The MSM is crowing today about Pat Roberts winning his primary over Milton Wolf in Kansas. I linked Politico, but it’s everywhere:
The Republican establishment’s latest triumph over tea party activists in a Senate primary this year — Pat Roberts’ narrower-than-expected win over challenger Milton Wolf on Tuesday night — came with a big lift from party headquarters in Washington.
Still, I have to say I think they’re missing the important point. As I blogged yesterday (down at the bottom in the link), the TP doesn’t have to win the election in order to win. They need merely show up. It would be better for the TP to win, of course, but even in losing they have moved the needle in the direction they want to go. Presuming Lamar Alexander wins Thursday (practically guaranteed) this will be the first time since 2008 no Republican incumbent has fallen to a primary challenge. This whole TP vs. Establishment meme is pretty much a fabrication of the left anyway. Don’t get me wrong, it’s deadly serious as far as personalities go; politicians don’t like to lose power. But the TP does not intend to damage the R party as a whole because they are part of it, they merely want it to be more responsive to the constituents and less to the cronies. This is self-evident: if they wanted to damage the R’s, they’d have formed a third party and siphoned off 20-30% of the R vote totals. They didn’t do that. They are, perhaps, agnostics in the Republican heterodoxy, but heretics they are not.
Nor am I the only one who thinks so. Here’s Herman Cain:
“The tea party movement, in terms of its impact, is still very strong,” Cain said on Fox News. “The key thing is it’s called many of the incumbents to move more towards the right relative to what the tea party message is.”
Cain further cited a recent WaPo/ABC poll in which an outright majority of people- 51%– disapprove of the job their own representative is doing. (First time ever for that one, in case you missed the stories.)
“I think the dissatisfaction is growing but not necessarily translating to the ballot box so far,” [Cain] said.
Ask me, that’s worth thinking about, even if you don’t agree.