The call for sanity from Joe and Jane Republican that many of us have been waiting for appears to be starting. Speaking for myself, I know a lot of sane, moral, educated, intelligent Republicans who have become increasingly disillusioned with the Tea Party coup d’état, and the levee is threatening to overflow with the 2012 elections appearing every closer on the horizon.
Some leading Republicans are trying to entice a more established candidate to jump into the presidential race, a courtship that’s aggravating tensions between tea partyers and the GOP’s traditional business wing, a deep-pocketed source of financial support in the campaign.
Influential GOP donors have sought to coax Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to run. The goal is to find a contender with a strong record as a fiscal conservative and the political stature to challenge President Barack Obama.
I never thought I’d see the day that anyone related to George W. Bush would be seen as a refreshing, intelligent breath of fresh air, but after the complete madness of, say, Christine O’Donnell, it’s the truth.
And because the old-school Repubs come with consistently deep pockets through organized party fundraising (because most people are waking up to the fact that many of the Tea Partiers are … well, nuts), the “Republican Rogues” are looking at losing support.
And they’re not happy about it.
The behind-the-scenes efforts have been taken as a snub by some tea party organizers who favor the anti-establishment messages of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who are in the race or are considering it. New contenders could undermine their chances for donors and for success.
“It’s extremely upsetting to hear that the establishment is courting their own candidate when Michele Bachmann, the gold standard, has been in the fight, bucking the establishment that got us in this mess,” said Katrina Pierson, a Dallas tea party leader and emerging national figure for the movement.
Wait a minute, just what is Michele Bachmann the gold standard for? Cutting minimum wage? Getting rid of Social Security? Nuking Iran, and to hell with the consequences? Stating that homosexuals and the transgendered are suffering from a disease called “sexual dysfunction”?
Are the people that follow the Tea Partiers like children parading behind the Pied Piper aware of what they are in for? Don’t they understand that, by and large, they will be the ones to suffer if minimum wage is frozen indefinitely or Social Security is phased out? That Iran has allies that wouldn’t blink at retaliation should we just arbitrarily press the button?
I think that a lot of Republicans are starting to realize some of these facts, that Sarah Palin claiming to be “just a working class hockey mom” from the comfort of her Wasilla mansion proves without a doubt that talk is cheap.
Some people, particularly in high stakes states such as Iowa, are still inexplicably enthralled by the Tea Party, a notion that, ironically, Bachmann herself explains.
Bachmann has generated enthusiastic responses from tea party activists in Iowa, where the GOP nominating caucuses are set to begin the 2012 run to the nomination. She said the search for a more traditional candidate could turn off some newly engaged conservative voters, whom the GOP needs to defeat Obama.
“I think people really want to know they are being heard, and when it appears that people’s concerns are being bypassed, by looking at other candidates, they really do feel like they are being ignored,” Bachmann said. “I understand that frustration.”
Yup, if you buy the con that Michele Bachmann, who was a tax attorney for many years before forming a “Christian Counseling” practice and is extremely wealthy politics aside, bears any similarity whatsoever to Jane Q. Public, you need to get out more. Her concern in protecting her own pot of gold, and she and her coterie will throw anyone under the bus in order to do that.
I wish more people would see that.
So what do you think? Are people finally catching on to the paper tiger that is the Tea Party, in general a group of wealthy individuals who are totally usurping a certain percentage of down and out Americans too ill-informed (or caught up in the glitter and glam) to know better?
How many trailer parks has Sarah Palin visited since politics are no longer at the top of her agenda?