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Mitch McConnell victory would be consistent with recent history, not evidence of Tea Party demise

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With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expected to cruise to a victory in the Republican primary on Tuesday, the media have already been framing it as a test of the influence of the Tea Party. But the truth is that for all of its influence in recent election years, the movement hasn't beaten a lot of incumbents in Senate primaries. The perception that Tea Partiers were routinely...

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