The Republican U.S. Senate primary in Nebraska is the second tea party win in two weeks. First, Senator Richard Lugar lost to tea party-backed Richard Mourdock in Indiana. On Tuesday, tea party favorite, Deb Fischer defeated establishment candidate Jim Bruning in a shocking late surge.
Fischer’s defeat of Bruning is remarkable. She was heavily outspent and as of two weeks ago was a distant third in the polls.
Then Sarah Palin endorsed her, and she got the “big mo’.” Palin still has star power.
Senator Jim DeMint was “all in” for Don Stenberg, but he couldn’t make it happen. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell favored Bruning.
While Lugar’s defeat made national headlines last week, Fischer’s win is a much bigger story.
The bottom line: Palin is more important than two of the most important Republican Senators in the nation.