Somehow David Broder thinks that the defeat of Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) and the rise of Rand Paul at the hand of a bunch of right-wing fanatics is bad news for the president. Of course, Mr. Broder thought that the election of Barack Obama was bad news for the Democrats, so at least he’s consistent.
I don’t think it’s whistling past the graveyard to say that the more exposure the Tea Party people get, the better it is for the Democrats in November. Now we’re going to see them in full campaign mode with the forced smiling support of people like Sen. Mitch McConnell (who got his head handed to him by Dr. Paul) and Michael Steele (who has been noticeably quiet the last few weeks) as they go out on the stump and on the air pursuing loony ideas such as the repeal of the 17th Amendment, which provides for the direct election of senators by the people as opposed to the original concept of being appointed by their state legislatures. (Yeah, that’s a real strike against Big Government; can you imagine who the geniuses in Tallahassee would send to the Senate from Florida? Ray Sansom? Ronda Storms?) Meanwhile, the economy is slowly improving, the auto companies are paying back their bailouts, taxes are the lowest in 60 years, and all we’ll hear from the teabaggers and their enablers like Mr. Broder, the Dean of the Villagers, is how there’s “[n]o good news for the president there.”
Coincidentally, this is roll-out week where the TV networks show advertisers what they’ll be putting on the air in the fall. Actually, if the mid-terms keep going the way they are, the best comedies and dramas will be on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.