About Last Night: 5 Questions

1. Will Ken Buck be a duct-tape-across-the-mouth Tea Party candidate, or will he find a way to incorporate Tea Party energy into a coherent and appropriate general election campaign for Senate in Colorado?

2. Will Michael Bennet ask Barack Obama to campaign for him in the general election? Does Bennet's win provide a template for other Senate Democrats, or is he sui generis because he's so new to the Senate and relatively independent?

3. Will the press stop breathlessly trying to impose a national frame around local races -- a la the GOP gubernatorial primary run-off in Georgia  -- and recognize that sometimes (like in South Carolina) national endorsements matter, and sometimes they don't?

4. Will the troubles of the Colorado GOP endanger Republicans' chances of picking up two House seats in that state?

5. Will the national press attention that's being given to Linda McMahon today give her the boost in Connecticut that her own money so far hasn't been able to achieve? Will Dick Blumenthal's association with Connecticut state politics hurt him as much as McMahon's association with the WWE has hurt her? Will Blumenthal make the race a referendum on the WWE's corporate practices? And why wasn't Vince McMahon on stage with his wife last night?

Disclosure: Michael Bennet is the brother of James Bennet, the Atlantic's editor.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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