Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Everything is good news for Republicans

It's the day after the primary and the media narrative is unsurprising. ZOMG, the tea party is ascendent. It's an indictment of President Obama. He's doomed. The Democrats are going to be wiped out in November. None of which of course is necessarily true, but let's not let the inconvenient facts get in the way of an easy analysis.

Mark Ambinder has the best take I saw so far this morning:
Fox News is as much a part of the Republican establishment as Mitch McConnell is. No, the Tea Partiers and conservatives, or Tea Party conservatives, are protesting what's getting done, versus what's not getting done. The more success President Obama seems to be having, the angrier the Tea Party becomes. I do not think this is a coincidence. What is true: the Tea Party movement is now firmly yoked to the Republican Party's near-term future.
And of course the TPs are going to tout this as a huge victory for them, which I'm expecting will encourage them to amp up the crazy over the next few months. Also, most of the media fail to mention that the Democrats in Kentucky received more votes than Rand Paul, even in a low turnout election with unenthusiastic Democratic voters. Apparently the media is too busy mourning the end of Specter's career to notice. I heard that Tweety was practically in tears over it last night.

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