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Why Christine O'Donnell's victory is scary

Partisan Democrats are delighted about Christine O'Donnell's Republican primary victory over Rep. Mike Castle in the race for the open Delaware Senate seat.

I’m despondent.

From the Democratic point of view, the defeat of the moderate, well-known Castle turns what had looked to be a lost cause into a likely win. Keeping the seat in Democratic hands could be the margin of control in the Senate. So the folks who focus on electing Democrats and keeping a Democratic majority can't be blamed for breaking out the champagne over O'Donnell's win.

Not me, for two reasons.

First, I had thought the silver lining of this election year might be to produce a Senate with a more robust cadre of moderate Republicans. That caucus has pretty much dwindled to the two senators from Maine, with very occasional company from colleagues such as Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and departing Ohio Sen. George Voinovich. It's awfully hard for a caucus of two to break with the party.

Peer pressure isn't just a phenomenon of middle school. It's alive and well in the U.S. Senate, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has done a good job of keeping party discipline. A larger number of moderates among his herd of cats might make that more difficult and enhance the prospects for bipartisan legislating. There is strength in numbers, and you could imagine a bolstered group of (at least relative) moderates made up of the likes of Castle, Carly Fiorina (Calif.), Mark Kirk (Ill.) or Dino Rossi (Wash.)

Now, it's as plausible to envision a bolstered Jim DeMint caucus, following the disturbingly powerful junior senator from South Carolina: Sharron Angle (Nev.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Ken Buck (Colo.) -- plus the two other incumbent-slayers of the primary season, Mike Lee in Utah and in Joe Miller in Alaska. Scary.

But not as scary as reason number two: the ripple effect of victories such as O'Donnell's on other Republican lawmakers. Republican members of Congress look at races such as those in Utah, Alaska and now Delaware and think: There but for the grace of the Tea Party go I. They will be that much more watchful of protecting their right flank against a primary challenge. They will be that much less likely to take a political risk in the direction of bipartisanship. In this sense, it matters less whether O'Donnell will win the general election -- that doesn't seem likely -- than that she won the primary.

The Delaware result might be good news for both Tea Partyers and Democrats. It is not good news for the cause of good government.

By Ruth Marcus  | September 14, 2010; 10:15 PM ET
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Ruth Marcus bemoans, "I’m despondent."

Pound sand, white eyes, we patriotic Americans are taking back our nation. We are honoring our Founding Fathers and we will restore honor to America.

O'Donnell will win in November along with other true conservatives. We spoke loud and clear today. We real Americans are powerful. We are patriotic Americans and we will defeat you and others bent on destroying our nation.

Boo Hoo, cry me a river of tears, this red skinned girl has a hankering to go fishing.

Okpulot Taha
Choctaw Nation

Posted by: PurlGurl | September 14, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Real Americans and patriots? You're kidding, right? You rationally think that the rest of us are "bent on destroying our nation"? Time to put the peyote away, lass.

Posted by: harry8 | September 14, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Ruthy Ruthy Ruthy,
Do you seriously believe any of us on the right care about the old RHINOS in the GOP? Their time has come and gone. Time for the young Conservatives to step up to the plate and bring fresh ideas to the table. John McCain should go home. He brings nothing of value to the table other then pandering on any issue duruing election time. THE TEA PARTY is on a roll baby. I bet MSLSD is going wild over there with Keith Overbite and Rachel Madcow crying a river. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | September 14, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Gosh Ruthie, you mean the Repubs might become a monolithic voting bloc like the Dim Party. How enlightened! Let's elect some adults to right this sinking ship.....

Posted by: merley1 | September 14, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Cobra2 said "I bet MSLSD is going wild over there with Keith Overbite and Rachel Madcow crying a river"

You must be on acid if you thought that was their reaction.

Posted by: orrg1 | September 14, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

This was not the general election, people. It was a closed primary, meaning only Republicans (and not even Independents) could vote. If you think this means this woman will be representing Delaware in the Senate next year, you have a lot of waking up to do. With her background of tax evasion, misusing campaign funds, and no real record to speak of, if you don't think she will be burned by Nov. 3, keep on living your dream. Sleep well, kiddies.

Posted by: MadamDeb | September 14, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

PurlGurl, aka "Okpulot Taha" of "Choctaw Nation" must be the most self-loathing person around. The "founding fathers" did their damnedest on many occasions to wipe her people out. They weren't Gods from Olympus, you know.

In any case the GOP consistently fights against programs to help raise Native Americans out of poverty. Takes money away from their fatcats who need to buy more yachts, you know.

I'd suggest therapy for her, but experience has taught me that the people who need it the most are the least likely to try it.

Meanwhile, the victory of Christine O'Donnell sent the contract on Intrade for "Republicans to control Senate" plunging from 26% to 16% likelihood today. Those who have money on this see the writing on the wall. The tea baggers' idiocy is not coming home to roost.

Posted by: B2O2 | September 14, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Purlgurl wrote: "O'Donnell will win in November along with other true conservatives."

Is a "true conservative" like a "true Scotsman?"

The "true conservatives" are going to find out in November that they've been eating their own, instead of removing deadwood. The victories of the far right are Pyrrhic, at best.

Posted by: davewyman | September 14, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party really has the elitists in both partiews really scared. Slowly but surely they have picked off RINOs, now they will go after the seats. How it turns out, nobody knows at this point, but Ruth is right. It does put the fear in at least the republicans and the moderate democrats, who will be far more likely to tow the fiscal line until the next election. That can't be bad.

Posted by: termiteavenger | September 14, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

The real demise is of thoughtful conservatism--the type that realized that not all regulation was bad, that was willing to take a leadership position on that and say, for instance, that the WSJ does capitalism no help by taking such knee jerk positions. Instead, we have an allegedly insurgent group funded by billionaires who don't understand that the reason they are regulated is they have failed to self regulate--and like spoiled children, they want the right to pee in the sandbox if that's what they want--regardless of the other kids. Some "revolution," some "independence." Give me liberty--real liberty, not the right of others to poison me.
Let's face it, an alleged insurgency lead by a cretin like Sarah Palin who is proud of her ignorance does no movement any good, whether it's conservative, libertarian, or Bokononist.

Posted by: Letscleanhouse | September 14, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse


No Ruthie what it means is that the more conservative Republican is going to win in Deleware, rather than the less conservative Republican.

Posted by: screwjob21 | September 14, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Any Republican who earns the praise of the Liberals has got to go! Mike Castle told Harry Reid he'd support Cap and Trade! Republicans needs to be reassuring Conservatives instead.

Posted by: bryanread | September 14, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Why are the WaPo "journalists" so uptight about the Tea Party?
Are you and your publishing owners making you print these "opinions" that make you look like so many obsessed fools tilting at windmills!?

Be afraid... be very afraid!!!

Posted by: adamnescot1 | September 14, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

It's not scary.

It's not scary, because what the republicans really stand for is finally revealed in public.

Anarchy, pure and simple.

Posted by: seattle_wa | September 14, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

It's not scary. It's just the John Birch Society reborn *again*. Everyone's been so annoyed with the "neocons" that we forgot the Birchers in the wings there. But they're back.

Now when will the Larouchites take over the Democratic party?

C

Posted by: cz_man | September 14, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Less moderates in government is not a good think - even though it's shrinking, all Americans share some common ground but I seriously doubt a tea party conservative will seek out that territory.

Posted by: jlf502 | September 14, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so despondent that the Republicans resemble fascists as much as I'm astonished that there are Democrats like Nelson from Nebraska who aspire to wear the brown shirt along with them. Independent voters: elect some centrists will you? Otherwise the nation you love will be run by nuts.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | September 14, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Just how f-upped are you? I'm from KY and you are praising Mitch McConnell? He's been in Washington almost 30 years and his state - MY state - is as poor, uneducated, diabetic, heart-diseased, tooth-decayed, desperate and sad as it was the day he took office.

Posted by: ekgsoma | September 14, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Tea Partiers. You chose an idiot over a moderate.

Posted by: bertram2 | September 14, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Ruth: Everything that makes you so unhappy about O'Donnell's win thrills me. Each day, the RINO becomes more of an endangered species.

Posted by: KatieAtl | September 15, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Here is the Sidwell Friends School lunch menu for tomorrow while many American children go hungry because of the idiotic financial policies of the Democrat and liberal politicians. Their kids go to this elitist school:

Wed Sep 15
LS
Snack: Sliced Apples & Cheese
Chicken Tortilla Soup
All Natural Beef Tacos
Vegetarian Tacos
Sweet Potato Black Bean Bake
Honeydew
MS/US

Vegetarian Spicy Tortilla Soup
Traditional Chicken Salad
Arugula & Fennel Salad
All Natural Beef Tacos
Vegetarian Tacos
Sauteed Spinach
Sweet Potato Black Bean Bake
Honeydew

Posted by: stinkingtuna | September 15, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party needs a leader with it's own interests at heart. I like what the Tea Party originally stood for: fiscal responsibility, state's rights, and keeping govt out of my life as much as is practical. Glenn Beck and Palin talk about God more than economics. Religion is a wonderful personal value system, I'm a believer myself, but religion is not part of the tea party platform.

More and more it sounds like the demagogues of the religious rights are crashing the tea party. Personally, I think it's intentional and a brilliant political move, if I don't necessarily agree with the direction. Now the tea party is cleansing right-leaning moderates (read: non-social conservatives) by going after the "less faithful" Republicans instead of Republicans who want to spend recklessly and legislate religion. Attacking RINOs, is attacking moderates who are more likely to vote with the tea party than against it, but maybe it's an easier battle since the party establishment may put more resources into defending the faithful.

Posted by: ryanlane13 | September 15, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

If the Tea Partiers are truly serious that they personally will accept a 50 to 75% decline in family standard of living for the sake of our grandchildren, I will believe it when I see it. More likely, when they take office, they will be like everyone else on The Hill -- refuse to cut into the real meat of the bloated budget, because that actually threatens conservative interests, not liberal interests.

Posted by: CesarSozei | September 15, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Poor, poor little Ruthie! She was so hoping for some additional liberal Republicans, i.e., Democrats (socialists), to win this November. Instead it looks like she'll have to contend with conservative Republicans.

Posted by: gun313 | September 15, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Ruth Marcus, Eugene Robinson and EJ Dionne should all go hug each other in a dark room.

You are all so pathetic, it's not even fun mocking your ridiculous views anymore.

No one is listening to you. No one. Just like no one is listening to your Messiah anymore.

That little drop of water you just felt is the tsunami that's about to hit on Election Day.

Kid yourselves that Delaware is now a likely Dem win. Go ahead. It'll make conservative victory all the more sweet.

Posted by: etpietro | September 15, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

"Why Christine O'Donnell's victory is scary?"


You are scared Socialist, because the American people (who you don't think can be trusted) are taking back their nation from elitists like you.


Goodbye Democrats! Goodbye!

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | September 15, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

This is the problem in both parties, right? one is getting crazies to the right and the other is getting crazies to the left, and more and more people are leaving the parties cause they are full of crazies. so fewer and fewer people are picking the candidates, and then we hold our noses and pick the lesser of two evils. so every two years the majorities change - because either the dems screw up or the reps screw up (see: today, see: 2 years ago).
It's really really bad.
most of the country is moderate.

Posted by: atlmom1234 | September 15, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Win or lose for O'Donnell, TPM wins.

Whoever sits in that Senate seat will not get too comfortable in it.

Posted by: JuliaXA | September 15, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

to all,

fwiw, in about 7 weeks the HoR AND the Senate will be CONSERVATIVE again. = regardless of the STUPID LIES told by the DIMocRATS & the main-SLIME media, the voters are NOT deceived. = the DIMs are FINISHED in 2010 & for long years BEYOND.

the final tally of 2010 House races will be a NET LOSS of at least 50 seats for the DIMocRATS/LEFTIST nitwits,
a NET LOSS of 11 Senate seats (and perhaps, 12-14 seats)
AND
8-10 Governors lost to the LEFTISTS, too.

friends, it looks like a BLOODBATH of EPIC porportions for the DIMocRATS & their allies on the lunatic fringe of "progessive" politics/thought.====> that result will be a GREAT thing for the USA!

and what is downright FUNNY is that the DIM-wit "donkeys" did it to themselves!

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 15, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

The main line moderate Conservative Republicans are disappearing faster than Dutch Elm trees. The main line Republicans should give some serious thought to aligning themselves with the Democrats. We Democrats perform under the big tent. There is plenty of room in the Conservative wing of the Democrat party for Conservative Republicans who are concern about the future of America and want to protect the American way. America is under attack from within by a group of radical Jihadist, tea party fanatics. Their idea of change are extreme and destructive.

Posted by: ODDOWL | September 15, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

and O'Donnell is a mortgage deadbeat to boot. Talk about personal responsibility! Enjoy your Dem senator for next 6 years Tea Party Goers. Hope to see your posts Nov. 2

Posted by: loux24 | September 15, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

BWHAHAHA!

Simple Sarah, in her $3000.00 Gucci heels, is boot-scootin her herd of mindless, bovine-like Baggers right off the proverbial cliff -- and like a gaggle of brainless lemmings -- they're actually happy about it! Amazing!

Palin and her goobers want to drag the USA back into a fantasy-warped 1860s-style Texas Republic -- but they forget that the founding fathers of Texas had real courage and zero cowardice, didn't watch Fix Newz, would have seriously beaten Glenn Beck to a pulp on sight, and actually had real brains!

Posted by: Frank57 | September 15, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

BWHAHAHA!

Simple Sarah, in her $3000.00 Gucci heels, is boot-scootin her herd of mindless, bovine-like Baggers right off the proverbial cliff -- and like a gaggle of brainless lemmings -- they're actually happy about it! Amazing!

Palin and her goobers want to drag the USA back into a fantasy-warped 1860s-style Texas Republic -- but they forget that the founding fathers of Texas had real courage and zero cowardice, didn't watch Fix Newz, would have seriously beaten Glenn Beck to a pulp on sight, and actually had real brains!

Posted by: Frank57 | September 15, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

It's a fair point you raise. We've seen this before. Years ago I lived in Illinois. When I moved to Illinois all the elected statewide offices were held by moderate Republicans. When I left all but one was held by Democrats, and soon after the last one fell. What happened in the interim? Every single Jim Edgar Republican was defeated in a primary by some lunatic who had no chance in the general election. Ever heard of Al Salvi? Either have most people, but guys like him were what destroyed the Illinois Republicans.

On the positive side, some good Democrats emerged. Barack Obama was one. On the other hand, even when a lousy Democrat like Rod Blagojevich was nominated, there was no one to oppose him.

I'm a Democrat, but the last couple of elections have meant the Republican Party has become completely unelectable. That's not a good thing for the country, or either party for that matter.

Posted by: Scola | September 15, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

There is no such thing as a moderate Republican. As Eugene McCarthy said years ago, "The function of a liberal Republican is to shoot the wounded after battle."

Posted by: Tennessee2 | September 15, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to rational Republicans? You know, those folks who used to vote for people like Christine Todd Whitman, Elizabeth Dole, George H.W. Bush?
Gone! Disappeared into the depths of a dark Tea Bag. Never to be heard from again, it seems.
The entire Republican Party now consists of radicals? Whooo? Who would have ever thought that the Silent Majority, who were so conservative that they really didn't want any change, because they were, well, yes, conservative, and moderate, and only supported "change" in increments, would suddenly morph into a national political party who wants HUGE change, immediately, and change that brooks NO compromise for anything, ????
Boy, oh boy, Ike is turning in his grave. God rest his blessed soul.

Posted by: cms1 | September 15, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Um, no offense, but there is NO SUCH THING as a moderate Republican anymore. You have been emasculated. And if you are a woman, you have also been emasculated, for there is no such thing a s a feminist republican, only a man with a vagina.

Posted by: piotrorloff | September 15, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

What's the point of an election if there's no substantive difference between the two candidates? Agree or disagree with O'Donnell's positions, but her win allows voters to choose between two distinct principles of governing, and that's a good thing. In the end I think most conservatives would rather a real Republican lose the seat than a phony Republican win it.

Posted by: joeschwind1 | September 15, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Boy howdy! This O'Donnell sound victory has left liberals crawling out of the woodwork like cockroaches after used kitty litter!

I think Christine has left liberal sissies right scared.

Okpulot Taha
Choctaw Nation

Posted by: PurlGurl | September 15, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

i love liberal elitists when they're bitter and angry...can't wait for november.

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | September 15, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

After elections like this no Republican or moderate Democrat is going to casually vote to increase the scope of government. Democrats can't even talk about health care or climate change. This is going to force the country away from the progressive agenda and towards a more libertarian one.

Posted by: sceptic5 | September 15, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

I'll tell you what's scary. We have a president, both of whom's parents were Communist. He has at least six docummented, close relationships with other Communists. His policies are Socialist. And yet...


The Washington Post pretends he's a traditional Democrat. Trumpets his Socialist policies like they are mainstream. Attacks his mainstream opponents as if they are radical.


And Miss Marcus is freightened that the American people may think something is amiss.

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | September 15, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

When will the elites learn? We Americans do not like to be told who to vote for, expect more surprises on Nov. 2 Ms. Marcus.

Posted by: cleancut77 | September 15, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

So why isn't Marcus despondent when the left does the same thing? Why not bemoan the loss by Specter in PA? Why not bemoan Swett's loss to Kuster in the NH House primary race? Why not bemoan progressive efforts a couple years ago that pushed Lieberman onto an independent ticket because he couldn't win a Democratic primary?

The plain fact is that the left is guilty of this sin, if it is a sin, as much as the right is. Bi-partisanship goes two ways, and even as liberals complain that there are almost no liberal Republicans left in the Senate, they also seem to be making every effort to torpedo conservative Democrats in primary fights.

Or maybe it's the case that what Marcus really wants is more partisanship, as long as it goes the direction of Democrats. Sorry, but trying to convince Republicans that they should vote and act more like Democrats isn't a very good argument.

Posted by: blert | September 15, 2010 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Tea baggers are rejoicing at nominating an unemployed abstinence counsellor whose home was foreclosed and borrowed money from her campaign donations to fund her lifestyle.
Is O'Donnell the best thing you can do for America?

Posted by: xdougwhite | September 15, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Ruth: If the Bush Jr years showed us anything, it showed us that you can't use the terms "Republicans" and "good government" in the same sentence. They have done nothing since they were thrown out to change my mind on that either.

Posted by: ScottFromOz | September 15, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

It's always good fun to watch the enevitable come to pass. War criminal Bush drove out the moderates from the GOP so now the party lurches even further to the right. These wins by extreme right economic half-wits will simply continue the exodus from the GOP. All that we left will be Bush, Palin and Attila.

Posted by: Samster2 | September 15, 2010 3:00 AM | Report abuse

I have a question: Do you liberal journolistos truly believe this line of Democratic talking point about those "scary" Tea Party candidates is going to work at a time when for the past two years the country has been grappling with an out-and-out uber socialist and the most radical of any American presidents in the history of this country???! Do you really believe you can convince people to look at these regular Americans who have the REAL audacity of hope to bring back the country from the brink of "fundamental change" according to the visions of the most extremist socialist president in the history of this country, and think yes, these regular folks are too scary for us, so we will continue supporting the radical socialist and community agitator and his minions???

The nation has tasted the REAL scary radicalism for the past two years; they know who and what they are; WHAT they stand for; what they done so far to their country. The people know what they are afraid of, and the big elephant in the room staring them straight in the face is sitting right there in the White House. It is not in Delaware or in Alaska!

So go ahead, do remind us of radicalism and extremism. We welcome you.

Posted by: pouran-doukht | September 15, 2010 3:00 AM | Report abuse

There will be no Republican tsunami, don't believe the narrative.

http://amminadab.newsvine.com/_news/2010/09/14/5112997-no-republican-tsunami-dont-believe-the-narrative

Posted by: Amminadab | September 15, 2010 3:04 AM | Report abuse

Marcus should relax and be thankful. Politics isn't the only way to eradicate liberal fascism. The GOP is a sham party, whose only purposes are to present the illusion of choice, and to serve as the Democrats whipping boy and scapegoat. For now, the Tea Party is taking over the GOP rather than destroying it outright and starting a new party, like the Republicans did to the Whigs. It's time to put the god damned Democrats on notice. We are going to destroy you. You are going to pay for your relentless smears of racism. As long as there is a single Democrat breathing air, our freedoms are in danger. Boycott them, fire them, don't hire them, don't give them your business. Shun them.

Posted by: doctorfixit | September 15, 2010 3:06 AM | Report abuse

Pouran-Doukht

Keep up the good work! And don't forget to wear your aluminun foil hat to all the Tea Party events.

Posted by: Samster2 | September 15, 2010 3:06 AM | Report abuse

The Right has crippled our economy, our foreign policy, our moral standing in the world and our environment. And now they talk about "taking back America". For what purpose? So that we can all work for slave wages knee deep in oil? The GOP is dying and as I have said 1000 times these past five years "They did it to themselves". So just sit on back and enjoy the show while the GOP crumbles under the weight of its past.

Posted by: Samster2 | September 15, 2010 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Oh samster2 as a sobered up lifelong Democrat I can finally see WHO is wearing the tin foil hat, but as a fellow American you are not scary to me. What is scary is the clan of neo-leftist radicals that I never recognize anymore that have taken over the country and want to bring "fundamental change" according to their own bunk socialist visions to the most amazing awe-inspring country in the world.

My only consolation is that this perversion will not last long and after November the community agitator will become too lame to do any more damage to this amazing -- my adoptive -- country.

Posted by: pouran-doukht | September 15, 2010 3:19 AM | Report abuse

The more willfully stupid and angry the Tea Party goes, the better it will ultimately be for Obama in his second term. Seriously, does anyone really think Americans will embrace these ill informed right wing nitwits?

Posted by: rapchat1 | September 15, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Marcus conveniently ignores the fact that contemporary Conservatives are representative of the US norm in the 50's and 60's. Marcus and the far left diaspora she represents have driven the country into the ground. It's time to swing the pendulum back the other way.

Its time for a reckoning; and the free-fall descent of the Liberal Nation.

Posted by: pararanger22 | September 15, 2010 3:51 AM | Report abuse

What a sorry bunch of losers. We should be discussing the disastrous prospects of 550 ppm CO2 and 5000 ppb CH4. The world burns while we fiddle. How many candidates or voters, GOP, TP, or DP alike, have a clue what 550 ppm CO2 and 5000 ppb CH4 mean? Generations to come will know, and they will hate us for all this ridiculous bickering over whose scum-bags are better or worse, when we should be addressing real-world problems.

Posted by: raw915 | September 15, 2010 4:14 AM | Report abuse

I kind of agree with this. I desperately wish the GOP had not been hijacked by crazy & stupid extremists. The whole "party of No" thing is a dereliction of their duty to democracy. Without a rational exchange & debate of ideas, we miss out on the opportunity to come up with better ideas.

And no, the tea party is not a party of good ideas. You can't call yourself conservative and advocate changing the Constitution. They're radical nuts, and dangerous to the country in more ways than I can count.

Posted by: Nymous | September 15, 2010 4:25 AM | Report abuse

What exactly makes you tea party nitwits think that the majority wants to join you in your small minded angry tent full of hate? You whine about "rhinos", disdain moderation, & embrace authoritarian fascism, and you expect the majority to join you? What kind of crack addled reasoning is that? Perhaps you think you can lie your way into a majority, but that's not going to work.

Posted by: Nymous | September 15, 2010 4:30 AM | Report abuse

Gee, you would think ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. After the 2008 election, Obama told the Republicans 'I Won.'

Just think how scared Ruth and the Journolist are going to be if, after the 2010 election, the Republicans tell Obama 'You Lost'

Oh, sorry. I almost forgot:

wingnutfacistnutfreakradicalsumbstupidracistbigotignorant

(Needed to include the language of WaPo comment boards)

Posted by: TECWRITE | September 15, 2010 4:38 AM | Report abuse

Love the smell of tea in the morning it smells like victory.

Posted by: jornolibist | September 15, 2010 5:03 AM | Report abuse

You may be scared, Marcus, but WE THE PEOPLE aren't! We're retaking this country from all of the corrupt politicians and leftists who are trying to turn the United States into a socialist state. It's not going to happen, Marcus. There are more of us than there are of you. Maybe you should be scared because we're tired of the trash you're spewing in your column.

Posted by: georges2 | September 15, 2010 5:27 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, for all the energy, the Tea Party has no real platform. It's a shill for the wealthy. It's the latest ploy of the GOP to maintain power. But it harnesses the greediest and meanest of social order.

Cuts in government proposed include ending Social Security and Medicare, bringing Americans who worked for little for the ever more wealthy a more painful and quicker end to life.

Ending the Education Department just as education in America is in decline.

Further weakening unions just as middle class wages, pensions and savings are tanking.

The Tea Party appeals to the greed of the moment. It's for those who think government owes them roads, police, sewers, and general order that they shouldn't have to pay for.

Posted by: kcbob | September 15, 2010 5:33 AM | Report abuse

I really don't know that much about the race in Delaware. However, I constantly am seeing the word "scary" used by commentators who just can't believe everyone else just cannot see the light that they so clearly see. Why can't anyone just say this was an election which a "Tea Party" endorsed candidate won over one endorsed by the establishment. Why is that so "scary". Maybe the electorate does not want a lot of legislation passed that liberals want passed. If this is what the electorate wants, why is that so scary. We are a democracy and editorial writers do not decide American policies and its laws--voters ultimately do. This "scary" word is rather rediculous to be using. Ms. Marcus is like scared of anything that is outside the thinking of her small circle of colleagues. It is a big world and much of it she likely knows nothing about, such as ranchers, farmers, small towns, etc.

Posted by: jack71 | September 15, 2010 5:49 AM | Report abuse

How many of you think we on the right care that we are going to lose Delaware? Do you really think all this hub-bub is about making Republican gains in one mid-term election? It's not. It's about moving the party and the nation to the right. So we don't take the Senate in '10? Who cares? What would we do with a 51-49 majority with a president who hates middle American values? Not much. No, this about a longer-term vision. We will take the Senate in '12, and what we are gunning for is a super-majority in '14 or '16. Come 2015 or 2017, there will be very little difference between a liberal Republican like Castle and a not-bat-crazy Democrat like Coons. Both would get in the way of defeating unemployment; bringing jobs to the inner-city (what will liberals do when black America is no longer Democrats' slaves?); healing the racial division that the left stirs up to create a disgusting hate; reintroduce the concept of freedom of speech to America, where if you disagree with insanity, you are labeled a racist. They would get in the way of restoring America to the envy of the world. Yeah... Who cares about a simple Senate majority in '10? I mean, really, people.

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | September 15, 2010 5:55 AM | Report abuse

And please tell me why it is "scary" that the voters elected who they wanted to elect? I keep reading these editorial writers using the word "scary" to describe anything that does not go they way they would like to dictate that it would go. You desperately want legislation passed that liberals want passed. Maybe everyone does not. I'm reminded of a quote from Will Rogers that went something like this "Well, the legislature did another stupid thing today. They passed another bill". Not everyone in America thinks the health care legislation is the greatest piece of legislation ever, and not everyone thinks TARP was either. I'm personally not commenting on that. But, people have the democratic right to vote howerver they wish, and it should not "scare" you unless it ventures into some Nazi-type thing and that is not at all what this vote showed. So, please, get over your fear and "scaredness" and just relax, Ms. Marcus. America will be just fine.

Posted by: jack71 | September 15, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse

So the defeat of "moderate" Republicans "is not good news for the cause of good government." ?

Dear Ruth, the Left has given us TERRIBLE Government ! Dems and RINOS have sustained the unsustainable "good government" you think will suffer !

We need many many more Tea Party-friendly politicians in Washington. Wait till November.

Posted by: pvilso24 | September 15, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Ruthie girl..we need some fresh new faces and ideas...most of the incumbents are going to be voted out ..Americans have had enough of the waste and the corruption that surrounds them.....Reid Pelosi and Obama need to go too ...asap... its the only chance to save America.... we arent voting by party now..we are voting for the best candidate ..no matter what party they are in.... We will help O'Donnell win her seat...count on it

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | September 15, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

It is scary to think that that many people could be told how to think by Fox Faux and the likes of semi-Gov Palin"
The dumbing down of America IS a scary thing.

Posted by: bozhogg | September 15, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

What's the difference between a moderate Republican and a Democrat? Dang if I know but I'm just asking.

Posted by: ronjaboy | September 15, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it is a sad that the GOP has been hijacked by extreme right wing extremists in recent years and that moderate elements are being forced out. The Talibanization of the GOP is bad for the country.

Posted by: kms123 | September 15, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Why sure the victories we are witnessing around the country at least where Tea Party “nominees” are winning is scary, but not for conservatives, maybe the Blue Blood Republicans where they are a sneeze away from being a democrat (we call them Republican In Name Only RINO)’s and of course scary for the democrat party. What is truly scary to democrats is that the American people are speaking, no they are screaming, and the words aren’t in support of the democrat policies and where these policies are leading this great country. I warned you liberals out there, I warned you liberals not to go crazy when Obama, Pelosi, and Reid took control, I told all of you that the people of this great country were watching your actions, listening to your words very closely and now the liberals will pay the price for your juvenile petulance. So are the conservatives of this country “scared” NOT EVEN! Should the Blue Bloods and the liberal democrats be “scared” ABSOLUTELY!

Posted by: vatownsend | September 15, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Nothing gets a stupid person madder than being called stupid.

Posted by: baldinho | September 15, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

I cannot believe this country is on the verge of electing nuts to Congress and O'Donnell rivals Angle for who's the nuttiest.

Even Karl Rove basically called O'Donnell a liar in his interview with Hannity last night. It's one thing to elect Conservatives in the mold of Buckley or Reagan but these people are fringe.

Larry Sabato from U.VA. said there'll be a lot of one-termers but good grief the damage they could do in one term.

Posted by: FauxReal | September 15, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

It's only scary if you fear Constitutional limits on big government. I understand that scares the crap out of progressives like Ms. Marcus who would prefer a whole Republican caucus made up of liberal Republicans like Mike Castle. The far scarier thing to me is the out of control behemoth of statism that is the Federal government under the direction of President Obama and his supporters.

Posted by: Lukey | September 15, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Ruth: What is it that you find so frightening about TEA partiers? The more I find out about them, the more inclined I am to find myself in agreement with them. We need a counter balance in Washington and it looks like we may be about to get an over correction, which is a good point from which to start. Fear not, "those people" are mostly working people, small business people, or retired working people, the very ones who have worked and contributed and not been a burden on society.

Posted by: carolina-born | September 15, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

It's a 70 - 30 country. Right now the 70% is ruled by the 30%. It doesn't matter if they have an "R" or a "D" after their name.

O'Donnell, Miller, and Angle show that the 70% is awake and that scares the ruling class because democracy scares them.

I, for one, a loyal and law abiding citizen will not tolerate being dictated to by Washington in my daily life. That's not their business, they're not smart enough to do it effectively, and I, along with my neighbors, am way too independent.

I, for one, will not tolerate having more than 30% of my money being coerced from me for the use of "compassionate" "moderates." There's nothing "moderate" about that. And, it gets worse when one considers my grandchildren's future is being destroyed along with Americas prosperity.

So, the 30%, like Ruth Marcus, should be scared.

By the way, O'Donnell will win the general election too. So, put that in your pipe and smoke it.


Posted by: Cdgaman | September 15, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

It's a 70 - 30 country. Right now the 70% is ruled by the 30%. It doesn't matter if they have an "R" or a "D" after their name.

O'Donnell, Miller, and Angle show that the 70% is awake and that scares the ruling class because democracy scares them.

I, for one, a loyal and law abiding citizen will not tolerate being dictated to by Washington in my daily life. That's not their business, they're not smart enough to do it effectively, and I, along with my neighbors, am way too independent.

I, for one, will not tolerate having more than 30% of my money being coerced from me for the use of "compassionate" "moderates." There's nothing "moderate" about that. And, it gets worse when one considers my grandchildren's future is being destroyed along with Americas prosperity.

So, the 30%, like Ruth Marcus, should be scared.

By the way, O'Donnell will win the general election too. So, put that in your pipe and smoke it.


Posted by: Cdgaman | September 15, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Thank goodness for tea party wack jobs. They will save the House & Senate for democrats.

Posted by: orange31 | September 15, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Guess the Dimwitcrats shouldn't have given the American people the middle finger over the past two years. You know, the way our illustrious leader does when mentioning the names of political opponents when giving speeches or sitting in meetings. Guess our illustrious leader has displayed his contempt for the average American as being ones who "cling to guns and religion and antipathy to those who look different" one time too many. Guess our illustrious leader and the Dimwitcrats in Congress have been on the side of the 30% of nutcases in this country one time too many. You know, the 30% who agree with suing the state of Arizona for daring to enforce federal immigration laws, who think the healthcare bill is a good thing, who don't have a problem with a 12-digit national debt, who agree with the Prez that a mosque within sneering distance of Ground Zero is just dandy but that one lone pastor threatening to burn a Koran is an outrage, who think Obama handled the oil spill just fine and that he deserves a vacation every three weeks...you know...the stubborn 30% who, according to Rasmussen, "strongly approve" the actions of this President and his agenda.

They took their stand against the clear wishes of 70% of the American people time and again over these past two years. They are reaping what they sowed. And they ain't seen nothing yet. We WILL remember in November.

Posted by: RedderThanEver | September 15, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

The response from the left has become so predictable it's barely worth the time to bother reading them: spin and smear, spin and smear. Seems to be the only two bullets left in their pop guns. No wonder November will be such a disaster for them.

Interesting how democrats said republicans never had a shot at winning control of the senate, now suddenly, they did, but now they don't. Pretzel logic at its best.

Posted by: kirnosnorbin | September 15, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Ruthie it is all about traditional values and mores. The Democratic party has lost almost all. There are very few Dem. moderates and they succomb to Reid and Pelosi pressures. That was disgusting what happened with the Health Care Bill and Rep. Stupak and other moderates of the Dem. Party. It is time for the real America to stand up and take back what we know should have continued. A Health Care Bill yes but not as all encompassing as the one passed by Dems. Work on the banks yes but not as encompassing there as well. No take over of private enterprise. The stimulus bills passed did nothing and no one even bothered to read them. Most of these bills were written by devout Socailist or Marxist. Stern, Plouffer, V. Jones and others. We need to repeal most of these enactments. Even if we repeal only parts of them life will be better.

Posted by: pechins | September 15, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Excellent. Libtards are getting scared. As they should be.

Hopefully we don't see "moderate republicans" like that scum Specter for a very long time

Posted by: pihto999 | September 15, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus, you've got to be kidding me. You thought the GOP would put in more moderate Republicans?!? Have you been paying attention the last few years. Are you really that naive? The moderates have been systematically purged from the GOP. There were only a few left when Obama won the election, and they were being eviscerated by the right wing base. Why would you think the primaries would produce any moderate candidates? The crop of candidates produced by last night's primaries having the makings of a Fascist Party, American style with it's combination of corporatist wealthy millionaire (Wisconsin dude whose name I can't remember), bigot extraordinaire (Paladino), and religious zealotry (O'Connell). If Americans vote for this crop in the main election, God help us. We're in big big trouble.

Posted by: ggwalt | September 15, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

It's a 70 - 30 country. Right now the 70% is ruled by the 30%. It doesn't matter if they have an "R" or a "D" after their name.

O'Donnell, Miller, and Angle show that the 70% is awake and that scares the ruling class because democracy scares them.

I, for one, a loyal and law abiding citizen will not tolerate being dictated to by Washington in my daily life. That's not their business, they're not smart enough to do it effectively, and I, along with my neighbors, am way too independent.

I, for one, will not tolerate having more than 30% of my money being coerced from me for the use of "compassionate" "moderates." There's nothing "moderate" about that. And, it gets worse when one considers my grandchildren's future is being destroyed along with Americas prosperity.

So, the 30%, like Ruth Marcus, should be scared.

By the way, O'Donnell will win the general election too. So, put that in your pipe and smoke it.


Posted by: Cdgaman | September 15, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

How bout all of the moderate democrats that broke from their party? How many democratic senators voted against their party on health care, stimulus or the bailouts? Are you equally concerned there are so few of them?

Posted by: Paul70 | September 15, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh how terrible, Ruthie! The Republicans that you journalists love and like to elevate might not be there to further the Democrat Socialistic Agenda. Boo Hoo!

"WE THE PEOPLE" HAVE SPOKEN, LOUD AND CLEAR!

WE WILL NO LONGER BE DICTATED TO BY THE "POLITICAL ELITE" WHO HAVE ONLY THEIR POCKETS AND THE INTERESTS OF "CORPORATE AMERICA" IN THEIR HEARTS.

WE WILL BOTH STAND UP FOR LIBERTY AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE SAME CONSTITUTION WHICH OUR SO CALLED "ELECTED OFFICIALS" HAVE SWORN TO UPHOLD.

NOVEMBER IS COMING

NOVEMBER 2: ELECTION DAY

NOVEMBER 3: CONSERVATIVE VICTORY DAY

THE FAT LADY'S TUNING UP AND GETTING READY TO SING.

WE'LL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by: barrysal | September 15, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

It is frightening to think that anyone would seriously consider these tea baggers as potential officials in any government. i wouldn't trust them to run a convenience store since they are clearly simpletons.

However, the republicon right self-immolating is the actual way we may get a moderate republicon party or a moderate party to replace the republicons.
Truth is we already have a moderate middle of the road pragmatic party. It is called the Democratic Party. If people like Castle actually believe what they claim they believe they will switch their affiliation to Democrat and leave what is left of the republicon party to the crazies. Because if you listen to the tea aggers for more than a sentance you find out very quickly that they are crazy. They are proposing that we turn the United States into a copy of Haiti.

Posted by: John1263 | September 15, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

"Bipartisanship", meaning, business as usual - spending through the roof, bigger deficits, bigger government, more taxes.

Great idea there.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | September 15, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

there was a movie from a few years ago called "idiocracy." the point of the movie is that a bum, a guy down on his luck, without any money, but with a little smarts, sees the light and offers to be frozen for some money. Obviously, he fails to recognize the stupidity of his choice. Anyway, he wakes up and it is many years past and the country has gone all to h$ll. The people have elected a bunch of idiots who have completely turned the country upside down. They don't realize how things have gotten so bad until they meet this guy, who is now unfrozen. It seems that he has become the smartest man of the world. He is looked to as a leader because he can add 2 + 2 without a calculator. The country has fallen that far in despair that it must resort to a gentleman,who could not keep a job in his past life, to lead it out of the dark.

I worry that we are fast turning into this country. It amazes me that people would elect anyone like Ms. O'Connell, who clearly does not know how to function in today's society, over a well respected gentleman who represented the people of Delaware exceptionally well over his career just because he is not extreme right-wing zealot. He was ousted for a lady who cannot balance a check book, lies about her education and experience, can't keep a job, or run a household, yet was picked as the state's Republican for the Senate??

Mike Castle is a good man who is a true Republican, not a right-wing zealot. He understands that he represents all people in his state and not just the 25% that believe that the President was born in Kenya. He is as conservative as they come, but not a fascist. Its a shame that Delaware lost a good reprsentative. It probably also lost any chance of gaining a senate seat for the R's.

Posted by: pdt278 | September 15, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

RIP libs!!

Posted by: wussupdoc | September 15, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Gosh I'm still laughing about the Sidwell Friend's lunch menu someone posted. The hypocrisy of the Obama's is truly stunning - but it is also becoming laughable.

Poor, Poor Ruthie. Maybe a nice long bath with some cucumber slices over your eyes? You're gonna need it, sister, because that rumble you hear in the distance is the PEOPLE who have been ignored by this Administration and the Democrats coming to take their country back.

Posted by: thinker16 | September 15, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

"The Delaware result might be good news for both Tea Partyers and Democrats. It is not good news for the cause of good government."............... Oh and Ruth America has been served so well by the current group of "moderates". Moderate is a code word for voting Democrat. That has ben a formula for both policy and fiscal bankruptcy. Got Gold Ruth?

Posted by: pauldia | September 15, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

"Mike Castle is a good man who is a true Republican, not a right-wing zealot. He understands that he represents all people in his state and not just the 25% that believe that the President was born in Kenya. He is as conservative as they come, but not a fascist. Its a shame that Delaware lost a good reprsentative. It probably also lost any chance of gaining a senate seat for the R's".


Really?:

Voted YES on TARP
Voted YES on Cap and Trade
Voted YES on Cash for Clunkers
Voted YES on the auto bailout
Voted YES on bailing out Fannie and Freddie
Voted YES on SCHIP (w/ tax increase)
Voted YES to increase taxes on oil and gas companies
Voted YES to increase the minimum wage
Voted NO to open up ANWR
Voted YES on the pork-infested 2005 Highway bill
Voted NO to restrict eminent domain abuse
Voted YES to increase funding for PBS
Voted YES on the Medicare drug benefit
Voted YES on No Child Left Behind
Voted YES on McCain-Feingold
Voted NO to end milk subsidies
Voted NO on waiving Davis-Bacon labor rules

Posted by: thinker16 | September 15, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

I love how intolerant liberals like Marcus view the fact that others have different political views than her own as a symptom that "the system is broken".

Sorry to tell you this, sweetie, but a lot of folks thought the system that got an incompetent dilettante elected President in 2008 was the broken one.

Posted by: bobmoses | September 15, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS... Mitch McConnell, Boehner, "Wheezer" Cantor, et. al.,You have created the political Frankenstein that is the TEASPOONERS. Now, as they ravage your village and bring their trademark breaks from, reality, reason, and rational thought to your doorstep, you have to DEAL WITH IT. Republicans could have run a ham sandwich against HARRY REID and won. Enter "Shoot 'em Up" SHARON ANGLE. CASTLE almost assuredly would have won the Delaware seat. Even Grand Dragon CARL ROVE called O'Donnell a liar Tuesday night on HANNITY. AT WHAT POINT DOES ANGER TRUMP SANITY???? Enjoy trying to sell ANGLE, O'DONNELL and gang to moderate voters!!! We'll see how long you can keep a straight face telling us you support their ideas for America!!!

Posted by: mrtimmaulden | September 15, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

As a senior citizen, it really bothers me that this country has become so divided. What ever happened to compromise that works for the good of our country? Just because I don't get my way and then put up a wall, I wouldn't have survived my recent 50th anniversary! For many reasons, I'm glad that I am at the end of my life as I do not want to witness the destruction of what once was a great nation when lawmakers used to work together. You younger people ought to think about that!

Posted by: ginger470132 | September 15, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Ms. Marcus, God forbid the spend thrift trillion dollar Democrats should have to move to the right and actually reform the monstrous entitlements drowning the country in debt. The Tea Party has thrown down the gauntlet to incumbent insiders. What did the Democrats do? Re-elect CHARLIE RANGEL! A more unctuous insider could not be found in the halls of Congress. Evidently bloated corrupt tax cheats give you no pause.

I fear for my country as well. I fear we have a president who thinks American Exceptionalism implies exceptionally racist and selfish and who sees government service as morally superior to all other kinds of work. I fear we have president who has no clue what he's doing and has not insight into the people he's supposed to be leading. I fear for my children and grandchildren who will buried under a debt so heavy that it will suffocate any hope of prosperity.

Posted by: maxtel1910 | September 15, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Without denying it'll be an uphill struggle, this year's election results to date suggest that anything can happen.

As a New Jerseyan, I am convinced that a real, conservative, everyday sort of guy or gal CAN win in states like New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, and perhaps even New York (at least outside the City). It's the local Republican establishments that insist on "me-too" Republicanism, which is why we have a 0-8 Senate representation in those States. Having watched the inability of New Jersey Republicans to countenance anybody not of the Christie Whitman/Tom Kean patrician Republicans as state standard bearer, I also saw our State suffer the likes of
Frank Lautenberg, Bob Menendez, Jon Corzine, and Jim McGreevey. So I personally hope that a straight-talking Chris O'Donnell surprises both the Castle Republicans and the Bidenites in November.

Posted by: grondelsjm | September 15, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Liberal cheerleaders masquerading as journalists SHOULD be scared, Ruth.

Be afrad, very afraid, lol.

Posted by: ZZim | September 15, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Good government? Is the latest recession an example of good government? I like to point out that on the general motors bailout the banks got 100% of loan money back. This while Obama talks about what a great thing the government did in saving the auto company. Forgeting that half the auto cars were sold in China.

Let us say Obama saved the american portion and he did not save china portion. Politicans seem to leave out details which do not argue with there statements and tend to be overlooked. China owns 51% of general motors in their country and in no way is it going to disappear in that country. General motors is a global corporation and we do not own the world.

What is overlooked it that the government instead of supporting the american worker instead supported capital which helped capital to improve there profits at the expense of the average worker. Because of the reduction of income from the american worker it caused the recent recession. This is your government at work!

Posted by: artg | September 15, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I understand why Ruth Marcus is afraid. The Tea Party supporters posting on this forum sound more and more like the people who supported facism in Italy and Germany back in the 1920s and 30s. They love to spout off about "traditional values" and "smaller government", but not one has a plan, at least not one that they would care to reveal to the public. The Republicans have already shown that they are incapable of governing well. The Tea Partiers hate government so much that they are obviously incapable of governing at all. They will not govern, they will just destroy our government. What they really want is anarchy. O'Donnell is a liar, a crook, a lawbreaker, and a deadbeat, yet the Tea Partiers still support her? Amazing!

Posted by: Chagasman | September 15, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I understand the concept you advance, but it does not align with reality. The GOP senators are hardly a herd of cats. They have voted as a block on virtually every important piece of legislation. As noted the senators from Maine being a rare exception. I don't think the Tea Party senators, if elected, would change anything in terms of the GOP's performance. The Tea Party senators could be an important reason people will vote to reelect Obama in 2012.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | September 15, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Have no fear Ms. Marcus. All this noise by the "real americans"(what a joke) is just that. NOISE. America is so much bigger and better. They are just small people with small hearts. We will prevail in the end. The sky is not falling. It's just partly cloudy.

Posted by: mlx10dp | September 15, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

"you could imagine a bolstered group of (at least relative) moderates made up of the likes of Castle, Carly Fiorina (Calif.)"????

Fiorina is a fake not a moderate. You need to stop drinking the cool-aid Ruth.

Posted by: SanchosR | September 15, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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Congratulations, Tea Partiers. You chose an idiot over a moderate.

Posted by: bertram2 | September 14, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse "

****

But, but but, Ann Coulter said Republicans lose when they move toward the center.

Hahahahahahahahaha!

Posted by: dcp26851 | September 15, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Nov 3 will be a sad day for democracy.

The Tea-Bagger plan;
-Shut down the federal gov't. Force the President to resign or be impeached. Declare all Democrates and moderate Republicans subversive and under arrest in order to suspend congress and begin the process of establishing "white rule"!

-move all people of color, all non-Christians (including Papist) and the college educated elites to concentration camps in the far reaches of this land.

-White people loyal to the Tea Party including children will be armed and trained in urban warfare tactics to combat the black and latino subversives.

-Tea Party Block Leaders city by city, town by town will be instructed to close down any establsihment that they deem immoral or not in line with Tea Party values.

-The institutions most American have known for most of their lives will be considered unpatriotic and simply redesigned to liking of Tea Party Leadership.

-Tea-Bag Block Leaders will instruct law enforcement officials to arrest anyone who publically expresses themselves against Tea-Party ideas.

-Public schools will closed, school age children will remain at home either be trained by their mothers or they can work in the fields.

-Women will be asked to give up their jobs and careers to return to the home to nuture their children and husbands, if asking doesn't work the plan is for a law to be passed forbidding employers to hire women.

-Tea Bag leaders will issue an executive order for the immediate stop to Social Security payments, Medicare, Veterans Benefits, Military and Federal employee retirement payments, congressional pensions, food stamps, college loans and grants, farm subsides, foreign aid, FEMA disaster aid, federal assistance to school districts, school lunch programs, National Institute of Health and all medial research, federal transportation funding.

-When all is said and done, the Tea-Party will have achieved their goal of taking their country back!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | September 15, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

...O'Donnell will win in November along with other true conservatives. We spoke loud and clear today. We real Americans are powerful. We are patriotic Americans and we will defeat you and others bent on destroying our nation...

Posted by: PurlGurl
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Hey, who let Colbert in this forum? ;)

Seriously, for all this bluster about who is "real," "patriotic," etc., some conservative forget that liberals and moderates love our country, too. We just demonstrate it by trying to help our fellow Americans instead of lying to them, and bullying or threatening them.

I wouldn't worry so much if I were Ruth Marcus. Over time, the pendulum will swing back to the center in the GOP, also. People will look back at this Tea Party fiasco and say, "We listened to these people? Geez, we were idiots!" Kind of like the folks who though Ross Perot was "the answer." Remember him?

Posted by: schmegegge | September 15, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

The statement, "Take back the country" perplexes me. Because I do not know who has the country if not American citizens. I am an American citizen. I was born. raised, educated and taxed in this my country. I vote for elected officials, I follow the laws of the land. I have good experiences, and I have bad experiences. (I think that is called Life) But all of this is done in my country by those who have been elected. So if we elected them (someone always loses in a race) and we know what their policy positions are when we elect them, and they have not broken any laws that impact there ability to follow and enforce those laws we have, then who took my country.
I follow what is happening in terms of laws, policies created by our elected officials. I understand where we are with the economy, the wars, health care, and other social and societal actions.
I do not always agree nor like everything that happens. But, nobody stole my country.
I guess that I differ from most in that I know that it takes time for things to occur. I do not believe in immediate fixes. I believe that it take time to make changes. We took 8 years to implode our economy. Why does anyone think it can be fixed in 2 years, especially since it is a global economic downturn. It is a global economy. The troubles in the Asian and European economies makes it difficult for our own economy to repair itself. IT TAKES TIME PEOPLE.
Nobody stole my country. We voted people into place. You gave them 8 years to break it. Give the new people at least half that time to fix it.
So, who is it that we have to take back our country from? I guess the answer is other Americans who do not see things exactly the way you see things.

Posted by: jisaac1 | September 15, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Ruth, I am totally convinced both you and Obama are idiots!

Almost everyone has a relative or friend that has lost their job in the last 20 months!

Obama has shoved an unwanted, costly Post Office health-care program down America's throat at a mere $1.4 Trillion initial estimate, is pushing an energy program that will raise the price per gallon at the pump from $3.00 to $8.00 crippling transportation. He is planning to rescind the Bush Tax cuts adding 5-7% tax to the middle class. He now wants to add tax to the sale or purchase of a home. And I won't even go into his socialistic takeover of businesses or assaults with burdensome regulation.

Yet, You and your Liberal spenders ignore the problems with the ECONOMY and JOBS. Instead of railing against Liberal candidates who clearly ignore the electorate, you attack Christine O'Donnell who will listen to the people she represents. Go soak your heads!

November can't come soon enough!

Posted by: 2012frank | September 15, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Karl "bush's brain" rove called her nutty. NUTTY! From karl "I'll back any republicon always regardless" called her nutty.

About everything anyone needs to know. NUTTY!

rove backed republicons who were under indictment, he is close friends with many people who are now felons for their crimes against America (Abramhof, skilling etc.) He was one of the architects of the deception that was the Iraq war. And even he thinks she is a head case.

Posted by: John1263 | September 15, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Can we officially move to anoint Sweet Sista Sarah as the TP candidate for the 2012 Presidential election?

LOL

Posted by: dcp26851 | September 15, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Why no despondency over the lack of "moderate" Democrats. Why no despondency when the more liberal of two Democrats wins a primary?

Posted by: ShovelPlease | September 15, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

YES you are absolutely correct..

THe GOP and and Tea Party behave like the Iranian Government..

They are also very conservative with the exact same Authoritarian take on how the country should be run...

or be shot or beheaded.

ISA

Posted by: vettesport | September 15, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I'm so sorry that you are despondent....but I'm more concerned, if I'm honest, about how you could be despondent...

You are despondent because 1) the system the Founders put in place for The People to chose those who would govern them worked in that a message was sent 2) that message might actually be heard by the politicians who The People formerly chose to govern them?

Just what is the message that the folks are trying to send to Washington? That the Career Politicians who think that their "establishment" backing will ensure they have victory after victory are wrong.

You want "moderate" Republicans - or in other words, Republicans who will sign on to whatever the Liberal dominated Democrat Party wants done - no real debate, no real compromise, just the Democrat version of what constitutes bi-partisanship..which is...ignore all but two Republicans who aren't real Republicans - they're actually Democrats at heart who ran on the other ticket.

Well, sorry that your wishes being somewhat thwarted have caused your despondency.

Will every primary and every November election turn out in the manner we who are sending a message would like it to? Probably not. Will some of The People in the Democrat Party open their eyes to see beyond the spin and "despondency" of the opinion writers to the real problems of this country (that of career politicians who use words to confuse and deflect their own monetary and political gains from the very special interests they defame) and join us in sending that message? We can only hope.

We are patient though. Very patient - we're just not so quiet anymore...and we can no longer be ignored when we do raise our voices.

Your despondency might be greater if in fact, we do succeed in getting more Democrat voters to join us - those of us who are not just Republican or Democrat or Independent party members, we are an electorate who is tired of watching the politicians get richer and more powerful while the country goes bankrupt.

Posted by: LMW6 | September 15, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus is correct saying that the wins of the Teabaggers Party is cause for concern. Not just for moderate Republicans, but also for Democrats, Americans from either political stripe, and Americans who live in the real world. When any Teabagger wins, the few moderate Republicans will no longer be moderate. So another 2 years will go by filled with ridiculous fights over "honor", "freedom", and "real American values". Then again, maybe America will realize that the Teabagger leaders only want power, and they used real discontent with our politicians to grab that power. Doubtful.

Posted by: chuckw49015 | September 15, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Is anybody in the least surprised that Marcus finds democracy "scary"? That she finds non-elites "scary"? That she finds any viewpoint not shared by her rich white liberal dinner party companions — "scary"?

What a sad, timid, small-minded little soul.

Posted by: thebump | September 15, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Ruthie we don't care what you think. Why do you still have a job at the Post? What qualifications and life experiences makes qualified to be pontificating.

Posted by: rustynailx | September 15, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Wrong.

Posted by: kurttj2002 | September 15, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Ms. O'Donnell's statement that election of tea party candidates is "not good news for the cause of good government" only makes sense if you have a myopic liberal viewpoint that only liberal, democratic policies make good governmnet. The Tea Party rank and file primarily believe that both Democratic and Republican policies of overspending have lead the country to the brink of financial ruin. This is the primary concern - get the fiscal house in order, make the cuts that need to be made, stimulate small business and get rid of the entire nanny state mentality. Allow people to make their own decisions on what is best for their lives. The government should stay out. I think this is the crux of what the tea party stands for, and what the expectations are for the new conservative movement. Democrats and Republicans alike should take heed - there are a LOT more moderate-right people in this country than liberals care to admit to themselves. It is time for them to wake up to this reality. The silient majority has awakened.

Posted by: schwindt1 | September 15, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Ms Marcus I think you will be surprised on election night in November. All those Democrats counting their chickens haven't had the pleasure of talking one on one to Democratic voters who are as disgusted with Obama/Pelosi/Reid as many Republicans. I think election night there will be as many defections in the Democratic party towards Tea Party candidates as you saw in this election. We talk in groups at church, social events, and at work. There are as many Democrats planning to vote Tea Party as there are Republicans. Many of the old voter patterns no longer fit in today's three party system.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | September 15, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Or, might increased far-right strength in the Senate raise the odds that Senator De Mint mount a leadership challenge to either McConnell or Kyl?

Posted by: jaallenj | September 15, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Scary Victory?
Here's one those right now!

Rangel brings his Crap from NY to Washington as Obama brings his Crap from Chicago.

GO Tea Party of waking Americans tired of the Crap being dragged into Washington

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 15, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Scary Victory?
Here's one those right now!

Rangel brings his Crap from NY to Washington as Obama brings his Crap from Chicago.

GO Tea Party of waking Americans tired of the Crap being dragged into Washington

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 15, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

How's my memory? My recollection of economic growth during the 12 year Republican reign is that it was derived mostly from saddling our nation with a gigantic reverse mortgage which we now have to repay. It seems they were willing to do anything and everything to continue the illusion. We the people were warned as to risks taken and possible consequences and we ignored them. What are we the people ignoring today? Memories of the past?

Posted by: reenie10 | September 15, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

When the leftist media of collusion calls this a scary victory, you can be sure the victory is good for America...

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 15, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Ruth ... explain why Americans should vote for any Senator or Congressperson who has voted FOR legislation without taking the time to read the bill's contents?

How is this acceptable 'representative government" when the people's reps merely march lockstep with their Party leadership and the head of the Executive branch of government? Their loyalty is supposed to be to their constituents, i.e., the People, not anyone else.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | September 15, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I never thought I would say this, but... thank you Teabaggers. Thank you.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | September 15, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

What is amazing is how these "tea party" people are turning on moderates with vicious glee. A closed primary is not a general election. The extreme wing of either party does not have enough votes to carry a general election. There is something ironically Darwinian about the situation. If the "tea party" people are not smart enough to realize they need the "RINOS" of the party (moderates) to win the election, then they are certainly not smart enough to actually govern. That is what the article is really about. If the moderate voters the "tea party" people so despise actually don't show up to the polls, these primary wins will guarantee a Democratic victory. If the "tea party" was smart, it would dial back the rhetoric so as not to alienate the majority of Republican leaning voters. Then again, with Palin as the model, personal ego trumps party advancement and the Republican party will suffer in the general election. You betcha.

Posted by: Rational9 | September 15, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

reenie10 ... misinformation. Your partisan commentary was just factually deficient.

take for example the housing bubble ... Fannie and Freddie - Democrat inventions were primarily responsible for the expansion of property values. And thanks to the loyal (paid for) support of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, the federal regulators who tried to get Congress to Fix the mess were rewarded with charges that they were the problem, not FNMA and FMAC.

And the Dems had their hand ensconsed in every piece of legislation that may have eventually exacerbated the problems.

It was no accident that the Wall Street banks contributed huge dollars to the Demoids for decades!

Posted by: Hazmat77 | September 15, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Cheer up, Ruth, things will get much worse.

I'm a political independent but am somewhat suspicious of someone who represents the liberal Democratic take on things on the PBS News Hour who is "despondent" there won't be a more "robust" Republican Party. Whether these Tea Party primary winners win the general or not, the Democrats should consider that something of a revolution may be heading their way also: (1) The Democratic leadership, particularly on issues like open borders, is far to the left of the party's majority; (2) Liberal Democratic politicians, strategists and commentators are always snarking about the GOP being so, Ug!, terribly white, which will 'cost them votes' as the country becomes ever more non-white, without it ever occurring to them that this applies just as much to most of the Democratic leadership. When the Dem election-winning majority becomes owned, lock, stock and barrel, by "minorities," which together will constitute a majority, how long before they ask themselves, "Why in the world are we represented and lead by lily-white space cadets like Nancy and Harry?"
- - - -
Border Enforcement + Immigration Moratorium = Job, Crime and Eco Sanity.

Posted by: tma_sierrahills | September 15, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Some group is going to be very surprised this November.
The math doesn't change, 30% of the nation is right, 50% of that right is far right, and about 30% of the original 30% votes in Primaries.
This reality allows about 6-8% of Americans to determine the Republican Party Candidates. The same can hold true for Democrats.
When the far right 50% of the 30% have a turnout rate of 50% the extreme right candidate wins.
This leaves about 92% of Americans with the choice of far right or something else, usually in an either or choice.
This is difficult task, just ask the far left.
The far left in the USA in accounts for about the same 8% of Americans on the far right meaning about 16% of Americans hold extreme political positions and they are politically active and vote at every opportunity therefore, their power is multiplied in Primaries.
Those of the far right who believe American elected someone from the far left in 2008 are as disconnected from the mainstream as they imagine the current Administration to be.
This brings us to understanding the way media headlines polling results these days fails to reveal to the American public the true feeling of the nation, you have to go deep into the crosstabs of the polling to understand this fact.
Knowing 8% of the population put the far right candidates on this years ballots and every time you see a poll of this Presidents approval rating add 8% to it. This is necessary to make up for their true voting tendencies because that 8% of the dissappointed and unhappy far left would likely never vote for a candidate on the right and the question that was asked begins with "Are you satisfied" and they are not.
It is this 8% that is expressing their displeasure with the Administration and the polls reflect this number but the polling headlines don't explain it.
It is the 84% of the middle who chooses from what the repective 8%'s have served up in the Primaries.
It's the American electoral system.

Posted by: wmc418 | September 15, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

It's very simple to me. Marcus is right on one point, it is a revival of the John Birch Society. This was a group of people, I wouldn't label them as conservatives, who were so rigid and so right-wing that if you don't agree with them on ALL points you are a communist or a socialist. It doesn't matter where you stand as far as they're concerned. As far as I am concerned the TEA Party folks are right-wing extremists who believe that we must ALL align their way. They are just as bad as those on the left who believe the same way but say that you are a right-winger. They are the left-wing extremists. I frankly don't like the politics of either and both scare me. These two groups believe that moderates are not allowed. The refuse to believe that liberals and conservatives can work together or the just won't work with either. Frankly this kind of attitude is just plain wrong. For our great nation to survive we must ALL work together and find common ground otherwise the United States of America will no longer exist.

Posted by: w2bsa | September 15, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

With all due respect, Ruth, you may be a nice, virtuous person, but hardly a voice of gravitas. I think that you are a victim of grabbing low-hung fruit in this discussion. That is old thinking.

Posted by: JohnRice | September 15, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans best friends?

Yes, 4 years of Democrat control of congress with a super majority and the Incompetent One for 2 years, has earned them the ALL TIME WORST APPROVAL RATING IN HISTORY, 11%, THAT'S RIGHT AN ABYSMAL 11%!

Thank you Democrats! Take a bow, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Geithner, Rahm, Rangel, Waters, Jefferson and a cast of hundreds...

Bye Bye Democrats..

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 15, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Following the re-election of G.W. Bush to a second term, I'm no longer surprised at the stupidity of the American citizen. The Tea Party movement is proof positive of this stupidity.

Personally, I find these racially driven, fear mongering, far-right conservatives to be more of a threat to our national security than any internal, or external, terrorist organization that we are facing today. I do not want to see these type of Americans leading our country and imposing their mean-spirited ideas upon us anymore than I want to see Islamic law in our great nation.

I'm proud to be an American and I firmly believe that our government does a darn good job in behalf of its' citizens. Perfect? No, but I don't believe there is another government in the world that comes close to what we have here in America.

I realize that the majority of Americans have never visited another country. Therefore, they have no hands-on knowledge of what it is like to live in a country that has a weak and corrupt central government. They have no concept of what it would be like to live in a place that has little, if any, social safety nets to care for the poor, disabled, and other unfortunate needy members of society.

While I do not condone fraud, waste and abuse of our tax dollars (i.e., unnecessary wars and nation building exercises, etc.), I consider the paying of taxes as a civic duty and responsibility for the privilege of living in this great nation.

Posted by: kabusn6198 | September 15, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The public is fed up with business as usual. They are anti career politicians. They are anti-incumbent.

No amount of fear mongering and attempts at polarizing by Ruth Marcus is going to change this. The pundits at WAPO are shaking in their boots.

Posted by: alance | September 15, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Ms. Marcus bemoans the loss of GOP "moderate" influence. When someone of

Posted by: alexandria6351 | September 15, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

wmc418 you are dead on. Everyone should scroll up and read that post. If the 8% who chose the candidate also gratuitously alienate the voting block they will rely upon in the general election, the tea party will go the way of Ross Perot's third party movement and the tea party will never be more than a spoiler for the Republican party. Democrats, if they are smart, are not bemoaning this victory. They are cheering it on and should be encouraging more birthers and other wingnuts to grab a microphone. Moderates are the true Statesmen of our political system, and losing them only makes the job of governance more difficult.

Posted by: Rational9 | September 15, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The State Run Media does not understand "change" when its happening right before its eyes.

If this was some Liberal run organization they'd be heroes to The Left.

Since, it's not, the media doesn't get it nor want to bother trying to understand it.

Liberals got beaten to the punch on change.

Posted by: ravioliman6666 | September 15, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I love that the Teabag Party is eating the GOP. LOVE IT.

Posted by: MuslimWarriors | September 15, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Ms. Marcus bemoans the loss of GOP "moderate" influence. When someone of her apparent mindset writes the term "GOP moderate," read "Democrat-lite," i.e. someone who, in order to go along to get along, is willing to be compliant with the Obama gang's execrable policies. It would seem that, outside the Beltway at least, voters are increasingly fed up with the Democrat-lie brand.

Posted by: alexandria6351 | September 15, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

stinkingtuna: Are you saying that the children of Republicans and conservatives don't attend private, elite schools? Can you speak or make a point without resorting to the same old tired cliches (chablis sipping, brie eating liberals, etc.) that the right keeps repeating? Do you have any substance, any strategy besides wiping out all liberals (by which you mean whoever doesn't agree with you), can you tell me what life would be like today if the GOP had won it all in 2008? Jobs galore? An economy booming like a Fourth of July firework? Because if that's what you believe, you're in worse shape then even you let on. You aren't just renting on Fantasy Island, you've bought property there and mean to stay.

Posted by: curtb | September 15, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

The more the GOP leans Teabag, the more it resembles the Taliban. Don't buy the nonsense that these freaks are 'real Americans'. They are 'real scary Americans'

Posted by: MuslimWarriors | September 15, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I am more and more convinced that most people do not have a clue in whom or what they are voting for.

So far the radical right has done nothing but protest against the current man in the WH while thumping their bibles and telling us how they all take their marching orders from God.

Best to be aware that this is where these "fruit loops" are taking us if they have the chance to lay seige once more to the Constitution.

Posted by: PatJ | September 15, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I think the issue is that political columnists of both sides don't really understand what the Tea Party movement is or what drives it, so they continue to try to classify them in traditional terms which doesn't work. Tea Partiers are not misguided PWT as many want to believe. That is what is portrayed in the media, but it is not representative. They are mostly white, well-educated, affluent, and conservative in the sense that they are skeptical of the benefits of large government and abhor the idea of a welfare state or the philosophy of systematically redistributing wealth. They believe there is a place for a strong government as defined by the constitution, but that it should be limited and that it is, in fact, a civic duty to keep it limited. Those who try to paint them as misguided, uninformed, clueless troglodytes are simply wrong.

Posted by: gardedgarton | September 15, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The stimulus plans that Obama is pushing through congress are recommendations presented by esteem economist/professors/practitioners to get people back to work - restore our economic engine. Regardless what political party is in office they would accept these recommendations in part, otherwise risk serious economic fallout. Rather, the Tea Party extremists are recommending to shrink government, which is the exact opposite recommendation from esteem economist/professors/practitioners. Who are you going to follow?

Posted by: MysteryMovesWashOut | September 15, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

To MuslimWarriers:

It must be a huge burden to be the final authority on what is a "real American." How do you hold up under the pressure?

Posted by: alexandria6351 | September 15, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

The only serious government is one that involves compromise. The far right has made that impossible for themselves. They may get elected, but they will be incapable of actually governing.

Posted by: sonoratheatrewrx | September 15, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Ruth, I supposed you were similarly "despondent" when Barack Obama won the Senate nomination in Illinois in 2004? After all, he defeated a field of much more centrist democrats who by your argument would have had a more moderating influence in Senate. He proved to be one of the most liberal members of the Senate during his term. Why is the burden of "bipartisan legislating" solely on the Republicans? Don't the Democrats have some responsibility to come to the center as well?

Posted by: Illini | September 15, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

it’s interesting that the uncommented-upon fact is that party implosions are indicative (but not necessarily causes) of grave national crises.

In 1860 the Democrats split, leading directly to the election of Lincoln and the Civil War.

In the 1920s the Republicans imploded and the great depression and world war II followed.

In the 1960s the Democrats again all but broke up over Vietnam and civil rights and presaged the various crises of the 1970s.

Now the GOP is splitting. Who knows what crises are lurking beyond the current ones…

Posted by: HankC_57 | September 15, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Actually, it would be pretty good for the country, if the Tea Party took over the Republicans, and the disaffected moderate conservatives took over the Democratic party. Get rid of the wacko wingnuts like Reid, Pelosi, Boxer (certifiable idiot no less than O'Donnell), Charlie "sleazebag" Rangel, etc, etc.

And that's a very good point now that I think of it: If Boxer can win California, O'Donnell is certainly electable.

Posted by: _BSH | September 15, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Palin/O'Donnell for 2012! Do it teabaggers! Make it happen. Pull that trigger! We love YOU!!
.
Signed
The Democratic Party

Posted by: B-rod | September 15, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Oh Ruth,

When are you going to give up on the bipartisan fantasy? The GOP is locked in to being far right reactionary and obstructionist for the foreseeable future. The only deal they want to make with Obama is "lynch yourself so we won't have to". What matters is whether or not people in the districts where these people are running wake up in time to what whack jobs they are - whack jobs who are actually beholden to forces that are in direct opposition to what their supporters say they want America to be. Why has there not been a lot more coverage of the role Dick Armey, the penultimate corporate, pro-wealthy elitist has played in forming and directing the Tea Party? You as an opinion 'leader' should be helping that process instead of bemoaning the lack of bipartisanship.

As for the 'moderate' GOP caucus, well, Collins, Snow & Brown are more moderate than the rest of the GOP herd, but they have toed the party line on every vote or deal that counted last term. The Democrats would be wise to put a significant effort into running capable, electable, centrist candidates against every one of them when the time comes.

Posted by: kg1957 | September 15, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Mike Castle would have been a very good senator, instead, we have a total fruitcake who cannot pay her bills and doesn't believe the law applies to her. She won't win but if she does she will feel comfortable in Congress. Charlie Rangel, a crook who doesn't pay his taxes but writes laws that make you pay yours, will be re-elected in a landslide, and there are dozens of congressmen and senators who have liens against them, criminal records, are in arrears in debt, don't pay child support, etc. etc.

If we stupidly and blindly keep electing people to Congress that pass laws they continually break and have no intention of following themselves, then this says just one thing and that is that the American voter is an idiot. Voting for people like Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle, O'Donnell, and a variety of other nitwits, crooks, felons, and unqualified individuals doesn't say very much about the electorate that is at all positive.

Winston Churchill once said that the best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter. He was, unfortunately, 100% correct.

Posted by: mjkoch* | September 15, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

The Republican Party of Lincoln is dead. All that remains is a group of extremists who may or may not be racist, but are most certainly gullible.

Posted by: MuslimWarriors | September 15, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Why can't we (citizens who dislike the activities of the past nineteen months) get together under an enlarged tent and elect a responsible Congress. Remember Churchhill's responsse about Russia durng World War II, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."

Posted by: KansasDoctor | September 15, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Why can't we (citizens who dislike the activities of the past nineteen months) get together under an enlarged tent and elect a responsible Congress. Remember Churchhill's responsse about Russia durng World War II, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."

Posted by: KansasDoctor | September 15, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

NewsBusters: Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus ‘Despondent’ Over Castle’s Defeat and O’Donnell’s ‘Scary’ Win
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2010/09/15/washington-post-s-ruth-marcus-despondent-over-castle-s-defeat-and-o-don

Posted by: StewartIII | September 15, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans are cleaning house. You know how the Democrats were complaining that the Republicans were spending us into oblivion but much less than Democrats are doing now. HYPOCRITES.

Rangel brings his Crap from NY to Washington as Obama brings his Crap from Chicago.

GO Tea Party of waking Americans tired of the Crap being dragged into Washington


The Republicans best friends?

Yes, 4 years of Democrat control of congress with a super majority and the Incompetent One for 2 years, has earned them the ALL TIME WORST APPROVAL RATING IN HISTORY, 11%, THAT'S RIGHT AN ABYSMAL 11%!

Thank you Democrats! Take a bow, all the Democrats Tax cheats and Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Geithner, Rahm, Rangel, Waters, Jefferson and a cast of hundreds...

Bye Bye Democrats..

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 15, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

It's scary because the Tea Party is a cult.

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

Let's see. Karl Rove and the entire DC based National Republican establishment wasted not a moment last night in eviscerating this woman. The Obama Regime and its MSM sycophants happily piled on with their own cock-sure blandishments of a certain Democratic victory in Delaware come this November.

It seems like all of Washington (in a rare display of bi-partisanship) is now laughing at pathetic Christine O'Donnell. Still, I admire the woman's spunk and genuinely like her odds in taking on the arrogant "DC Old Boys & Girls Club." This will be fun.

I say, let the campaign begin and we will see you in November, chumps.

And so it goes...

Posted by: pgould1 | September 15, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

If demographics were a medical report then the Republican party is dying. The base of the party has shrunk, because of a mistaken strategy, led by Atwater, Rove and other arrogant College Young Republicans types, who generally look like Elmer Fudd.
They decided that to win you could use a highly motivated base to overwhelm an opposition. They decided to narrow an already shrinking party in order to increase its cohesiveness. They decided that constant attack to keep your enemies off balance was good politics, so to hell with compromise, dialogue and the country.Tactically, they won a lot of fights. Strategically, they lost the political arguement.
They ended up with the All-White Dixieland Geezer Party. Demographic maps show that the only area of the country growing more, and not less, Republican is a crooked grin that runs from West Virginia through the rural Deep South and ends in East Texas.
The Tea Party bonzai attack is a last gasp of White traditionalism and may carry the day in November, but has no real future. They are spending everything they have left. Their greatest danger is winning and gridlocking the government and economy througgh their negativism. If they take over and crash the Republican party will disappear and a new conservative movement will have to be born.
Every day Democrats go to baby showers, while Republicans are attending funerals.
Maybe this party has to die for conservatives to get their brains back.
Many Muslim, Asian and Hispanic cultures are socially conservative. They are a growing American population that will be needed by any party seeking high office. No healthy American conservative movement can exclude them. Nothing in the Republican party gives them a voice.
So the Republicans might have had a majority if they had the kind of wise conservative voices they once had. Even the few non-White leaders in the party are fully Americanized and speak for the base, not for people of other cultures.
It's strange that the party of Lincoln went to die in the South.

Posted by: Petronius_Jones | September 15, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I remember when my liberal friends accused the Republican Party of fear-mongering...now they are. Amusing. You would think that such an enlightened intelligent elite group such as liberals would counter these terribly scary organizations with facts and figures, proposed solutions, and the truth. But I guess they have been drinking their own kool aid for so long they do not know any facts or figures, truth or proposed solutions...they just skip on down the yellow brick road.

Posted by: staterighter | September 15, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Scary? No Ruth. I am not a Democratic Partisan, or a Republican Partisan. I am a partisan of the United States Constitution and the Republic it helps to define.

In the name of patriotism, the Tea Party lunatics gut the Constitution at every opportunity.

As for the GOP, when you sleep with the enemy, you are likely to contract all of their sexually transmitted infections. I'm not quite sure which STD's the Tea Baggers carry, but I'd bet that Karl Rove is itching in the groin. That's fine with me; he will get no sympathy from me

Americans have every right to be angry at President Obama's gaffes and the Congress' incompetence. Fortunately, most Americans will probably figure out that the Tea Baggers' tea is spiked with gall and hemlock.

IMHO, President Obama is probably biting his nails and LOL. So am I. It won't be easy, but this primary election opens the door for the adults to reclaim the election box (and I do not mean the Tea Drinkers).

God Bless America!

Posted by: bloommarko4 | September 15, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Scary? No Ruth. I am not a Democratic Partisan, or a Republican Partisan. I am a partisan of the United States Constitution and the Republic it helps to define.

In the name of patriotism, the Tea Party lunatics gut the Constitution at every opportunity.

As for the GOP, when you sleep with the enemy, you are likely to contract all of their sexually transmitted infections. I'm not quite sure which STD's the Tea Baggers carry, but I'd bet that Karl Rove is itching in the groin. That's fine with me; he will get no sympathy from me

Americans have every right to be angry at President Obama's gaffes and the Congress' incompetence. Fortunately, most Americans will probably figure out that the Tea Baggers' tea is spiked with gall and hemlock.

IMHO, President Obama is probably biting his nails and LOL. So am I. It won't be easy, but this primary election opens the door for the adults to reclaim the election box (and I do not mean the Tea Drinkers).

God Bless America!

Posted by: bloommarko4 | September 15, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Ruth - let's recap why you are really scared. The majority of Americans have seen Obama's agenda for what it is. He campaigned in the middle - yet governed from the far left and what really scares you is that the majority of Americans have overwhelmingly repudiated the left agenda. Whether its Obamacare, cap n trade, fairness doctrine - amnesty for illegals or bigger government, etc - the majority of Americans have rejected that agenda pure and simple. Independents from 2008 are having buyer's remorse and it will show come November 2010.

Posted by: short1 | September 15, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

ekgsoma: I live in Kentucky also and you are right.Mitch McConnell is worthless and useless unless you are a millionaire or large corporation.How he's stayed in the senate for 26 years tells one something of the low mentality of the voters

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | September 15, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Scary? No Ruth. I am not a Democratic Partisan, or a Republican Partisan. I am a partisan of the United States Constitution and the Republic it helps to define.

In the name of patriotism, the Tea Party lunatics gut the Constitution at every opportunity.

As for the GOP, when you sleep with the enemy, you are likely to contract all of their sexually transmitted infections. I'm not quite sure which STD's the Tea Baggers carry, but I'd bet that Karl Rove is itching in the groin. That's fine with me; he will get no sympathy from me

Americans have every right to be angry at President Obama's gaffes and the Congress' incompetence. Fortunately, most Americans will probably figure out that the Tea Baggers' tea is spiked with gall and hemlock.

IMHO, President Obama is probably biting his nails and LOL. So am I. It won't be easy, but this primary election opens the door for the adults to reclaim the election box (and I do not mean the Tea Drinkers).

God Bless America!


Posted by: bloommarko4 | September 15, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

To "FormerDemocrat" @ 2:02 AM: You're going on about Obama's supposedly Communist parents??? Let's see, in 2008 this came out "China's investment in U.S. Treasury bonds surged by $43.6 billion to $585 billion in September, pulling ahead of the Japan, which now holds $573.2 billion worth. Overall, analysts say China's holdings may be $800 billion or more. China is thought to be purchasing U.S. debt through third countries, purchases that are not immediately recorded by the Treasury as being held by China, analysts say." Just think - under Bush, China began to practically own the US. Yup, a good part of your life FormerDemocrat is being controlled by a communist country.... you have bigger things to worry about than Obama's parents!!!!!!!

Posted by: margaretpierson | September 15, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

The more the Tea Party succeeds, the more the GOP dies. I love watching this.

Posted by: MuslimWarriors | September 15, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

PurlGurl,

Can you please define for the rest of us what you mean when you say you are going to honor our founding fathers by taking back and restoring America.

That's a great bumper sticker, but please tell us what it means in terms of policy.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | September 15, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

ekgsoma: I live in Kentucky also and you are right.Mitch McConnell is worthless and useless unless you are a millionaire or large corporation.How he's stayed in the senate for 26 years tells one something of the low mentality of the voters

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | September 15, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

what's MORE scary is business as usual in Washington. Both parties have something to fear with this victory.

Posted by: OneWhoSpeaksTruth | September 15, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

What is "good government"? Has there ever been such a thing? Certainly, what we get cannot be worse than what we now have.
Yes, the establishment ought to be scared. They would have been better off letting their Wall Street friends file for bankruptcy.

Posted by: rwyoung | September 15, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Rangel Wins in NY

Thank goodness for the Tea Party and the Party of NO when the Party of Crap is in Washington...

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 15, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

SCARY?
THIS IS GREAT, GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING WHEN THE LEFT WING MEDIA OF COLLUSION CALLS AN ELECTION SCARY!

Scary?
That's the Obamimation of America that has Added More to National Debt in the First 19 Months Than All Presidents from Washington Through Reagan Combined AND HASN'T STIMULATED A FLEA...THAT'S SCARY!

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 15, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

No member of the Tea Party in this country can currently claim that their taxes are higher because of any bill signed by President Obama or the Democratic-controlled Congress.

I'll say that more clearly: None of you have as yet seen a tax increase caused by national Democrats.

Millions of you, though, pocketed a tax credit last year, up to $800 for a married couple filing a joint return. If you had a child in college you were eligible for a new credit of up to $2,500 to help defray expenses. And there was and still are a long, long list of additional tax credits available. 2009 ftaxes were lower than ever before.

But there were no tax increases. And the current legislation in Congress is unlikely to result in any tax increases. Even the Democratic version would have only impacted people making more than $250K. That can only affect a tiny fraction of people in the Tea Party.

Meanwhile, the government under both GWB and BHO took swift and sure action to halt an economic spiral that began in 2007-2008 that had no parallel in most of our lifetimes. No non-partisan economist believes that tax cuts alone would have prevented a second Great Depression. Only a large injection of cash to support failing banks and businesses and to get money quickly into the economy kept us from suffering an economic bloodbath.

Yet even before the stimulus was passed in early 2009 the Tea Party was born, protesting non-existent higher taxes and more deficit spending of the kind that had taken place for eight straight years.

Right now federal tax rates are lower than at any time since the 1950s according to the conservative Tax Foundation.

My undergraduate training is in political science and sociology (dual major), and later I completed business school. The Tea Party's protests about taxes and government spending to me appear so bizarre and unrelated to facts on the ground that if it weren't for the sociology training I would be incapable of understanding why this movement has so much momentum.

But it's pretty clear. If there's one reason why the Tea Party has taken hold and grown it is this:

The middle class has taken economic body blows over the past decade. Real incomes have fallen; the stock market is still below its high of January, 2000; home prices have crashed and many are in danger or already have lost their homes; and America has just completed a depressing and costly war that did not (based on the current hysteria about Muslims) appear to have made us feel any safer. So people are confused and angry, and when people are confused and angry they act out. When they do this, don't expect them to be rational. They will not be rational. You cannot have a rational debate with them. You can only let them act out and, inevitably, the other side will eventually respond with their own version of irrationality. This is - my poli sci training kicking in now - the one absolute in American politics--

--All glory is fleeting.

Posted by: lj51 | September 15, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

To all who sneer at Obama and other Democrats and call them "elitists" (BTW, what in the name of all that's holy does a school lunch menu have to do with anything - hardly related to solving big problems like energy and environmental issues!!) Take a good hard look at who backs the tea party:
http://www.alternet.org/economy/146504/the_roots_of_stalin_in_the_tea_party_movement and how they operate. Open your eyes tea people! The backers want to keep all their corporate perks and know the tea people will stupidly let them have their billions and thus all the power they want.

Posted by: margaretpierson | September 15, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"Don't ever underestimate the power of we the people."

-Christine O'Donnell

Tea Party winner in the Delaware senate primary

Nice quote! I have an even better one than that:

"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."

-H.L. Mencken

That's more like it.

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | September 15, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Scary?

Rangel won a resounding victory Tuesday to keep the Harlem-based House seat that he has easily controlled for 40 years.

Thank goodness for the Tea Party and the Party of No when the Party of Crap is in Washington...


Scary?
Marcus, Robinson, Dionne, Milbank

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 15, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Every day WaPo Journolists write about the Tea Party, Palin, Repubs, Gingrich, etc in a negative way. Why? Because they can't write anything positive about what Obama and the dems have accomplished. Can't blame the Journolists, the dems won't even campaign on their policies.

The Journolists attacks are an every day event and the number of articles about dem policies passed? Zero. Articles about the competence of this administration? Zero, because they are the most incompetent ever.

Dems don't even believe in their policies. A dem senator in WA wants the state to exempt itself from the healthcare bill. The author of the healthcare bill didn't even read it. Sen Dodd said he wasn't sure if financial reform would prevent the next crisis. In fact, most rules don't go into affect for another four years. The Harry Reid team showed up this week to an environment event with a fleet of SUVs. Gore uses 20x the energy of his neighbors and he recently bought a 8000 sqft home. A report showed last week that DC gov't employees owe nearly $8B in taxes. Dems love to tell you how to live but don't follow their own rules. It's called hypocrisy and even democrats are tired of the lectures.

Dems have been in charge of congress since the Nov '06 elections. They've chaired all the committees, controlled the agenda, controlled all investigations, controlled all legislation and budget for four years but the Journolists remain quiet when Obama and dems blame everything on republicans. Obama and dems are clueless about leadership.

Posted by: Tostitos | September 15, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I agree Ruth. The Tea Party reminds me of other cultish 'movements' like Scientology.

Posted by: MuslimWarriors | September 15, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Marcus, I'm glad the Tea Party and waking Americans are scaring the crap out of the left wing media of collusion that failed to even vet Obama...

A scared leftist media of collusion? This is GOOD!

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 15, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm as partisan as they come, having vowed after watching the debacle of the last administration and the results of the lemming like voting habits of the GOP to never consider voting for a Republican again except in the most local of circumstances, but I'm inclined to agree with Ms. Marcus. It's simply impossible for me to root for a group of inexperienced, extremist, unqualified candidates in either party. The Democrats learned a valuable lesson in nihilism when a proportion of them enabled Ralph Nader to represent an opportunity to lodge a protest vote. Just when you think the GOP can't scrape any lower in the barrel to find unsuitable candidates, in their efforts to corral the enthusiasm of the fringe, they have willed the rise of a woman whose list of ethics violations already tops most sitting politicians -- from skipping out on college fees, to stiffing the staff on her last campaign to lying under oath in a nuisance lawsuit. Obviously, this has less to do with enthusiasm, than outright hysteria and does not bode well for anyone who believes that temperance is an important component of responsible governance.

Posted by: Koko3 | September 15, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what planet Ruth has been on this year. The idea that this election cycle would produce an increased number of Republican moderates in the Senate is sheer fantasy. Do you see passion among moderate voters?

Posted by: publius1 | September 15, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

It's gonna get worse before it gets better. The incoherent posters above me run the Republican party now and it'll be up to the voters to decide whether they want to hand these people power simply because the economy has taken a while to turn around.

Posted by: Nissl | September 15, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

bloommarko4,

fyi, STUPIDITY, ARROGANT FOOLISHNESS & BLATHER (like what you posted above) do NOT, by MAGIC, become "intelligent discourse" by needless repetition THREE TIMES. = your nonsense remains nothing more than STUPIDITY & semi-literate BILGE & makes you look like a "half-educated" FOOL.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 15, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"I'll say that more clearly: None of you have as yet seen a tax increase caused by national Democrats."

While true, it ignores the fact that taxpayers eventually pay for gov't spending. Your view appears to be a family can go out and buy a Mercedes, huge home, new appliances, etc and of they can get deferred payments, it's no big deal. That's absurd.

Both parties screwed this up and until we get some people in congress who have a basic understanding of fiscal responsibility, we're going to be in trouble. Bush had average deficits of $250B. Obama will average close to $1.5T his first four years. If you want to defend that irresponsibility, then don't cry when we go broke and don't have the money to feed you.

Posted by: Tostitos | September 15, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Great, I can't wait for real change to come clip clopping into town on horseback, wearing a powdered wig and buckled shoes. Uh, sir, you dropped your scroll.

Posted by: Candressuhmoose | September 15, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Would someone tell me where I can find "Great Congressional Moderates" on Amazon?

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

Scary?
The Obamination has spent America into oblivion and is killing businesses both big and small who vote NO CONFIDENCE in Obama..

Now, that's scary!

Rangel, the Crook, gets voted back in by the ignorant and the thieves who put him there in the first place. Now, that's scary...

The Republicans lost last time because too many of the them were acting like Democrats.

Thank goodness for the Tea Party and the Party of NO, when the Party of Crap is in Washington...

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 15, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm despondent because even if the Dems still control the senate, they will have to rely on lunatics like Lieberman.

Posted by: sufi66 | September 15, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

PATHFINDER12 asks, "Can you please define for the rest of us what you mean when you say you are going to honor our founding fathers by taking back and restoring America."

Why sure! This means we patriotic Americans are kicking left liberal socialist butts clean over the moon.

We are kicking butt on both Democrats and Republicans. Our is not an issue of partisan politics, ours is an issue of restoring our traditional American way of life. Ours is voting for good common sense.

Both Democrats and Republicans have rendered our nation into a two bit Banana Republic. We "Tea Party" types are determined to restore our nation to what our Founding Fathers envisioned: Freedom through hard work, independence and truth.

We will not allow America to become a welfare nanny state.

Should you have doubts about this failure of our government, you only need to look at Charles Rangel to be reminded of our America becoming a nation of corruption, graft and crime.

=== REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER ===

Okpulot Taha
Choctaw Nation

Posted by: PurlGurl | September 15, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Where is the handwringing and clarion call for Democrat and left wing "moderates" to work across the aisle?

Posted by: sladenyv1 | September 15, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Okpulot Taha
Choctaw Nation

Either you are a member of the Choctaw nation OR you are a member of the U.S. nation. where lie your loyalties and to which do you ascribe allegiance? I don't really care, but if you think - you might.

Posted by: therev1 | September 15, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Ruth Marcus is the anti-woman POST columnist.

I am still reocvering from her editorial promoting the Obama notion that any mother is unfit as a leader just becuase they are mothers.

Ruth needs to put her apron back on and go serve dinner for the boys - and let the rest of America's women move forward. We need real women journalists who will reconize the role women can and will play in America's future.

Now go fix supper Ruth!

Posted by: mgd1 | September 15, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Scary? Why scary? Did you think that America would snooze through the election and let Obama and the left bulldoze the country into a flat and empty liberal wasteland? What do “moderate republicans” stand for? Moderate republicans are the same as "moderate" democrats, i.e. people who stand for nothing in particular, except "me too-ism" with the left.

Thinking people took a look at the old country club mushroom “moderate republican” in Delaware and said, “no thanks”. Good riddance Mr. Castle (and apt name, really describing where he comes from, lives and the philosophy he believed in), and walk swiftly to the exit to avoid having your behind slapped by the swinging door.

Are you one of those people who pooh-poohed the tea party people and dismissed them as stupid rabble? Are you still dismissing them? If you are, then let me buy you a cup of coffee, and you are in desperate need of some strong espresso, and best get rid of the latte.

The 20% of the population who still believe in liberalism (and maybe Uncle Sam-ta Claus and the tooth fairy)are being swamped by the 40% of the population that have paid attention to and are now rebuking and disavowing Obama and his dem-liberal (really leftist-socialist)policy and dogma. Just today, we learn that only about 25% of the population still think that the government is "good" all or most of the time.

That leaves about 40% of the population "undecided", and its no surprise that they are abandoning Big Gov leftist philosophy and leaning either right or libertarian by at least a 55-45% majority. Let's see, 20% plus 45% of 40% equals...

You do the math, if you're able. (Hint: It isn’t a majority for the dems)

America is hardly “turning to the right”, unless you mean from the left side of the road (actually the curb) back to the center. Rather, they have seen the leftist trajectory that the country has been on for the last 75 years, and said no thanks, we don’t need that useless crap any more. America is turning back to some core values, including honesty, morality, ethics and fiscal responsibility - all things that have been virtually absent from Washington for far too many years. (Calling Charlie Rangel, Mr. Rangel, you have a phone call from the “ethics” committee). The only thing that’s scary is that it took so long for the tea party people to point the way forward.

Posted by: txoh | September 15, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Ruth Marcus is the anti-woman POST columnist.

I am still reocvering from her editorial promoting the Obama notion that any mother is unfit as a leader just becuase they are mothers.

Ruth needs to put her apron back on and go serve dinner for the boys - and let the rest of America's women move forward. We need real women journalists who will reconize the role women can and will play in America's future.

Now go fix supper Ruth!

Posted by: mgd1 | September 15, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

When will the elites learn? We Americans do not like to be told who to vote for, expect more surprises on Nov. 2 Ms. Marcus.
***

Don't you mean "We Americans don not like to be told who to vote for... unless Sarah or Glenn tell us."?

Ahh... sheeple.

Posted by: penance091 | September 15, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Scary?
The Obamination has spent America into oblivion and is killing businesses both big and small who vote NO CONFIDENCE in Obama..

Now, that's scary!

Rangel, the Crook, gets voted back in by the ignorant and the thieves who put him there in the first place. Now, that's scary...

The Republicans lost last time because too many of the them were acting like Democrats.

Thank goodness for the Tea Party and the Party of NO, when the Party of Crap is in Washington...

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 15, 2010 12:11 PM

President Obama has spent America into oblivion? Yes I know he's been spending a lot of money, but how come when the previous President was spending America into oblivion it was ok? I'm a real American, but I don't support the Tea Party. Does that make me, or other American's like myself less American?

What's truly scary is there's more people out here who think just like you. I'm not afraid of the Tea Party, in fact I hope all the Tea Party nominees win in November. Only at that time will the Tea Party supporters see that their candidates have nothing of substance to offer to the American public.

Joe Miller, Sharon Angle, Rand Paul, Ken Beck and Christine O'Donnell. What new ideas to fix our country have these candidates offered? Cutting Social Security, not wanting Health Care, wanting to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. That's they best came up with??? Can any of you proud Tea Party "real Americans" list any ideas these candidates endorse that will help our country prosper 10 years from now???

Posted by: trueredskinsfan | September 15, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"It is not good news for the cause of good government."
==========================================
obama and his thugs have been bad for the cause of "good government" for some time now.
Anything to shake everything up!!

Posted by: tjmlrc | September 15, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The Brown Shirts, uh I mean the Tea Party's only real problem is they do not want to give up any government benefits they're receiving...just those they think others might.

Posted by: october30 | September 15, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

If Ruth is despondent, then I'm elated.

Posted by: pmendez | September 15, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

It's true that we don't know much about O'Donnell. But there's starting point for everything. here's a young lady making her debut on the political stage. Every politician, including Castle, started somewhere.

And let's take it easy with this extremist label. Please be specific. Exactly what has O'Donnell said that was so extreme? Just because you label someone "extreme" doesn't make it so.

As for other charges, I find it laughable that the party of Charlie Rangel and Louisiana Jefferson has the gall to talk about integrity.

Posted by: alan77 | September 15, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Come on Ruth. You really think Mike Castle and Carly Fiorina would put out the welcome mat to Obama? They all get the memo: do not cooperate. Period. Even the Maine sisters only play at it, and then when it comes to final vote time, they vote with all the other Rs (see health care).

A so-called moderate Republican who in the end votes with all the rest of the Republicans is *not* helpful to Obama or the Dems. Until moderates take their party back the only thing that is helpful is for the tea party crazies to lose in the general election.

Of course, it would also help if we didn't have Dems like Ben Nelson, who might as well be Republican.

Posted by: xcrunner771 | September 15, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

teabaggers rants are just a symptom of adjusting to the modern world, which is complex.
what they think is personal freedom needs to change, because you cannot pee in the sandbox anymore, kids. no, the well-being of the USA means you cannot make energy ANY way u want. what u do does affect others, so obey yr elected leaders. YOUR elected leaders, not Delewares....

'Any Republican who earns the praise of the Liberals has got to go! Mike Castle told Harry Reid he'd support Cap and Trade! Republicans needs to be reassuring Conservatives instead.
Posted by: bryanread '
so bryan, are YOU from DL? wasnt Castle supposed to rep HIS CONSTITUANTS?

Posted by: mloaks | September 15, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

When you read the statements in the comments, we are taking back our country, translate this to mean that we want only white males running things. They have run things and then ran things into the ground. Now that we are trying to turn things around, it galls them to have a black man in charge.

Posted by: frederick2 | September 15, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What is scary is that Republicans and independent voters nominated a woman who can't manage her own finances. She has some ethical questions to answer also; she is paying for her condo with campaign contributions because she claims that it also serves as her campaign headquarters. She can't be trusted with the taxpayers' money.

Posted by: CMAN27 | September 15, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

There are NO Moderate Republicans.
Only NO! NO! NO! Republicans.
No to jobs. No to healthcare. No to America.
Vote them all out.

Posted by: chucky-el | September 15, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Murdoch, First of all the MSM has no credibility with the american people. Your political spins worked when real americans weren't paying attention. That has all changed. The teaparty movement arose when real americans caught wind of obamas commie agenda, which was supported by you morons in the MSM. the MSM is paying a financial price for lying to the american people about obama. The democrats will pay a heavy political price come Nov.

Posted by: spawn44 | September 15, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The Brown Shirts, uh I mean the Tea Party's only real problem is they do not want to give up any government benefits they're receiving...just those they think others might.

Posted by: october30
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
What benefits? I get nothing from this government. I pay the taxes that subsidize the lazy mother of 4 who won't work for a living. I pay the taxes to support the children of the illegals (who whine about wanting the American Dream) but don't want to pay their share of taxes.
I pay taxes and get a bunch of tax evading jacka$$E$ appointed by an inept, psychologically impaired, sneaky, divisive trouble maker in Washington, telling me I have to do the right thing. I'm already doing it and all I get in return is the shaft.

Posted by: tjmlrc | September 15, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Poor, uneducated, diabetic, heart-diseased, tooth-decayed, desperate and sad as it was the day he took office. ..."

Is simply what many in Kentucky and rural America aspire for, as long as they can watch American Idol. ...McConnell and the Tea Party crowd has been smart enough to recognize that a large segment of our society has no interest in much of anything except for NASCAR, football and Kate Plus 8. ...

The path to an idiot's heart is to be an idiot ... this country is in the gutter intellectually, much more so in rural America, and many of our politicians have jumped in there with them, and either by happenstance (Palin) and willfully (McConnell) have found that is the level many Americans feel most comfortable.

Posted by: israel3 | September 15, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Being acared will accomplish nothing.

Will the majority of voters sip the tea in November? Perhaps. After 2004, it was clear to me that the majority of voters were brain dead and beyond hope. President Obama's victory in 2008 was great, but I hardly attributed it to a suddenly informed and intelligent electorate. Whatever reasons voters had for supporting Obama were probably just as stupid as the ones they had for supporting Bush four years earlier. The same voters might go for the tea bags in 2010.

The lesson? Don't be scared. BE PREPARED. I've been preparing for the collapse since 2004, and feel ready to deal with anything the tea baggers can dish out.

Posted by: guitar1 | September 15, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The poor tea party followers. You don't yet realize that your supposed saviors are corporatists. Haven't you noticed that they decry government, and yet never talk about corporate responsibility? Stand by for the re-elevation of the lobbyists, the gutting of social services, safety and environmental protection regulations, and the return of Laffer economics.

Posted by: bitterblogger | September 15, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

To "FormerDemocrat" @ 2:02 AM: You're going on about Obama's supposedly Communist parents??? Let's see, in 2008 this came out: "China's investment in U.S. Treasury bonds surged by $43.6 billion to $585 billion in September, pulling ahead of the Japan, which now holds $573.2 billion worth. Overall, analysts say China's holdings may be $800 billion or more. China is thought to be purchasing U.S. debt through third countries, purchases that are not immediately recorded by the Treasury as being held by China, analysts say." Just think - under Bush, China began to practically own the US. Yup, a good part of your life FormerDemocrat is being controlled by a communist country.... you have bigger things to worry about than Obama's parents!!!!!!!

Posted by: margaretpierson | September 15, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Our country might be unique in the political dialog. We have a two-party system, with a majority of "independents." We don't really take a third-party very seriously. Maybe the closet thing to a third party is Libertarian. "Independents" run across the spectrum: financial conservatives, social conservatives, and progressives and eco-activists.

You have to assume that "independents" mostly decide the outcome of election contests. Why? Independents are not so rigid across various positions. They might be more free to vote for a local democrat governor, and yet turn around and vote for a republican senator.

The Senate is dysfunctional these days. They seem to be stuck in some kind of tug-of-war that doesn't budge. Some might call this a Mexican Standoff. And we all can see how Mexico is suffering: heavy crime, poor economy, etc.

Posted by: rmorris391 | September 15, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I see it as a victory for NON LAWYERS. That is why the GOP is in a tizzy

Posted by: pete0097 | September 15, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The days of compromise and understanding for a functional government are over. The far right and far left have locked the government into gridlock and all that remains is fear, ignorance, and hate. I’m what some folks call a Goldwater conservative, but in these bitter times I might as well be a dinosaur.

Posted by: james90 | September 15, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

someone should put this person in a burqa
with her puritan attitudes she needs to go to the Taliban and join up

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | September 15, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Democrat primary voters in New York voted to return Charles Rangel to Congress.

Mr. Rangel should be sitting in jail instead of Congress.

I saw no media outrage over what Dem voters did, but the media goes crazy about Republicans voting for Christine O'Donnell.

Here are the rules:

(1) Dems can nominate whoever they want: Rangel (NY), Obama (Ill.) Green (SC).

(2) Republicans are allowed only to nominate people the media approve.

(3) Media will support the Dem nominee over a Republican the media approved. Ask John McCain.

Posted by: jfv123 | September 15, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

When Democrats are so out of control in spending money, conservatives are ready to draw a line in the sand.

And yes, they are destroying the nation. Giving huge wage increases to unions, nationalizing banks, insurance companies, auto makers and health care.

Increasing taxes, spending money.

Stop
Stop
Stop
Stop now!!!

Posted by: don952taylor | September 15, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

wow, the intelligence in some of these posts astounds me... or should i say, the lack of intelligence.
don't you right-wingnut jobs know that you are being controlled by some of the richest people in the states (such as the koch brothers)? do you really think this is a grass-roots movement?
blind sheep.

Posted by: bdubdc | September 15, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The best thing about Republicans is that demographically, they're doomed.

Posted by: wideblacksky | September 15, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The truly sad part is that after the Tea Partiers show themselves incapable of making adifference, we'll go traipsing after and voting for some other fringe group whose members think the "real" America is made up of chocolate Easter bunnies.

Posted by: djmolter | September 15, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Somebody help me out here. What does the Sidwell Friends menu have to do with this? We have an obesity crisis in this country. Don't we want all children to eat like that?

Posted by: jmarshall4 | September 15, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

This was not the general election, people. It was a closed primary, meaning only Republicans (and not even Independents) could vote. If you think this means this woman will be representing Delaware in the Senate next year, you have a lot of waking up to do. With her background of tax evasion, misusing campaign funds, and no real record to speak of, if you don't think she will be burned by Nov. 3, keep on living your dream. Sleep well, kiddies.

Posted by: MadamDeb
=======================================

Well people voted for "Change" and got Obama..
no record to speak of and we do know he is a liar, and we do know the Dems are running away from his agenda...WE do know that.
Repubs don't want someone who will continue the Obama/Reid/Pelosi nightmare.
Good chance she will win, despite the smears...because the Dems can't run on their agenda, just smears.
Voters see through that ...
And btw, read the numbers, super surge of Republicans voting. And add in the independants that are voting for change out the Dems... can you spell Winner!
The polls show the Dems have lost support from the Indies..
Dream on loser...

Posted by: vickie1 | September 15, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

With the win by O'Donnell in Delaware the Republican Party of Insanity is trying to make America more like Iran and Saudi Arabia. America is becoming a fundamentalist religious state.

Posted by: brianhandel | September 15, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"Frankly, my dear..."

Posted by: wcmillionairre | September 15, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey cms1, see how this looks in the mirror!

Whatever happened to rational DEMOCRATS? You know, those folks who used to vote for people like JOHN KENNEDY?
Gone! Disappeared into the depths of a dark SPIRAL OF SOCIALISM. Never to be heard from again, it seems.
The entire DEMOCRATIC Party now consists of radicals, THAT WANT GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER THE ENTIRE COUNTRY? Whooo? Who would have ever thought that the MODERATE DEMOCRATS, who TENDED TO LEAN conservative that they really didn't want any change, because they were, well, yes, conservative, and moderate, and only supported "change" in increments, would suddenly morph into a national political party who wants HUGE TRANSFORMATIONAL change, immediately, and change that brooks NO compromise for anything, ???? OR ALLOWS ANY DISSENT! (see Sibelius from a couple days ago)
Boy, oh boy, KENNEDY is turning in his grave. God rest his blessed soul.

Sound familiar? Sound like something that is happening today? You libs look in the mirror and see nothing. A bunch of blood sucking vampires, I suspect.

Posted by: dnha | September 15, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey bdubdc:

wow, the intelligence in some of these posts astounds me... or should i say, the lack of intelligence.
don't you LEFT-wingnut jobs know that you are being controlled by some of the richest people in the states (such as SOROS, THE SANDLERS, THE KENNEDY'S, THE KERRY'S...SHALL I GO ON?)? do you really think this is aN INDEPENDENT movement?
blind sheep.

FYI: There's a heck of a lot more ridiculously rich Democrats in Congress than there are Republicans. Stop bringing up the fat-rich Republicans, it only makes you look really stupid.

Posted by: dnha | September 15, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

PurlGurl, aka "Okpulot Taha" of "Choctaw Nation" must be the most self-loathing person around. The "founding fathers" did their damnedest on many occasions to wipe her people out. They weren't Gods from Olympus, you know.

In any case the GOP consistently fights against programs to help raise Native Americans out of poverty. Takes money away from their fatcats who need to buy more yachts, you know.

I'd suggest therapy for her, but experience has taught me that the people who need it the most are the least likely to try it.
Posted by: B2O2
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Democrats believe that the way to help minorities is to turn them into beggars.

But maybe some members of minorities have more self respect?

Asians for instance have received the LEAST benefits of affirmative action compared to all other minorities.

And Asians have higher levels of education than whites. (Much higher).

Who wants to hold out a begging hand to "Massa White man" when you can win with your own efforts?

Posted by: rjpal | September 15, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

CesarSozei Posted:

"If the Tea Partiers are truly serious that they personally will accept a 50 to 75% decline in family standard of living for the sake of our grandchildren, I will believe it when I see it. More likely, when they take office, they will be like everyone else on The Hill -- refuse to cut into the real meat of the bloated budget, because that actually threatens conservative interests, not liberal interests."

I'm a tea partier and my boss just called me in his office and informed me that I would be taking a 30% pay cut. So I'm already half way there. However you are obviously all the way there. There being the nuthouse.

Posted by: dnha | September 15, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Boo.

Posted by: j751 | September 15, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm glad O'Donnell won. It shows some integrity in the Republicans in Delaware. I hope she wins, but I really can live with her losing. We don't need to take over the Senate. We only need enough to counteract Snow and Collins and their ilk so we can stop this idiot in the White House for another 2 years. Then it will be Independence Day 2012.

Posted by: dnha | September 15, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Marcus: "First, I had thought the silver lining of this election year might be to produce a Senate with a more robust cadre of moderate Republicans. "

Maybe the problem is that what the press calls "moderate" republicans look like Democrats to everyone else.

Sorry, but what could be scarier than the congress we've had for the last twenty years that has sold their souls to wall street and the unions?

The current congress has driven America off a cliff, but is very afraid of ANY outsiders.

Posted by: postfan1 | September 15, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

What is really depressing is that we will get the government we deserve. If we deserve tea baggers, that's a sad state of affairs, but so be it. If people don't want that result, they had better vote.

Posted by: frodot | September 15, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Here is the Sidwell Friends School lunch menu for tomorrow while many American children go hungry because of the idiotic financial policies of the Democrat and liberal politicians. Their kids go to this elitist school:

Wed Sep 15
LS
Snack: Sliced Apples & Cheese
Chicken Tortilla Soup
All Natural Beef Tacos
Vegetarian Tacos
Sweet Potato Black Bean Bake
Honeydew
MS/US

Vegetarian Spicy Tortilla Soup
Traditional Chicken Salad
Arugula & Fennel Salad
All Natural Beef Tacos
Vegetarian Tacos
Sauteed Spinach
Sweet Potato Black Bean Bake
Honeydew

Posted by: stinkingtuna | September 15, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse


I know...seriously...I hate that these rich brats have to eat healthy food while the kids in states that regularly vote Republican (Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, etc) have to eat crap.

At least be sort of consistent. How are Democrats responsible for the food choices in locally run school districts in Republican run states?

Democrats do lots of stupid things, but they've been trying to get healthy food into schools for years. It is the Republicans that wanted to make Ketchup a vegetable.

Posted by: Blurred | September 15, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm a tea partier and my boss just called me in his office and informed me that I would be taking a 30% pay cut. So I'm already half way there. However you are obviously all the way there. There being the nuthouse.

Posted by: dnha | September 15, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse


Maybe you are only 70% as witty as you think.

But for real, I am sorry you are having to take a pay cut.

Posted by: Blurred | September 15, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey bdubdc:

wow, the intelligence in some of these posts astounds me... or should i say, the lack of intelligence...

blind sheep.

FYI: There's a heck of a lot more ridiculously rich Democrats in Congress than there are Republicans. Stop bringing up the fat-rich Republicans, it only makes you look really stupid.

Posted by: dnha | September 15, 2010 3:49 PM
-----------------------------------------
dnha...
naw, those guys don't have nearly the money of the guys behind fox news and the "tea party"...
you can use my phrasing all you want to prove your point, but it's you who is the one that looks really stupid.

Posted by: bdubdc | September 15, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree, Ruth. It's true that Republicans will be more scared of the radical right and that they won't cooperate with Democrats. But, the only way they could be less cooperative in governing would be to do something stupid like say shut down the government. At which point some share of independants might just start to have second thoughts. Give a dog enough rope and...

Posted by: michael5 | September 15, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

There are so many asinine arguments on this thread, but I take issue with this one: "Here is the Sidwell Friends School lunch menu for tomorrow while many American children go hungry because of the idiotic financial policies of the Democrat and liberal politicians. Their kids go to this elitist school:"

Yeah, because no Republican politicians send their kids to private schools. Sure. Also, Nixon sent his kids to Sidwell Friends. Nancy Reagan went to Sidwell Friends.

Posted by: awiseman1 | September 15, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

FYI: There's a heck of a lot more ridiculously rich Democrats in Congress than there are Republicans. Stop bringing up the fat-rich Republicans, it only makes you look really stupid.

Posted by: dnha | September 15, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Actually of the top 50 richest members of congress, 26 are Dem and 24 are Rep. Or, in percentages, 52% are Dem and 48% are Rep.

Compare that to theactual percentage of Dem or Rep in congress and you will see that Rep are ever so slightly more likely to be rich.

I have not seen the math on fat, so I can't address that.

Strange how actual facts get in the way of people's pre-existing biases...both ways.

Posted by: Blurred | September 15, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"...I had thought the silver lining of this election year might be to produce a Senate with a more robust cadre of moderate Republicans."

Good Grief. What is it you've seen from the Republican party over the last 20 years that would give you any indication that such a thing was in the offing? You haven't been paying attention apparently, Ms. Marcus. The crazies have been hunting the RINOs for at least that long.

Posted by: shunt1 | September 15, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Translation.....moderate republican = leftist collaborater. The elitist political establishment and their bedpartners in the MSM are obviouly unnerved by the democratic process when they don't control it.

Posted by: hit4cycle | September 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Translation.....moderate republican = leftist collaborater. The elitist political establishment and their bedpartners in the MSM are obviouly unnerved by the democratic process when they don't control it.

Posted by: hit4cycle | September 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

if by elitist you mean educated, then you may have a point. However, it is not elitist to expect that those we elect to manage a multi-trillion dollar budget can manage their home budget.

It is not elitist to expect that those who we elect to manage relationahips with any of the 130+ other countries in the country shoudl know that one of the very largest can not be seen from her window.

Posted by: Blurred | September 15, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

redact this typo:
of the 130+ other countries in the country shoudl know

Should read:
of the 130+ other countries in the world should know

Posted by: Blurred | September 15, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

To liberals, "bipartisanship" means conservatives adopting liberal views. In this Congress, the Democrats have continually offered nothing but their own liberal programs, barely even talk to a Republican before putting them forward, and then complain that by not agreeing to their programs the Republicans are not being "bipartisan".

This is what happens when liberals and their media delude themselves into thinking that their ideas are middle of the road. They think that conservatives who don't go along are refusing to meet them in the "middle".

Posted by: jlclark1 | September 15, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

First the Rinos, them the Demos and then the pundits, lawyers, lobbyists, political consultants and other Washington hanger oners. It is time for the people to take over the Government and get rid of the professional politicians and the other Washington paracites.

Posted by: jdonner2 | September 15, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Blurred,

You need to learn the difference between a real life person and a Saturday Night Live skit.

Palin never said she could see Russia from her window. If you want to be one of the "elite", educate YOURSELF and quit deluding yourself with media drivel.

Posted by: jlclark1 | September 15, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Ruth Marcus writes concerning Christine O'Donnell's victory in Delaware:

"It is not good news for the cause of good government."

If Mike Castle's support of TARP and Cap and Tax (aka Cap and Trade) constitutes good government, than Ms. Marcus' definition of good government is warped.

Posted by: austinrl | September 15, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

No doubt Ms marcus considers Obama to be a moderate. He cuadupled Bush's deficit in the first 20 months of his presidency and the national debt nears 14 trillion dollars. 800 billion dollars went down the drain the so-called stimulus package. He has a "health care bill" that even Nancy didn't read that is now law after he lied that our health care costs would go down as a result. While he pushed that disastrous bill he ignored the jobs question. The man is utterly incompetent and instead of addressing important issues, Marcus tries the old Democrat scaremonger tactic. It won't work. What scares Americans is the radicalism of Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted by: mhr614 | September 15, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Another unfortunate result if the Tea Partys' choices are elected is that their apparent lack of knowledge and experience will make them even less suited to govern than the politicians they despise. While they're trying to learn how to operate the machinery of government, they'll be more easily misled by well-established groups (e.g., the financial and insurance industries, utilities) into making bad decisions. I'm not looking forward one bit to cleaning up the resulting mess!

Posted by: apn3206 | September 15, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The last sentence in your article threw me: "It is not good news for the cause of good government."

Are you kidding, me Ruth? Are you saying that we have good government now? Every generation has to personally experience the chaos of a Democratic administration.

Posted by: SalMonella | September 15, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The real reason both parties should be scared is because the American public has become disgusted with all the arrogant, out-of-touch fools who lead us into this mess. I'm an independent, supported Obama, and have been disgusted by the results. Also, when did democrats become as close-minded, intolerant and as lacking in creativity and curiosity as Republicans? Any of you looked up the definition of liberal lately? You might be surprised that it means more than knee-jerk reactions and prejudice against anyone who disagrees with you. The dems have become as disgusting as the republicans, hiding in their little self-righteous, self-serving cocoons. Why doesn't Obama spend some time with people in a state that has no political value? Perhaps he could have a meal of canned corn and soy burgers with elementary schoolers in Oklahoma. I know Obama doesn't like to associate with the "white trash", but perhaps he could muster some courage and give it try.

Posted by: mjaplin | September 15, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

This is moot. The House is going R big time.

Hello, Speaker Boehner!

Posted by: etronsen | September 15, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

This is moot. The House is going R big time.

Hello, Speaker Boehner!

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

Be serious Ruth, Dino Rossi is not a moderate he is a turn coat who will jump on any conservative boat that comes along.

He is pitching the McConnell baggage line for line.

Posted by: cjculver2003 | September 15, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse


This country wasn't meant to be run by a bunch of freaks, know nothings and screamers.

Particularly not in times of great stress in modern countries all over the world.

It started in the Reagan amdinistration. Fostered and sneakly run behind the scenes by the neocons..and here we are.

In grave danger. How many years before we can get "our" country back.
from the now staggering conservatives...

let alone the screaming, history deficient rabble of the Tea Party.
They don't know they're dumb.

Posted by: whistling | September 15, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

THEREV1 comments, "Either you are a member of the Choctaw nation OR you are a member of the U.S. nation."

You are telling me I must be either an American Indian or an American but not both.

Your type of thinking is precisely the type of thinking which led to 400 years of genocide against my peoples.

Okpulot Taha
Choctaw Nation

Posted by: PurlGurl | September 15, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

What's scary is the fact that the results of a cleanly held election draw such disdain. I am BY NO MEANS a Tea Party guy but they won the election fair and square using the tools of our democracy.

While I hope she doesn't win in November, her supporters exercised their right to vote and won the opportunity for their candidate to be judged by the entire electorate. That effort, and the result they obtained, shouldn't be scary; it should be embraced.

Posted by: McGill34 | September 15, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

What's scary is the fact that the results of a cleanly held election draw such disdain. I am BY NO MEANS a Tea Party guy but they won the election fair and square using the tools of our democracy.

While I hope she doesn't win in November, her supporters exercised their right to vote and won the opportunity for their candidate to be judged by the entire electorate. That effort, and the result they obtained, shouldn't be scary; it should be embraced. That's actually good government.

Posted by: McGill34 | September 15, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

FormerDemocrat wrote:

"Why Christine O'Donnell's victory is scary?"

You are scared Socialist, because the American people (who you don't think can be trusted) are taking back their nation from elitists like you.

Goodbye Democrats! Goodbye!
----------------------------------------

Christine O'Donnell is scary because she is an idiot. If "elitist" is another word for someone who is dismissive of idiots, then count me in. What is wrong with you people? Why don't you put your energy into getting an education instead of spouting twisted lies and half truths? You're like a bunch of children who need attention. You may think you have a "majority", but it's only because you're getting the media attention because everyone is so astonished at the dumb things you are doing and saying.

Posted by: kago | September 15, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Ruth, we are equally, if not more so, in need of moderate democrats than moderate republicans.

Posted by: countryfirst1 | September 15, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

carly fiorina? I almost chocked. I couldn't even get past its name.

Posted by: mtravali | September 15, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The Koch Party! At least old Ross Perot had the nerve to get out front. The little Koch boys duck and cover.

Posted by: rusty3 | September 15, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

come on...."scared"?

I'm happy for them. Let them immolate the right-wing. Better all around.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 15, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Marcus is correct to be scared. I am scared for the elderly and working who fascists like purlgurl and jdonner plan to kill by abolishing Social Security, Medicare, and UI. Why don't you admit that you want to kill your fellow citizens?

Posted by: skylark1 | September 15, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

"No Ruthie what it means is that the more conservative Republican is going to win in Deleware, rather than the less conservative Republican.

Well, the problem is that "conservative Republican" has many connotations. Aside from the fact that winning the Republican primary doesn't equal a win in the general election...

We used to think that we knew what a "conservative Republican" stood for, hell even what a *Republican* stood for. The existence of the Tea Party proves that neither are easy to pin down.

The way that things now there are several splinter issues on the right-wing, any one of which can sink a Republican candidate.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 15, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"It's simply impossible for me to root for a group of inexperienced, extremist, unqualified candidates in either party. "

...but what do you expect the people to vote for, experienced professional politicians time and time again, like clockwork?

Nothing is worse for the country than a guy who wins the Attorney Generals' seat one day who you know is going to be the state Governor within 8 years and a state senator 8 years after that, and then a congressman and then a senator. Who needs a political machine that is so predictable, that's as bad as the old Soviet Communist Party.

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

I don't fully trust the Tea Party but I'm so fed up with "establishment" politicians of EITHER party that I'm willing to take a chance.

After all, the worst thing the Tea Party could do is ruin the country and it's not as if the Democrats and Republicans have done us any good. If we don't do something to address the debt, that WILL destroy the Republic sooner or later and, unlike the spend-thrift, criminally irresponsible party "establishments", the Tea Partiers, at least, seem to acknowledge the scope of the problem and the treat posed by it.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | September 15, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Many of the comments here are spot on. Marcus is certainly (at least from her perspective) correct to be scared but she doesn't really know yet how much she should be scared.

Being part of the "establishment" that the Tea Party phenomenon is revolting against, she perceives the strong headwinds to her aim (or vision) but doesn't understand it's nature: these candidates, like Christine O'Donnell, are bona fide anti-establishment and, thus, owe little allegiance to either of the major parties.

Indeed, the NRSC's declaration of no money support for O'Donnell only increases her chances of winning, not losing, and works perfectly with her campaign... an absolute stroke of genius, guys, whether you meant it to be or not (I suspect not).

And it is very likely that the baggage of O'Donnell's past problems will not be sufficient to overcome the extraordinarily strong currents that have already swept her to a, heretofore, most unlikely primary win.

The Tea Party revolt represents the aggregation of a diverse group of citizens bound together by their mutual dislike, disgust and distrust with the establishment, all of the establishment whether it be Republican or Democrat, bluebloods or union thugs; no matter. The major parties only represent a political vehicle and the Republican party will be, by far, the biggest beneficiary since they are the most closely aligned with this revolt.

Thank you Barack Obama... a true uniter (just not for the reasons he thought). Why, he could rightfully be called the "anti-Ronald Reagan."

The irony here is absolutely delicious... and should be for all the pain and suffering to tens of millions that will continue to suffer until, finally, we begin the long-delayed process of flushing these bums out of our collective lives.

Posted by: mickBelker | September 15, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Cause for good government? Where in the world have you been. Did you just awaken from a long sleep. Are you not aware of the direction this country is headed. Don't you hear the socialist tone in which Obama speaks every time he opens his trap. Michelle wants to control what we eat and the Democrats thinks we have forgotten being forced into health care. O'Donnell's victory is scary? Obama is not twice as scary to you. Obama doesn't scare the life out of you in what he's doing to this country. Our liberties and the Constitution are under attack and O'Donnell's victory is scary. When you awaken from this fantasy world your living in promoted by Obama, maybe you will see what's really scary and what's the best for this country. O'Donnell's victory is good for America.

Posted by: houstonian | September 15, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Yes, that is the entire POINT, not to have a squishy middle that sells out for their individual priority just when conservatives need their vote the most.

A Republican party that works for CONSERVATIVES isn't likely to be the one DEMOCRATS want.

Posted by: sailingaway1 | September 15, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I thought the whole value pitch of 'old school' media like the Washington Post was that it got nuances better and had a deeper understanding than the 'new school' Internet type media outlets.
However, I have been shown in no uncertain terms that there is not a single person in the Washington Post's organization (who writes and is published) that 1) understand how the Tea Party is different from recent mainstream Republicans or 2) has any understanding that the political spectrum is not a one-dimension line where ALL positions can be categorized as either 'more liberal' or 'more conservative'.
It breaks my heart that the local national newspaper is so boneheaded.

Posted by: natecar | September 15, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

For those who still worship at the alter of ideological division, know that you, as (PART) of the body politic, will never, ever, get what you desire at the expense of others! The founding fathers were profoundly smart in ways not even remotely comprehensible to an electorate that , for the most part, doesn't even understand the functions of the three branches of its own government. In fact, as we see playing out in our cultural "romper room", the very people who are mad at the government don't even realize that THEY ARE THE GOVERNMENT! They don't realize that the congress can only carry out the will of the people to the extent that "the people" are not divided! And division is the antithesis of e pluribus unum (out of many One!) That's the deal. And that's the only deal that "we the people" will ever get. So keep thinking in those little boxes that have been created for you- "right", "left", red state, blue state, socialism, communism, progressive, conservatism (which should be called regressivism) and all the other little conceptual "cattle ranches" which allows us to comfortably codify the contents of our reality. It just makes our misery easier to bear, when we can name our enemies, and our sweetest delusions.

The founding fathers rooted our political system in an immutable principle of our cosmological existence: We are all One! Obama has evoked this most sacred phrase of our union, as a call to the people to grasp the true basis of their power.

But "founding fathers", they have not the "eyes to see, nor the ears to hear"! Must we forever speak to them in parables?!

Posted by: D-0f-G | September 16, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Simply points out the fact that we need a viable third party. While there are many strong points to the Republican platform, the requirement to pander to the ultra right is producing candidates that are unacceptable to the majority of the country. I don't see that changing. A third party with a focus on advancing America economically, while supporting a strong defense that does not rely on occupying countries around the world, would resonate strongly with middle America.

Posted by: danb4me | September 16, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Ruth,

Why should you care? Obviously you are a Democrat. Mind your own business. Please don't use this "good government" garbage. The American people know that Obama has overreached. Case closed Ruthie.

Posted by: JackReacher | September 16, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Ruthie,

SCARY. What is that? How about the national debt? The unemployment rate? The poverty rate? Rahm? Now that is scary.

Posted by: JackReacher | September 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Okpulot Taha/PurlGurl,

always remember: it's A-OK with most of the DIMocRATS & LEFTIST HATERS to "look down on" & make NASTY comments about NA/AmerIndians like us because we are NOT a "favored minority", i.e., a group that will reliably vote in lockstep with the DIMocRAT LEFTIST lunatics.

fyi, i'm an enrolled member of one of "the 300 nations" AND a "coordinator" of the Tea Party & over the last week i've been called:
a fascist,
a communist,
a nazi,
a bigot
a racist,
&
even "a stupid (obscenity deleted)N#gger" by the "oh, so wunnerful, wunnerful & justmarvelous" DIMocRATS & LIBs.

it's NOT about "skin color". instead the hatred directed at "Native people" is "about" the vast majority of NA/AI NOT "toeing the LEFTIST line" & NOT believing the BILGE spewed out of the WH by BHO & the DNC.

O.T, come join the Tea Party.- you will find a WARM WELCOME with us AND you can help us change the USA back to Constitutional government
AND
help us get this nation back from the hate-FILLED, arrogant, ignorant, BIGOTED, DIMocRATS.

may i remind you (& anyone else who may be reading this) that the DIMocRAT Party was the party of:
racial segregation,
Bull Connors,
police dogs,
Orville Faubus,
firehoses,
George Wallace,
lynching
AND
the KU KLUX KLAN
for so long (well over a CENTURY) as it was in the self interest of the Democrats.

Democrat "leaders" decided to STOP openly supporting the KKK, only when it was no longer a "vote-getter" for the DIMs, though they continued to HAVE a sitting (and according to BHO, "Much beloved") US Senator, who was a KKK NATIONAL OFFICER, right up until his death (just this year).

just my opinion.
(i DO NOT & CANNOT speak for our county's TP group, without a vote on each issue.)

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Conservatism is not fascism nor is it anarchy. How uneducated are you people?! We don't need government to run every part of our lives. Of course not everyone is very good at regulating themselves, but this is particularly true of government. We are much safer when power is in the hands of individuals than in the hand of government. There is no such thing as "nice" government or "trustworthy" government. The same people you don't trust to self-regulate are the same people who get into government and then run your life with the full force of the law. Life is not perfect. Life is not fair. Government cannot fix those realities, government only makes them worse. Of course we need some government to protect basic rights and establish a safe place to live where people's lives and liberties are protected, where we are equal under the law. However, that is the line where the usefulness of government is drawn.

Posted by: NHBuckeye | September 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

You actually get paid to write this tripe? no wonder your industry is circling the toilet.

why no concern for the lock stepped, jack booted thugs with their boots on our collective necks ruining our economy and our country?

Wake up. you are about to be swamped by common sense, something utterly lacking at the Washington compost.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | September 16, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Funny, isn't it that Ruth Marcus thinks O'Connell and Palin are scary. Meanwhile, her idol, President Marxist believes he is in a position to determine what every man on earth will earn, that he can control the climate of the world and that he is an all knowing entity even though he has little or no experience about the real world and was an affirmative action product and community organizer. Someone tell me who is crazy here. Thanks.

Posted by: lavistabb | September 16, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"So the folks who focus on electing Democrats and keeping a Democratic majority can't be blamed for breaking out the champagne over O'Donnell's win.
Not me,"
Kinda says it all about "journalist" Marcus, who 'focuses on electing democrats and keeping a Democrat majority'
...objectivity thy name is WaPo!

Posted by: hughglass | September 16, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

O'Donnell is a counterfeit conservative. Leaving aside her personal pecadillos she is intellectually unfit to hold public office. While one might disagree from a philosophical standpoint with a Bill Buckley or a George Will either of them would have their arguments properly butressed by fact. Ms O'Donnell is clearly incapable of acknowledging, if not understanding fact. She is a steadfast advocate of abstinence education which has not proven to be effective (ask Bristol Palin), she has also stated that condoms are ineffective in preventing the transmission of STDs and she has also stated that creationism is valid. Raw 915's concerns are very valid. This woman can't master basic high school science or even worse is so dogmatically influenced by a pre concieved belief that she cannot reason objectively and analytically and is thus unfit to serve in public office regardless of what ideology she espouses.

Posted by: rant | September 16, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

You bet ruthie, it is scary that the moderate mainstream American people are going to start determining what goes on in this country instead of the fringe liberals who occupy the NY/DC democrat/journolist/media complex.
The American people have no desire for any bipartisanship with the lunatics running up trillions in spending and debt.

Posted by: gaphound | September 16, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

If Ruth Marcus feels despondent over the elections, I'm a happy citizen.
Liberal Democrats in the media must be replaced by Americans who love the country and want to see more people living above the poverty line.
We see what nearly 4 years of Pelosi and Reid coupled with nearly two years of Obama and a veto-proof Democrat majority got us.
A huge jump in poverty rate and over three trillion (Chinese) dollars in deficit spending.
Enough!

Posted by: lclifton | September 16, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Dino Rossi a moderate! Ruth, are you kidding? Have you read his positions. . . when he takes one? He is your classic socially conservative predatory capitalist. After his latest losing campaign, he ran workshops showing how to take advantage of people in foreclosure for heaven's sake. Just because the Tea Bag Folks supported an even more conservative candidate in our primary, does not make him a moderate. Or maybe we in the other Washington have a different definition of moderate.

Posted by: hueylong | September 16, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Dino Rossi a moderate! Ruth, are you kidding? Have you read his positions. . . when he takes one? He is your classic socially conservative predatory capitalist. After his latest losing campaign, he ran workshops showing how to take advantage of people in foreclosure for heaven's sake. Just because the Tea Bag Folks supported an even more conservative candidate in our primary, does not make him a moderate. Or maybe we in the other Washington have a different definition of moderate.

Posted by: hueylong | September 16, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Are you high on drugs ? Do you need drugs to face the reality of your life of waking up every day ?

How could any decent American not read Christine O'Donnell's webpage and not agree with absolutely every single word ?

Do you stick a heroin needle in your arm in order to live with yourself ? God Almighty check the definition of KOOK in the dictionary and THERE YOU ARE. How in God's name can you find fault with O'Donnell ? She wants your kids to protect themselves, grow up decent and not having had parents (evidently like you) that have sold their kid's souls to the devil. ??/ God you Democrats are not only a)delusional but b) sick.
That's right...you're SICK.
I hope your daughter listens to you and gets knocked up by her 15 year old boyfriend. The rest of America hopes she obtains enough of an education to get a job and pay (into) the social security system they'll need in their elder years to be able to put a $30 slice of bread in their mouths.

Posted by: xyz2121 | September 17, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

"Restore Honor to America" has to be the scariest code catch-phrase yet, right next to "Take Back the Country".

No US Senators named "Dino" ever, OK? "Dino" was the Flintstone's pet.

Anybody who thinks that Palin, O'Donnell, and Angle are electable women candidates are as shallow and uninformed as those posseurs are. At least run women of substance if you must tea party all over us.

Posted by: roboturkey | September 17, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

roboturkey,

if i were you i would start learning to say "Madame Senator" to all three ladies.
(i suspect that Palin will run for/WIN the other US Senate "next go-round" from AK, as she won't get the nomination for POTUS.)

fwiw, all three are a LOT more qualified to represent the interests of their respective states than the likes of Pelosi, Boxer, Lincoln, Landreau, Feinstein & other NUT-JOBS of that "morally/intellectually UNFIT" sort are.

fairly soon, we will be adding "DIMocRAT US Senator" to the "endangered species list" & having a "take a lib to lunch day". = that's how FEW DIMocRAT office-holders that will be left in DC.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 17, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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