I have a theory about the differences between a Republican primary and a general election. To win a Republican primary, you have to win a majority of white men. To win a general election, though (and this is in Senate seats and in politically competitive House seats), you have to win a majority (or at least get fairly close) of white married women.
National Party News
Two articles caught my eye this morning. The New York Times has a front-page article about a new strategy from
House Democrats, which presents a clear contrast from the House Republicans.
Where Republicans announced an aggressive push to interact with the voting
public with a new campaign called America Speaks Out, the Democrats took a
different tack. They avoided the people.
Anxiety over the growing fiscal crisis has prevented the Democratic majority in Congress from being able to write a budget this year, so divided are they over spending, deficits and debt. Their struggle this week to find the votes for a "jobs" bill that would extend unemployment insurance (not paid for) and business tax cuts arose from the same political pressure — more and more Democrats are joining Republicans, demanding that government start paying for what it spends.
A.B. Stoddard is joined by Chris
Kofinis and John Feehery, Democratic and Republican strategists, to
discuss the Tea Party's relationship with the GOP and the
administration's reaction to the Gulf oil spill.
A little more than a year ago, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) came up with what I thought was a smart idea. He convinced a group of distinguished Republicans, including Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, that the GOP needed to spend some time listening to the voters to find out what they wanted from their government.
He founded the National Council for a New America with that express purpose. Why don’t we just listen for a change?
Over the past several weeks we have received an unusual volume of mail requesting that research and writings be done regarding the Republican Party and its significance in advancing the plight of American blacks in this nation.
While pollsters and high priest of blackness continue to remind us that black support for the Republican Party has significantly dropped since the election of President Barack Obama, we don't hear much about the many serious black conservative candidates running for Congress today with an excellent shot at winning.
There can be seen now two schools of Republicans: Bush Republicans and Perry Republicans. This took form in Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s recent primary race when Dick Cheney, George H.W. Bush, Karl Rove and Karen Hughes (W’s proxy) lined up behind Kay Bailey Hutchison and Sarah Palin lined up behind Rick Perry. Perry won in a landslide. But the sides had already been drawn up for and against in Doug Hoffman’s Conservative Party challenge in NY-23. It was the moment of the significant turning. Palin and Perry were there, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty showed up after the brush was cut, while Newt Gingrich and the party regulars lined up behind the traditional Republican. But George Pataki, former governor of New York, was there first. The Bush clan is now sidling up to Tea Party types; Cheney to Rubio in Florida, Mitt Romney to Nikki Haley in South Carolina. But George Pataki was there first.
Not only is the Tea Party Right, often far Right, it's also right. It is motivated largely by anger, and there's plenty to be angry about.
Unfortunately, it's also wrong.
The fury and desperation that fuel those who have rallied to this movement are misplaced. Their proper targets should be those in the corporate-finance power structure whose insatiable greed caused a near-collapse of the economy and a full collapse of the lives and well-being of the millions whose money they squandered.
If the nascent Tea Party Movement can be hobbled because Barney Frank and John Lewis claim someone in an anonymous crowd called them a name, consider the American spirit spent.
Awakening always brings the dark with the light; it is the dual nature of Creation. People my age will recall the '60s, a moment of enlightenment in many ways unparalleled, in my opinion, but with scuds like Jerry Rubin, who later guided the Clinton generation to Wall Street, advising his peers to go home and kill their parents. Or Bill Ayers and his murderous colleagues. Or Jean Genet at the Chicago riots of 1968, advising the crowd of tens of thousands to find joy in life: Have sex with a goat. This was the common daily squalor that was the '60s.