Last weekend 600 Tea Party ‘delegates’ forked over $558 to attend the first (for profit) ‘Tea Party Convention.’ I think this is awesome on many levels.
First, I think its great when people disagree with their government and actually do something about it. As extreme as these people are I give them credit for that.
Secondly, this is the best thing that could happen for the Democratic Party. The Tea Party movement will ensure that Democrats gain, not lose, seats in November.
At the convention the ‘Tea Party’ (which is not a political party, just a for profit entity) announced ‘Ensuring Liberty.’ A PAC to help elect conservatives and ‘take back America.’
This November there are 36 Senate seats up for grabs. With the addition of ‘Conservative’ candidates to each of these races the Republican/Conservative vote will be split, allowing Democrats to coast right into those comfy Senate seats.
Remember Ross Perot? In the 1992 Presidential election Texas billionaire and extreme conservative Ross Perot ran for president. He received 18.9% of the national vote, President George HW Bush received 37% and Governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton received 43%. Perot received 19 million votes that would have gone to Bush, costing Bush his second term.
56% of voters cast their vote for conservative principles, yet a Democrat still won. This should be a red flag for ‘Conservatives’ because history doesn’t lie.
Just last November in the special election for New York’s 23rd Congressional District a Conservative Party candidate, Doug Hoffman, entered the race and knocked out the GOP candidate. The Democrat won.
Everyone thought this was a great victory for Tea Party conservatives, but it was actually a great victory for Democrats. The Democrat won the race and also made conservatives think they can drop a candidate into a race and do well. ‘Doing well’ means getting some of the Republican vote, the GOP candidate will receive another part of that vote, and the Democrat will win.
My question is when the Democrats get their 60th seat back what will they do with it?
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