While the energy of the anti-tax and anti-Big Government may yet haunt Democrats in 2010, the first order of business appears to be remaking the Republican Party.
Whether it’s the loose confederation of Washington-oriented groups that have played an organizational role or the state-level activists who are channeling grass-roots anger into action back home, tea party forces are confronting the Republican establishment by backing insurgent conservatives and generating their own candidates — even if it means taking on GOP incumbents.No surprise here. The GOP has had a long time love affair with RINO candidates that just don’t follow conservative principles. We now that much of the conservative base is becoming activist, many of them are going against the party and supporting candidates that they feel best support their principles.
The GOP’s RINO problem has forever been a thorn in the base’s side. Just yesterday, squishy Lindsey Graham came out the ideological closet and said he will support Cap and Tax! Could someone please explain to me where there is a single conservative principle in Cap and Tax?
Earlier this year, the NRSC had the gall to back mega RINO Charlie Christ over a true conservative Mario Rubio. Never mind that Christ would be considered box-office poison to much of the GOP base.
In Florida, where the national party has signaled its preference for centrist Gov. Charlie Crist in the GOP Senate primary, tea party activists are lining up behind former state House Speaker Marco Rubio in reaction to Crist’s public backing for President Barack Obama’s stimulus package.
“We were very disappointed with Gov. when he supported the stimulus, the bailout, and he appeared publicly with President Obama,” said Everett Wilkinson, a South Florida-based organizer for Tea Party Patriots. “The opposition comes from Crist’s support for the largest spending plan ever and the environmental policies he’s pushing on the American people.”
Back in May, I said what the GOP base needs to do is stop playing the numbers game and go for quality candidates. What good is having control of both houses if you cannot count on their support on the issues? It appears that some Democrats are waking up to this fact too.
Via: Michelle Malkin