For all the talk of the Tea Party's strength - and there will certainly be a significant number of their candidates in Congress - just 32% of all Tea Party candidates who ran for Congress won and 61.4% lost this election. A few races remain too close to call.Sarah Palin has a different view on the result:
In the Senate, 10 candidates backed by the Tea Party ran and at least five were successful. (Race in Alaska has not yet been called.)
In the House, 130 Tea Party-backed candidates ran, and just 40 so far have won.
Identifying Tea Party candidates is undoubtedly inexact. Our criteria, generally, was to include anyone who has either been backed by a Tea Party group or has identified themselves as a member of the Tea Party movement. Toward the end of this cycle, however, seemingly every Republican was trying to associate themselves this way. One left off the list was Dino Rossi, despite Jim DeMint endorsing him, since Tea Party groups backed Clint Didier in the primary.
Alaska blogger Gryph observes about this video:
You know as I watched this I kept wondering what happened to Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman, Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, and even fellow Alaskan Joe Miller? Why didn't they make the cut and also end up in this video? Because THEY disappointed their Queen that's why!Rachel Maddow also celebrates the election of so many new teahadists:
For them there is no "morning in America" because THEY are losers, and Palin does NOT want to be associated with losers.
She wants to be associated with Ronald Reagan, a grizzly bear passing a kidney stone, and lots, and lots, and lots of American flags. In other words she wants to be associated with a corpse, a vicious killing machine, and merchandise made in China.
If that doesn't just scream "qualified to be President" then by God I don't know what does!
I've got one question regarding the list of tea party-backed candidates. Why isn't Don young listed as one of theirs? Here he is, as I photographed him, wearing his pistol, at Alaska's first Tea Party Rally, April 15th, 2009: