Republican Establishment vs. Tea Party


by Michael Becker

The Republican Establishment, and their enablers, are cheering over the Tea Party loss in the last round of Republican primaries. Thom Tillis, Speaker of the House in North Carolina, handily defeated three more conservative candidates in the US Senate primary to see who opposes Senator Kay Hagen in November.

First of all, let us note that losing a primary to an incumbent or a well-known opponent isn’t all that big a deal. You’re going to lose most of them, even if the incumbent isn’t particularly popular. See John Boehner’s recent victory.
In Tillis case, the Establishment making hay is even sillier. He ran against three candidates, and he needed to break 40% in order to avoid a run-off, and he did that handily at just over 45%. Tillis had significantly more resources – money and organization – than all three put together.

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