Will Tea Party Turmoil Crash and Burn GOP Hopes?
(Yes, if you get out and VOTE to defeat the Tea Party nutjobs!)
Oh well, we all knew it was too good to last. Despite the strong corporate support of benefactors like the Koch brothers and the considerable reach of the Tea Party’s propoganda outlet Fox News, it’s beginning to look bad for the Tea Party and by extension, the GOP.
First there is the revelation that the Tea Party Express, the more political arm of the movement, is not at all a grass roots effort. Rather it is merely an annex of the Republican Party with a man named Sal Russo, a longtime Republican operative who got his start as an aide to Ronald Reagan and later raised money and managed media strategy for a string of other politicians (including former Gov. George E. Pataki of New York) pulling the organizational and financial strings. The response among the purist elements of the Tea Party has been less then positive, with Mark Meckler, a national spokesman for Tea Party Patriots complaining “they are the classic top-down organization run by G.O.P. consultants, and it is the antithesis of what the Tea Party movement is about!” But this entertwining of the Tea Party and old line Republican power brokers only reinforces the reality of just how entangled the Tea Party and the Republican Party have become, and just how difficult it will be for the GOP to survive if the Tea Party implodes.
And that certainly looks as if it is beginning to happen over the U.S. Senate candidacy of Christine O’Donnell in Delaware. Just look at what one Tea Party disciple recently said….
Andrew Ian Dodge is the Maine state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, one of the largest tea party umbrella groups. TPP doesn’t endorse candidates, but that hasn’t stopped Dodge from expressing his own opinon about O’Donnell. He thinks she’s a bit of a nutter. “Everything I’ve seen about her has made me laugh my ass off,” he says. “What the hell do you say? First you have Alvin Green, and now you have her.” His concern is that if she loses in the general election to Democrat Chris Coons, the defeat will be widely regarded as a reflection on the tea party movement—and he doesn’t want that.
This blistering critique comes after Karl Rove dismissed O’Donnell on Fox News of all places, for being outside the mainstream and likely costing Republicans a shot at the Senate, statements that his former allies on Fox News took him to task for the next day as the network came out of the closet, so to speak, and told the world they are indeed the Tea Party’s Pravda.
One thing is for certain, the next six weeks are going to be a wild ride as we learn more about the Tea Party nutjobs, aside from O’Donnell, that are running for office around the country. As reasoned voices in the movement and the GOP speak out about these radicals in their midst, the infighting is sure to increase and the result will be the Tea Party and the Republican Party going down in flames as they remain locked in a mortal embrace.
Making sure that we witness that glorious GOP crash and burn should provide all the motivation necessary for people to step forward and vote for reason and sanity in the coming mid-term elections.