In Kentucky and Nevada, the Tea Party crowd managed to nominate a pair of lunatics for the U.S. Senate, thus giving Democrats shots at seats that seemed pretty hopeless. Rand Paul may persuade Kentuckians he’s not much crazier than they are, if he sticks to his strategy of only doing interviews with Fox News. But Sharron Angle is perhaps one degree too obtuse for Nevadans – even Sue “Chickens for Checkups” Lowden would probably have been a stronger candidate – giving former “dead man walking” Harry Reid a new lease on life.
The net result of the Tea Party’s success in seizing control of the GOP: fewer and weirder Republican officeholders. Not obviously a bad trade, from a narrowly partisan Democratic perspective. But in the longer run, the country needs two parties capable of governing.