Never underestimate a political party’s capacity for self-wounding. Democrats expect to lose the House in November partly because the base is uninspired. “Apart from universal health care, far-reaching reform of financial regulation, and an $800bn stimulus, what has the Obama administration ever done for me?” Now the tea party, having (among other things) given Harry Reid a good chance of victory in a state that wants him gone, finally goes postal in Delaware. Take an easy victory, turn it into a likely loss — and let joy be unconfined. “What does it matter if this costs Republicans control of the Senate? Better a Democrat than a RINO.”
It’s the principle of the thing.