The dust hasn’t yet settled from Tuesday’s midterm elections—and conservative blogger Erick Erickson, the managing editor of Red State, has already compiled a list of “potential tea party targets” he’d like to see swept from the Senate. The REPUBLICANS on Erickson’s hit list are all up for re-election in 2012. They include Olympia Snowe of Maine, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Bob Corker of Tennessee, and Richard Lugar of Indiana—all Republicans, as Sam Stein wrote in a piece for Huffington Post, “with a penchant for working in a bipartisan fashion.” Erickson is hoping to find candidates who will challenge the incumbents on his list in primaries in the hopes of “improving” the Senate GOP.
What I found particularly interesting was the inclusion of Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts on Erickson’s list. Not so long ago Brown was a Tea Party darling. He had done something that seemed like a miracle to people and pundits alike. Brown had beaten Democrat Martha Coakley in a 2010 special election to serve the remainder of the term vacated by the death of liberal icon Ted Kennedy in one of the bluest of blue states.
In his Huffington Post piece, Stein also said: “Erickson’s site is a hub for Tea Party theology and was one of the earlier indicators of the wave that would define the just-completed cycle. So his inclusion of Brown is noteworthy, not just in what it potentially foreshadows but also because it is an indication of how dispirited conservatives are with the man they helped elect.”
It looks as if Democrats aren’t the only ones that the Tea Partiers will be targeting for removal from political office come 2012. Fasten your seatbelts, R & D, it’s going to be a bumpy night!
Source: Red State
– Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger