I am a conservative, and I have posted before that today, the home for Conservatism is the GOP. I do appreciate the energy of the Tea Parth caucus and those who became active in politics because of it. Opposition to debt and Obamacare were the primary drivers for the tea party, so to go to the wall over these two things seemed a logical course of action for them.
I get that.
I also get that in order for there to be real, meaningful action on those two fronts, we will need a vast Senate majority and a Republican president. It would behoove the Tea Partiers to understand this as well. It would also be useful if they'd give their strategy some thought.
The kind of intellectual purity I get from these people reminds me of libertarians! and how many of them are there in any national office. Exactly zero.
I appreciate the principles. I share them.
Know what else I appreciate? Winning elections. Because when you win elections, you get to put your principles into practice. I would like to remind my tea party friends of this. Get smart, develop a strategy that enables us to chip away at the Left's horrible plans, and that puts us back on a path to electoral victory.
I wish the country were composed of 51% Tea Party advocates, but it isn't. Fortunately, most of the country shares many of the principles that birthed the Tea Party, but, they also want good government and competence in leadership. This latest fiasco demonstrated none of that. Fortunately for us, both sides lived down to the occasion.
I don't think the damage to the GOP will be lasting, but I do think the whole exercise was pointless and it cost us a week of actual news stories about the failure of the Obamacare rollout. And for that, I am extremely disappointed in the way this was handled.