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Tea Party's Rand Paul Squashes GOP Candidate in KY Primary

Tea Party libertarian Rand Paul handed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell his head in Kentucky's primary. A lurch to the right, or just an anti-establishment election?

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Sooner or later, the American people decide to throw the bums out, whether the bums are Democrats or Republicans. If they succeed in changing the DNA of the Republican Party now, sooner or later, they will prevail as the nation's leaders.

The Rand Paul victory does not represent Mitch McConnell's only loss to his further-right foes in this year's Senate campaigns, just perhaps his most poignant. Coming on the heels of the ouster of Charlie Crist, McConnell's candidate, from the Florida primary at the hands of the Tea Party-backed Marco Rubio, and the loss of Utah's Bob Bennett at a Tea Party-stacked state party convention, McConnell's latest loss could signal a loss of confidence in his leadership.

If there's a winner in the Republican Party tonight, it's Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who has so far backed all the winners with his rogue PAC, the Senate Conservatives Fund. Are you ready for Leader DeMint?

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief.