As a blogger, I watched the Republican nomination challenge very closely. I also watched the fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008 and I know it got a little dirty; Hillary ended up crying which broke my heart but also solidified my support for Barack Obama.
If you happen to mention the name Hillary Clinton to my grandmother, she'll pause, lock her jaw and declare, "That woman.ambitious." That's all she has to say about Clinton because, after all, Granny's polite.
In the huge pile of efforts to analyze the Republican victory in the midterm elections, there has been a marked tendency to credit the success of the centrist Republican leadership in bringing the Tea Party under control.