'Tea-Party Activists Complicate Republican Comeback Strategy'
Or... Tea-Party organisations on their way to providing conservative alternative to deeply compromised, rudderless, leaderless GOP?
'But these newly energized conservatives present GOP leaders with a potential problem: The party's strategy for attracting moderate voters risks alienating activists who are demanding ideological purity, who may then gravitate to other candidates or stay at home. It's a classic dilemma faced by parties in the minority -- tension between those who want a return to the party's ideological roots and those who want candidates most likely to win in their districts.'
Some people take ages to get out of long-standing patterns of thought. Like the person who wrote this. Many of the people in the tea-party movement(s) are not Republicans. They are moderates or unaligned people who care that the basic fabric of their society is being torn to pieces by the hated ideology of socialism. They instinctively understand the enormous structural impact of the trillions of debt overhang on the economy and their childrens futures. They understand that what Obama and his rag-tag band of commie lightweights can do to America with the power they currently weild is frightening- and they want elected representatives who will go into combat against that on their behalf.
They hold no tribal allegiance to the Republican party. They understand that many of the beltway Republicans are not fiscal conservatives, and are deeply beholden to large corporations and/or lobbying constituencies. Big government/big corporation statism is just as rife among these Republicans as it is Democrats- which is why its hard to distinguish between them. What these independents and conservatives want is a REAL alternative to Republican/Democrat statism and corruption. Joe the Plumber is a perfect example of this. Not a Republican ideologue, just a man who wants his country run the RIGHT way.
It may actually be too late for a conservative party in the US. There must be a mathematical equation for the point where the number of people who are the financial beneficiaries of state-run theft by tax exceeds the number of voters needed to prevent tax increases and vast government programs. I suspect that the US has already passed the point of no return. What a tragedy.
Who is John Galt?