Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Quote of the Day, Jr.


"Republicans will lose if they support the (Paul) Ryan Medicare plan. Americans do not support the Ryan plan. Expect the GOP to then blame the Tea Party for losses."

-- South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson in an e-mail sent to fellow tea party types and obtained by the Palm Beach Post

Cesca's response to this is pretty much on the money:

"Why shouldn’t they blame the Tea Party? ... The entire Republican party is to blame for their enabling of, and pandering to, the lowest common denominator, but that lowest common denominator is the Tea Party."

The unfortunate thing is that while the tea bagging insurgents have the ability to continue inflicting heavy damage on the GOP and its goal of unchecked power, in the end the shameless desire for that power will be too great and the party will come together for its own good. It always does.

3 comments:

Eric said...

The unfortunate thing is that while the tea bagging insurgents have the ability to continue inflicting heavy damage on the GOP and its goal of unchecked power, in the end the shameless desire for that power will be too great and the party will come together for its own good. It always does.

Maybe. The teabaggers have the potential to split the GOP. And/or I'd say there's not bad odds that the teabaggers can do nationally in 2012 what they did in Nevada and Delaware last year: hijack primaries and nominate an unelectable candidate.

None of which is anything I take much relish in. I'm a liberal--waaaaaaaay to the left of the Democrats, but I nonetheless see a healthy and principled opposition as being a healthy thing for the country. If the teabaggers kill the Republican party, it's not good for democracy, notwithstanding the fact that the Republican-party-at-large as presently constitutes isn't good for civilization.

It's a bleeding mess. I wish the teabaggers had remained content confiscating baseballs, guarding the perimeters of their yards whenever school's out, and grumbling under their breaths at the dinner table about how "those people" all give their kids funny names. Instead, they had to go and become activists, fucking hell.

Ref said...

Eric, I'm also way left of most Democrats and I agree with you in principle. However, there are no principled people in today's Republican party. at least there are none willing to stand up and be noticed in public.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if the Republicans become self-defeating due to the Tea Party, it will offset the Democrats' near perfect record of the same and we will reach some sort of parity.