That earthquake tremor centered in Louisiana over the weekend was another indication that the Washington Republican establishment may be in nearly as much trouble as the Democrats.
Monroe businessman and outsider Republican Vance McAlister swept past party favorite Neil Riser, winning 60 percent of the vote in one of Louisiana's unique run-offs, this time for the congressional seat formerly held by Rep. Rodney Alexander.
McAllister was endorsed by Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, but the more politically significant fact is that this was his first-ever run for public office.
No, Washington isn't ready
McAllister warned Saturday that "Washington may not be ready for me." But ready or not, McAllister is coming to town and odds are good he won't be just another pretty GOP face.
For one thing, he and Riser disagreed on Obamacare but not quite in the way you might expect. Riser favored outright repeal, while McAllister said the better course — as long as Democrats control the Senate and the White House — is to find ways to improve the program.
One way to interpret that is as a sign McAllister is no Tea Party red-hot. But it may also be an indicator that voters no longer believe establishment Republicans.
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