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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Jeff Berkowitz
For Senate Republicans, 2012 is starting a lot like 2010. They have a shot at taking control away from Democrats as long as insurgent conservatives who are defeating the party's more establishment candidates in primaries don't frighten too many independent voters like they did two years ago.
"What the victory of someone like Mourdock shows is that the tea party still has the energy and that's a valuable strength for Republicans," said Jeff Berkowitz, a GOP consultant.
Berkowitz said the same applies to Fischer, whose credentials — she's a two-term state senator and a rancher — make her a plausible nominee.