Tea Baggers+CPAC=Disarray For GOP
Over a year ago, Dare To Dream posted our belief that the “Palin effect” could be a movement to a possible strong third party, but since the orchestrated town hall meetings, “tea baggers” and now this years CPAC get together, we must modify our belief.
We still believe the door is open for a strong third party but the fractured GOP doesn’t seem to be the instrument of such a movement.
Yes, I must admit that the Democrats seem to be just as fractured between progressives, moderates and “blue dogs”, but they are still for all intense purposes, Democrats.
Here are some “Tidbits” that lead me to the direction that the GOP will not be a strong “party” of choice in the 2010 and 2012 elections and that “progressive” Democrats have sometime, not much, to get their act together.
1). Hearing Palin telling “baggers” that they need to “pick a party,” because we have a two party system, will likely drive a wedge between her and her base. Especially those that think she is the new breed of politician, the so called “fresh air.”
2). Then you have a situation that has been said to be “Republican’s eating their young.”
Megan McCain’s bright and articulate statements on the TV show The View, might be how many a young Republican conservative is approaching and responding to the current GOP situation. Her comments are far from the maddening cry of “tea baggers”, and the half term Governor of Alaska, which in turn brought Ms. McCain attacks and put downs from Fox News personality and “far right” conservative guru Glenn Beck.
3). As a young Barry Goldwater supporter in the 60’s, I feel that the power of youth is hard to over state. You only need to look at the 2008 election of President Obama to see how a “party” can harness the idealism of the young.
Out of the 24thousand votes cast in the CPAC straw poll this passed weekend, 54% were between the age of 18 and 25. That’s almost 1300 votes.
Could the last straw, no pun intended, for the GOP be that CPAC’s straw poll had 74 year old Texas Congressman and voice of the Libertarian wing of the party, Ron Paul, the winner with 31% of the vote.
Not a “bagger,” not a far right “winger,” not a “truther” or “birther” but a Libertarian.
4). Lastly, has the “Dixiecrat” movement been revived and just renamed as the “Tea Bag Party”?
Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo’s speech to the “bagger” convention would lead one to believe that it has.
We know what happen to the “Dixiecrats” and it is a safe bet that if the “baggers” keep on in the direction they are heading with the rhetoric they spew, they and the GOP will suffer the same fate.
I want to end with this question. Will the strong third party movement in the United States be from the right wing of the GOP or from the progressive side of the Democrats?