Can Republicans, Tea Partiers Coalesce in Time to Beat Reid?

Harry Reid is the face of the Democratic Senate; he’s a poster child for big government, deficit spending, and political horse trading.

At this point, most people in his home state of Nevada understand that his liberal ways are probably not best for Nevada.

This is a man whose “very unfavorable” rating is a whopping 53%.  With 62% of Nevada residents currently thinking the recent  health care overhaul — of which Reid obviously has complete ownership — the issues aren’t exactly on his side.

Senator Reid embodies the deep disconnect and general lack of understanding that exists between federal elected officials and the average voter.

So, he’s going to lose, right?

The only answer for that is: he should, but we’ll see.

Kate Zernike of The New York Times did a good job highlighting what’s going on in Nevada in her article “Tea Party Groups Make Harry Reid Target No.1.”

In short, it’s a cluster.

Here’s a run-down:  There are TWELVE candidates in the running for the GOP nomination, three of these who actually beat Reid head-to-head in polling, but none of them, by any means, are a lock to win the primary.

Throw in the candidacy of Scott Ashjian, a man who is running as the candidate of the Tea Party of Nevada, and things get even stranger.  Ashjian is the source of much controversy, since he’s apparently a plant by progressives (Reid-backed or not) to siphon off votes from the Republican nominee.  Ashjian’s current on-the-ballot status is being challenged, but we have to assume he’ll be on the Tea Party of Nevada ballot line this November.

So, is Harry Reid in trouble?  Yes.  But are Republicans looking at a sure-fire replay of the great Thune triumph over then-leader Daschle?  Emphatically, no.

There’s an awful lot of work to be done, and at this point, too many different people with different ideas as to who should lead the effort.

I’m hoping that either Lowden, Angle, or Tarkanian can catch enough momentum to separate from the pack, and soon, so we might be able to get a good look at the person upon whom we’ll be relying to take out the most powerful man in Congress.

– Adam Dahlgren, Political Editor

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