by Moses Apsan, Esq.
New York - May 21, 2010 -- With just a few word, Rand Paul, turned the Republican Party upside down and has set them on the road of self destruction. In an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Rand Paul, the winner of the Kentucky republican primary and a devout member of the Tea Party, threw fifty years of historical social achievement out the window. With nary a facial expression, he stoically explained his belief that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was unacceptable to him because it not only prevented discrimination in public places, but also in private places. In other words, he made it quite clear, that he believes that a private business owner providing services to the public, such as a coffee shop, can discriminate against another race if he so chooses. A sign saying that all blacks and Hispanics cannot sit at the counter should be permissible.
As if life has not been miserable enough for republicans following the 2008 massive republican losses, now they are forced to contend with members of their own ranks which have enunciated values that most believed no longer existed. At the same time Tea Party members seem to be set on the destruction of the Republican Party, as we know them.
Since the democrat’s control of Congress, Republicans have set themselves on a course to make it impossible for democrats to move any legislation forward, even legislation, that is intended to better our country, such as health care and Wall Street reform. They have been dubbed “the party of no “ and now they have found their own inner voice of “no”, the tea party; a group of extremist that may very well be the catalyst that will tear apart the Republican Party and relegate it to secondary importance.
Now with Rand Paul’s senate primary win, the tea party fringe is painting the GOP into a party of nowhere to go. They are creating an atmosphere of angry, negative rigidity, and disrespect for non-whites, which is giving Obama, Harry Reid and Pelosi the space they need to avoid the huge midterm election setbacks, which had been predicted. That is until Rand Paul’s unbelievable anti-civil rights statement.
If Republican leadership felt a little disconcerted about the "tea party" movement and it’s affect on the GOP this November, now it must be in sheer panic. Tea party activists have made it clear that they are ready, able and willing to agitate GOP conventions and Republican primary races. They seem intent on jeopardizing short-term Republican gains in Congress in favor of a wholesale re-creation of the party.
The tea party is not a political party. It has no single issue around which members assemble. There is no clear leader, except perhaps Sarah Palin and now Rand Paul, to push the organization's message, motivates followers and fundraises. There are hundreds of tea party chapters and tens of thousands activists. Together they cannot agree on the most fundamental tactical goal: whether to sway the current political system or take it apart.
Republican strategists had been hoping that in the November general election tea party groups would align with the GOP. But now, most every republican is distancing him/ herself from Rand Paul; hoping that his stench does not stick to the Republican Party. It is doubtful that the Republican Party will clean itself up, when more and more tea party candidates’ fight for seats, once held by party loyalist.
In a recent Quinnipiac University national survey found that having a Tea Party candidate on a general election congressional race ballot could negatively affect the Republican's chance of winning.
"The Tea Party could be a Republican dream – or a GOP nightmare. Members could be a boon to the GOP if they are energized to support Republican candidates. But if the Tea Party were to run its own candidates for office, any votes its candidate received would to a very great extent be coming from the GOP column," said Quinnipiac assistant director Peter A. Brown
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., declared Tuesday that those who associate themselves with the Tea Party movement could actually harm the Republican party.
“I think the Tea Party folks are pushing the Republican party to an even narrower base, which I think ultimately will not be something that the Independents believe is a good thing for our country,” said Hoyer. “I think the Republican party now has the narrowest base that I have ever seen for the Republican party.”
As it the handwriting was not on the wall, Sarah Palin’s presence today at the Qwest Arena to stump for Vaughn Ward, a Marine reservist vying with state Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, for the GOP nomination to take on Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District will have protesters opposing her visit, The protest won’t be made up of anti-Palin Democrats; it will consist of anti-Palin Republicans angry over her involvement in local politics and her recent political endorsements.
Republicans may have finally met their match; Sarah Palin and Rand Paul’s Tea Party.