The Tea Party victories by Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida underscored the extent to which Republicans and Democrats alike may have underestimated the power of the Tea Party, a loosely-affiliated, at times ill-defined, coalition of grass-roots libertarians and disaffected Republicans. In exit polls, four in 10 voters expressed support for the Tea Party Movement. And Mr. Paul called his win part of “a tea party tidal wave” in his victory speech. – Victories Suggest Wider Appeal of Tea Party
If there is one thing that wasn’t done around her it’s underestimating the “Tea Party Movement.” I’ve been warning this was coming since before August 2009. Both big two parties were sent a message by voters. The one who gets it will win the next time around too.
New media headlines from the New York Times to Politico to Daily Caller to Huffington Post look like this…
Republicans and the Tea Party energy won more House seats than at any time since 1948. Congratulations Pres. Obama, two years after a historic presidential win your coalition has been trashed.
Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Democratic legislators, and Obama loyalists thought they could pass health care legislation by throwing the American people into a corporate monopoly system against their will, while using seniors’ money to pay for it, sacrificing women, while lying to the people that it wouldn’t cost more, as you push so called “benefits” off into the future. In fact, Obama and his loyalists actually thought they’d even get rewarded. The political malpractice is epic.
Today Pres. Obama will come out and say something to the effect that “we get the message,” people don’t want obstruction or partisanship they want us to work together. The man is clueless. Following tested partisan and Democratic principles going back to F.D.R. might have saved some of last night. But Obama’s Monty Hall, “let’s make a corporate deal,” screw the policy principles mentality was always doomed to take Dems down. It was just a matter of waiting for the moment to manifest.
What voters want is for their lives to get better or at the very least to believe that the people in charge making policies understand their plight and know what they’re doing. Pres. Obama does not and, unfortunately, too many elected Dems thought their job was to walk in lock-step with a president who couldn’t find a democratic policy answer with F.D.R.’s road map.
Obama and Pelosi passed an abominable piece of health care legislation, and got their heads handed to tehm because of their collusion with big insurance, big Phrma, with the backdrop of Wall Street coddling growing larger by the day. People seeing corporations and banks being bailed out as they were left with the bill at a time when they couldn’t pay their own compounded the problem.
Unfortunately, lots of other Democrats got wiped out too, with 15 state legislators going Republican.
Seniors 65 and older want “Obamacare” repealed by 58%, with the national average for repeal 48%. Guess why? Democrats actually thought that if they took away the most reliable voters’ most coveted entitlement they’d reward them with votes. When $500 million comes out of Medicare to pay for health care for others you’re going to hear from those voters.
This was foreshadowed, but Mr. Obama and the Democrats just kept on making deals with corporations, drug makers, hedge funders, car makers, banks, and everyone else, thinking that they were still living in 2008 and anything Obama will do will be accepted. His loyalists kept clapping.
On top of this is the optics of ducking a middle class tax fight. Ignoring a chance to impose a foreclosure moratorium, which directly impacts people’s bottom line. With the basic message from Obama and Democrats being they won’t fight to make the lives of Americans better, because playing it safe to save themselves is their goal.
Refusing to fight, even if you might fail, for people who need an economic champion, something Democrats have always been for people, gets you what you deserve.
Say what you will about the Tea Party, in all of their disparate groupings and unaffiliated relating elements, but they were willing to go down fighting for what they believe in and fighting against what they thought was wrong.
All the while the message was being sent the Obama White House laughed at them, the left derided them through the help of their cable enablers, which because of their Sarah Palin – Tea Party derangement still won’t admit it, with many of the progressive drivers missing by a mile what was building.
With Sarah Palin as their celebrity media spokesperson, whether each Tea Party person liked her or not, a loosely tethered group of disaffected people got national attention, helped by right-wing radio and Fox, then on Election Day joined together in separate voting booths across this country to say Pres. Obama, you blew it, and so did the guys helping you do it.
The election results of 2010 are a result of Mr. Obama’s philosophy of cutting a deal for the sake of an “accomplishment” and in order to further your own political marketing. This craven self-serving political egotism means political catastrophe if what you’re doing doesn’t actually make the lives of people better or at the very least doesn’t make them feel as if you’re making it worse.
Pres. Obama’s cheerleading word salads are a thing of 2008. So far what Americans have witnessed and experienced through their own lives is the realization that this is all he’s got.
It’s the third turn out the bums election in as many cycles. It’s going to happen again in 2012 and if Pres. Obama doesn’t get his act together he will be turned out too.