Is this the start of a Tea Party rebirth?

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Conservative grassroots underdog Ted Cruz defeated Republican establishment favorite Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst last night in a Republican primary runoff  to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

“We are witnessing a great awakening,” Cruz told cheering supporters in Houston. “Millions of Texans, millions of Americans are rising up to reclaim our country, to defend liberty and to restore the Constitution.”

Cruz was endorsed by the likes of Sarah Palin, Glen Beck and Rick Santorum.  Both headlined events for Cruz over the final weekend before Election Day.

“The message of this race couldn’t be clearer for the political establishment: the Tea Party is alive and well and we will not settle for business as usual,” Palin said via Facebook

Critics predict a Cruz victory on a typical “no-compromise” Tea Party platform in the fall would only intensify gridlock in Washington. 

“I think the bigger issue there is that (Republican Senate Leader) Mitch McConnell is now going to have a potentially much more Tea Party-oriented caucus, and we have all seen the damage that has done to our ability to govern, to find compromise, to move this country forward in a positive direction,” said Sen. Patty Murray, the head of the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm.

 

Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin

Is this the start of a Tea Party rebirth?

Updated