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Tea Party vs the GOP establishment


I’m not going to bother posting links. Anyone that has read the headlines or watched any news shows knows whats going on between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party backed Christine O’Donnell. It’s not pretty.

My condensed version is this.

The GOP establishment loved the Tea Party, when the Tea Party was going after Obama and the Democrats. The GOP loved when the Tea Party was protesting Democratic Town Halls and the GOP love when the Tea Party rallies around “conservative” issues.

The GOP establishment do not like it when the Tea Party have the nerve to elect who they want to represent them, instead of who the establishment wants. This O’Donnell thing pretty much proves that.

One thing that I have always liked about the Tea Party was that is was true grassroots. There are no leaders and no directors. It’s a truly decentralized organization, that is only possible thanks to the highly decentralized nature of the internet. Thinking along those lines, it’s easy to see why the Democrats at first hated them. But it’s also easy to see why the GOP establishment hate them now. The Democrats and the GOP are basically the same, they are in it for the power not for the people.

It’s funny thinking that people like Chris Matthews, who have belittled and pretty much made shit up about the tea party, are now finding out that the Tea Party isn’t so bad. (Only when the Tea Party bucks the GOP establishment mind you.)

“I have waited all my adult life for an election in which voters have the fire to reach up and burn those who have been running the show for decades, but I didn’t know it would come from the right and the center. 2010 could be the first year in modern times when being in office and part of Washington is the worst possible credential when facing voters.”

Anyone with a brain and two eyes knew that the Tea Party was about real change, not the uppity rhetoric, but the real deal. Throwing the bums out and starting over. Maybe even a little slash and burn strategy is necessary in a few races.

The problem is, that the Democrats have partisan shades on. They won’t see the Tea Party for what it is, they only see what they want to see…..racism. The GOP establishment thought they could ride the coattails of the Tea Party movement all the way till November. Now the GOP are finding out that the villagers have enough Tar and Pitchforks to paint the Democrats for their selfish and unnecessary spending as well as the GOP for their spending spree during the Bush years.

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  1. yttik
    September 19, 2010 at 20:10

    This is definitely an establishment versus the little people conflict, but I think sexism has a bit to do with it, too. You have to remember a whole lot of tea partiers are women, Delaware has never sent a woman to the house or senate, and Palin is carving herself out a leadership role that a lot of Republican men were hoping for. It’s not the vicious kind of sexism we’ve recently seen from the other side of the political aisle, it’s the old fashioned kind, where they aren’t quite sure if these women are competent enough to lead, where men aren’t quite sure how they will fit in, where they don’t quite understand the new rules and all the change that’s happening.

    The GOP establishment did not freak out when Scott Brown won or Joe Miller or Rand Paul or Sean Duffy. But they did get a bit freaked out over Nikki Haley and they’ve certainly been hyperventilating about Christine O’Donnell.

    I had to laugh, Christine O’Donnell, in her kind of innocent and sweet way, flat out called Karl Rove a liar. And Sarah Palin went on TV and told Republicans to, “buck up or stay in the truck.” If the battle is going to be between conservative women and establishment politicos, than I think the Karl Roves and David Axelrods would be well advised to forfeit.

    • September 21, 2010 at 09:27

      I think there are some -isms that have something to do with it. Maybe sexism is playing a part, but I think it has to do more with Elitism than sexism. If there is any sexism it is by the elites. The people voted and they picked O’Donnell, they picked Angle in NV too. It’s hard to flush out the motivations of the elites but the one thing I do know, is that they are afraid of losing power and sway over the masses.

  2. September 21, 2010 at 15:13

    Nice post. Over the last week, I’ve felt like Rove, GOP hardliners and conservative centrists like Krauthammer have been talking down to us explaining the subtleties and nuances of the situation. I was especially disappointed with the tactics Rove used against O’Donnell. He really went after her for taking 12 years to pay off a student loan? It reminded me of the flimsy stuff that was stuck to Palin in ’08 election by MSM.

    The smart-guy’s take of the O’Donnell win: “It’s risky. It might cost conservatives or RINO’s control of Congress, then we’ll all be sorry.”

    My take (granted, I’m not too smart): “Message sent, message not received. It’s really not about getting Republicans back in control. It’s about getting politicians out.”

    Unfortunately, even folks like O’Donnell will start acting like politicians if they get elected to offices. Incentives matter.

    • September 21, 2010 at 19:11

      That’s my take as well. They don’t see the forest through the trees. I think they’ll start taking notice come November.

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