Representative Paul Ryan has shown “an ability to work across the aisle” and “find enough common ground to get things done,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said this week in introducing his new running mate to Floridians.
Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Delaware, becoming the latest insurgent candidate to overcome opposition from party officials who expressed doubt about her chances of winning the seat in November.
Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell defeated a veteran lawmaker for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Delaware, an upset analysts said would increase Democrats’ chances of holding the seat and retaining control of the chamber in November.
By now, you’ve probably heard of Americans Elect, the political-reform group funded by a collection of Wall Street executives (some of whom remain anonymous) who hope to field a bipartisan presidential ticket in 2012.
“We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional,” wrote Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein in the Washington Post. “In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.”
It’s one thing for a political movement to nominate someone unconventional. It’s quite another to elect someone whom senior Republicans called “delusional,” a bit “nutty” and unelectable even as “ dog catcher .”