In Texas, Ted Cruz coasted to an easy victory in the Republican run-off election over Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, all but assuring that the Tea Party Conservative Cruz will join the Senate in January. Cruz’s victory is a much needed shot in the arm for the Tea Party, which has been described by some observers as in serious trouble of becoming irrelevant.

A Quinnipiac/NYT/CBS poll has President Obama with leads in three key swing states – Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Mitt Romney will need to make some serious headway in these states to have a legitimate chance at winning the White House.

And in the arena of in-party squabbling, Sarah Palin zapped back at former Vice President Dick Cheney on his comments that her choice as John McCain’s running mate was a mistake:

“Well, seeing as how Dick — excuse me, Vice President Cheney — never misfires, then evidently, he’s quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lamestream media — having been written what I believe is a false narrative over the last four years — evidently, Dick Cheney believes that stuff, and that’s a shame.”

Did she really go with “lamestream”?