By Mr. Universe
Leeeeet’s Geeeeet Ready to Rumbuuuuullll!!!
We are rapidly approaching the end of primary season and tonight is one of the biggest of the remaining primaries. Most of these contests are happening in the northeast. I just got word that the Delaware Tea Party [R] candidate has won against the 30 year veteran, Mike Castle. She’s a relative political neophyte but a seasoned campaigner (having lost several races previously), she has been fighting off detractors for the ‘out there’ positions and remarks she has made in the past in addition to her record. The perfect Tea Party candidate. I guess even the fringe need a voice, too.
Several people have been referring to the Tea Party as the Republicans eating their own. DNC Chairman, Tim Kaine, has even called them the ‘Donner Party’, after the westward migrating family who had to resort to cannibalism when caught in the winter in the Sierras of California.
Question: could this be a calculated loss? Let me elaborate.
It’s difficult to form and maintain a third political party in the US. Third parties have rarely been viable except as to function as tools of one of the other parties as a spoiler. It may be the Tea Party’s intention; not just to win, but to destroy the Republican party from within. You’re either with us or against us. Choose loyalty now.
You know what would be an interesting backlash? An increase in Blue Dog Democrats. If I were a disaffected and disowned Republican who actually wanted to help run the government, who didn’t really want to be the party of NO, and wanted to engage in politics, I might consider defecting from the party.
The party is fracturing and becoming a Frankenparty.
Let’s face it. this will always be a two party country. It’s us versus them. When I was growing up, it was the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Auburn Tigers. The great southern college football rivalry. At my family reunions, you had to pick a side. Doing so showed what you were made of. The debate was intense; the rivalry, furious. but you had to have a loyalty. Politics is like football and the Tea party is the visiting team that everyone thinks is promising.
So, maybe the Tea Party knows it will lose this time. But maybe they are counting on the sting of the loss to energize the Republican party as that promising visiting team. The underdog. They know that the Republican party must lose badly in order for the Tea Party to gain momentum. Go team! We’ll get ’em next year!
Could it be that simple? Maybe. I’d like to think that people prefer to address issues in an inclusive manner rather than in an us vs. them perspective.
Update: as I’m writing. Tea Party rakes in a bunch of races despite not being a legitimate party. Voter outrage cries anarchy!
Paladino just won as well. Party of values; here we go. My god. It’s sad to watch.
Fasten your seat belts and get aboard the crazy train. Hahahahahahahaha!