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WHERE DID EVERYONE GO?

It was supposed to be a three-day love feast to savor the Tea Party’s mid-term election victories. But the Save America Convention at the Marriott-Waterside in Tampa earlier this month attracted only about 300 people, or about 12 Tea Partiers for each of the 25 speakers, who spoke glowingly of even greater future triumphs and laid out a few doomsday scenarios for good measure.

Meanwhile, a Tea Party Patriots meeting last week at a public library in Monroe County in northeastern Pennsylvania, a Tea Party hotbed, attracted barely enough people for two baseball teams.

Isolated incidents? Nah.

I not so boldly predicated in a day-after mid-term election analysis that the Tea Party may be a one- or two-election cycle wonder before being relegated to the political dust bin, and what has transpired in the last several months strengthens that conviction.

Here’s why:

* Party members’ overarching sense of grievance and self pity does not translate into being able to formulate policy, let alone govern.

* Its leaders act like the party now owns the Republican franchise, bad-mouthing not only Democrats but also fellow Republicans who have refused to do their bidding.

* Politics built on ignorance and practiced without compromise isn’t politics, it’s something between anarchy and mob rule.

* As with any upstart political movement, the spontaneous nature of the party is ebbing and its values are becoming co-opted.

* Its candidates wreak havoc on non-Tea Party candidates such as those down-ticket from Sharon Angle in Nevada, Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Joe Miller in Alaska.

The Tea Party emerges at a seminal time in the history of the once great Republican Party, which while long having a pro-business slant welcomed a diversity of views. Because, by golly, not all conservatives thought alike.

But in an era of purity tests and loyalty oaths, the party has evolved a pretzel logic whereby only social conservatives with the mandatory chops on abortion, homosexuality, assault weapons and immigrants can get nominated, but once nominated have to downplay their social extremism for fear of scaring away the independents they need to get elected. (When was the last time that a leading Republican made abortion the centerpiece of their platform?)

While the Tea Party is not necessarily a bad fit in this regard, establishment Republicans (we know that you’re out there somewhere) understand that while the Tea Party won it some congressional seats and a statehouse or two in 2010, it will only hasten the party’s slouch toward national irrelevance in the long run.

Look no further than Michele Bachmann to understand why.

The wingnut from Minnesota is likely to be the Tea Party’s standard bearer through the early 2012 primaries, stealing attention from serious candidates with her attention-grabbing obfuscations and conspiracy theories.

When Bachmann brands Democrats as being anti-American, Obama an Islamofascist socialist and that the Serve America Act will lead to reeducation camps. many of us roll our eyes, but it is talk like this that makes her so popular with the loony toon brigade in the sort of all-important Iowa primary if unpalatable to voters at large.


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WHERE DID EVERYONE GO?

It was supposed to be a three-day love feast to savor the Tea Party’s mid-term election victories. But the Save America Convention at the Marriott-Waterside in Tampa earlier this month attracted only about 300 people, or about 12 Tea Partiers for each of the 25 speakers, who spoke glowingly of even greater future triumphs and laid out a few doomsday scenarios for good measure.

Meanwhile, a Tea Party Patriots meeting last week at a public library in Monroe County in northeastern Pennsylvania, a Tea Party hotbed, attracted barely enough people for two baseball teams.

Isolated incidents? Nah.

I not so boldly predicated in a day-after mid-term election analysis that the Tea Party may be a one- or two-election cycle wonder before being relegated to the political dust bin, and what has transpired in the last several months strengthens that conviction.

Here’s why:

* Party members’ overarching sense of grievance and self pity does not translate into being able to formulate policy, let alone govern.

* Its leaders act like the party now owns the Republican franchise, bad-mouthing not only Democrats but also fellow Republicans who have refused to do their bidding.

* Politics built on ignorance and practiced without compromise isn’t politics, it’s something between anarchy and mob rule.

* As with any upstart political movement, the spontaneous nature of the party is ebbing and its values are becoming co-opted.

* Its candidates wreak havoc on non-Tea Party candidates such as those down-ticket from Sharon Angle in Nevada, Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Joe Miller in Alaska.

The Tea Party emerges at a seminal time in the history of the once great Republican Party, which while long having a pro-business slant welcomed a diversity of views. Because, by golly, not all conservatives thought alike.

But in an era of purity tests and loyalty oaths, the party has evolved a pretzel logic whereby only social conservatives with the mandatory chops on abortion, homosexuality, assault weapons and immigrants can get nominated, but once nominated have to downplay their social extremism for fear of scaring away the independents they need to get elected. (When was the last time that a leading Republican made abortion the centerpiece of their platform?)

While the Tea Party is not necessarily a bad fit in this regard, establishment Republicans (we know that you’re out there somewhere) understand that while the Tea Party won it some congressional seats and a statehouse or two in 2010, it will only hasten the party’s slouch toward national irrelevance in the long run.

Look no further than Michele Bachmann to understand why.

The wingnut from Minnesota is likely to be the Tea Party’s standard bearer through the early 2012 primaries, stealing attention from serious candidates with her attention-grabbing obfuscations and conspiracy theories.

When Bachmann brands Democrats as being anti-American, Obama an Islamofascist socialist and that the Serve America Act will lead to reeducation camps. many of us roll our eyes, but it is talk like this that makes her so popular with the loony toon brigade in the sort of all-important Iowa primary if unpalatable to voters at large.


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New tone.


Via the Right Scoop and Mark Tapscott of the Examiner. There’s a wrinkle here that you don’t usually find with most clips of Democrats embarrassing themselves in public — namely, a voiceover. I think Tapscott’s transcript of what Moran says is accurate (skip ahead to 3:00 for the key part) but I honestly can’t tell [...]

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New tone.


Via the Right Scoop and Mark Tapscott of the Examiner. There’s a wrinkle here that you don’t usually find with most clips of Democrats embarrassing themselves in public — namely, a voiceover. I think Tapscott’s transcript of what Moran says is accurate (skip ahead to 3:00 for the key part) but I honestly can’t tell [...]

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Three guesses.


Via Jeff Dunetz, who says Nancy Pelosi has gone “mad,” but this isn’t madness as much as it is calculated denial. What’s she going to say — “Man, I really screwed up?” She got elected leader of her caucus and is now going to be the DCCC’s poster girl, which is supposedly based on her [...]

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My debut column for The Week.


The Republicans scored a big success in November by forging a coalition between independents disillusioned by Democrats and Barack Obama’s false promises of fiscal responsibility and moderation, and energized conservatives looking for a massive pushback against the radical agenda of Obama and Nancy Pelosi.  The GOP succeeded mainly by keeping themselves focused on the budget [...]

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My debut column for The Week.


The Republicans scored a big success in November by forging a coalition between independents disillusioned by Democrats and Barack Obama’s false promises of fiscal responsibility and moderation, and energized conservatives looking for a massive pushback against the radical agenda of Obama and Nancy Pelosi.  The GOP succeeded mainly by keeping themselves focused on the budget [...]

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Yes, that’s right. According to the New York Times, Vice President Joe Biden’s role will be expanded by the president as a result of the Democrats’ midterm debacle. As a Republican, I can view that as good news. But as an American it troubles me.

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On Sunday, Maine’s Gov.-elect Paul LePage — a Tea Party activist who ran on repealing the Affordable Care Act and infamously told President Obama to “go to hell” — announced that Maine should join the multi-state lawsuit challenging the law because if 35 states joined the suit, it “dies, automatically.” “I am going to be sitting with our attorney general and ask him to join the (health care reform) lawsuit against the federal government,” he said, adding that he had just learned about the 35-state rule.

Haven’t heard about the 35-state escape hatch? Well, that’s because it doesn’t exist. LePage confused actual law with a proposal introduced earlier this year in the House by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) — chairman of the so-called 10th Amendment Task Force. LePage’s spokesperson explained that the governor-elect was suggesting that if enough states joined the effort, the law would die politically. “His intent was to discuss the concept of broad-based political opposition, rather than a nonexistent statutory or constitutional trigger,” the aide helpfully clarified.

Meanwhile, Maine’s new attorney general — William Schneider — is eager to join the lawsuit — with or without the 35 state rule:

William Schneider, the Durham Republican elected as attorney general by the Legislature on Wednesday, said in an interview that the Affordable Care Act, signed by President Barack Obama in March, violates the U.S. Constitution by requiring people to buy insurance or face an annual fine of $ 695.

There are no provisions in the constitution that give the federal government that kind of power, he said. Designed to help millions of uninsured Americans obtain affordable health care through government-imposed mandates and subsidies, the law is a “noble effort doomed by its failures,” said Schneider, who currently is an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

The new Maine duo — which possibly rivals Virginia’s conservative tag-team of Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli — is already talking about eliminating Dirigo, the state’s expanded health care program. Once seen as a model for the public option, the initiative will likely be defunded by the Republican-controlled legislature. Currently, 134,700 (or 10%) Maine residents are uninsured.

Meanwhile, the AP reported yesterday that Wisconsin — which elected a Republican governor in the midterms — is also considering joining the multi-state lawsuit, bringing the number of participating states to 22.

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Barbara Walters on Friday allowed Barack and Michelle Obama advance the myth that presidents always lose Congress during midterm elections.

This not surprisingly happened during a special "20/20" interview with the first family at the White House (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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Barbara Walters on Friday allowed Barack and Michelle Obama advance the myth that presidents always lose Congress during midterm elections.

This not surprisingly happened during a special "20/20" interview with the first family at the White House (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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Obama tells volunteers, “YES WE DID”, in the aftermath of the midterm elections. WHAT?

Did some one not tell President Obama that the Democrats got their collective butts handed to them in the 2010 midterm elections? So what is Obama referring to that they did, get shellacked? I guess Obama missed the Democrat Senate meeting memo where they blamed him for the Democrat losses.

Election loss, what election loss … I won!!!

Members of Organizing for America – the president’s former campaign committee – received a text message today asking them to call 888-206-1431 “to hear a special message from President Obama.”

In the recorded message, the president says, “Thank you for the tireless work, you guys organized the single largest midterm election effort in this history of our party…You turned ‘Yes We Can’ into ‘Yes We Did.’”

“You didn’t sit this one out even when all the pundits said it was hopeless and because of that we are stronger,” the president said.

 And the LEFT called GWB punchy and stupid. The 2010 midterm election shellacking consisted of a GOP net pick up of six US Senate seats, in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois and North Dakota. It saw a GOP pick up of Governors in Wyoming, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Ohio. There were GOP US House of Representatives at 62+ and counting and 680 state legislature seats.  

Obama’s congratulatory message after such a drubbing is like General George Custard providing a positive tweet to the troops after the Battle of the Little Big Horn or Jimmy Carter giving a celebrating shout out to his peeps for a job well done following the Presidential Reagan landslide victory in 1980.

Obama acts like the 2010 midterm election never happened. Wait until the new Congress is seated in 2011 and the elections of 2012 … That just might grab his attention.

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Washington (CNN) - Eighty-two million dollars was spent on television commercials attacking the federal stimulus during this year’s midterm election campaign, according to a new analysis of TV ad spending for CNN by Campaign Media Analysis Group.

And no surprise, the vast majority was spent by Republicans on commercials that claimed the stimulus has failed.

“The stimulus package just like the healthcare law was a targeted by the GOP in this year’s election. Their candidates took dead aim and in most cases the word ‘failed’ appeared in front of the word stimulus in campaign ads,” says Evan Tracey, CMAG’s president and CNN’s consultant on TV advertising.

The stimulus, formally known as the Recovery Act, was passed by Congress early last year in a vote that was mostly along party lines. Over the past year Republicans have repeatedly criticized the $ 862 billion measure for failing to sufficiently create jobs and pump up the economy.

The White House and many Democrats defend the program, saying that without the stimulus unemployment in the country would have been much higher, and that the effects of the recession would have been much more painful.

According to an Associated Press/GfK poll conducted last month, nearly two-thirds questioned said the stimulus had no real effect on the economy or made matters worse, with 32 percent saying the program has helped to bring about economic improvements.

In a separate note, CMAG’s new analysis indicates only $ 4.1 million was spent on ads that mentioned the federal government’s bailout of General Motors, which in the late spring of 2009 was considered a very controversial move.

Thursday, President Barack Obama trumpeted the highly anticipated sale of General Motors stock, saying its success proved the wisdom of the automaker’s federal bailout last year that he claimed saved over a million jobs.

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Democrats sing the “Blues” …

And so it begins … Senate Democrats rip President Barack Hussein Obama a new one and blame “The One” for the Democrat 2010 midterm rout. Senate Democrats squarely placed the blame of the midterm election debacle on President Obama, including the loss of six Democrat Senators. Even mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida tore into President Barack Obama. Why? Because Nelson is up for reelection in 2012 in a state that went completely “red” in 2010. 

Senate Democrats — including typically mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida — lit into President Barack Obama during an unusually tense air-clearing caucus session on Thursday, senators and staffers told POLITICO.

Nelson told colleagues Obama’s unpopularity has become a serious liability for Democrats in his state and blamed the president for creating a toxic political environment for Democrats nationwide, according to two Democrats familiar with his remarks.

“It was a raucous caucus,” said one Democratic senator, who spoke on condition of anonymity because closed-door sessions are not supposed to be discussed with outsiders.

Several senators expressed the opinion that Obama needed to show more passion, while party liberals renewed their complaint that Obama should abandon the pretense of bipartisanship in the face of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s intransigence and what they consider the Kentucky Republican’s blatantly political tactics aimed at making Obama a one-term president.

The “raucous caucus” … this is going to get really ugly for Democrats.

Word has it that Fox will have a new show this Fall called When Senate Democrats Attack, Each Other. However, it is rather disingenuous that the Senate Democrats would place all the blame for their losses on Obama. Granted, “The One” had much to do with it, but no one held a gun to the head of the Senators to vote for the $ 787 billion stimulus or Obamacare.

What makes matters worse for Democrats and the lack luster opinion of Americans toward Barack Obama and Democrats is the fact that Democrats must defend 21 Senate seats and and two independents who caucus with Democrats in 2012. How will Democrats change their message and voting pattern so to avoid another massacre in 2012?

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Members of Organizing for America – the president’s former campaign committee – received a text message today asking them to call 888-206-1431 “to hear a special message from President Obama.” In the recorded message, the president says, “Thank you for the tireless work, you guys organized the single largest midterm election effort in this history of our party…You turned ‘Yes We Can’ into ‘Yes We Did.’”



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