The silver lining I discern in your well written post is that the Tea Party may have heard their death knell in all of this. And yes, as a Democrat, they probably would have been easy pickins for us in the mid-terms. Now they just may be that footnote in history that I was hoping their movement would devolve into. It's just that I would have preferred the Dems inflicting that mortal wound upon them. I am now left only with finding some comfort that just maybe their brand of extremism is rejected by their fellow Republicans.
That's not much, but I will take whatever I can get.
I'm not sure it was "rejected" so much as "incorporated" - albeit in a more moderate way. Ross Perot and Ralph Nader had their days as well - with some of the remnants (i.e., "legacy?) sticking on both sides of the mainstream political aisle.
The latest poll I saw (and reported here) was that more than two-thirds of the American people SHARED the stated goals of the Tea Party. It's their METHODS that cranked people up - on both sides. Those "extremist" methods were losers from the get-go, but they did get people's attention, particularly in the traditional GOP leadership. For me, the best thing to come out of it is that - like the Union army at Gettysburg - the Republicans have been hammered into a position that the Dems will find difficult to whip them out of. It's the old "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" situation. Now the next lesson they need to learn is the one trumpeted often by Ronald Reagan (the 11th Commandment as it were):
"Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican."
When the GOP re-learns THAT lesson, they will be very tough to beat - particularly if they learn it soon while the majority of the country is still sick of Democrats in control.
We'll see how it works soon here in Georgia. The questions are:
*Will Perdue and Kingston conduct massive slime campaigns which will primarily serve to provide ammunition for the Nunnites?
*Will Nunn finally "go negative" against the GOP candidate in the months leading up to the election?
*Will Nunn be able to effectively separate herself from being a Democrat in order to sway enough of the independent vote (and some Republicans) in order to win?
*How will Nunn negotiate the debates (which she has avoided thus far like the plague) and what effect will stating her position on the issues (assuming she does so) have on her electability?
Having a legacy is great, but Perdue has one as well. And WE THE PEOPLE won't be voting for Perdue's cousin or Michelle's old man.
Finally - for whatever it's worth - Herman Cain endorses PERDUE:
...and finally (for today):
Calling All Stations……Clear The Airwaves…….Clear ALL Airwaves…....Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America….from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea. Let's go to press.
FLASH: Republican’s “War On Women” Losing Steam
As a result of yesterday’s Senate primaries, three more potential GOP women Senators have been added to the mix for November:
Dad-gummit. Where’s all the misogyny when you need some? If the GOP keeps this up, people might think they’re trying to establish a “big tent.”