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Salon: “Tea Party has now officially cost GOP a Senate seat”

Rand Paul has become the first of the Tea Party extremists to be elected to the Senate — but Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell has lost her bid for a Senate seat.

Here’s some background on the hard-core, pro-pollution libertarian from Kentucky:

  • Dawn of the brain-dead Senate — Rand Paul:  “Now Osama bin Laden had a quote yesterday. He’s says he’s after the climate change as well. It’s a bigger issue, we need to watch ‘em. Not only because it may or may not be true, but they’re making up their facts to fit their conclusions. They’ve already caught ‘em doing this.” [Rand Paul, 2/4/10]

UPDATE:  As Salon reports:

No matter what else happens tonight, you can’t say the GOP didn’t pay a price for the restiveness of its Tea Party base: Christine O’Donnell has officially lost her U.S. Senate bid in Delaware.

It took news organizations all of a few seconds after the official 8pm closing of Delaware’s poll to make the call, which was hardly a surprise, given that O’Donnell trailed Democrat Chris Coons by double-digits in every survey conducted during the general election campaign. Still, her defeat is a vivid reminder of how the Tea Party has complicated things for the GOP in this election. Because of her ideological purity, the Tea Party base insisted on nominating O’Donnell, disregarding cries from party regulars that Rep. Mike Castle — who consistently led Coons by double-digits all year — would guarantee a win for the party in the fall. To the base, rolling the dice with O’Donnell was something of a badge of honor, a statement that they’d rather stick to their principles and lose than compromise and win.

And it was always clear that O’Donnell would lose in the fall, given her checkered past and penchant for erratic behavior and provocative pronouncements. A generic, bland Republican would have been well-positioned to win this race, with swing voters eager to voice their frustration with the Democrats who rule Washington. But O’Donnell’s presence turned the race into a referendum on her ideology, her background and her behavior — and her deficiencies were severe enough to move swing voters back to the Democratic column.

We’ll soon know if Tea Party candidates have cost the GOP any other Senate races…. But if Republicans end tonight one vote short of a Senate majority, they’ll have the Tea party to thank for it.

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21 Responses to Rand ‘I believe business should be left alone from government’ Paul elected Senator

  1. Leif says:

    “I believe business should be left alone from government.”

    Can I assume that means we should be stopping all Government subsidies to the fossil fuel industry as well?

    Perhaps We can reach some kind of compromise?

  2. catman306 says:

    We must have all hopelessly slipped out of fashion because

    Stupid is the new smart.

    Mr. Rand is a man for the times.

  3. ScruffyDan says:

    Sounds good! As long as ALL significant costs are internalized. Any cost that remains externalized is just a bailout.

  4. Jeffrey Davis says:

    Paul, a physician, believes government should leave everyone alone except for the massive amounts of money paid to physicians.

    Paul believes in what’s good for Rand Paul.

  5. Xopher says:

    I don’t understand why everyone is saying he’s been elected when not even half (at this time) of the votes have been counted. Perhaps we no longer need to count the votes and should just accept the wisdom of the Village?

  6. Solar Jim says:

    “I believe business should be left alone from government.”

    Good deal. Take away all the roads, banks, courts, laws, schools and regulation of commerce and let’s have a field day of barbarism.

    Nice to know as our climate regresses to a prehistoric state, the same is happening with good ole Kentuc. They seem to have fossilized. Too much breathing of that 120 ppm CO2 (395 – 275 ppm) from coal combustion.

    Can’t wait to see these two Kentucky senators perform.

    “Nobody told me there would be days like these.” (RIP, JL)

  7. Wit's End says:

    Also Too, Science should not influence policy!

  8. James says:

    I can’t help but think of Phil Hartman dressed as the Frankenstein monster screaming “SCIENCE BAD!”

    So at least I’m kind of smiling.

  9. ScruffyDan says:

    @ Xopher

    Exit polls. AT least that is my guess.

    [JR: And which precincts have reported.]

  10. Chris Winter says:

    According to RealClearPolitics, Kentucky is Rand 53%, Conway 47% with 41 percent counted.

    Talking Points Memo calls it for Rubio in Florida and Coons in Delaware. (No surprises there.) However, apparently no votes have been counted in Delaware.

  11. David B. Benson says:

    Don’t talk too good, do he?

  12. Muoncounter says:

    “Can I assume that means we should be stopping all Government subsidies to the fossil fuel industry as well?”

    Nope. That govt should leave business alone only goes one way; take the regulations off our back, but keep your hands off our subsidies. If you need an example of that, Google ‘deep water royalty relief act’. Our long national nightmare is back.

  13. cr says:

    Oh boy. Rivkin has a post up about possible hearings into climate science and the trolls are out and about:

    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/02/girding-for-a-republican-gavel-at-climate-hearings/

  14. Andy says:

    Somehow I kind of have the feeling that enough scary stuff will be said by these goof balls that by next summer the press will finally get their stuff together and pay more attention to truth than to balance. They’ll realize that yes, they do have an important role in the running of this country and accurate information is more vital to our nation’s well being than are the opinions of talking heads.

    I don’t foresee Rand Paul or Boehner cooling their rhetoric one bit for the national media. Once the media see that the new congress holds no magic formula for economic progress, and that they’re more interested in burning their enemies at the stake than finding solutions; it’s going to blow up.

    How will the foaming at the mouth, spittle spewing, wide-eyed true believing tea partiers react when this happens? They’ll lose the independent voters, they’ll lose their mandate, and then I fear they’ll really do something stupid.

  15. Paul’s response when asked about mountaintop removal coal mining…

    “I think whoever owns the property can do with the property as they wish. And if the coal company buys it from a private property owner, and they want to do it? Fine. The other thing I think is I think coal gets a bad name, because I think a lot of the land apparently is actually quite desirable once it’s been flattened out. As I came over here from Harlan, you got quite a few hills. I don’t think anybody’s gonna be missing a hill or two here and there. And some people like having the flat land. Some of it apparently has become quite valuable when it’s become flattened.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rFDQavG1GQ

  16. A face in the clouds says:

    Oh, good, a snoring contest between Rip Van Paul and his son.

  17. John McCormick says:

    RE # 14

    Andy, you said:

    How will the foaming at the mouth, spittle spewing, wide-eyed true believing tea partiers react when this happens? They’ll lose the independent voters, they’ll lose their mandate, and then I fear they’ll really do something stupid.

    There is a bit of history to reflect on if you google ‘moral majority’. Back in the late 80s Jerry Falwell and a bunch of crazy christian zealots latched onto the repug party with a long list of social engineering demands. They got a bunch of crazy repugs elected but the list was shredded and the crazy zealots backed away from politics because they realized they had been shanghied and tricked.

    Pray to whomever the baggers learn the same lesson. It aint about them it is about to uber-rich and the kroch brothers.

    Some ounce of hope there but it has the taste of chewing on gravel.

    John McCormick

  18. gecko says:

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    Of the people, by the people, and for the people, government is aptly suited to control the near-absolute power of entrenched industries and businesses.

  19. Mark S says:

    With Harry Reid maintaining his senate seat in Nevada it’s pretty safe to say that the tea party has cost the Republicans 2 senate seats now. And in Colorado Bennett is leading Buck (albeit very small margin). If this holds up it could easily be that the tea party cost the Republicans 3 senate seats. That is huge. Yet the story of the election will be how the tea party made possible huge Republican wins.

  20. Chris Winter says:

    http://www.wearyourcape.com/news_satire/aquabuddha.htm
    Rand Paul to Launch New ‘Aqua Buddha’ Aftershave
    Working tagline: “Nirvana’s just a splash away for the Aqua Buddha man.”

    May I suggest “The cooling, fresh zen feeling of the classic, re-born American fragrance”?

  21. Prokaryotes says:

    Tests by federal health authorities have found listeria bacteria at a Texas food processing plant after state health officials linked four deaths to contaminated celery from the plant. http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2010-11-03-listeria-texas-produce_N.htm