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Tea Party Tuesday….

The Republican Establishment should have seen it coming.  The Tea Party insurrection should come as no surprise.  Since losing the White House in 2008 Obama has been likened to everything from Karl Marx to Hitler to the Anti-Christ.  It has been said that John McCain lost because he was a RINO (Republican In Name Only).  We have been told that our very freedom as American’s is at risk and that we need to “take back our country”.  Now I am not going to comment on these statements and claims (some of which I agree with).  What I will say is that given the talk within conservative circles is it then any surprise when Republican primary voters elect candidates that will respond to “Yes We Can!” with “Oh No You Won’t!”?    I don’t think so. 

 For now let me just comment on the two most recent examples in New York and Delaware.  In the New York primary election for governor it was a contest between Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino to see who gets to lose in a landslide to Andrew Cuomo.  Rick Lazio is a joke.  He ran a pathetic campaign again Hillary Clinton in 2000 and would not have done much better this time around.  Paladino is a wild card (in every sense of the word).  Given than the GOP does not stand a chance anyway I would have voted for Paladino because the Republican establishment in New York needs a wakeup call.

 Delaware is a tough one because although I hate RINO’s I am also somewhat of a pragmatist.  I will take as read that established Republican Congressman Mike Castle was all but a shoe-in to win the Senate seat for the GOP.   That being the case I agree with those that say that GOP primary voters made a huge mistake by selecting Christine O’Donnell as their candidate.  She would appear to be much too conservative for Delaware and things I’ve read about her background give me pause.  Mike Castle might be a RINO but sometimes any Republican is better than no Republican at all.

 On the issue of the Tea Party as a whole I would have to say that I am an agnostic.  I sympathize with much of what they believe but have doubts about some of their more prominent figures like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.  Even if you put a gun to my head I still don’t think I could articulate my reservations; it’s just a gut feeling.  That being said if they can deliver, halt the Obama agenda and bring down Obama in 2012 then more power to them.  So far all they have proven is that Sarah Palin et. al. can get conservatives to vote for conservatives.  I will be anxious to see if they can cross the finish line in November.

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The GOP is (still) the Way to Go…….

Like many on the right, I have taken great encouragement from the emergence, over the past year, of the Tea Party.  For too long the left has had exclusive claim on the protest movement.  It has been nice to see the “silent majority” rise up, albeit belatedly, against an ever-expanding government.  While overwhelmingly “conservative” the Tea Party movement has taken “a pox on both your houses” stance; being at times as anti-Republican and anti-Democrat.  There in lies a problem. 

There are those in the Tea Party movement and amongst their supporters (Glenn Beck comes to mind) who have no use for the GOP and would just as soon see it go the way of the Whig Party.  Now for certain there are all too many Republicans in Congress that are all but indistinguishable from liberal Democrats.  However, that is no reason to throw the part overboard and go third-party.  For better or worse (I think better) we have a two-party system.  Recent history clearly shows that third parties merely act as spoilers.  In 1992 Ross Perot garnered 18.9% of vote in a third-party bid for president.   If only half of his vote would have gone to the incumbent, George H.W. Bush would have been reelected.   In the 2000 election the third-party effort of Ralph Nader, in Florida, cost Al Gore the election.

 The year 1977 was another where the GOP was at a nadir.  The Vietnam War and Watergate were still fresh in the minds of America and the GOP was at crossroads.  Ronald Reagan warned against abandoning the GOP in favor of a third-party.  He advocated re-energizing the party.  Like so many other things I think he was absolutely correct. 

 We are poised once again for another historical mid-term.  We have any energized base and a largely disgusted populace.  The GOP has the opportunity to retake at least part of the apparatus of government. They are poised to act as check on an activist, leftist White House.  We can only accomplish this through the GOP.  Things are off to a good start Marco Rubio is leading in his primary bid against RINO (Republican in Name Only) Charlie Crist.  J.D. Hayworth is mounting a significant primary challenge to the ever-frustrating John McCain. 

 Things are starting to fall into place.  We just can’t screw it up!