May 8, 2014

BUMMED IN THE BELTWAY:

Tea party faces uphill climb in crowded Republican Senate primary in Georgia (Paul Kane, May 7, 2014, Washington Post)

[I]n a recent evening, Rep. Jack Kingston (R) strode across the stage at Cagle's Family Farm with the surprising air of a front-runner. He is exactly the kind of candidate the tea party movement most reviled: a 22-year member of Congress with a history of doling out federal dollars. 

In this crowded Republican primary, however, Kingston has seemingly found a path toward the top and is poised to advance beyond the May 20 primary to what is likely to be a two-candidate runoff in July. His most conservative challengers, meanwhile, have struggled to catch on.

The Savannah congressman's position in this Senate race is emblematic of the tea party's pains nationwide. On Tuesday, the movement floundered in North Carolina, where the establishment choice, Thom Tillis, cruised to the nomination over underfunded conservatives. In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) has eviscerated his tea party challenger ahead of the May 20 primary.

The movement's Washington-based advocates, disappointed in the quality of conservative candidates, have stayed on the sidelines or have latched on to people who don't fit neatly into their anti-establishment mold.
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