Posted on | August 11, 2010 | 8 Comments
To which Smitty replied:
To which I replied:
Stop looking forward to 2012 — i.e., how did the Palin Factor play? — and focus on the here and now. Ken Buck’s defeat of Jane Norton was a defeat for John McCain, John Cornyn and every other member of the GOP establishment who have been trying to fix primaries for their handpicked pets. If grassroots conservatives are fired up for a fight — even a fight against their own party’s leadership — it’s an encouraging sign for Republican prospects in November.
Think back to the Ned Lamont primary campaign in 2006: Ultimately doomed, but a harbinger of a fired-up Democratic “wave” in the mid-terms. When the grassroots start getting rowdy, the primary season can appear discordant and confusing, but the raw energy and enthusiasm are really the key factors to notice. That’s the message I got out of last night, but look at this morning’s headlines:
Primary night yields good news for President Obama and Democrats
— New York Times
Really? I mean, really? The hand-picked establishment candidate won in the Colorado Democratic primary, while grassroots conservatives defeated the establishment pick in the GOP primary, and that’s good news for Democrats? That their party base is less fired-up than the Republican grassroots in a mid-term election where turnout is the name of the game?