Pragmatism beats nihilism
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
November 11, 2013 02:59 PM | 1772 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Tea partiers, did you hear that far-off rumbling this week? If you didn’t, here’s the forecast for 2014: a thunderstorm is coming that is going to blow your unpopular “movement” away.

Right-minded Americans are tired of the goofy guys in tricorn hats and their racist anti-Obama placards. You want some proof?

In Alabama’s severely conservative First Congressional District, the Republican establishment’s candidate Bradley Byrne knocked off tea party darling Dean Young.

In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie won re-election in a landslide attracting the votes of moderate Democrats, blacks and Hispanics.

In Virginia, Clinton insider Terry McAuliffe beat out the tea party’s Ken Cuccinelli for governor.

In New York City’s mayoral race, Democrat Bill de Blasio destroyed his Republican opponent.

It was mostly the same in smaller off-year races across the country. The tea party insurgency, to the extent there ever was one, was soundly beaten back. Voters chose pragmatism over nihilism. They want government to work, not shut down because a few whacko birds didn’t get what they wanted in the 2012 election cycle.

It was a stinging rebuke of extremists Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Tom Price and their far right media enablers, Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

Now the establishment Republican Party, funded by the big money corporate interests who have a major stake in a functioning government and economy, has finally risen up.

As reported in the New York Times Nov. 7, “The party leaders pushing for changes want to replace state caucuses and conventions, like the one that nominated Mr. Cuccinelli, with a more open primary system that they believe will draw a broader cross-section of Republicans and produce more moderate candidates.”

With the holiday season upon us, the GOP reminds me of the film comedy, “Christmas Vacation,” in which Clark Griswold’s slovenly backwoods cousin Eddie shows up on Clark’s doorstep a few days before Christmas. After welcoming him, Clark quickly discovers he can’t get rid of Eddie and his inbred clan.

Like Eddie, the tea party has metaphorically dumped its RV’s sewage onto the GOP’s front lawn. Republicans who enthusiastically embraced their tea party cousins now sorely wish they hadn’t.

This is all good news for Democratic and moderate Republican candidates in 2014.


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