October 19th, 2010
10:26 AM ET
11 years ago

Preston on Politics: Tea Party could be key voting bloc in Senate

Washington (CNN) - The old proverb "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is one way to describe the 2010 election - especially when explaining the complicated alliance between Tea Party activists and the Republican establishment.

These two former enemies - remember the contentious and divisive primary season - are now united in the common goal of trying to defeat Democrats on November 2. Look ahead to the next day, and there is a good chance the alliance will begin to show cracks should Tea Party candidates score big wins - especially those running for Senate.

As many as eight Tea Party candidates could be coming to Washington in January: Sharron Angle of Nevada, Ken Buck of Colorado, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Joe Miller of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Marco Rubio of Florida.

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  1. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    So the voters have a choice:

    The intelligent Democrats who want to make life better for Americans, who want to undo all the damage done by the Bush regime -


    The pickled brained morons of the GOP and the Tea Party.

    Yeah - tough decision.

    October 19, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. stevegee

    A vote for any Democrat is a vote for the overreaching, overspending, overtly divisive agenda of Obama, Pelosi and Reid that will end in failure and bankruptcy for our country.

    A vote for any Tea Party candidate is a vote for the Constitutional principles of freedom and liberty, and a free market economy.On November 2nd, vote American, vote Conservative, vote Republican.

    October 19, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Eight senators only? But, but... Didn't CNN hype us up that the Tea Party is overturning the entire government? Wasn't it supposed to be like 50 senators? (despite the fact that only 33 senate seats are up in any election) I thought CNN told me 70%+ of Americans support the Tea Party and everyone in government will be thrown out. And then we will have a much smaller government immediately because we will reduce both spending and taxes (yeah, you figure out how is that mathematically even possible) while giving more freedom to corporations to hire workers. (a freedom they already had... and guess what they did hire. Just not Americans. They've been hiring Mexicans, Indians, Chinese, etc.)

    October 19, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. keepstufingthis

    Clinton is a much more accomplished (convicted) liar than Obama and has the credentials to show it. Obama is no slouch, but has not been either indicted or convicted yet like Clinton, but he is coming on fast and should surpass him in the near future.

    October 19, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. awaitingmoderationbyCNN

    Great news indeed. As the Democrat liberal numbers shrink their places will be taken by people who actually work for a living and pay taxes and realize that it is our money, not theirs. This is where the Democrats got off track led by the dope smoking faction of the party. I know how to spend my money better than Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or Hussein Obama. I do not need to be demonized, degraded or demeaned for that feeling or called names by those who disagree.

    October 19, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. proud conservative

    The establishment Republicans and the Tea Party victors WILL unite to defeat Obama's radical agenda which is the single greatest threat to our individual liberties!

    October 19, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. diridi

    with one seat....????? ha!!! sarah palin is an idiot....with no brain...messing the nation...clown...

    October 19, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |