Here we go again. The Republican Party establishment has effectively defeated the conservative, grass-roots Tea Party insurgency.

At least, that’s the general consensus following Tuesday’s ballot box results.

Of course that was also the general consensus through most of this year’s political primary season – right up until House Majority Leader Eric Cantor found himself out of a job thanks to a little-known Virginia college professor who ran to the Virginia Republican’s right.

Mr Cantor’s defeat prompted considerable soul-searching and reflection on the party of political analysts, who were shocked by his unexpected narrative-breaking loss. With Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran’s win over Tea Party-backed Chris McDaniel (and, to a lesser extent, other establishment-backed victories in Oklahoma and Colorado), the Tea-Party-in-decline storyline has returned to the fore.

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