The Tea Party

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A South Marion Citizen editorial

By The Staff

The primaries Tuesday night showed that, despite the protests of establishment Republicans, the Tea Party is a growing force in America.

Wins by candidates in the Delaware U.S. Senate race and the governor’s race in New York gave the Tea Party renewed optimism heading into the November elections.

The Democrats were openly celebrating in Delaware, where they feel their candidate would easily succeed in the race to replace Vice President Joe Biden.

The Democrats say the victories show the splits in the GOP. But that’s what the mainstream Republicans warned about in their statements leading up to the primaries, and it didn’t matter with the voters. It may not matter in November, either.

Our local races that are partisan are mostly limited to County Commission and state representative. At a State Road 200 Coalition meeting earlier this week, it was clear that Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Whig Party and No Party Affiliation candidates were not concerned with national labels. Nearly all the discussion centered around Marion County and its problems, and how to solve them.

But statewide and nationally, it could be a different story.

So keep an eye on the Tea Party. And those who keep saying with glee that Tea Party wins in primaries mean wins for the Democrats in November might consider being a little more restrained, and be careful what they wish for.