A group of Virginia Republicans, stung by the loss of the governorship after voters this month rejected Attorney General and Tea Party leader Ken Cuccinelli, are readying what would be one of the toughest intra-party revolts yet against the anti-tax movement.
Ted Cruz didn’t come quietly into the U.S. Senate. The freshman from Texas feuded with Senator John McCain. He stole the spotlight by chatting with a swarm of reporters when Republican leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor to end the government shutdown. He calls his party’s establishment encrusted and entrenched.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie bolstered his standing as a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016 by cruising to re-election, while Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia governor’s race after tying his opponent to the Tea Party movement.
In the closing days of his losing campaign for Virginia’s governorship, Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli called the contest a referendum on Obamacare. Virginia voter Lee Killen saw it instead as a referendum on the Tea Party -- and he voted no.
Dragged down by the flawed rollout of his health care expansion and revelations about the National Security Agency’s spy programs, President Barack Obama is looking for a rebound on the campaign trail.