...instead of pointing the finger at someone else:
WASHINGTON — Tea party-backed candidates helped and hindered Republicans, injecting enthusiasm into campaigns but losing Senate seats held by Democrats in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada that the GOP once had big hopes of capturing.Wow, what an elitist jerk Michael Steele is. You know that left unspoken in that first sentence was "but if we don't think the voters' choices are moderate enough we'll throw them to the wolves and let them fend for themselves." I suppose that might be too harsh considering that national Republicans did back Sharron Angle in Nevada, but even so the Republican establishment's bias against the tea party candidates is still pretty obvious. You know what the Republican Party needs? It needs its own "Revolt at Cincinnati."
Republican leaders and strategists are muttering that the same tea party activists who elevated Speaker-to-be John Boehner and the party to power in the House simultaneously hobbled the GOP's outside shot of running the Senate.
"You let the voters decide" the nominees, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said Friday. "It's a risk. Voting is a risk."