I’ve talked with several moderate Republicans who shockingly don’t disagree with me when I say the tea party is extremely dangerous. They can’t stand what it’s done to the Republican party, and they’re genuinely terrified that I’m right in my assessment that it will eventually destroy the GOP.
While there are seemingly countless examples showcasing just how asinine tea party ideologies are and how they’ve radicalized the GOP, I felt a more simplistic example would be better to showcase just what I mean.
Then as I read through an article detailing how the tea party is increasing its efforts to “primary” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, it hit me – Kentucky is a great example of how far the tea party is pushing the GOP.
In 2010, Kentucky elected Rand Paul to the United States Senate. A man who had absolutely zero political experience (outside of riding his father’s coattails) prior to his election. Essentially, the people of Kentucky elected a man because of how radically “anti-government” his father was known to be.
A few years ago, there’s no way Rand Paul gets elected to anything in Congress above possibly a no-name Congressional district like his father was. Yet, thanks to the tea party movement, he’s now a United States Senator.
Then there’s Mitch McConnell. The man who flat-out said, “Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term in office.”
You can watch him say it here:
This is also the Senate Minority Leader who’s presided over record-setting obstruction in the United States Senate. This Senate has broken records for the frequency at which the filibuster has been used to block legislation.
So McConnell has clearly not been someone liberals would embrace and call “a moderate Republican.” In fact, I’ve never talked with a liberal who can stand him.
Yet even with his level of obstruction and blatant attempts at sabotage of anything and everything President Obama wants, apparently he’s still not radical enough for the tea party.
They’re gathering momentum to get behind Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin to oust McConnell so he won’t be the GOP candidate during the general election.
It doesn’t help that McConnell is actually trailing in polls right now to his Democratic challenger, Alison Grimes. Still, there has been talk that the tea party was targeting McConnell long before Grimes began leading him in polls.
And it’s something you’re seeing all across the country in districts or states where the almighty tea party doesn’t feel the incumbent Republican is conservative enough for their radical ideologies.
Ronald Reagan wouldn’t be conservative enough for the tea party. That’s not an opinion, that’s just a fact.
This is a trend you’re seeing more and more conservatives embrace. The idea that they need more conservative candidates, not less, to defeat Democrats in national elections. No, seriously, that’s what many far-right leaning conservatives believe. The reason why they lost in 2012 in their delusional minds was because Mitt Romney wasn’t conservative enough.
Never mind the fact that when only Republicans had a choice, they chose Romney – that sort of reality has no place in the “logic” of the tea party voter. Or let’s ignore the fact that poll after poll shows Americans getting more liberal, not less. These people really believe that one of their biggest shortcomings as a party is the fact that they need more people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
Terrifying, isn’t it?
But that’s what the tea party is trying to have happen. They want to keep pushing the GOP further and further to the right, believing that somehow that’s what Americans want. Despite reality, stats, polls and just about every other piece of evidence out there showing the majority of Americans are getting more liberal – they believe the country is getting more conservative.
I guess that’s what happens when you bet on fiction in a non-fiction world.
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