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A Tea Bag Left To Steep

In Can You Hear Me Now? on 19/01/2010 at 09:15

It is unlikely that conservatives will be happy with our new cause célèbre Scott Brown once we have him, but his win in Massachusetts – if indeed he does win today – will be a lifesaver. He will create the filibuster vote Republicans need to block the liberal agenda over the next three years.

But he represents more than that. Brown’s election will signal the end of the Reid-Pelosi era. Whatever they accomplish for their liberal cause from now on will be at their own demise.

I’m not a huge Glenn Beck fan. However, I do admit that he has his fingers on the pulse of mainstream America. He is absolutely on target with his analysis of the Obama administration’s agenda. His almost daily rants on Obama’s use of the Cloward-Piven strategy and Saul Alinsky’s methods has created havoc in the administration. Obama has issued a fatwa on Beck. Listen carefully every time you hear those names – Cloward, Piven, Alinsky – come up: every Democrat pundit alive will poke fun at Beck and imply, if not outright say, that he’s mentally unstable. Which is, of course, what liberals do best – Bork their opposition.

Where I fall out with Beck, and most independents in the various Tea Party movements around the country, is with the idea that a third party will cure the country’s political woes or straighten out things in Washington. I had the same reaction to Ross Perot in the 1990s. A third party almost always works to liberal’s advantage and Perot was a case in point. He ushered in eight years of Bill and Hillary and the Democrat’s first attempt to take over the health insurance industry.

Still, the Tea Party movement is exciting, and Massachusetts is a great example of their best use in our system. If they can form a coalesced strategy, they can move across the country targeting weak and liberal Republicans much as they did Dede Scozzafava in New York. GOP leaders, including Newt Gingrich, have still not admitted their terrible judgment in that race, and, indeed, blame Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for Democrat Bill Owens’ victory. In fact, Palin came within a fraction of pulling it off. Newt Gingrich and Michael Steele lost that race for conservatives. Scozzafava would have been a disaster for the party and Newt should be ashamed to have supported her.

The same would not have been true in the Bay State and that’s probably the greatest beauty of the Tea Party. We will never elect a mainline conservative in some states and Scott Brown will have to do. Right now I could kiss him. Next week? Well, that’s something else entirely. I am concerned about the GOP’s readiness to take control of Congress, but in light of the current alternative they’ll have to do.

If the Tea Party survives as a movement it can do great damage to liberalism in America in the 2010 election; if they are successful in 2012, it will be generations before Democrats will try to pull this again. And if the Republicans get out of hand, they’ll be there to remind them of how Scott Brown got there … and how Martha Coakley did not.


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