"It's over," mumbled Peggy Noonan at the 2008 Republican National Convention when she found out that McCain had nominated Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate. The remark wasn't supposed to have been public but the columnist was caught on a hot mike saying what most of the Wall Street Journal wing of the Republican Party felt about the GOP ticket.
Fast-forward two years and many Republicans were uttering the same words after Tea Party-favorite and Palin-endorsee Christine O'Donnell
beat moderate Mike Castle.
It's a battle between "blue bloods vs. blue collars in the GOP," wrote Wilmington News-Journal
columnist Cris Barrish
after the primary.
today that the same dynamic was at work in the Colorado Republican primary, where Lt. Gov. Jane Norton
won the Denver suburbs and ski towns and Tea Party favorite Ken Buck
won the rural areas, and in Alaska, where Sen. Lisa Murkowski
won Anchorage and the coast and Joe Miller
won the interior.
It's definitely an issue that the Republican Party is going to have to deal with in 2012. Mike Huckabee might have driven Mitt Romney out of the race last go-around. Will the same dynamic play out next time?
The Senate results map from DelawareOnline.com coupled with the state's density map are informative:
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