August 25th, 2010
06:16 PM ET

Rollins: Political earthquake shakes GOP

Ed Rollins
CNN Senior Political Contributor

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Editor's note: Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor for CNN, is senior presidential fellow at the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University. He is a principal with the Dilenschneider Group, a global public relations firm. He was White House political director for President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

New York (CNN) - Republican primary voters yesterday sent shock waves of earthquake proportions from Florida to Alaska.

The upset victory in Florida's gubernatorial primary of the Tea Party- "embraced" multimillionaire businessman Rick Scott over the establishment-endorsed Attorney General Bill McCollum continues the string of outsider candidates knocking the daylights out of the Republican establishment.


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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    As ED says in his opinion piece its the voters who will decide come November. Having said that one cannot but notice a trend certainly on the Republican side that Tea party or Right wing conservatives are winning nominations to run either as governors and for representatives ( Quayle) for the senate seats as well I will guess.
    Now,I guess the pundits would describe me as an Independent, and that we collectively are in the upcoming election leaning Republican = big changes in the House and Senate because in 2008 we were more democratic leaning.
    Well here's one so called independents view of the "earthquake shaking the GOP." If this trend of rightist GOP candidates continues I will not go anywhere near voting for such GOP candidates, and they could even frighten me off voting for a moderate Republican in my local state elections for House, Senate or Governor.
    My point is that it is the Republican party voters themselves as whole (irrespective of its current GOP leaderships desire) are moving very much right of centre of the Republican party. If it continues this way a lot of people/voters are going to think very carefully how to vote in November.

    August 26, 2010 at 1:04 am |
  2. Andy

    Can anyone tell me of this country is a Republic or a Democracy? When you answer this question, please also mention what the founding fathers intended it to be?

    August 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    So is the Teaparty more of a worry to the GOP than the Democrats? I pretty much thought it was an equal threat to both parties – that if you were an incumbent it didn't matter what party you were, the Tea Party had you targeted. If the GOP has more to lose than Congress may look very different indeed this fall.

    August 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Diane

    We real believers in the progressive direction of America will not give the time and attention to any GOP-reason disrespecting the leader of the nation-I was pissed at Bush Jr but I gave this man my respect for I care about this nation-for the GOP to practice so much disrespect for those Americas not willing to continue to place our money in the pockets of the like of John BOEHNER and Rubio-well just say this it is said replacement for these men are under way -limit GOPs on the hill re-do health care or add on amendments that cover Americans with more power and authority-jobs jobs make it easier to obtain grants to further higher education-regulate the business industry if they bi** about too much paper work -remind them there are millions of American out of work hire one or bunch of them to handle that paper work-then all things are done –we will move on

    August 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm |

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