August 11, 2012

The Myth of the Phoenix

Felix has put up some really good links lately to our buddy Hans Bader's education-related articles; I found this one to be particularly interesting considering my feelings on our last US Senate election. The [local] money quote:

The ideological-purification strategy fails in the short run. In 2010, the Tea Party Express helped hand the Democrats control of the Senate through a small-tent strategy grounded in wishful thinking that conservatives can do well in any state without tailoring their message to moderate voters. Candidates it helped nominate for the Senate in Delaware, Nevada, and Colorado went on to lose elections that their primary rivals would have likely won. These candidates all made needlessly controversial ideologically-loaded remarks about subjects that had little relevance to the issues before the U.S. Senate.

In Delaware, which went for Obama by a 5-to-3 margin, it was obvious that only a moderate Republican could possibly hope to win the general election in Delaware’s Senate race, and it was mathematically impossible for even a seasoned, well-qualified staunch conservative to win. But some Tea Party activists, in a fit of wishful thinking, successfully pushed the nomination of a conservative neophyte with no experience in government, who ran a memorably awful TV ad saying, “I am not a witch.” They shunted aside the state’s veteran moderate Republican congressman, who would surely have won the general election had he been nominated, since he led comfortably in general election polls, was well-liked by independent voters in Delaware, and had voted against unpopular legislation like Obamacare and the $800 billion stimulus package.

Only one guess as to who that "conservative neophyte" happened to be.


Posted by Hube at August 11, 2012 11:18 AM | TrackBack

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Christine O'Donnell, of course.

Posted by: Carl at August 11, 2012 08:29 PM