May 19th, 2010
09:14 AM ET
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    It is time to either revamp the existing parties completely, or replace them with parties that actually make an effort to represent the people.

    May 19, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Dave

    To Rand Paul: You will get elected as long as you stick to the fiscal conservative message and not get loony (like you sometimes do) with the loopy tea party talk.

    May 19, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Adalbert

    Take the government back, from whom? Is he going to change the ruling class? Not likely.

    May 19, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. JimCT

    Sorry to burst your ongoing narrative, but the real message here was sent by real Democrats, who came out in numbers to AGAIN ask for REAL CHANGE by pushing back against the roadkill standing in the right lane impeding our progress as a nation. Sure, the tea-party is a force of disgruntled Americans on the far right of the political spectrum, although it does have some populist rhetoric and a lot of misinformation, racism and fear thrown into the mix. But they were soundly outvoted by the progressives in this primary (if you would actually show us the numbers CNN).

    May 19, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Lee Bartholomew

    hard to take the country back if you still have it. having more tea party candidates in there makes it easier on the dems in the fall. Rand Paul is no Ron Paul. Ron's easier to have a conversation and a real debate with. Like Franklin Graham. He's no Billy

    May 19, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Marge

    Hey Paul it is our government now. You ain't gonna take nothing. You got less votes than the second place Democrat in THEIR primary so what does that tell all the so called pundits.

    We are going to keep congress and we are going to kick republicans out. They have screwed this country to Hades and back and you and your little bitty brain are gonna tell us, go cheney yourself.

    May 19, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Michel

    Yea it sends a message alright, voters in kentucky are not very smart supporting the tea party extremist agenda. People should really do their research and not react in anger.. think about it, how many good decisions have you made in your life while angry??

    I would be willing to bet, not many. I rest my case.

    May 19, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Right Leaning Independent

    Message to all Dems – The primary results had nothing to do with the tea party. Really. Honest. You should continue believing they are an insignificant radical fringe group of the Republican party with no power to control the fate of any politicians.

    May 19, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. PalmReader

    Perhaps Paul ... along with Palin, DeMint, and other Tea Partiers ... would care to explain whom it is they think they are taking the *government back from*, and why?

    Rather than spouting silly bumper sticker slogans, Paul needs to explain to those of us who aren't supporters of his why we should now become supporters by laying out his platform of what it is he alone hopes to achieve once he has *taken back the government*.

    Hard to support a man who hasn't quite gotten over his fear of the bogeyman, and thus, spends a great deal of his time trying to bring the rest of us down to his level of fear.

    May 19, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    So what's the plan, you can't keep saying "take our government back", that's getting as old as molasses and people are going to ask questions about policy which they haven't heard.

    May 19, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Dave

    The only message Paul's victory sends is that he coasted in on his daddy's name. When it comes to the general elections in November, the teabaggers will actually have to articulate some ideas and solutions instead of spewing their empty "take back the country" drivel.

    November is a long way off and for Paul to win this election, he's going to have to do a whole lot better.

    May 19, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. John

    I always enjoy all this talk by the republicans about "taking the government back". LOL. How short are peoples memories? The country was a TOTAL MESS before Obama took over, and the MAJORITY of the country was SO fed up with the way the republicans were running things, that they voted them OUT. The MAJORITY doesn't approve of their psychotic ideals. Get over it.

    May 19, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. TWM

    Yes, this sends a message – AND the message is that the inmates are running the asylum!

    May 19, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Coming after the libertards in November 2010 and about to topple the big sleaze in 2012.

    May 19, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. katiec

    It is unfortunate Paul won because of tea party support. When will these people realize they are being misled, manipulated by the rich, radfical right whose PAC's are laughing all the way to the bank.
    Their hypocrasy, misguided stance, which was silent while the republicans almost destroyed our country, leaves intelligent Americans wonderring about their credibility.
    With their undying support of Fox, and, the right wing media constantly headlining them, voters must stand strong and make sure any politician who caters to is defeated. We most certainly do not need additional misfits, obstructionists leading our country.

    May 19, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. STP

    Yeah. But it's Kentucky.

    May 19, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Sure was a great win in the PA-12th District which is 2-1 democrat. The candidate won by less than that margin, by saying he would not have voted for the stimulus, TARP or the Obozocare. Did he lie like Obozo did to get elected or was he sincere?

    May 19, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Take your company back from who idiot? I want the country to go FORWARD, not backwards. Your tea party talking points are so lame and ridiculous. You want to take the country back to the 19th century. Well we all know that history quite too well.

    May 19, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Dale

    Paul is already showing signs of delusion, if he hadn't before now. A minor win against a minor Republican candidate, with the Democrats outvoting the Republicans/Tea Party by more than a third in a state that heavily favors Republicans? And with Paul winning in a state that thought Bunning was a good idea for years? Let's not forget as well that those working with Mitch McConnell are already stating that this was due to Mitch's work and how Paul will be a great soldier for him (something I'm sure the Tea Party people are just thrilled to hear). All the signs point to a win for the Democrats now, thanks to Paul getting this vote. Thanks, Tea Party!

    Now with stories hitting the news about Tea Party people standing outside voting places and threatening to rough up people who didn't vote for Paul, it's going to be an interesting next five months. Oh, yeah, no one in the Tea Party ever does anything bad ... must be some of those dastardly Democrats just trying to make the poor, innocent Tea Party people bad again.

    May 19, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Mike

    Yes, the message is to get rid of liberals and any Republican who votes for big spending and bail outs.

    May 19, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. Patriot

    Take it back from whom?

    18 months ago we had an election–the people spoke-so who is Paul going to take the government back from? The people?

    Folks who vote for this empty and meaningless rhetoric will get what they deserve in Paul-just another demagogue who will simply try to obstruct meaningful progress.

    Good Luck Kentucky!

    May 19, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Anonymous

    He hasn't won the Senate yet. This is really a victory for fox news since they give him so much free air time. The big questions is: Will the voters overall vote for someone who is so extreme, or will they select the only moderate on the ticket and vote for a Democrat.

    May 19, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Robert in Texas

    I'm not sure of the media's pre-set response to the elections yesterday...The elected professional Republicans are continuing its purge of anyone who is not a rightwing crackpot, but a weaker candidate in appeal to the mainstream.
    On the Democratic side, the weak Democrats are being replaced with stronger condidates. In Penn, the Democrat even won the House seat in a republican district..

    May 19, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. Michael

    first of all, congratulations.

    However I am not a fan of the tea-party simply because they are taken over by the same people of put us into this mess.
    The Republican party.
    Yes, the gave us big spending (W started 2 wars with tax-breaks), big government (DHS among), bailout (was started by W) and other things that the tea-party is against.
    Most of the Republicans were in the senate under W and voted 99-100% of the time with W.
    Now they are fiscally responsible after 8 yrs of fiscally-irrresponsibility.
    I believe them as much as I believe the CEO's of Halliburton and BP.
    ZERO credibility.
    McConnels is a complete idiot in my opinion.

    May 19, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. th

    The republicans act like another country came and invading the United States. What hypocrites.

    May 19, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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