Itd be like with Bush at top of ticket and Dems losing in places like new York, California, Mass, Illinois, etc.
You're right. Totally inept and it really brings home the fact that this election was a disaster for 'Pubs/conservatives. We lost, and lost badly. Before the election we were touting ND and MO as "sure pickups". We lost them both. MT was a bit closer but we were confident. Gone. IN was looking strong and we pissed it away. IN is a real killer because we traded an 80% conservative voter (old Lugie) for a 99.1% Obama voter.
I know Mourdock was a Tea Party darling, but facts are facts and he made stupid statements in the middle of a campaign and that blew the contest away. Same with Akin in MO. I'm not saying they were wrong in their positions, they were just stupid to say the things they said in the way that they said them. We need candidates who understand that the 'Rats and the media will jump on any kind of misstatement and kill us with it. We need to field candidates who are not only correct in their positions on the issues, but politically astute and understand the importance of the elections they compete in.
Same deal in 2010 when we pissed away two possible pickups (DE and NV) with lousy candidates. Those two, plus the four we lost this year, would have put us over the top, even writing off MA and ME. Instead, we get at least two (probably more) years of Harry Reid running the Senate. *vomit*
“IN is a real killer because we traded an 80% conservative voter (old Lugie) for a 99.1% Obama voter.”
Good riddance to bad rubbish. Lugar refused to campaign for Mourdock. Why are we shedding tears for traitors?
Plus Sen Snowe’s sudden retirement screwed us up too. I know she often votes with the Dems but it would have been a GOP seat at least, and one vote against Soiled Harry for majority leader.
I like many Tea Party ideas but I agree it is better to be pragmatic at times. As you say, if Republicans had nominated stronger candidates in 2010 we might have won CO and NV. Even though Mike Castle was indeed “moderate,” it would have been one more vote for Mitch McConnell for majority leader. Even if Republicans hadn’t taken a majority their numbers would be stronger. Now with a mere 45 seats they are going to have to hope the Dems’ numbers absolutely nosedive in less than 2 years if they have any hope of gaining the 6 they need to get to 51.