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  •  Real Proof of Tea Party Breaking Is Yet To Come (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Stude Dude, wasatch

    All of this discussion is premature.  The right wing got their people out in Virginia and made an election that, given the GOP ticket, should not have been close, much closer than expected.

    McAuliffe was a flawed candidate and almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.  Not of this measures Tea Party success or failure.

    In New Jersey Tea Party types do not see Christie as one of theirs, but would support him as opposed to the liberal Buono.   Christie bought his reelection by making deals with labor and powerful Democrats who sold out their own candidates.  I doubt any of this will enhance his reputation among Tea Party extremists in other states.

    Fundamentally, the Tea Party movement is a Confederate movement.  You don't have to be from the Confederate south to win or get their support.  But you sure have to act like one.  That leaves Christie out in the cold.

    The real issue is how much influence will corporate and other traditional GOP money buy in Republican primaries and nominating conventions, to keep Tea Party wackos off their line.  

    That remains an open question.

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