The Tea Party Is Alive!

Tea Party Candidate Wins Republican Senate Nomination in Texas Runoff

Ted Cruz, an insurgent backed by the Tea Party, defeated the candidate favored by Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday in a runoff election for the Republican Senate nomination that revealed a wide rift in Texas between the party establishment and restless, anti-incumbent activists on the right.

With the come-from-behind victory, Mr. Cruz is heavily favored to win the Senate seat being vacated in November by Kay Bailey Hutchison and appears likely to become a star of the national conservative movement.

Mr. Cruz, 41, is the latest conservative rebel to bring down an established party leader, tapping into simmering anger and anti-incumbent frustration within the Republican ranks nationwide.

At one point early on, Ted Cruz was behind to the Republican establishment choice by 50 points!


4 Responses to “The Tea Party Is Alive!”

  1. It’s wonderful to be sophisticated. You can ignore Palin with a certain, gentlemanly aplomb.

  2. Interestingly, Perry was backed by conservatives and TP affiliates in his election, then chose to support the establishment favorite in this one. And Sarah Palin, widely derided as a bozo, seems to have her thumb squarely on the pulse of middle America.

  3. Sarah is no bozo and she’s been quite successful supporting candidates.

  4. I suspect that’s why the establishment GOP types and the Lefties both hate her so.

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