Ky. Senate race called for Rand Paul; Big Problem for Jewish GOPers?

Update: CNN is calling the Delaware Senate race for Democrat Chris Coons, who apparently will beat Republican/Tea Party darling Christine O’Donnell. That’s better news for the Republican Jewish Coalition, which also refused to endorse her candidacy.

In the non-surprise of the evening, libertarian/Tea Party favorite Rand Paul looks like an easy winner in the Kentucky Senate race.

This isn’t good news for Jewish Republicans, who otherwise seem poised to have a pretty good night. The Republican Jewish Coalition conspicuously spurned Paul as being outside the GOP mainstream.

Will the Jewish GOP group change its tune now that Paul is headed to the Senate and at least one Tea Partier has won a critical race?

This is the Republicans version of the Democrats’ Jesse Jackson problem, it seems to me. Embracing Paul won’t go over well with the RJC’s core constituency – mainstream Republicans. But rejecting him could cause problems with other – and possibly ascendant – elements of the party.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.