If longtime moderate Republican Mike Castle is a tea drinker, he probably isn’t anymore. My guess is he’ll stick to coffee. Anything that reminds him of the Tea Party will make him sick.
Watch my TV story on the 700 Club this morning. Inside the story you will see the interview CBN News Reporter Jennifer Wishon did with Christine O'Donnell and the interview CBN News Reporter Paul Strand conducted this morning with Dick Armey.
The Script is below as well.
The Tea Party gained more victories in the Republican primaries Tuesday -- this time in Delaware and New York. Now the candidates are looking ahead to the November elections.
The Tea Party backed Christine O'Donnell against the moderate, long term Delaware Republican congressman Mike Castle. The GOP establishment put its money behind Castle, but in an interview with CBN News in the days before the primary, O'Donnell made it clear why voters would back her.
"They're tired of Republicans straying from the principles on which not only our party was founded, but our nation was founded. They want the party principles to mean something," O'Donnell said.
O'Donnell's victory presents a major challenge for the Republican Party, because Castle would have easily won the Senate seat for the GOP in November. With O'Donnell as the party's candidate, it becomes much tougher.
"I have no doubt whatsoever, that if she were by some miracle, to be our nominee that we would lose the seat by unprecedented numbers," said Delaware GOP chairman Tom Ross.
While potentially keeping the seat may be good news for Democrats, they shouldn't get too comfortable.
A new study by American University shows that four million more Republicans have voted in these 2010 primaries than Democrats. That doesn't bode well for Democrats, because this is the year of the Tea Party. They even had another victory Tuesday in the New York's governor race where Carl Paladino beat the Republican establishment favorite Rick Lazio. Paladino called it a people's revolution.
"They've had enough of this nonsense that's been coming out of this establishment class no matter what the party label and they want something different," Paladino said.
Former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey tells CBN News a new day is dawning.
"They will embolden the Republicans to be Republicans and we will finally get again what Barry Goldwater said we must have which is a choice instead of an echo. I think they're changing the culture of the Republican Party."