Tea Party and Norquist short term boost leaves GOP with long term damage
Republican’s Just Can’t See the Forest for the Trees: Moving Backwards is the Answer
The Republican Party has often been called by some the “good ole’ boys club”. As I became old enough to vote in the late 1960’s, I admired several legislators from both parties. I loved the exchange of ideas that led to eventual compromise and laws that made common sense.
The only issue at the time that those in my age group and younger saw little support for their cry to end the Vietnam War. Today we have still failed to learn from the first military action we lost as a nation.
With the advent of the TEA Party in 2008, some true conservatives who were more centrist, forecast the damage this extreme group would do to the G.O.P.
First of all, if George Bush would have been a better president, and not put us into two unnecessary wars, as well as actions that devastated our economy, the TEA Party would not exist. When Barrack Obama won the election in 2008, this radical group began to move Republicans to the extreme right.
David Frum, a conservative columnist and CNN contributor, was a speech writer for Bush. He was concerned in 2010 as he witnessed the TEA Party push for some short-term electoral gains that would hurt the party in the long run.
Their entire focus became deficit reduction and government spending. They supported efforts by lobbyists such as Grover Norquist to impose their will on Republican Congressmen and Senators. Norquist convinced them to give him their pledge that they would never vote for a tax increase on any group.
Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University says, “Republicans moved far to the right to capture TEA Party votes, only to lose the center”. He further said, “The TEA Party helped the G.O.P. bounce back from the Bush years, and the McCain loss”. He continued, “The short term boost was overshadowed by the long term damage.”
In 2010 TEA Party darlings Christine O’Donnell, Sharon Angle, and Kevin Buck all lost elections to Democrats. Analysts in Delaware, Nevada, and Colorado are all in agreement that Republican candidates defeated by the TEA Party would have won their elections.
During this year’s election Dick Luger lost the nomination to Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock in Indiana. When Mourdock made comments about abortion, women rose up en-masse and Mourdock lost to the Democrat.
Republicans believed that their continued non-action and adherence to extreme right wing positions would be supported by a major win in the 2012 Presidential election. They had hoped to increase their majority numbers in the House, and gain control of the Senate. Things didn’t quite turn out that way.
The demographics of the 2012 election have Republicans scrambling to find change. The have to face the reality that they need the vote of women, and those who are no longer labeled “minorities”.
Extremes are never the answer. Extremes always eventually lead to failure. Today’s middle class is diverse, and they turn out to vote in numbers larger than in past elections. Single woman have become a bloc unto their own. Women are no longer rushing to marriage, preferring their independence, while seeking successful and satisfying careers.
We need three political parties. If we have to settle for two, let’s hope both can work together to accomplish re-creating a prosperous and great country. I want to see an end to the “do-nothing” politics of President Obama’s first four years.
News Correspondent-The Guardian Express