Sun columnist Jon Ralston is reporting that the Tea Party has qualified as a third party in Nevada and will have a candidate in the Senate race to battle for the seat held by Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The party has filed a Certificate of Existence but needs to get 1 percent of the electorate to vote for its candidate in November to permanently qualify, according to the report.
Ralston reported that Jon Ashjian will be the Tea Party's U.S. Senate candidate on the November ballot. Ashjian still must declare his candidacy.
The natural question to ask is, are we supposed to call it the Tea Party party, or just the Tea party?
It remains to be seen how much of a difference this will make. But given Reid's deservedly lousy polling, he needs all the good news he can get. He got one piece late last week in the news that Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki won't run, and anything that can drive a wedge on the right and siphon off a few votes that might otherwise go Republican counts in the good news category.
This is something that Conservative and Liberal bloggers can agree on : Tea Partiers creating their own political party will hurt Conservative and Republican chances to defeat incumbent Democrats in November, resulting in more power and time for congressional Democrats to push the Obama agenda, while hurting the electoral chances of those that are opposed to it.
We need a united coalition against Obama, not a fractured one.
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