June 10th, 2010
09:40 AM ET
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November true test for Tea Party success

(CNN) – As Sharron Angle celebrated her win in Nevada's Republican Senate primary, she praised the Tea Party activists who backed her campaign and vowed to return the country to its constitutional principles.

Angle, a former Nevada Assembly member criticized as being too far from the mainstream to win, soared to the front of the crowded field of more than a dozen GOP candidates. She'll face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the general election.

The Tea Party Express, which endorsed her campaign, declared Angle's win "a huge victory for the Tea Parties."

But so far this election season, the message for Tea Party activists has been "you win some, you lose some."

As Angle was declaring victory, several time zones away, a slew of Tea Party candidates were going home empty-handed after establishment candidate Robert Hurt stomped them in the primary race for Virginia's 5th Congressional District.

Despite a nationwide wave of anti-incumbent fervor and a Tea Party cry to "throw the bums out," far more sitting lawmakers have survived than have been ousted.

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  1. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    According to recent information, almost a hundred incumbents won and two lost (Nevada gov. and Virginia) It is time to throw the Fox bums out of the media, as they started this "throw the bums out" crap. Just keep listening to that foreign billionaire with the anti American sentiment, you crazy out of touch right wingnuts.

    June 10, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    I do not care who is going to step up to the plate and begin to bring our government back to representing the people.
    As long as those who have failed in the past do not get re-elected again. The performance of those who have been in congress over the last forty years is a disgrace and not one incumbent should be re-elected it doesn't matter if they are liberal or conservative, democrat or republican, there has been too much representation of the party first followed by the representation of the too big to fail business and their armies of lobbyists.
    This fall in Nov. 2010 send a message to Washington and Fire those who brought this country down in 2006,2007,2008, 2009 and now the first half of 2010.
    Tell Congress "You ARE Fired!"

    June 10, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Bill NY

    Every win for the Tea Party is a loss for the US

    June 10, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Mike

    The incumbents who have survived are the ones who did not support nobama's spending. The demorats have nothing to celebrate, check out the demorat winner out of SC who wants to challenge Jim Demint. This clown is awaiting trial for a felony and does not know what TARP is and no idea of what is happening in the world. Sounds like that fool Sen peter welch out of Vermont that cannot understand economics 101.

    June 10, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. malabar

    Maybe not doing so great in Nov. wud b better for repubs and tea partiers. that way even more frustration wud build and Obama wud have an even harder time herding his sheep in 2012. just a thought.

    June 10, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Chas in Iowa

    Once confronted in debate or by the press the Tea Party will implode.

    "vowed to return the country to its constitutional principles."
    This is GOP speak for eliminating social security, food stamps, welfare, government oversight, government regulation of industry, the EPA.

    June 10, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. JFS

    The Tea Party and the ultra conservative GOP have under-estimated the size and the power of the moderate GOP. We have been ignored and have found ourselves voting Dem and Moderate Independent in the last several elections. Nov. will be a rude awakening for the GOP. Mouthing off and threatening and saying NO to every piece of legislation does not depict power...it depicts obstructionism. The current GOP are the culprits here. The average American voter is quite aware of what the GOP has tried to do to our Government and our young President. The deficit issues were long in the wings and if we had not made debit the USA would have been pushed into a Depression. I really cannot imagine that the current GOP...if they had been in power over the last year and a half..,.would have done anything differently. Maybe worse !!! They have not brought any new or refreshing solutions to the American People. They DO NOT deserve, nor have they EARNED, the right to take back the Congress. Believe me, there are NO solutions within the current GOP...only hot air and aggression. Why change horses in the middle of a stream??

    June 10, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. The Clear Thinking Independent

    The so called "Tea Party" has always been the rightest wing arm of the GOP. They started being hyped by the Republican establishment to fill their party's leadership void in American life.

    Remember that Barack Obama had been heralded for bringing millions of new voters into political activism. To counter this success story ... of independent and democratic minded voters THAT HAD NEVER VOTED BEFORE ... the Republicans created the "Tea Party".

    Despite claims of it being a grass roots organization, ties to GOP'ers [like Dick Armey have been uncovered]. Despite claims it would support Democrats & Republicans ... in a bid to woo independents ... in practice it only supports zealots of the rightwing. Despite claims of being open to non-white members, it backs racial profiling of hispanics and calls the President every name in the book ... going so far as to depict him in a coffin during the healthcare debate.

    The only place the Tea Party will be effective in November is in those rightwing districts where a Republican was going to win anyway.

    June 10, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If the economy picks much more, these people will run out of steam. These people who really want less government should be Libertarians and not Republicans. There is a difference.

    I would like to know where these people were when the Republicans held a majority in both Houses of Congress and the White House. There was a huge debt that was run up not even including the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan which were never paid for in the first place.

    June 10, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    No matter how bad it gets for the GOP this November, the tea baggers will always have their Glenn Beck gold to sell, which is worth half of what they paid for it.

    June 10, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. FM

    That what happens when a loser becomes a leader of something. Sarah Palin is the one who leads the Tea Party movement. Can you imagine John McCain leading any movement now! There is no difference between the two. They are both losers! No one should be frightened by the Tea Party movement, it was like boiling water and now have reached a point to cool down.

    June 10, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. katiec

    It is hard to understand what the voters are thinking, or if they are.
    This woman is a powder keg waiting to explode.
    Course, is good for Reid as she has no chance in the Nov. election.

    June 10, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Marlene

    "Despite a wave of anti-incumbent fervor" CNN's Kristi Keck writes, and just another example of the media forcing the headlines. The fact is that the primary results across the nation prove that the media citing the "anti-incumbent wave" thinking just isn't panning out. It is hard to win in an election over an incumbent and the media just jumped all over a thought and has run with it for months. Enough! Just report the facts, unless we all should consider the media as various "opinion" pieces. Marlene in Mich

    June 10, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. the message for Tea Party activists

    the message is 'stick a sock in it'

    this with many friends in the Tea Party movement

    this is a blow hard movement with no followup

    June 10, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. librarian

    Sharon Angle would like to abolish social security and Medicare and boycott alcohol. Good luck in November Miss Tea Party anachronistic imbecile.

    June 10, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. kimberly

    Harry Ried will crush her. She wants to get rid of the education dept, barter chickens for health care, believes in sciencetoligy, wants to re-enstate prohobition,in NEVADA NO LESS, and thinks that SSI and Medicare should be ended...HMMMM, yeah this NUT is toast!

    June 10, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. GI Joe

    Ho Hum

    A very vocal few does NOT control this country, CNN. As much as the talking heads like to hype and spin it, more than 75% of the people in thiscountry want sanity, not the hate, fear, denigrating "sound effects" of those very insignificant small crowds.

    June 10, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Despite a nationwide wave of anti-incumbent fervor and a Tea Party cry to "throw the bums out," far more sitting lawmakers have survived than have been ousted.

    That's because a majority of voters are smart enough to take a thoughtful look at how well their Representatives and Senators are serving their state.

    I voted for my incumbent Senator because he's doing a good job.

    That doesn't mean all incumbents are, but to take the simplistic attitude of tossing everyone overboard, is just dumb.

    June 10, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Pragmatic

    Of the 84 incumbents running in primaries – 82 will go on to the general election – one is facing a run-off and one governor was voted out – he has a list of ethical charges a mile long.

    Lots of newcomers but newcomers with vast stores of cash to spend on their own media campaigns may not make the best leaders. Eye-doctors and WWW wrestling promoters + one of 20 worst CEO's in history (Carley baby) who loves to outsource jobs and was fired don't give anyone much confidence.

    June 10, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. thor

    Shows how the public likes to blame politicans for the sorry state of affairs but somehow can't pull the lever for someone else other than the person that helped put them in this mess.

    June 10, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Considering some of the people the tea party has chosen to represent them it would be wise to keep some adults in Washington. It seems that most of the tea party folks who made it through the nomination process are having to backtrack on rhetoric that got them to the nomination.
    Based on the history of Angle's comments Harry Reid was just given an early christmas present. Do Nevadans really want that nut job as their senator?

    June 10, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Gee, did the press finally catch on? These are primaries where zealots within a party were able to flex their muscle against weak candidates.
    Until these same candidates face an electorate made up of liberals, moderates and independents, the only victory they have is they got to move their piece up the ladder on their side of the board.

    June 10, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. How's That Dopey, Mangey Thing Workin' For Ya, Sarah?

    I suspect a very, very weak cup of tea this November. All dilutent, no substance as usual.

    June 10, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Irma in North Carolina

    This whole tea party needs to be thrown out. We dont need this kind of people who are racist trying to run the government. They are disgrace to this country.

    June 10, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. ART

    Who in their right mind would vote for some narrow minded bigot, who to me any one associated with the tea party is.They have absolutely nothing constructive to bring to the table, just a bunch of idiots dressed up like its some kind of halloween party

    June 10, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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