcase? Do voters need to know anything more than that about the tea partiers?

The tea baggers think Obama is a socialist because he passed the same Health Care reform bill proposed by Republicans in 1993 (as a response to Hillary Care). They think he's a socialist because he wants to raise taxes on the very wealthy to a level FAR BELOW what they were under Ronald Reagan. That would be noted Marxist Ronald Wilson Reagan.

The tea baggers are nothing less than America's answer to the Taliban. Even Karl Rove and the GOP know this.

Posted by: B2O2 | September 16, 2010 2:14 AM | Report abuse

Teabaggers are idiots. Why does the media continue to them any legitimacy? Call a spade a spade and a teabagger an ignorant moron. ONLY 19% of Americans support teabaggers.

Posted by: fishman2 | September 16, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

The establishment Republicans who are whining about the Tea Party hijacking their elections are starting to sound a lot like Democrats in 2004. When an election goes sour, instead of respecting the will of the voters and blaming themselves, the establishment cronies seem quick to blame voters. It's the voters' fault for being ignorant, backward political neophytes who lack party vision, or so goes the line.

Really, this confirms what people already knew, and what motivated the Tea Party to start rallying against Washington's business as usual: The country is split, not Republican vs. Democrat, but America vs. Washington. The Washington establishment plays a game between Republicans and Democrats, but ultimately just wants to keep power within the establishment. They want to dictate the choices to voters, and then pass whatever laws help their special interests This is how Washington works, and the insiders are furious that the people are not complying anymore.

Posted by: blert | September 16, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Far, fat left wing pundit pounds on the right wing pundits.

Rove and Kraut seem to have lost their heads.

Mike Castle would have voted for CAP-N-TAX - THE AMERICAN KILLING PROGRESSIVE BILL OF THEM ALL.

Principle, which not many on this board even the know the definition, is going to save this country.

If any libs on this board - name me one Democrat that has principle. I'll check back if any of you can think of one.

Posted by: cvicic1959 | September 16, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

The righty pundits are UNDER suicide watch as well as the lefties. However, the righty pundits are participating in a murder-suicide effort; i.e., take down the winners even if it means sacrificing their credibility further.

Posted by: BeanerECMO | September 16, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Anything that puts the righty pundits on 'suicide' watch is a good thing. Now, if only they would go ahead with it, that would be a BETTER thing.

Just think how much better the world would be without Dousche Limpbag, Gnewt GinGrinch, Carl Rove, Dick-Head Cheney!

Posted by: xconservative | September 16, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Thanks very much for this entertaining roundup!

Posted by: junomoneta88 | September 16, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

wapo's liberal writers looking to divide the Republican party...
like they say...
all races are local...
dems looking to make them national...
but it's all about jobs...
jobs lost and not created by the promises of the dems...

Posted by: DwightCollins | September 16, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Rover is powerless since he bedded with the Dingo.

Posted by: JONWINDY | September 16, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

This McDonnel win is one large piece of evidence that tends to prove that the GOP is balanced by only the wealthy and corporate interests on the one hand and loony right wing religious extremists on the other. It has lost the middle and therefore the balance is precarious. When the wealthy cynical half realize how dangerous the trailer trash cotingent is to them and when the religious conservatives realize how easily the corporate half will throw them under a bus to serve their interests, the GOP will be in total disarray. This ts the party of Karl rove, george Bush and the heartless Dick cheney. Is this a party that deserves any say in the policy of this government?

Posted by: whenwillthisnightmareend | September 16, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Howard Kutz "Righty Pundit Expert" ?
Washington Post Unbiased newspaper?
Comments in this paper generally support the premise of the article and author on which they comment. No matter how nonsensical the premise!!! Suicide?
HA HA "Wishful Thinking" now becomes the approach of the Lefty Pundit and the POST.
What ever happened to analysis of news events like voter turnout and election results reflecting the electorate's i.e. citizens, wants and needs and ultimately their choice for the office being voted upon.!

Posted by: jph2342 | September 16, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Do you really think we care if we win the Senate this year? What can a 51-49 margin get us with a president who hates American values? Not much. We are looking at a longer term plan, one where a liberal Republican like Castle and a not-bat-crazy Democrate like Coons are pretty much one and the same. Both stand in the way of efforts to ease unemployment and rescue the retirement savings of America. Both stand in the way of stopping the hate that the left uses to divide the country. Nah. We're just fine with a 49-51 minority. See in you '12 and '14. Later, all you left-win hate-mongers.

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | September 16, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

The KOCH Brothers funded much of the TEA PARTY and I suppose they got their monies worth.

Buying Establishment Republicans and Blue Dogs wasn't enough for them.

Posted by: ddoiron1 | September 16, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

McCain created the Republican schism when he chose Palin as a running mate. If they are lucky, they will learn their lesson this election and have their act together for 2012. They are hoping Sarah does not have another book to promote.

Posted by: MHawke | September 16, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Howie --- PUH-leeze.

Karl Rove has been a "Squish" all his life. This is just another example of what and why the tea party folks have come out of the woodwork to say Ya BASTA!

Are some of these upstarts less than perfect? Certainly. But to many of us they are preferable to old style pols (of either party) that a spending us into oblivion!

PS NOTE TO HOWIE: If we don't like the job they do, we get to vote them out at the end of their term. I know, this is a rad concept, but it works!

Posted by: butopia | September 16, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

My conservatives friends and I are betting how many liberals commit suicide in November. What a great fall it's going to be!

"IMAGINE........NO LIBERALS"

RIP LIBS!!

Posted by: wussupdoc | September 16, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

"an anti-Democratic, anti-incumbent year"

Hey Kurtz, care to state where and how it's an anti-Democratic year anymore than it is anti-Republican?

Or is that what you wish it to be?

And if so, what does that make you?

Posted by: rambostilskin | September 16, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Oh, come on now....enough of the loony headlines already. Conservatives are most definately not on a suicide watch. The RINOS and progressives are most certainly looking over their shoulders, but real conservatives are elated at the chance of finally getting the chance to get this country back on the right track and away from fiscal and leadership bankruptcy.

Posted by: honorswar26 | September 16, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Reagan's 11th commandment may have been the worse thing to ever happen to the GOP. It hid all kinds of unethical, illegal and immoral behavior.

Posted by: aartmann112004 | September 16, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

First the 2008 Election was supposed to be the death knell for conservatives, now a couple of primary winners have put conservatives (aka "righty"s per libs) on "suicide watch". Sounds kinda like liberals are feeling pressure...I wonder why.

Posted by: BluePelican | September 16, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Looks like a bunch of rabid, misogynistic losers out there. If they weren't so afraid of losing, a few of them might actually been able to make a logical post.

Posted by: jcat918 | September 16, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Every morning, I get up and thank God for the Tea Party. Destroying the bull that is American conservatism just makes being alive wonderful. You'll live under Democrats for 30 years.

Posted by: vinlander | September 16, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

The thing about Karl Rove blasting O'Donnell is that so many people dislike Rove so much they believe that anyone he critcizes must must be someone they can sit down with and have a beer.

Posted by: 90172 | September 16, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

It looks like the mainstream media may be ready to switch narratives: from the horse they've been riding the past five months--that the Dems will crash and burn in the midterm elections and the Repubs will seize control of both houses of Congress--to the horse that says the GOP is on the verge of imploding in a vicious Civil War that will leave blood all over the campaign trails from Delaware to Alaska and points in between.
I don't see the GOP's factions reconciling any time soon. Bye bye seizing the Senate, and probably bye bye seizing the House, too. Just as well since they have absolutely zero announced plan as to what they would do if they gained control of either. I mean zero.
John Patrick Grace
Huntington, West Virginia

Posted by: publishersplace | September 16, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

What most do not talk about, what should be considered the elephant in the room, is the power vacuum left behind in the Rerpublican Party after the Bush years due to the electoral defeats suffered by the GOP in 2006, and again in 2008. It is within this vacuum that the Tea Smokers were created, filled with fear over the expansion of the social safety net, although such has contributed to a drop in crime levels unheard of historically during periods of resession, and loathing toward the GOP Party establishment that could not see to what demise Bush administration policies were leading them, and what extremism their voter base would embrace. Although the media has documented a enthusiasm gap between GOP and Democratic primary races, showing the GOP primaries to be much more competitive with higher turnout due to Tea Smoker candidates, the general election will turn out to be a very different affair with those appalled by what the Tea Smokers represent energized toward turning out in droves to ensure their defeat. What has been worse for the Republican Party is they fomented Tea Smoker extremism to a point at which they no longer controlled it, and the Tea Party, rather than becoming just another third party, began to overtake the GOP in order to reshape it to better fit their extremism. Now the party establishment and the Tea Smokers are locked in a death battle to decide the fate of the GOP, during which each side will work to make the other unelectable. The party establisment will now have to view as acceptable a massive Democratic victory in the 2010 midterms, if only to rein the Tea Smokers back in to form a united front for 2012. Big business will have to accept Democratic reform to begin the economic recovery because they cannot afford to wait another two years, likely ensuring the president's re-election bid. Healthcare reform will also remain, cementing its place in future governance. If only the GOP had responded with grace and dignity from its 2008 defeat rather than with selfish desperation and self-destructive tendencies, the nation might actually now be in recovery mode, and they would be in position to recover some of the congressional seats previously lost.

Posted by: TheghostofLennyBruce | September 16, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"Frum Forum also sees a dark day for the GOP:
The real action in this election cycle was in the Republican primaries, they are almost over, and we already know who won: (drum roll, please!) President Obama. American conservatives have suffered a crushing and lasting defeat. The center of gravity in American politics has shifted permanently and irreversibly to the left (and conservative ideology will eventually follow)."

Such analysis is misled and misleading... it relies on a very flawed "left vs right" political model that utterly fails to describe the true ranges of political thought in America (or, really, anywhere), and reduces everything to an idiotic zero-sum game, where everything that's good for "A" is bad for "B", and vice versa. Only in the context of that false and artificial dichotomy can the notion seemingly make sense that conflict within the GOP signifies a shift in the "political center of gravity to the left", permanent or otherwise.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | September 16, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Post should confirm whether David & Charles Koch of Koch Industries are financing Tea Party candidates as reported by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker. See: 'Covert Operations' (8/30/2010) http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=all

Mayer claimed that David Koch's Americans for Prosperity Foundation has funded and TRAINED all Tea Party activists and candidates. His father Fred Koch founded Koch Industries and also co-founded the John Birch Society along with Robert Welch. They backed Sen. Joe McCarthy in his quest to win re-election in Wisconsin by branding as 'communists' a lot of people in federal government and California.

Some of us older voters remember this country was turned inside out looking for 'communists' until McCarthy went after President Eisenhower's beloved Army. Ike put a stop to it then.

Now 'socialist' is the brand - same brand, different word, but same source of funds.

FreedomWorks (formerly Citizens for Sound Economy) received $12 million from Koch family foundations to fund the Tea Party.
See: 'The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party' - New York Times Op-Ed 8/28/2010; http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29rich.html

Real independent voters appreciate serious investigative reporting on candidates. Not everyone reads New York magazines or newspapers you know! Please do your job and corroborate these reports for voters.

Posted by: momshugs | September 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Good grief. All this yap trap from career political pundits about what version of "right" is right, and everyone seems to be missing the point. This story is about angry voters who are sick and tired of the same old worn out politicians. Voters want change now more than they did two years ago when Obama was elected. But with foreclosures rising, unemployment higher now than two years ago, the upcoming mid-term elections represent Obama's first grade card, and his grade is not going to be good. The President's approval rating has fallen below his disapproval rating. Why? Because most voters realize that Obama hasn't delivered on his message of positive change for all Americans. If these new, unconventional "righties" win in November, it's because the worn out democrats have lost the independent voters, and it was the independent voters that made the difference when Obama got elected.

Posted by: TonyinKC | September 16, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"Righty pundits on 'suicide' watch..."

My advice is to step out in front of a speeding train. It probably doesn't hurt for very long and there is little chance for survival.

I'm glad the Tea Potty is winning those primaries. Democrats will take out the Teabagger trash in November and this nation's recovery will continue unabated.

Posted by: captainkona | September 18, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"and it was the independent voters that made the difference when Obama got elected."


No, it' wasn't. Liberals, Greens and new voters swept Obama to power.

Those who call themselves "independent" only do so when the group they identify with takes heat for something. "Independents" in 2008 were Republicans who were embarrassed to have voted for an idiot like Bush. "Independents" today are those who feel Obama hasn't done enough to be Progressive. "Independents" tomorrow will be those who didn't win in 2010.

"Independents" are basically turncoats who can't handle it when something, no matter how insignificant, doesn't go their way.

Posted by: captainkona | September 18, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party may not represent all Americans or a majority of Americans but it does represent a significant force in America today. Not all Americans identify with the Tea Party 100% but very large percentage identify with significant parts of what this movement is about. The Tea Party is not a "party" but a movement that represents how Americans are tired of big government and high taxes.

The current Administration and current Congress must realize a large portion of the American people are fed up with high taxes, big government, and obtrusive government meddling in the private lives of people, business, and the economy. The American people what lower taxes, lower government spending, and smaller government.

As long as our government continues the reckless spending, high taxes, and unprecedented meddling with businesses, we cannot expect real long term growth.

The Congress and current Administration have put the country on a course of reckless government spending that has mortgaged the future of all Americans especially future generations. The only way to fix this long term structural problem is to create a pro-growth atmosphere for business. To do this we must reduce taxes NOW. How many different taxes does a business or individual pay on a regular basis? We must eliminate number and complexity of all these taxes and reduce the tax burden.

We also need to end the micro-management of business and the economy. Until we GREATLY reduce the tax burden on business and consumers and remove the senseless regulations that accomplish little in relation to the cost they impose, our future is bleak.

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER...VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Posted by: AngryMobVoter | September 20, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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