So...how strong a repudiation of the Tea Party was the election?
Quite a few down in flames...
Allen West appears to have been defeated in Florida, barring a recount.
Joe Walsh lost to Tammy Duckworth in Illinois.
Mourdock went down in Indiana.
Akin went down in Missouri.
And Michelle Bachmann nearly went down in Minnesota.
[quote]And Michelle Bachmann nearly went down in Minnesota.
A couple TPers are gon, but I was surprised by how many stayed, given the vote for Obama.
Don't forget that their biggest win, Scott Brown, lost!
Go home to your bunkers full of spam & ammunition tea baggers... we got this.
Teabagger Ted Cruz won in Texas.
It was, unfortunately, not strong enough.
As much as I hate to say it, we really REALLY need to start organizing for 2014. We need to get some really STRONG candidates to run against TeaParty house and senate members in EVERY state.
We need to get Republicans encouraged enough to primary their tea-party representatives, and replace them with more sane and less extreme people.
And we need to work on a huge GOTV strategy so that in 2014 we can take back the house.
R7, if you want Democrats to take back the House then you ought to be encouraging Tea Baggers to primary rational Republicans.
It's easier to beat a bagger than it is to beat a normal person.
The Republican Party needs to distance itself from the Tea Party if ot has any hope for 2016. Those Tea Party people are lunatics!
10 of the 12 repugs losing their seats were teabaggers. They elected more of them though and in many places around the country the baggers are entrenched. They will be around for awhile.
How does the Rethugs become more mainstream and appeal to Latinos with those teabaggers..
Someone on MSNBC and CNN made an excellent point about the off-year electorate being different from the presidential year electorate. That's the problem. If the same people who vote in presidential years would get off their asses and vote in the mid-year elections, we'd be in a lot better shape.
[quote]It's easier to beat a bagger than it is to beat a normal person.
The problem with that strategy is that in certain districts (and certain states, for the Senate), a Republican, no matter HOW repugnant (David Vitter anyone) will ALWAYS win. That's how we ended up with the baggers who DIDN'T lose.
Redistricting killed us.
Well sure, there are batshit districts where baggers will easily win. In general, however, we do not live in Bagger Nation just yet.
In a "normal" conservative district a centrist Democrat can beat a bagger easier than he/she can beat a regular Republican. (whatever "regular" means these days. I guess it represents less bagger-ey Republicans)
There's a reason why Allen West is losing. There's a reason why Joe Walsh lost. There's a reason why Michelle Bachmann only held on by a thread.
Most people don't actually like the baggers.
I just sent Bachmann a note and congratulated her on winning her final term in Congress.
[quote]There's a reason why Allen West is losing
Yep, I guess I was paying attention to his attempt at a recount. He's not within the FL margin for it but he's trying to get one anyway.
Given that the teabaggers were an astroturf creation of the Koch brothers, and the Koch brothers lost big time in this election cycle, I expect it'll go the way of Sarah Palin and the Rabid Grizzlies or whatever they were called.
I'm pretty sure they were called Grizzly Doms.
In California, we finally gave right-wing nutbag Dan Lungren the boot (assuming the vote margins hold up).
Lungren was a Tea Party asshole before the Tea Party was officially created, and was the guy who tripled the funding to defend DOMA in court after Obama said he would stop defending it.
There will be 20% to 25% fewer of them in the House. Boehner is already talking compromise.
[quote]striking a conciliatory tone a day after the Republican Party’s electoral drubbing . . .
The utterly brain dead Mary Bono Mack lost her seat finally. Maybe now she can learn to read.
[quote]Yep, I guess I was paying attention to his attempt at a recount. He's not within the FL margin for it but he's trying to get one anyway.
Typical. Apparently, West believes that the rules apply to the Democrats, but not to Rethuglicans.
Ah great. I didn't know Lungren lost, very glad to hear it and glad my vote contributed to his loss.