That's why the only question about Tuesday's election is whether the results will be dismal for Democrats or very dismal. Just two years ago, pundits and politicians in the smart set were predicting a new “liberal era” that would last far into the future. But once voters saw just how far left the ruling elite wanted to go, and how quickly, they decided to put the brakes on for a while. That's where the tea party came from.
Who'd have believed that Dan Coats, the ultimate Washington insider and a former lobbyist, would not only win big but trounce his opponent? Well, he's a Republican, and opponent Brad Ellsworth is a Democrat, and that's about all you need to know this year. According to a poll conduced by Survey USA for The News-Sentinel, NewsChannel 15 and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, Coats will beat Ellsworth 54 percent to 32 percent.
That survey also found very strong support in this area for the tea party movement – 48 percent of Hoosiers have a favorable opinion. And tea partiers are very serious about their limited government, so they've been sending a message to Republicans: We're giving you one last chance. Don't screw it up this time.