As Schoolhouse Rock taught us: “Three is a magic number.” Tom Tancredo learned that lesson well. He is a third-party candidate in a three-way race for Governor of Colorado. He breaks the rule, however, when it comes to the polling data. According to a Rasmussen Reports poll released on Tuesday, Tancredo has pulled ahead of the Republican candidate, Dan Maes, by a four-percent margin.

Voice of America News summed up the September 14 primary results succinctly: “Conservative candidates favored by the Tea Party have gathered more ground in some of the last primary elections before November's Congressional elections.”

Voters were not at home with a Republican named Castle in Delaware, as GOP primary voters once again ignored the advice of the party establishment and saw to it that insurgency would continue to be the dominant political theme of 2010. Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell defeated establishment man Mike Castle in the U.S. Senate primary, despite warnings from party chieftains that O'Donnell is "unelectable" in the general election.

The headline in the September 14 Washington Post sounded ominous for the Republicans: "Tea party wins in northeastern primaries could bode well for Democrats." The article continued with a pessimistic tone for the GOP, should Tea Party-backed candidates win against establishment Republicans in Tuesday's primary:

The Justice Department’s failure to prosecute the 2008 Black Panther voter intimidation case has prompted the Department of Justice’s internal watchdog to launch an investigation into the DOJ’s enforcement of civil rights laws.