(Image source: policymic)


BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS



Democrats claimed unlikely wins for U.S. Senate seats in Indiana, Missouri and Florida, and network analysts put the blame for the losses squarely on the Tea Party.

“The Republican party is going to have to reassess itself. The Tea Party has cost them five senate seats. I don’t know the value of a Senate seat, but it’s very high.” (Video via CNN)

“Mitch McConnell … he’s the one who knows that he is not Senate majority leader because of the Tea Party.” (Video via MSNBC)

The accusation seems to be that Republicans hurt themselves by putting forward far-right candidates in states where moderates would have had better chances. A former Republican representative told the Christian Science Monitor:

“‘Candidates matter’ ... and the Republican Party does not ‘have any enforcement mechanism to bring your strongest candidates to bear.’”

So what advice do analysts have for the party? Former Senator Evan Bayh told Fox News the Tea Party works for Republicans when they’re a little more behind-the-scenes.

“The Tea Party element is very helpful to the Republican Party when it’s part of a broader coalition of the Republican Party. When it becomes the face of the Republican Party … it’s not at all helpful to the Republican Party.”

But the Tea Party fired back with some criticisms of their own. TeaPartyPatriots.org took aim at Mitt Romney, saying:

“We wanted a fighter like Ronald Reagan who boldly championed America’s founding principles … What we got was a weak moderate candidate, hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country-club establishment wing of the Republican Party.”

Another Tea Party favorite in the House, Allen West of Florida, narrowly lost his seat to newcomer Patrick Murphy.

Did the Tea Party Cost Republicans the Senate?

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Nov 7, 2012

Did the Tea Party Cost Republicans the Senate?

(Image source: policymic)


BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS



Democrats claimed unlikely wins for U.S. Senate seats in Indiana, Missouri and Florida, and network analysts put the blame for the losses squarely on the Tea Party.

“The Republican party is going to have to reassess itself. The Tea Party has cost them five senate seats. I don’t know the value of a Senate seat, but it’s very high.” (Video via CNN)

“Mitch McConnell … he’s the one who knows that he is not Senate majority leader because of the Tea Party.” (Video via MSNBC)

The accusation seems to be that Republicans hurt themselves by putting forward far-right candidates in states where moderates would have had better chances. A former Republican representative told the Christian Science Monitor:

“‘Candidates matter’ ... and the Republican Party does not ‘have any enforcement mechanism to bring your strongest candidates to bear.’”

So what advice do analysts have for the party? Former Senator Evan Bayh told Fox News the Tea Party works for Republicans when they’re a little more behind-the-scenes.

“The Tea Party element is very helpful to the Republican Party when it’s part of a broader coalition of the Republican Party. When it becomes the face of the Republican Party … it’s not at all helpful to the Republican Party.”

But the Tea Party fired back with some criticisms of their own. TeaPartyPatriots.org took aim at Mitt Romney, saying:

“We wanted a fighter like Ronald Reagan who boldly championed America’s founding principles … What we got was a weak moderate candidate, hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country-club establishment wing of the Republican Party.”

Another Tea Party favorite in the House, Allen West of Florida, narrowly lost his seat to newcomer Patrick Murphy.

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