Since the dawn of the tea party, I basically had two views of it based on their radical ideology. Either it would be short-lived and quickly squashed within a couple of years, or it would eventually destroy the Republican party.
Well, it appears that it’s going to eventually destroy the Republican party.
See, groups supporting these more radical right-wing candidates who are seeking to “take down” those Republicans they deem too moderate for daring to work with President Obama and Democrats on anything, are out raising their more “established” counterparts by quite a lot.
“Four Republican-leaning groups with close ties to the party’s leadership in Congress — Crossroads and its super PAC affiliate; the Congressional Leadership Fund; and Young Guns Action Fund — raised a combined $7.7 million in 2013. By contrast, four conservative organizations that have battled Republican candidates deemed too moderate or too yielding on spending issues — FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth Action Fund, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and the Tea Party Patriots — raised a total of $20 million in 2013, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed on Friday.”
So basically, the advantage established Republican leadership always held because they were out-raising their more radical counterparts is quickly fading away. And as most people know, money in politics is often power in politics. Often the candidates who raise the most money win.
And that’s the scary part for Republicans. They’re about to face what Democrats have had to deal with for years – battling a group of people who don’t care about reality.
Which, let me tell you, is a lot of fun.
These people really believe this radical right-wing Ted Cruz-style conservatism is what’s best for the United States.
Despite the fact that most polls show the country is becoming more liberal, these tea party Republicans actually believe they can win because Americans are more conservative.
I’ve seen plenty of these tea party voters (and a few tea party-backed politicians) say that the only reason President Obama won in 2012 was because Mitt Romney wasn’t conservative enough.
Let’s break down that logic. Mitt Romney battled much more radical right-wing candidates and won. They went state by state, gaining delegates based on who got the most votes during these primary elections. Conservative voters selected Romney basically because he was the only “electable” clown performing in that circus.
Yet these tea party Republicans really believe that someone like Rick Santorum would have done better?
Reality check: Conservative voters overwhelmingly chose Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum (and every other tea party favorite) so how exactly would someone like Santorum have then done better against President Obama?
It makes absolutely no sense.
But that’s why the GOP is in a lot of trouble. These far-right radicals are starting to raise more money than they do. If they continue to gain more power and “primary” more moderate Republicans – it’s going to cost them quite a lot of power nationally.
Because facts continue to show American voters are becoming more liberal, not more conservative.
In fact the tea party continues to drop in popularity nationally, though it still maintains a strong presence within the Republican party itself.
So this is the future of the GOP if these tea party backed candidates continue to “primary” more moderate Republicans. They’ll still maintain many of their seats in more rural areas that are strongly conservative. But in most of the more moderate areas they’re going to run some of these insane candidates under the Republican banner who believe things like the world is 6,000 years old and evolution is a myth, against a Democrat who appeals much more to the common voter because they believe in things like science.
They’ll never be gone, but they’ll shrink to a point that they’ll essentially have no power in Congress and absolutely no chance at the presidency.
Because remember, general elections are decided by every voter – primary elections are often decided by just those who are registered with that particular party. And usually the “base” of that party represents the majority of those voting in primary elections.
Which, as most of us know, the base of the Republican party are these radical tea party fanatics.
This is why I’ve implored moderate Republicans to take their party back. Democrats and Republicans will rarely ever agree on a lot of issues, but there was a time when we could at least work together to get something done.
But that’s not what’s going on any longer. Now we have a whole group of tea party Republicans who seem determined to prove our government doesn’t work by actively ensuring that it doesn’t from within.
They’re essentially trying to sabotage our government to fulfill their own prophecies.
Except, that’s not what they’re going to do. Don’t get me wrong, tea party Republicans will destroy something – but it’ll be their own party.