Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Betting The Farm On A Tea Party Win

This morning's post from CREDO Action is worth a re-post and a read:

Mitt Romney just bet the farm, and he put his chips on the Tea Party.

When it comes to winning the White House, Mitt's pick of Paul Ryan — the architect of the Tea Party budget — was a huge gamble.

But one thing's for sure: It's great news for the Tea Party extremists fighting to keep control of Congress.

In a year when Democrats and progressives just aren't as fired up as they were four years ago, the choice of Paul Ryan is bound to energize the Republicans' Tea Party base. And that means grassroots organizing against Tea Party extremists in Congress just got even more important.

Paul Ryan was the guy who brought destroying Medicare into the heart of the Republicans' priorities. Does that hurt Mitt Romney overall in Florida? Probably. But will it bring more Tea Partiers out to re-elect Tea Party mad hatter Allen West in his district? You betcha.

Romney is almost certain to lose in California. But will more Sacramento Tea Partiers now go to the polls to cast their vote for Ryan's radical attack on environmental and public health protections — and give a boost to Dan Lungren in the process? Almost certainly.

And while it's hard to imagine anyone casting a vote in favor of slashing women's health services and access to birth control, with Ryan on the ticket, more people will do exactly that in Chip Cravaack's district in Minnesota.

The choice of Paul Ryan shows just how far to the right Tea Party extremists have succeeded in pulling the entire Republican Party.

What remains to be seen is if Democrats who might not be thinking of going out to the polls this time, and Independents who haven't paid much attention to the Tea Party record, will vote to hold these extremists accountable in November. We have to make sure voters in these districts know the stakes. Because with Ryan as the candidate for VP, it's even more important that they do.


If these guys win we can bid a fond adieu to our Republic and democracy as we know it. The oligarchs* will rule the land.

FYI: Aristotle pioneered the use of the term* as a synonym for rule by the rich.


  1. Jon, I grew up as a child of the 1940's and '50's and fondly remember the western movies of that era, the "oaters" that pitted the cowboys against the Indians. I'm sure you remember them too.

    There was often a dramatic scene in those old movies when the wagon train was completely surrounded by "crazed Injuns" and where in hell was the cavalry!?! That's when the young hero with the Winchester rifle would offer his trusty six-gun to the equally young and pretty damsel who was heading west to be a "schoolmarm" or a preacher's brave daughter, etc.

    Young Hero would tell the terrified girl to "pull back the hammer, shoot straight--and save the last bullet for yourself." Fast forward to modern times and I know everyone says this election is more important than the previous one--and always has been. But I'm wondering this time if this election is not truly "the last bullet in the gun." I fear that it is.

    1. Great comment Bill, and yes I lived in the 10th Street Theater in Atlanta watching those movies.

      I fear that you are probably right that we are coming down to the last bullet in the gun with this election. If the Republicans sweep the House and Senate with a Republican in the White House we become a one-party system.

      One party cannot produce any other system other than autocratic/dictatorial power. Elections as we know them would be a thing of the past. Why bother if opposing ideologies are not allowed?

      I'm not sure what Johnny Mack Brown would have done, but the Chow Yun-Fat movie, The Killer, has hitman Ah Jong living by these words: "I always save the last bullet, either for myself or for my enemy."

      As always, it is a pleasure to hear from you. A greater pleasure would be to some day meet you in person.

  2. I don't know, Jon...they seem like a fairly bright bunch. ;)

    1. Hi there Sweet Polly.

      I went to the link you provided and watched the video. I truly didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Listening to these "Americans" is almost enough to make me want to renounce my citizenship. It is embarrassing to realize these are my fellow countrymen.

      I can't recall a time when this country was this stupid, pre-Dubya that is.

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment my friend.