Tea Party leaves bad taste in the Republican Party ranks
The bill for the Republicans' Tea Party is about to arrive. Through 2009 and the first half of 2010, the media have buzzed with delighted horror over the supposedly unstoppable Tea Party movement in the United States. Now it's reality time.
Compare two sets of senate races. The first is made up of contests in New Hampshire, Ohio and Illinois. The first two of these seats had been held by Republicans who did not seek re-election; the Illinois seat was formerly held by Barack Obama.
To contest these, Republicans nominated a range of mainstream candidates. In Illinois they have Mark Kirk -- a socially moderate, fiscally conservative member of Congress, who represents the suburbs north of Chicago.