A Separate Tea Party

Jim, good analysis. I agree the country would be better off if the tea party was a separate, distinct party from the Republicans. However, I don’t think that will happen for the simple reason that the Republicans need the tea party to maintain control of congress. And the tea partiers need the Republicans. If they were truly separate, the Democrats would easily be the majority in both houses of congress. It is sad that the real Republicans have sacrificed all their beliefs and ideals simply to maintain power by getting in bed with the tea party. As we’ve discussed before, part of the reason the candidates all seem to be from the crazy wing is their primary system of winner take all. Most Americans have lives, and don’t get worked up about politics until later in the game. Many simply ignore the primaries. So it is relatively easy to win a Republican winner-take-all primary by stirring up hate and fear among the crazies, because they are the ones who are paying attention early on. Hopefully it will back fire on them again and Obama will win reelection (and his best chance remains the candidate the Republicans will put up).
It is sort of funny the clamor for Christie. What does a guy have to do to convince people he’s not running. He points people to a politico.com montage of him saying several dozen times he is absolutely not going to run, and they all interpret that as him leaving the door open. Talk about wish projection. I read a great piece on alternet making the argument that the Koch brothers want Christie to run because he has been the fiercest anti-union crusader (especially compared to Romney and Perry). I disagree with Christie on most things, and he often comes across as a bully. And he’s said several things that would be anathema to the right, and to the audiences at the debates. He believes gay people were born that way, and he’s tired of the crazies getting worked up about Sharia Law (this after he appointed a judge who was a Muslim). He’s the flavor of the week because they don’t know him yet. They’re so worked up they don’t even try to vet the flavor of the week; they just want it, someone new.
It’s really hard to say who they’ll end up nominating. And at this point it is largely wasted energy following it too closely. As I’ve said before, at this point four years ago everyone KNEW the nominee was going to be Rudi. So I’ll let the Republicans sort out the mess of their own making, and focus on pushing Obama to keep going and keep fighting (finally) for the middle and working class of America.

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We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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