September 16, 2010
Now comes the real test. After another round of impressive victories in Tuesday's primary elections, especially in Delaware, the Tea Party movement within the Republican party will have to demonstrate it can deliver in November.
The way to deliver is to focus on what works and not on party or ideology. The left will throw everything it can at people like Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, but she and the other conservative candidates who have knocked-off longtime incumbents will now show what they are made of.
The Republican establishment says they can't win. They are all about cutting deals and maintaining power. This new bunch of conservatives, led in the House by Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy are a new generation of leaders who want to put country first and party second. I think that will appeal to a lot of voters who have lost hope in our political system ever achieving anything that benefits "we the people."
In less than 50 days we'll have an answer. There's a lot riding on this so expect the establishment to haul out the heavy artillery.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.