In today's Yahoo News reporting, the following:
The legacy media is so terrified of the power of the remarkable Sarah Palin (who endorsed Murkowski's opponent in Alaska) and the Tea Party movement, that they are working as hard as they can to downplay any influence the Tea Party movement might have. These p.o.s. writers are scared shitless of anything remotely resembling Tea Party involvement! As well they should be. We've awakened and we're coming for you!
Still, the Arizona race — as well as the Alaska GOP Senate primary, where Sen. Lisa Murkowski faced a Sarah Palin-backed primary opponent — again raised questions about the tea party's ultimate clout in the 2010 campaigns and how important the activists will be in the run-up to Election Day.
Tellingly, one of the conservative candidates showing early signs of recalibrating his relationship with the tea party movement was also a shoo-in in tonight's primary balloting. In Florida, Marco Rubio easily won the GOP nomination for Senate, thanks in part to backing from tea party activists. But Rubio has sought to distance himself from an affiliation with the tea party in recent months, as he tries to move toward the middle in his race against Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist, who quit the GOP to run as an independent.