[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/14/art.palin.teaparty.file5.cnn.jpg caption =" Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express have endorsed a number of winning primary candidates."](CNN) - Christine O'Donnell's upset win over Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary is also another major victory for the Tea Party Express and for Sarah Palin.
"I also want to thank the Tea Party Express," said O'Donnell in her victory speech Tuesday night.
The Tea Party Express, a leading Tea Party organization, endorsed O'Donnell on July 21 and spent more than $250,000 to help the once long shot candidate defeat Castle, a brand name in Delaware thanks to two terms as governor and the past 18 years as the statewide congressman.
O'Donnell's victory comes two weeks after Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded to Joe Miller in Alaska's GOP Senate primary. The Tea Party Express pumped in about $600,000 to help the once unknown Miller edge out Murkowski, part of a political dynasty in Alaska.
How can this be a big win for Palin? She only picks where the tea party candidates are favored to win. The times she has stuck her neck out she got egg on her face.
I couldn't be happier. My thanks to the tea party for assuring a democratic majority in the midterms. March to the right Republicans. Your fanatacism, intolerance and bigotry are turning centrists off by the droves.
This is like winning a pre-season football game. It really doesn't matter because you're still going to lose when the election matters.
These folks despise intellectuals, because they wrongly think that people who agonize over the world's problems look down on them. If anything, people, like President Obama, with roots in the academy value every human being, even when they are not valued in return.
$250,000 swung this election? What is that.... half a dozen TV ads?
The Tea Party is all about anger and dissatisfaction, not about governing. For that matter, so is the GOP.
I don't think it is so much a Tea Party victory as it is a defeat for career politicians. People are sick of these candidates that have been in office for years and have done nothing to help them.
I've never been a big Palin fan but she has the support to shake things up. She won't get far just like Hillary the Media will always attack a female candidate. The prejudice against women is obvious in the News Media. Hillary should be President right now. If not for the Media she would be.
Pundits everywhere are discussing the T party and what it stands for. Many indulge in delusionary construcions that it full of independent minded, fiscal and moral conservatives that are fed up with big government. This description of the T party, I believe, is like a beautifully wrapped package that when you pull apart the ribbons and fancy packaging, reveals an ugly, commonplace core comprised of bigotry, hatred, ignorance and greed.