Where can the tea party win? (June 4, 2014)Rubin dismissed Chris McDaniel's first-round victory in Mississippi as a "tie," even though he actually did, you know win. And he'll win the runoff easily. But that was nothing compared to tonight, against a candidate Rubin would undoubtedly characterize as "mainstream" and "competent" (all relative to the GOP, of course).
The tea party we have seen this primary season is outmatched easily when it takes on mainstream, competent Republicans. It cannot win against such candidates even in extremely conservative venues such as the Idaho 2nd congressional district or the state of Kentucky.
So where can the Tea Party win? Not everywhere, of course. But no one has ever taken out a House Majority Leader in a primary before, so that counts for something. Quite a lot, in fact.
You really have to be in Fantasyland, or be a very cynical self-promoter, to think that the party should choose on a nationalized basis to follow the gang that can barely win in a Mississippi midterm election primary and not the party that can win Mississippi but also Florida, Ohio and Colorado.Sorry, Jennifer. That ship has sailed. Your entire party is in fantasyland.