Bachus: Palin Cost Us the Senate

By Chris Good

Via National Journal's Josh Smith: Sarah Palin cost Republicans control of the U.S. Senate in 2010, according to the top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee.

The Shelby County Reporter reports:

Bachus made his remarks on Nov. 4 at the monthly luncheon meeting of the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce, held at the Columbiana United Methodist Church.

"The Senate would be Republican today except for states (in which Palin endorsed candidates) like Christine O'Donnell in Delaware," Bachus said. "Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate."

He said Tea Party candidates did well in U.S. House races, but in the U.S. Senate races, "They didn't do well at all."

Republicans came up short of controlling the Senate, but it's questionable the Palin, directly, can be held responsible for that. Especially since no one at any point expected Republicans to gain control of the upper chamber.

If Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) wins re-election in Alaska after all the write-in ballots are counted, Republicans will control 47 Senate seats to Democrats' 53--three shy of an evenly balanced Senate, and four short of the majority, given that Vice President Joe Biden casts the tie-breaking vote.

Republicans would almost certainly have won in Delaware had Christine O'Donnell not defeated Mike Castle in the primary. They also could have stood a better chance in Colorado, had Lt. Gov Jane Norton overcome Tea Partier Ken Buck (whom Palin did not endorse).

Bachus is next in line to chair the House Financial Services Committee when Republicans take over in January.

Read the full story at the Shelby County Reporter.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/11/bachus-palin-cost-us-the-senate/66321/