I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned already. The Tea Party scored some big wins yesterday in primary elections, defeating a number of prominant Republican establishment figures. Most notable is Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, who beat off (ho ho) the challenge of veteran Republican Mike Castle.
Even by Tea Party standards, O'Donnell is extreme, and a video has emerged of her in the 1990s saying that masturbation is a sin. She was (is?) a member of Saviors Alliance for Lifting the Truth.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzHcqcXo_NA&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - Christine O'Donnell's 90's MTV Anti-Masturbation Campaign[/ame]
(Why are so many of these far-right women so attractive? Or is it just me?)
The GOP establishment, having gleefully encouraged the Tea Party since Obama's election, are beginning to realise that they may have spawned a monster.
Christine O'Donnell celebrates shock Tea Party triumph in Delaware | World news | The GuardianKarl Rove, George Bush's political strategist, speaking on Fox News, shared the Democratic assessment that her win boosted them. "There's just a lot of nutty things she's been saying that just simply don't add up," Rove said.
"I'm for the Republican, but I've got to tell you we were looking at eight to nine seats in the Senate we're now looking at seven to eight. In my opinion, this is not a race we're going to be able to win."
The Republicans need to win 10 seats to take control of the Senate.
Andrew Sullivan is indulging in schadenfreude:
What Kristol Wrought - The Daily Dish | By Andrew SullivanThe cynicism of the neocons and Straussians in whipping up the masses they think are useful for the republic can occasionally, it appears, backfire. You have Yuval Levin sounding like Mark Levin on Adderall, while Kristol and Krauthammer and Rove suddenly try to put the brakes on the O'Donnell and Tea Party express. It's a cognitive dissonance too far. One day, even the tea-partiers will understand that these Village pundits and activists have as much quiet contempt for them as they do actual religious believers. And then maybe conservatism can find a serious voice again.
Is this the high-water mark of the Beck-and-Palin bandwagon of lunacy?