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AP Calls Sasse In Nebraska: A Modest Tea Party Win

From the Associated Press:

Analysis: In Nebraska, a modest tea party victory

By CHARLES BABINGTON | May 14, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The victory notched by tea party Republicans in the Nebraska Senate race was modest, but they’ll take it in a season that has yielded few bright spots so far.

Ben Sasse won the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. Sasse was the closest thing to a tea party candidate in the three-man race, largely because he feuded last fall with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the epitome of establishment Republicanism.

But Sasse is hardly the out-of-right-field firebrand that some tea partyers cherish. A college president with degrees from Harvard and Yale, he worked for the U.S. departments of Justice and Health and Human Services.

In other words, Sasse can’t be crazy enough to be a real Tea Party candidate.

Those endorsing him ranged from non-mainstream players — including Sarah Palin and the Club for Growth — to well-established Republicans such as five-term Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and former Gov. Kay Orr.

Even Sarah Palin’s endorsement isn’t enough to make him a certified nutcase in the eyes of the AP?

Sasse, 42, had "visiting scholar status" at the Brookings Institution, the venerated left-of-center think tank near the White House…

If anti-establishment conservatives hope Sasse will often challenge and annoy McConnell, they may be disappointed. He recently called himself a "team player" and told MSNBC he would support McConnell as Senate party leader…

Well, the AP can always hope.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP Calls Sasse In Nebraska: A Modest Tea Party Win”

  1. Great! Now if they’ll just stay true to their roots and rhetoric like every candidate before them ..




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