As Herman Cain sprints past former Gov. Mitt Romney into first place among GOP presidential candidates, Republicans need to remember a little history. Recent history.
In late 2009, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was in serious trouble. Wildly unpopular in his home state of Nevada, he trailed two prospective Republican candidates for re-election to his US Senate seat, which he had held since 1987.
But in the full flush of Tea Party fervor, Republicans nominated state assemblywoman Sharron Angle to oppose Reid. Angle turned out to be a fanatic and a gaffe machine. A former pugilist, Reid systematically destroyed her credibility through negative attack ads, and he comfortably won re-election.
Meanwhile, other Tea Party candidates, like the clownish Christine O