I believe we will have Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) next January. The issue with Rand Paul’s comments he made on The Rachel Maddow Show last Wednesday is how it will affect races with Tea Party Movement candidates across the country.
Harry Reid is already angling for a tea party challenger in the Fall. Not that the former Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden would be a hard opponent to beat with her, “in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor” statements. According to politico the Reid campaign spokesman Jon Summers believes an Sharon Angle (Tea Party Express endorsed) win in the June 8th Republican Nevada primary gives Democrats an appealing national native, “that the Republicans’ November ticket across the country is filled with ‘extreme’ candidates well outside the mainstream of American politics.”
“She’s a female Rand Paul,” declared a Reid adviser of Angle. “We’re going to show everyone what she stands for, and then we’ll see what happens.” Angle “has no clue about what is going to happen to her,” said a Nevada GOP insider. “She is in no way prepared for this, for a race at the federal level. She’s really out of her depth here.”
Meghan McCain on The Daily Beast put best, “Paul’s nomination could have been a moment of triumph for the Tea Party movement, as well as for Republicans, but instead it was an embarrassment. And I felt the disappointment firsthand, given that I agree with and support numerous things the Tea Party represents. Like many Americans, I’m angered by the intense spending going on under the Obama administration. But when the movement was given the opportunity to present specific solutions and answer real questions, its leaders nominated someone who—yet again—revealed weird, racist undertones, no matter how he wants to spin it.”
She goes on to sum up where the movement is, “Paul’s role within the Republican Party (if any) has yet to be determined. But one thing I am sure of is that, until we start nominating candidates who have more realistic views of the complex world we live in and stop seeing things strictly in black and white (no pun intended), we are going to continue losing elections and becoming punch lines for late-night talk-show hosts.”