Rand Paul was opposed by the GOP establishment when he ran in KY... But the Tea Party support carried him to Victory. He still acknowledges that support
Ted Cruz in TX was heavily opposed by the GOP establishment, but again, the Tea party stepped up and helped carry him to victory. He is going to be a very good Senator if he continues to stick to his principles.
The list goes on, but those are the most well known, just like the ones you mentioned are the most vilified. 2010 is not that far off. 2014 will be very interesting.
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
"The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin
Ok it was media driven, but who drove the media to the boat?
There is a rift afoot in the Republican Party. All the kings horse's and all the king's may not be enough to put it back a gain. The battle between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party is becoming more nasty by the day. Any hope of reconciliation is dimming. The party is sewing what it reaped by embracing and glorifying the Tea Party minions. Remember, they are the people that never played well with others. Getting them to make peace with the establishment stands about of chance of them cozying up to Obama.
I don't want to feed an ugly dog!