Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Tea Partiers Content to Hurt Republicans
Good news Democrats! The Tea Partiers don't trust the Republicans, either. That means that, if things hold, they are likely to help elect Democrats in 2010 and beyond.
The Indianapolis Star reported this morning that the Tea Party leaders in state aren't quite happy with the Republicans...who are still trying to reach out to the group of po'd people rather than to get their own ideas. The article can be read here.
With the Democratic base not found at most Tea Party gatherings, that means that Republicans can possibly be a bit scared that the Tea Partiers will help elect Democrats by NOT supporting them at the ballot box.
In the meantime, John Hostettler, who was a Tea Partier before Tea Partying was cool, is busy turning Dan Coats into the second coming of Ted Kennedy. He released this ad on the web which, among other things, attacked him for voting (along with 96/100 Senators) to confirm Bill Clinton's nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsberg to the Supreme Court.
Looks like Hostettler is trying to whip up his base with that one. In the Star article, Mike Pence is quoted as well trying to position himself with the Tea Partiers by essentially saying, "I know what they mean, and I agree."
Maybe the Libertarian Party will get a boost from the Tea Partiers. After all, the Libertarians are mostly good people, and their values fit very closely with many of the things the Tea Party groups espouse, whatever that is. Will these folks even trust the Libertarians though?
All-in-all, as long as the polls keep moving in the Democratic direction, which many are, it could be a dimming of the once bright hopes of the Republicans to win gains in the House and the Senate. Independents tend not to like some of the nasty malarkey which has become a hallmark of the right's divide and conquer strategy. I wouldn't go measuring the Speaker's Office for drapes yet if I were John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell might want to hold off making plans to move into the Majority Leader's Office in the Senate as well.
There's a long way to go, and, once again, Indiana is in the eye of the political hurricane with competitive races for Evan Bayh's Senate seat as well as at least two U.S. House races. If I were advising the Republicans, I'd tell them to forget the Tea Party folks and try to win back those independents that trended for Obama in 2008. Then again, I'm not in business of giving Republicans political advice.