I’ve got to agree with Democratic political strategist Mo Elleithee, who’s worked for many high-profile (winning and losing) Virginia candidates over the past decade, who writes on his Facebook page:
“FL Republicans nominate for Governor a corrupt health care CEO that defrauded taxpayers. Thank you Tea Party!”
Also, check out the news from Alaska, where “Tea Party” candidate Joe Miller is on the verge of achieving a huge victory over incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. If Miller wins, the Republicans will have as their U.S. Senate nominee who says man-made “global warming” (he puts it in quotes) “may not even exist.” Also, Miller doesn’t believe that federal unemployment insurance is “constitutionally authorized.” He wants to privatize Social Security. He’s against abortion even in cases of rape or incest. In other words, he’s Alaska’s version of our Attorney General, Ken Kookinelli.
The question is whether Miller (assuming he holds on and wins) is electable or not, but certainly he’s got to be a weaker general election candidate than more “mainstream” Republican (and incumbent) Lisa Murkowski, right? Let’s hope so, and let’s also hope that Democratic nominee Scott McAdams can take advantage of Miller’s lunacy. But for now, both in Florida and Alaska, let’s join Mo Elleithee and say, “thank you Tea Party!” 🙂
P.S. It’s interesting that, on the Democratic side last night, most “establishment” candidates and incumbents appear to have won, while on the Republican side, it’s a different story. Perhaps the “anti-incumbent wave,” such as there is one out there this year, is strictly a phenomenon of the right?