Sasse wins, Tea Party celebrates

posted at 8:01 am on May 14, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

And so does the media, which now has a narrative on which they can chew for a while longer. Ben Sasse cruised to victory in Nebraska’s Republican primary, beating Shane Osborn to represent the GOP for the US Senate race in November. He offered up some healing words in his victory speech last night, but the narrative of Tea Party vs Establishment continues … kind of:

The victory notched by tea party Republicans in the Nebraska Senate race was modest, but they’ll take it in a season that has yielded few bright spots so far.

Ben Sasse won the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. Sasse was the closest thing to a tea party candidate in the three-man race, largely because he feuded last fall with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the epitome of establishment Republicanism.

But Sasse is hardly the out-of-right-field firebrand that some tea partyers cherish. A college president with degrees from Harvard and Yale, he worked for the U.S. departments of Justice and Health and Human Services. Those endorsing him ranged from non-mainstream players – including Sarah Palin and the Club for Growth – to well-established Republicans such as five-term Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and former Gov. Kay Orr.

Sasse, 42, had “visiting scholar status” at the Brookings Institution, the venerated left-of-center think tank near the White House.

Several factors make the Nebraska results rather weak tea for tea party celebrations. Sasse’s conservative credentials don’t differ greatly from his opponents’, especially Shane Osborn. Osborn had the conservative group FreedomWorks’ endorsement before it was switched to Sasse.

And Nebraska is so strongly Republican that party leaders felt confident that any GOP nominee will defeat the Democratic candidate, Omaha lawyer Dave Domina, and then vote the party line in Washington.

For the most part, the Tea Party-Establishment narrative fails anyway. The Tea Party movement isn’t a faction in a civil war, but is a grassroots current which is forcing the Republican Party to evolve. Future candidates will have to have some appeal to the Tea Party movement in order to win, while incumbents may be able to organize effectively in the short run to avoid that kind of accountability.

Chalking up wins in open primaries as Tea Party or Establishment is far too glib, and doesn’t really tell the story. New faces will work with both sides, but will give the Tea Party movement more voices with which to move the agenda to their liking. Sasse isn’t going to Washington to score a few points in a bitter personal feud, but to work in passing policies that fit better with the movement’s agenda.

Sasse remained gracious last night, praising his opponents and looking forward to the fight:


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Some teabagger beats Ozzy’s wife in a primary and you people celebrate? Last I checked, she’s not even an American, so I’m pretty sure it’s a mute point.

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

The Tea Party movement isn’t a faction in a civil war, but is a grassroots current which is forcing the Republican Party to evolve.

That sounds like a distinction without a difference.

Stoic Patriot on May 14, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Yeah, a scholar at the Brookings institute is a “tea party” candidate.

Mini-14 on May 14, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Some teabagger beats Ozzy’s wife in a primary and you people celebrate? Last I checked, she’s not even an American, so I’m pretty sure it’s a mute point.

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

You’re a national treasure.. :)

melle1228 on May 14, 2014 at 8:09 AM

“C’mon now, guys. This gloating among establishment Tea Party Republicans calls for the same reprimand we parents offer 12-year-olds who scuffle on the playground.”

Reuben Hick on May 14, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Thanks again Sarah!

renalin on May 14, 2014 at 8:15 AM

At the risk of sounding like a new-age-synergistic hipster:

Being a TEA Partier is a state of mind…

mjbrooks3 on May 14, 2014 at 8:15 AM

I’m getting a Rubio vibe from this guy; might be his college administrator position.

Ted the Average on May 14, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Fingers crossed he will be more like Ted than Jeb.

Bmore on May 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Yeah, a scholar at the Brookings institute is a “tea party” candidate.

Mini-14 on May 14, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Good point. Hard to reconcile that whole “Tea Party” thing with an association with Brookings.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2014 at 8:23 AM

I’m pretty sure it’s a mute point.

I think you mean MOOT point, genius.

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Snort!

Naturally Curly on May 14, 2014 at 8:23 AM

The ‘Tea Party’ might have been better off when it was the ‘Silent Majority’

jake-the-goose on May 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Some teabagger beats Ozzy’s wife in a primary and you people celebrate? Last I checked, she’s not even an American, so I’m pretty sure it’s a mute point.

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Mute Point vs. Moot Point

rhombus on May 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM

The victory notched by tea party Republicans in the Nebraska Senate race was modest, but they’ll take it in a season that has yielded few bright spots so far.

NE and Mississippi will probably be the only victories for the competitive races. The TEA Party really didn’t bring its game this time ’round.

Ted the Average on May 14, 2014 at 8:25 AM

I, uh, hate to say this but some people are, probably, looking forward, way too much, possibly, in saying Ben’s Ass rather than Ben Sasse. I tried it. It was fun. I laughed.
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Oh, and Kennedyesque…

ExpressoBold on May 14, 2014 at 8:27 AM

The Tea Party movement isn’t a faction in a civil war, but is a grassroots current which is forcing the Republican Party to evolve.

That is what many on this forum, other conservative forums, and some radio talk show hosts do not understand or want… They want a total civil war where they are out to destroy anyone who does not agree with them on every issue and call such people RINOs…

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 8:28 AM

OT: Why didn’t the media make a big deal out of this visit.

Ahmad Jarba.

Ahmad Jarba.

I’m not going to post the picture here, but Ahmad Jarba met with the beheading FSA terrorist commander who, no crap, ate a man’s heart. He then went on a PR campaign to assert radicals had taken over his rebellion and needed more US help. Our president sponsored this man Jarba and had him in the White House and spoke with his as a foreign Statesman.

Obama sponsored a meeting with the head of the most active terrorist fighting force on the planet.

hawkdriver on May 14, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Yeah, a scholar at the Brookings institute is a “tea party” candidate.

Mini-14 on May 14, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Some of you idiots are never satisfied… You want them 100% purists.. And who the f*** define conservatism purity? You and your ilks? Even Reagan will be considered a RINO by fools like you…

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Some teabagger beats Ozzy’s wife in a primary and you people celebrate? Last I checked, she’s not even an American, so I’m pretty sure it’s a mute point.

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Really…? Damn you are dumb. But I guess that is moot, too.

Patriot Vet on May 14, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Thanks again Sarah!
renalin on May 14, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Maybe this will make up for her handing the governor’s mansion over to the Democrats with her endorsement of the brainless nepot Ricketts.

KingGold on May 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Really…? Damn you are dumb. But I guess that is moot, too.

Patriot Vet on May 14, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Frank Lib is the master of sarcasm on this forum… He is on our side…

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Whoa, you mean when the Tea Party backs a strong candidate, instead of the first weak idiot who asks for Tea Party support, they win? Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit!

Sekhmet on May 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Look at our national debt. We need 67 Ted Cruz type people to stop the collapse.And that aint gone to happen.

celtic warrior on May 14, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Really…? Damn you are dumb. But I guess that is moot, too.

Patriot Vet on May 14, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Frank Lib is crazy like a fox. Seriously, sit back and enjoy his stuff.

(I’m ready to nominate him for a Blogscar Best Acting Award.)

hawkdriver on May 14, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Frank Lib is the master of sarcasm on this forum… He is on our side…

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

We’ll then he might want to put a ‘sarc’ tag / after, because reading that comment it doesn’t sound sarcastic. If that is the case, I apologize.

Patriot Vet on May 14, 2014 at 8:39 AM

I’m getting a Rubio vibe from this guy; might be his college administrator position.
Ted the Average on May 14, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Me too, hopefully im wrong but it will be in the back of my mind, he did refuse to sign the FAIR pledge to protect American workers http://fairtaskforce.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/FCTF_questionnaire.pdf
“Ben Sasse’s Amnesty Double-Dealing”
“Mr. Simmonds is a Republican businessman who built his wealth in franchised fast food Mr. Simmonds declares he will employ a litmus test for any candidate in this election cycle. To gain his contribution, a candidate would have to support “complete amnesty” for every illegal immigrant in the U.S. a look at candidate Sasse’s campaign finance filings reveals a far thornier one. A familiar name appears, that of Mike Simmonds, who the document shows has given the maximum allowable donation to Mr. Sasse. The question begs an answer. How did this self-acclaimed anti-amnesty, tough on illegal immigration candidate end up with the maximum allowable donation from “litmus test” Mike Simmonds? It would seem he either lied to Mr. Simmonds then, or has been lying to the voters all along.”
http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/12/ben-sasses-amnesty-double-dealing/2/#ixzz31ehBduQq

Garyinaz66 on May 14, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Patriot Vet on May 14, 2014 at 8:39 AM

You’re not the first to take Frank Lib serious and you won’t be the last. You honestly don’t need to apologize but … I hope Frank never uses a sarc tag.

Like I said, enjoy his interpretation of liberal think.

hawkdriver on May 14, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Some teabagger beats Ozzy’s wife in a primary and you people celebrate? Last I checked, she’s not even an American, so I’m pretty sure it’s a mute point.

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Yup, they went off the rails on a Crazy Train..

ToddPA on May 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit!

Sekhmet on May 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

that’s o.k….we’ll let Joana deal with issues such as this..

ToddPA on May 14, 2014 at 8:50 AM

NE and Mississippi will probably be the only victories for the competitive races. The TEA Party really didn’t bring its game this time ’round.

Ted the Average on May 14, 2014 at 8:25 AM

You don’t think Shannon has a shot in Oklahoma?

topdawg on May 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

The Tea Party movement isn’t a faction in a civil war, but is a grassroots current which is forcing the Republican Party to evolve.

Evolve? Here I thought we were trying to take our party back to it’s conservative roots.
We’re sick of the party evolving into The American version of the Tories.

StubbornGreenBurros on May 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Whoa, you mean when the Tea Party backs a strong candidate, instead of the first weak idiot who asks for Tea Party support, they win? Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit!

Sekhmet on May 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Also give credit to the voters, who now know what happens to Tea Party candidates who aren’t media-savvy and are being more discerning in who they vote for. Anything they say wrong isn’t just going to be gone over with a microscope and ripped apart to destroy that candidate, it’s going to be used to claim that all Republican candidates in 2014 think like that.

In a way, the GOP primary voters’ actions in 2014 are similar to the Democrats with Bill Clinton in 1992, in that, after three straight presidential election losses, the left side of the party opted to avoid going with the full-blown liberal and decided to allow the guy who at least had won election in flyover country to get their nomination. Here, after seeing the big media take apart O’Donnell and Angle in 2010 and Aiken and Mourdock in 2012, voters appear to be more selective in which candidates they’re supporting in 2014 (It’s why in Texas Rep. Steve Stockman never caught on with his challenge to John Cornyn and why in Kentucky, Matt Bevin’s problems have kept him from doing much of anything in polling prior to next week’s election against McConnell.

jon1979 on May 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Obama sponsored a meeting with the head of the most active terrorist fighting force on the planet.

hawkdriver on May 14, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Has he offered him arms yet? After all, this terrorist shouldn’t get less than Obama gave the Mexican drug cartels, or the AQ in Libya, or the terrorists in Syria.

AZCoyote on May 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

No ,just sanity.

celtic warrior on May 14, 2014 at 8:55 AM

The fact there are so many RINO supporters and liberals going ballistic on here tells its own tale.

crankyoldlady on May 14, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Even Reagan will be considered a RINO by fools like you…

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Reagan was a conservative leader with great intentions and a massive pair of balls but in retrospective, he was not such a good deal. Just the bullet list of things that he irreversibly screwed up would take a full page or two.

Rix on May 14, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Yeah, a scholar at the Brookings institute is a “tea party” candidate.

Mini-14 on May 14, 2014 at 8:08 AM

He co-wrote a paper there: Reforming the Medicaid Disproportionate-Share Hospital Program
Seems to be his only connection.

Abstract

Congress and the Obama administration are considering redirecting federal spending on the Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital (DSH) program to help pay for health reform. In this paper, we propose linking federal Medicaid DSH funding to state-level Medicaid enrollment or uninsured populations, or both. This approach could produce as much as $44 billion in federal savings over time without exposing hospitals to uncertain or across-the-board spending cuts. It could also gradually address state variations in Medicaid DSH funding. We also offer ideas to ensure that DSH spending is more directly connected than it is now to improvements in care for vulnerable populations.

Oh the humanity! The horror!

airupthere on May 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

hawkdriver on May 14, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Has he offered him arms yet? After all, this terrorist shouldn’t get less than Obama gave the Mexican drug cartels, or the AQ in Libya, or the terrorists in Syria.

AZCoyote on May 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM

If I commented any deeper I’d sound like a tin-foiler. I’ll just let it at these FSA idiots have been coopted but some of the most savage Islamic radicals on the planet and Obama is still entertaining them in the White House.

The pictures I said I would not link to are Jabar greeting Khaled al-Hamad, nicknamed Abu Sakkar, at a field location and praising his victories. Abu Sakkar took a bite out of the heart of a dead SAA soldier and is responsible for more beheading than can be counted. Jabar praised him and Obama treated Jabar like a foreign dignitary in the White House.

If this were Bush …

You fill in the blanks.

hawkdriver on May 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

“Jarba”

hawkdriver on May 14, 2014 at 9:03 AM

The Tea Party movement isn’t a faction in a civil war, but is a grassroots current which is forcing the Republican Party to evolve.

The Obama Administration, on the other hand, is like a faction in a civil war.

oldennis on May 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Sasse endorsements:

Nebraskans United for Life
Nebraska Right to Life
Senate Conservatives Fund
FreedomWorks
Family Research Council Action PAC
Gun Owners of America
National Review
Mark Levin
Sen. Mike Lee
Erik Erikson
Governor Sarah Palin
Club for Growth
Sen. Ted Cruz
Gov. Kay Orr

Not too shabby.

Viator on May 14, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Reagan was a conservative leader with great intentions and a massive pair of balls but in retrospective, he was not such a good deal. Just the bullet list of things that he irreversibly screwed up would take a full page or two.

Rix on May 14, 2014 at 9:01 AM

You mean he was not perfect… Oh f***, an imperfect human… And what is with you purists and “pair of balls”? Talking about it a lot indicate that many of you physically lack it… The Viagra brigade…

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Some teabagger beats Ozzy’s wife in a primary and you people celebrate? Last I checked, she’s not even an American, so I’m pretty sure it’s a mute point.

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

ROFL!!

Ricard on May 14, 2014 at 9:11 AM

The incessant bad mouthing of the Tea Party continues.

oldennis on May 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

I hope Frank Lib never adds sarc tags…they’d spoil all the fun!

But I guess that’s my white hetero male privilege speaking…

22044 on May 14, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Also won yesterday:

Palin endorsed Peter Ricketts for Governor of Nebraska was also endorsed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.). Son of billionaire Joe Ricketts:

“In 2010, Joe Ricketts led a campaign against special-interest earmarks and wasteful spending in the federal government. Ricketts founded an independent organization called Taxpayers Against Earmarks that classified every Member of Congress as either a spending “hero” or “hooligan.” The organization has been credited with convincing Members of Congress to adopt a moratorium on earmarks. Taxpayers Against Earmarks changed its name to Ending Spending in 2011.

“Ricketts established and funded The Ending Spending Fund, a political action committee, in 2010. The Ending Spending Fund spent over $1 million sponsoring independent advertisements in several Congressional races. The goal of the advertising expenditure was to highlight incumbents’ earmark-related policies. The Ending Spending Fund spent the largest amount of its money on the United States Senate election in Nevada, 2010 in an effort to defeat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Although not required by law, Ricketts willingly disclosed his identity due to his belief in transparency.”

Also “Tea Party’s Alex Mooney Wins West Virginia GOP House Primary”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/05/tea-partys-alex-mooney-wins-west-virginia-gop-house-primary/

Viator on May 14, 2014 at 9:19 AM

ToddPA on May 14, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Why did you have to bring her up?

cozmo on May 14, 2014 at 9:19 AM

A slight correction, Ed: “Sasse Wins, Nebraska Celebrates.”

NebCon on May 14, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Math, as usual, is hard for the Hot Air Folks:

There were TWO Tea-Party Victories Yesterday – not ONE

Sasse in Nebraska, and Alex Mooney in West Virginia…..

…and that’s not counting the Governorship that just got won by Conservatives….

williamg on May 14, 2014 at 9:51 AM

As a former EP-3E aircrewman, I’m disappointed that the hero of the Hainan Island incident Shane Osborn didn’t win, but hey at least a Tea Partier got it.

Now for the really important election.

NavyMustang on May 14, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Some of you idiots are never satisfied… You want them 100% purists.. And who the f*** define conservatism purity? You and your ilks? Even Reagan will be considered a RINO by fools like you…

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

You just shut the f*ck right up, a$$hat.

YOU and YOUR ilk are just as guilty about ‘purity’, defining conservatism, overtly trying to f*ck over anyone that doesn’t toe the line, etc. You get a little pushback from people tired of being f*cked in the a$$ by your ilk and suddenly you’re pi$$ed off.

Well, f*ck you, sport. F*ck you.

Midas on May 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

That is what many on this forum, other conservative forums, and some radio talk show hosts do not understand or want… They want a total civil war where they are out to destroy anyone who does not agree with them on every issue and call such people RINOs…

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Meanwhile, the opposition (that would be the Democrat Party) continues their relentless drive to fundamentally transform America.

Cleombrotus on May 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Midas on May 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Hmmm. You may have said it better than I did.

Cleombrotus on May 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Some teabagger beats Ozzy’s wife in a primary and you people celebrate? Last I checked, she’s not even an American, so I’m pretty sure it’s a mute point.

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Says the man who thinks the correct word is ‘mute’, rather than ‘moot’.
My, you progressives are poorly educated. Which would explain Mr Obama and sundry other foolish decisions.
Make sure you spend your federal checks, provided by me and mine, wisely. Parasite.

orangemtl on May 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Maybe this will make up for her handing the governor’s mansion over to the Democrats with her endorsement of the brainless nepot Ricketts.

KingGold on May 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Let me know when the GOPe and Rove start making up for their handling of… well, *all* of they endorsed that lost, m’kay?

Midas on May 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Ed, try to find a less flattering picture of Sasse next time. Dollar to a doughnut you can’t do it.

msupertas on May 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM

I’m really happy with our election results…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM

You mean he was not perfect… Oh f***, an imperfect human… And what is with you purists and “pair of balls”? Talking about it a lot indicate that many of you physically lack it… The Viagra brigade…

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Yep, he was a politician who needed to have his policies examined and critiqued, not a “god” who required blind allegiance from a “captive” voting block.

How terrible!

ebrown2 on May 14, 2014 at 10:04 AM

You just shut the f*ck right up, a$$hat.

YOU and YOUR ilk are just as guilty about ‘purity’, defining conservatism, overtly trying to f*ck over anyone that doesn’t toe the line, etc. You get a little pushback from people tired of being f*cked in the a$$ by your ilk and suddenly you’re pi$$ed off.

Well, f*ck you, sport. F*ck you.

Midas on May 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

America has an $18+ trillion and growing bill from them as proof of your point.

ebrown2 on May 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM

orangemtl on May 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

You’re new round here, aren’t you?

OldEnglish on May 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM

You don’t think Shannon has a shot in Oklahoma?

topdawg on May 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Live here in OK. Think TW is gonna win it. Lankford is alright, but we racists in OK are gonna vote for the black guy.

msupertas on May 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM

I just love it when the establishment whines about the “purity brigade.” Someone left the irony on.

gryphon202 on May 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM

NE and Mississippi will probably be the only victories for the competitive races. The TEA Party really didn’t bring its game this time ’round.

Ted the Average on May 14, 2014 at 8:25 AM

You don’t think Shannon has a shot in Oklahoma?

topdawg on May 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

He does, but I think Lankford will prevail. The guy won a seven-way House primary in 2010 (the first TEA Party year, as we all know) and he’s proven himself in Congress.

Ted the Average on May 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM

That is what many on this forum, other conservative forums, and some radio talk show hosts do not understand or want… They want a total civil war where they are out to destroy anyone who does not agree with them on every issue and call such people RINOs…

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Meanwhile, the opposition (that would be the Democrat Party) continues their relentless drive to fundamentally transform America.

Cleombrotus on May 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Yep, willing GOP-E toadies like mnjg are Internet Tough Guys when dealing with patriotic Americans who point out our economic and cultural decline. However, they are gutless surrender monkeys (far more than the French could ever be) when it comes to prostrating themselves before the Democrats and their media narrative.

ebrown2 on May 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I just love it when the establishment whines about the “purity brigade.” Someone left the irony on.

gryphon202 on May 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM

“You’re just crazy Palin/Cruz cultists who never think for yourselves! Now unquestioningly support our candidates or we’ll go all Internet Tough Guy on you!”

/mnjg, Joana, King Gold, etc…

ebrown2 on May 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

ebrown2 on May 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I felt it necessary to remind him that there’s actually another Party out there which doesn’t like him even more. Guys like him seem unaware.

Cleombrotus on May 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

ebrown2 on May 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I felt it necessary to remind him that there’s actually another Party out there which doesn’t like him even more. Guys like him seem unaware.

Cleombrotus on May 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

It’s not lack of awareness, it’s a fundamental lack of minimal moral courage.

ebrown2 on May 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

It’s not lack of awareness, it’s a fundamental lack of minimal moral courage.

ebrown2 on May 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

When you can stare the truth in the face over and over again, that Republican politicians are not your friends, and yet still embrace those same politicians cycle-after-cycle, I’m not sure I’d call it lacking courage. You’ve crossed the line into some sort of pathology.

gryphon202 on May 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

No Ed, we’re definitely in a civil war for the soul of the party.

K. Hobbit on May 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM

He does, but I think Lankford will prevail. The guy won a seven-way House primary in 2010 (the first TEA Party year, as we all know) and he’s proven himself in Congress.

Ted the Average on May 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM

TW is actually up by a couple after being down by 35 to Lankford not so long ago. Palin endorsed him and up he went. There was a rally in Tulsa a couple weeks ago with Palin, Cruz, Lee, and I think Levin. About a month until the primary.

msupertas on May 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM

If he can beat the Democrat in November, Ben Sasse is a good candidate.

But is he over 30 years old, the minimum age to be a Senator?

Steve Z on May 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

If he can beat the Democrat in November, Ben Sasse is a good candidate.

But is he over 30 years old, the minimum age to be a Senator?

Steve Z on May 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I am 35. Ben Sasse is older than me (born in 1972). I don’t even have to bother with the math.

gryphon202 on May 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

…I bet when you posted this…you had already shit and pissed your pants for at least the third time…today!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Midas on May 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

PURE GOLD, Midas, PURE GOLD!!!

I LOVE IT!!! THANK You and God Bless You for Standing Up For LIBERTY and AMERICA instead of Crony Capitalism and Power-Grabs!!

williamg on May 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Sasse’s win is only a Tea Party victory in the sense that FreedomWorks et al ditched their early pick to back a candidate with momentum. TP claimed Sasse, not the other way around.

Besides his Brookings Institution connection, check out the rest of his credentials (via Wikipedia):

- graduated from Harvard
- masters from Yale
- former DOJ office chief in DC (beltway insider!)
- former chief of staff to Jeff Fortenberry (more insider!)
- former DHS adviser (even more beltway!)
- principle adviser to HHS Secretary (could he be anymore beltway!?)

And it hasn’t gone unmentioned that every stint outside of Washington, Sasse served in academia (never held a real job!)

Yeah, this guy’s Tea Party. Sure. Go ahead and tell yourself that.

tryanmax on May 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

For joana:

Drudge: The TEA party won big.

Faux all over today: The TEA party won big.

This too. Cheers, joana.

The RINOs spin as good as Carney.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 11:08 AM

so I’m pretty sure it’s a mute moot point.

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Sasse’s win is only a Tea Party victory in the sense that FreedomWorks et al ditched their early pick to back a candidate with momentum. TP claimed Sasse, not the other way around.

Besides his Brookings Institution connection, check out the rest of his credentials (via Wikipedia):

- graduated from Harvard
- masters from Yale
- former DOJ office chief in DC (beltway insider!)
- former chief of staff to Jeff Fortenberry (more insider!)
- former DHS adviser (even more beltway!)
- principle adviser to HHS Secretary (could he be anymore beltway!?)

And it hasn’t gone unmentioned that every stint outside of Washington, Sasse served in academia (never held a real job!)

Yeah, this guy’s Tea Party. Sure. Go ahead and tell yourself that.

tryanmax on May 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Yep, it’s sad to see them grasp at straws like this, but it’s understandable.

ebrown2 on May 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Frank Lib is the master of sarcasm on this forum… He is on our side…

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

No, no way. Bishop is/will be the Master.

Frank Lib is Bishop’s stepbrother, or lesser twin.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Everyone needs to relax. Whether he’s a Ted Cruz or not, Sasse is still better than establishmentarian Mike Johanns.

Jim-Rose on May 14, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Some teabagger beats Ozzy’s wife in a primary and you people celebrate? Last I checked, she’s not even an American, so I’m pretty sure it’s a mute point.

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

The word is moot, genius.

formwiz on May 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

lol Frank Lib, ziiiiing

hawkdriver on May 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Judging from the state-wide results, the Nebraska GOP should be able to run the table against the dems in November.

JetBlast on May 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Sasse’s win is only a Tea Party victory in the sense that FreedomWorks et al ditched their early pick to back a candidate with momentum. TP claimed Sasse, not the other way around.

Besides his Brookings Institution connection, check out the rest of his credentials (via Wikipedia):

- graduated from Harvard
- masters from Yale
- former DOJ office chief in DC (beltway insider!)
- former chief of staff to Jeff Fortenberry (more insider!)
- former DHS adviser (even more beltway!)
- principle adviser to HHS Secretary (could he be anymore beltway!?)

And it hasn’t gone unmentioned that every stint outside of Washington, Sasse served in academia (never held a real job!)

Yeah, this guy’s Tea Party. Sure. Go ahead and tell yourself that.

tryanmax on May 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

So this guy and Mooney, the formed Republican Party Chairman in Maryland, are the two victories that the Tea Party are claiming? I supported both and I’m far from a Tea Partier. I guess they’ll claim victory wherever they can. I know Sasse thanked former Gov. Kay Orr and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, but did Sasse thank Sarah Palin or any other Tea Partiers in his victory speech?

GOPRanknFile on May 14, 2014 at 12:30 PM

The fact there are so many RINO supporters and liberals going ballistic on here tells its own tale.

crankyoldlady on May 14, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Noticed that, too…

Seven Percent Solution on May 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM

As a former EP-3E aircrewman, I’m disappointed that the hero of the Hainan Island incident Shane Osborn didn’t win, but hey at least a Tea Partier got it.

Now for the really important election.

NavyMustang on May 14, 2014 at 9:53 AM

I suspect a lot of the leaners were turned off by Osborn’s ads. Pretty awful. Nebraskans are pretty sensitive to negative campaigning. That’s how Deb Fischer snuck in past Stenberg and Bruning.

butch on May 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Everyone needs to relax. Whether he’s a Ted Cruz or not, Sasse is still better than establishmentarian Mike Johanns.

Jim-Rose on May 14, 2014 at 11:22 AM

You got that right, brother.

butch on May 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Ben Sasse is not “tea party”, despite what you read in the press.

rsnowden on May 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM

a mute point.

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Moot, Einstein.

John the Libertarian on May 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Future candidates will have to have some appeal to the Tea Party movement in order to win

The republican establishment (re) is only interested in appealing to the Left and not its conservative base. Them, the re prefers to screw.

earlgrey on May 14, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Some teabagger beats Ozzy’s wife in a primary and you people celebrate? Last I checked, she’s not even an American, so I’m pretty sure it’s a mute point.

Damn you people are dense.

Frank Lib on May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Ozborne can be a naturalized citizen and be a senator, moron. But, then as John the Libertarian pointed out, you’re a real Einstein.

earlgrey on May 14, 2014 at 1:41 PM

If an organization like the bigtime open borders group FreedomWorks can be a major faction of the Tea Party, which it claims it is, what exactly does being a “Tea Party” candidate mean? Many will say it is just mainly for small government and conservative fiscal policy. I simply don’t understand why the important issue of amnesty doesn’t fit this mold. Nothing could be more fiscally irresponsible or big government than giving zillions of opportunistic lawbreaking foreign nationals who care little for this country the valued gift of citizenship.

memyselfni on May 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Says the man who thinks the correct word is ‘mute’, rather than ‘moot’.
My, you progressives are poorly educated. Which would explain Mr Obama and sundry other foolish decisions.
Make sure you spend your federal checks, provided by me and mine, wisely. Parasite.

orangemtl on May 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

And another one flops around on the bottom of Frank’s boat. :)

Gator Country on May 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Focus

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Garyinaz66 on May 14, 2014 at 8:42 AM

I hope you are the same person from Breitbart; if so, glad you are here!!

bluefox on May 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM

lol Frank Lib, ziiiiing

hawkdriver on May 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I must admit, I was taken in by Frank Libs’ sarcasm initially. Now its just fun to watch him spin up our Hot Gass brothers and sisters who continue to fail to recognize good and very well disguised sarcasm.

A well deserved hat tip to ya Frank Lib……

44Magnum on May 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Keeper

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Here, after seeing the big media take apart O’Donnell and Angle in 2010 and Aiken and Mourdock in 2012, voters appear to be more selective in which candidates they’re supporting in 2014 (It’s why in Texas Rep. Steve Stockman never caught on with his challenge to John Cornyn and why in Kentucky, Matt Bevin’s problems have kept him from doing much of anything in polling prior to next week’s election against McConnell.

jon1979 on May 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Akin wasn’t a tea party candidate. He was establishment all the way.

cptacek on May 14, 2014 at 4:02 PM

But Sasse is hardly the out-of-right-field firebrand that some tea partyers cherish.

Translated: Sasse doesn’t fit the stereotype of our, um, stereotypical tea partyer.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Tea party pulls out a modest victory in Nebraska Senate primary

LOL, It’s hard isn’t it CBS. Ed, I’m disappointed you didn’t put up the stats to expose their spin.

Sasse pulled 49.36% of the total vote, with 4 R Candidates against him. Oh, and Dinsdale beat Osborn.

http://electionresults.sos.ne.gov/resultsSW.aspx?text=Race&type=SW&map=CTY

In a hurry, making Raspberry Freezer Jam:-)

bluefox on May 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

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