By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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In the latest showdown between the two factions fighting for the soul of the GOP, both sides could claim victory in Tuesday's primaries, with tea party candidates winning races in Connecticut and Florida and "establishment" Republicans prevailing elsewhere in Florida and Wisconsin.
Soon after Linda McMahon suffered a three-count smackdown, she was back on her feet buying postelection TV ads to thank supporters and looking to get right back in the ring.
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal already was forced to apologize for saying he had served "in" Vietnam in the Marine Reserve rather than stateside. Now his campaign for U.S. Senate is being challenged to explain his assertion that he has "never taken PAC money" and has "rejected all special interest money."
Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has easily won a three-way Republican primary to run for the seat of retiring Connecticut Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd.
In the midst of one of the worst recessions in decades, a host of former corporate leaders are spending millions in their quest for elective office, using their personal wealth to go around the political machinery and explain away their own lack of experience.
When Republican Rob Simmons is asked why, after suspending his Connecticut Senate campaign for three months, he's now a better candidate for the GOP than a former wrestling executive willing to spend tens of millions, Mr. Simmons pulls out his set of military ribbons.