This Sunday the Boston Globe ran an article confirming what I have been saying all along. The Tea Party Movement will be the end of the Republican party. see The Tea Party is History, and Rand Paul the Canary in the Tea Party coal mine.
The Tea Party is making a strong showing in the Republican primaries but these candidates will be unable to attract independents and moderates in the general elections this Fall. “Republicans are definitely doing Democrats a favor if they nominate these Tea Party candidates,’’ said Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, which has surveyed several of the states where such candidates are in play. “Even if these Tea Party candidates win in the primaries, things can look a lot worse in the general.’’
Democrats, however, see opportunity where Tea Party candidates have thrived. Even if Paul wins the Kentucky Senate seat against Democrat Jack Conway, his comments on civil rights are likely to energize African-American voters, who could deprive Republicans of picking up one or more House seats in the Bluegrass State, said University of Kentucky political science professor Stephen Voss.
Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, believes Democrats could pick up a seat in Kentucky — and prevent the GOP from ousting Democrats in Nevada and Colorado if Republican voters support Tea Party candidates there as well. “The mainstream is losing out to the extreme,’’ he said of the Republican primaries.
In Colorado, another target state for Republicans, Tea Party-approved candidate Ken Buck has surged in the polls and is nearly tied with Jane Norton, who was recruited by Cornyn’s committee to run for the US Senate. But Buck is still a weaker potential candidate against either Democrat running, according to an average of polls by Pollster.com.
Even high-profile successes can have unintended consequences. Marco Rubio, one of the galvanizing figures of the Tea Party movement, has been so successful in his campaign to represent Florida in the Senate that the previous front-runner, Governor Charlie Crist, dropped out of the GOP primary and is running as an independent.