Sasse’s victory in Nebraska does not necessarily signal the death of the establishment Republican Party. Neither does the victory earlier this year of Curt Clawson, who was embraced by Tea Party Patriots and other groups, and won his special election campaign last month in Florida. The same goes for David Jolly’s March win in his congressional race, a testament to the effort of tea party activists across that district.
The important thing is that intelligent conservatives know that when we stick to our core principles and explain them to the American people, we win. It is when Republicans stray from those principles that liberals are able to seize power and bring about the sort of policy disasters we’ve seen over the past five years. That is the meaning of Ben Sasse’s victory May 13 and others who campaigned on tea party principles. If the establishment GOP can learn this lesson and apply those principles, so much the better.
Jenny Beth Martin is chairman of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund.