The Tea Party Is Now on the Road to Oblivion

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Now that incumbent Thad Cochran has beaten Chris McDaniel in Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary, does that mean the tea party is officially a spent force? After all, when Eric Cantor lost in Virginia, it was a sign of the ultimate and permanent victory of the tea party over the Republican mainstream, forever and ever, world without end. American politics would never be the same! But that was two weeks ago, and we’re all bored with that meme, right? It’s only fair that we now spend a couple of weeks hyperventilating over a new meme.

Long live the Republican mainstream!

UPDATE: Bah. I see that Dave Weigel beat me to this joke. Plus he has a lot more detail about tonight’s actual election results.

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