Oct 11 2013
Obama and Democrats arrogantly assumed the GOP would buckle under pressure during the Shutdown, and cave the the left!
A seriously naive and arrogant assumption.
And a politically deadly one.
The Democrats and Left learned nothing from their drubbing in 2010, which was a small version of “kick the bums out” we see arising now. First off, in 2010 the Dems got hit much harder than the GOP because when government screws up – or screws with Main Street as with Obama’s Shutdown Theater – those who back government are rightfully tagged with the source of the problems!
Throw the bums out.
That’s the message 60 percent of Americans are sending to Washington in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, saying if they had the chance to vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative, they would. Just 35 percent say they would not.
The GOP, on the other hand, has a serious Libertarian/Tea Party component that wants to reign in wasteful, spiteful and incompetent government. This group is what is giving the Democrats heart burn – and has the Dem Senate so spun up they are spouting some of the dumbest rhetoric ever heard, exposing their blind, liberal stubbornness when it comes to bloated government.
The GOP would only take huge losses – first through primary challenges that would deploy a lot of inexperienced candidates (as we saw in 2010 in the Senate) – IF they gave into the Democrats. Certain electoral death faces the GOP if they crumble again.
The result inside the GOP would then be EVEN MORE Libertarian/Tea Party forces coming into their caucus. Basically, there is no way to stop the rising tide of frustration with government run amok.
The numbers reflect the highest dissatisfaction with the nation’s two political parties since Gallup first asked the question 10 years ago. Just 26% of respondents believe the Democratic and Republican parties adequately represent Americans.
Those polled that identified as Republicans and Democrats were equal in their view that a third party is needed, 52 percent and 49 percent respectively.
However, the GOP can – as Anne Coulter noted – transition into the champions of the emerging Libertarian/Tea Party forces in the nation, and avoid electoral massacre. If you cannot stop the tide, ride it! As Ed Morrissey notes, this tide is being driven by Independents – who actually select with polarized party gets a shot at leading this country:
It’s no big surprise to see independents leading this push. In the ten years of polling on this question, there has always been a majority of independents who want a third party.
Can you blame voters after decades of kicking the can down the road and protecting those in office at all costs? Sadly Ed misses the point – the 3rd party will arise from one of the two big parties. One will be taken over and transformed. We The People are fed up with excuses. And since the only party in line with the Libertarian drive in the country is the GOP – it will be the one to transform.
If this “throw the bums out” fire is still burning next fall (and I fail to see anything to douse it, since ObamaCare’s sticker shock and incompetence is guaranteed to stoke those fires all year), the GOP members who stood firm on the deficit, debt, government overreach and ObamaCare will be spared. In addition, those who spend this coming year holding hearings on Obama’s Shutdown Theater Gestapo tactics will also be spared.
The anti-big-government rising tide will not spare the Democrats. It cannot. They are one in the same thing (big government = Democrats). For the GOP to avoid the wrath of the voters, they simply need to stand their ground and let the Libertarian/Tea Party forces protect them at the voting booth.