On Tuesday, Richard Mourdock has the opportunity to kick-start nationwide tea party momentum in his quest to oust longtime moderate incumbent Richard Lugar. A Victory for Mourdock in Indiana's US Senate primary could have coat-tails and help tea party candidates in other races, mainly Ted Cruz in Texas and Dan Llijenquist in Utah.
It's also important to remind voters that the tea party does not exist to defeat one man, but to defeat candidates, both Republican and Democrat, who regularly oppose economic, religious, and personal freedoms.
While Mourdock has been endorsed by all the right people including FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth, and Sarah Palin, Mourdock has received the typical establishment backing. Mourdock claims that Indianans should vote for him because he can win, and Mourdock will lose. Well, Mourdock is no Christine O'Donnell and Indiana is not Delaware. Mourdock has won statewide, his Democratic opponent would be an Obamacare and stimulus backer, and political momentum in the state is clearly on the GOP's side (in 2010, the Republicans took back the other previously Democratic-held senate seat in a 15-point landslide.