Dem Congressional Campaign Head: 'The Tea Party is Over'

By Eric Scheiner | November 8, 2012 | 10:05 AM EST

( -“The Tea Party is over,” Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) told MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” on Nov. 7th.

While discussing the results of this week's election, Israel told show host Chuck Todd, “We lost 63 seats in 2010. After that loss, House Democrats are back.”

“The Tea Party is over. We took down a bunch of the Tea Party icons throughout the country, so we’re feeling pretty good.” 

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Reps. Alan West (Fla.), Joe Walsh (Ill.) and Roscoe Bartlett (Md.) were among the six tea party caucus members who lost their House elections on Tuesday.

Earlier in the interview, Israel, the head of the Democratic National Campaign Committee, said House Democrats did far better in this election than was anticipated.

“We didn’t get the 25 seats to get the majority but did better than anybody ever anticipated. Everything that was in our control -- the fundraising, the message, putting 15 districts in play, recruiting, getting solutionists to run -- we surpassed expectations,” Israel said.

“In a very tight presidential election, the president’s party usually picks up two and half seats. We picked up, as you just said, between 6 and 8 seats.”

Going into Tuesday's voting, Republicans controlled the House 242-193, including five vacancies.

On the morning after the election, the AP was calling 192 seats for Democrats, and had them leading in another eight unsettled races. The AP said Republicans had at least 233 seats and maybe two more.

Eric Scheiner
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