Greg Sargent says:
All we ever hear from the media is Tea Party this, Tea Party that. But the real upheaval you should be watching right now is on the left.
Next week, if Joe Sestak defeats Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Dem primary, and Sen. Blanche Lincoln is forced into a runoff against challenger Bill Halter, lefty insurgents will have scored two major victories against the Democratic establishment in Washington.
I usually agree with Sargent, but I have to give the media their due on this one. Joe Sestak and Bill Halter are slightly more progressive mainstream politicians who are arguably better candidates for the general election. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are disrupters who don’t poll as well as the establishment candidates in their races.
The tea party candidates are also part of an insurgency led in part by a sitting Senator, Jim DeMint, who’s endorsed Rand Paul in his leader’s back yard. There’s no similar inside-the-beltway support for Sestak and Halter.
I’ll be the first to agree that the media’s focus on tea party protests as a symbol of national upheaval was stupid, because they ignored protests from other activist groups that didn’t fit their “revolution” story line. Their focus on the crazy tea party challengers who look like they’re going to win is pretty sane reporting, because they might make a couple of Republican gimme seats competitive.