Tea time
Posted by aogMonday, 04 January 2010 at 19:29 TrackBack Ping URL

Hot Air writes about the Democratic Party trying to capture some of that Tea Party energy. It’s an interesting post but what I thought of was that this is, in fact, an excellent time for the Democratic Party to achieve its long term ambition of destroying American Exceptionalism. While their policies are massively unpopular they do have a short window of political domination and an amazing weak opposition that one might reasonably expect to throw away the opportunity.

I agree with Hot Air that there is no way the Democratic Party can pick up Tea Party voters but that it’s quite possible that the GOP won’t either because, as far as I can tell, the GOP leadership still doesn’t actually understand what the Tea Party people are upset about, or can’t bring themselves to embrace it. To a large extent our entire political class seems dysfunctional but the modern Democratic Party seeks to enshrine that dysfunctionality2 which gives them a home field advantage3.

1 The GOP is losing the fund raising contest and has more retirements than the Democratic Party on top of the failed leadership.

2 Like spending $27M from Porkulus in non-existent zip codes. Of course, it wasn’t really spent there. What is actually happening is that after spending millions on building the Recovery Tracking website the government has failed to implement basic data integrity checks, something that would get any private sector contractor fired and blacklisted. Just as significantly there doesn’t seem to be any pressure or concern about fixing it. But maybe I am wrong and voters want more of that sort of thing.

3 I should drop this in as well — Representative Barney Franks’ “reform” of financial regulation

calls for more than a dozen agencies to create a position called “Director of Minority and Women Inclusion.” People in these new posts will be presidential appointees. I thought too-big-to-fail banks were the pressing issue. Turns out it’s diversity, and patronage.

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erp Monday, 04 January 2010 at 21:33

GOP leadership aka RINOS would rather stay in the “go along to get along” mode. They don’t understand tea party goers, nor are they really interested in us at all — that’s why they’re not doing well fund raising.

Annoying Old Guy Monday, 04 January 2010 at 21:55

I am actually contributing more politically last year and this year than in any previous year, but I am giving directly to candidates I like instead of trusting the national GOP. How they can not possibly grasp why the citizenry is upset is utterly beyond. The Democratic Party I understand as what the American Street doesn’t like is basically their entire agenda.

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 05 January 2010 at 15:45

Cite: Another point on the GOP will find a way to be Stupid files. RNC Chairman Michael Steele says “GOP not ready to lead”. Thanks for the tip!

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