The Tea Party represents no threat to the Republican Party, just a threat to the good ole boys who are in power and fear losing it. It’s a wake call they must begin to understand. Tea Party candidates will gladly restore our country to it’s international prominence, while cutting taxes across the board, cutting a vast array of useless make work programs, create real jobs by putting forth a sane economic policy that will allow business to once again make plans for expanding with resultant new job creation. One thing certain, when they take back the House and Senate, Obama Health Care denial will be defunded. In 2013 it will be completely repealed. Random thoughts while observing the passing parade. I’m J.C.
In the Kentucky Senate primary, the weakness of the party’s national leadership and the double-edged nature of the tea party movement were revealed in full measure as the candidate tapped by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the father of the modern Kentucky GOP, couldn’t come within 20 points of Rand Paul, a libertarian-leaning political outsider who won’t even commit to supporting McConnell for leader.
Political history and the mood of the electorate would seem to indicate Democrats are on their way to significant losses this fall. But they may have some help mitigating the damage from an unwitting ally — the Republicans.
And while Paul’s romp speaks to the energy GOP candidates can derive from tapping into the tea party movement, the quickness with which Democrats pounced on the GOP nominee’s positions on, for example, eliminating the Department of Education and ending farm subsidies illustrates the political risk Republicans take in nominating ideological purists.
In the Pennsylvania special election to replace the late Rep. John Murtha, Republicans proved that they haven’t yet determined how to win in the sort of districts they’ll need to carry to take back the majority. Paint-by-numbers attacks on Democrats as water carriers for President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t cut it if the opposition doesn’t have actual ties or a record connecting the candidate to the party’s national leadership. It’s as ineffectual as the most recent Democratic efforts to link Republicans to former President George W. Bush. If there’s no predicate laid and if the accused candidate can believably dismiss the charge as political hyperbole, voters won’t buy it.
The GOP also has yet to find a satisfactory answer to the following question: Why should voters return the keys to Congress to them when Republicans don’t seem to have learned their lesson from 2006 when it comes to scandal? Rep. Mark Souder’s admission Tuesday that he had an affair with a staffer makes him only the latest family values-preaching Republican to practice adultery. At least Souder resigned immediately — Sens. John Ensign of Nevada and David Vitter of Louisiana, not to mention South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, remain in office, reminding voters about Republican hypocrisy when it comes to sex.
Publicly, congressional Republicans downplayed concerns about Tuesday’s results and reiterated that they were optimistic about this fall. But there is plainly some worry about how the party is approaching what should be a fruitful election cycle and, in the wake of the 8-point Pennsylvania House loss, exactly how resources should be directed.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, standing just feet from House Minority Leader John Boehner at a news conference Wednesday, took a barely veiled shot at the leader’s recent ramping up of expectations for November.