Skip to comments.Republican Party Tea Party vs. Establishment Battle a Source of Strength
Posted on 05/09/2014 1:36:43 PM PDT by dignitasnews
While the mainstream media takes delight in the GOP's so-called "Civil War" between the Tea Party and Establishment factions, the Republican Party continues to increase the strength of its lead over Democrats in 2014 elections battles. According the latest projection from Real Clear Politics, the GOP holds a commanding lead in the race for the Senate, with 47 seats virtually secured, against 45 safe Democrat seats, with 8 races designated as "toss-ups."
Of the races considered a toss-up, 7 of these are seats the Democrats must defend, which speaks to their inability to sell the public on their ability to lead. With an economy still struggling to provide substantial growth six years removed from the recession of 2008, and the nation finding itself increasingly divided, the Republicans find themselves in prime position to hold the House of Representatives, take control of the US Senate and make substantial gains in statehouses throughout the country.
Democrats have pinned their hopes on a fractured Republican Party, hoping the inner-party feuds between more conservative Tea Party factions and the more moderate "Establishment" wing, often referred to as RINO's (Republican In Name Only) by conservatives, will weaken GOP electoral hopes in November, As recent polling indicates, this has not been the case as it is the Democrats who find themselves with a disheartened base of voters who show far less enthusiasm for the upcoming mid-terms.
Video: Tea Party vs. RINO's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22gxF9_bOO0
Following last week's North Carolina primaries, in which the Establishment scored key victories over Tea Party candidates, critics and the media have once again sounded the Tea Party's death knoll, a song continuously sung since the emergence of the movement begun in the waning months of the Bush (W) administration. While they were held back in North Carolina, and face difficult odds of securing victories in upcoming primaries, the media and the left fail to grasp the importance of the movement in the wave of Republican resurgence since suffering key losses in 2006 and 2008.
Although it garners far less attention, it is on the state house level where the Tea Party influence has been most pronounced and their success has been key to the GOP's current dominance in this arena. To date, Republicans hold full control of 26 state houses, compared to only 18 under Democrat control. Five states are split between the state legislatures and state Senates, while Nebraska holds non-partisan elections for these offices, although this is widely considered "Republican country."
What has Democratic Party officials particularly nervous is not just the race for the US Senate, but the very real possibility that Republicans, led by the insurgent Tea Party movement, will emerge from the primary season even stronger and together with establishment candidates will sweep to victory in a number of contested state house seats and have an insurmountable majority following November battles. Democrats are in danger of losing their slim majorities in eight key states, particularly West Virginia, Nevada and Colorado. Among the five states currently with a split in party majorities Kentucky, Iowa and New Hampshire appear to be leaning toward a GOP takeover. Should just these six states move over to the Republican column, they would hold full control of 32 state governments, with Nebraska giving them a virtual 33rd given their voting tendencies.
This reality falls in stark contrast to the public arrogance of liberal activists who point to the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012 as proof positive the country has turned leftward. While Democratic Party leaders outwardly encourage this perception, they privately acknowledge this hubris is hurting its ability to garner interest in less "glamorous" races both nationally and at the state level. While their prowess at winning and controlling the politics is major cities has been unrivaled since the days of Tammany Hall, they have been unable to strike a chord with voters in rural and suburban areas, where a platform built on gay marriage, minimum wage increases and easier access to abortion often falls on deaf ears.
Unlike their Democrat counterparts who have national leaders set the agenda and issue marching orders downward, the Republicans have transformed themselves into a truly grass-roots led movement where issues and direction and passionately debated among all factions, with elected leaders finding themselves unable to ignore these concerns.While the establishment wing has certainly scored more primary victories as of late, the impact of the Tea Party movement can be seen in rising leaders such as Trey Gowdy and among GOP heavy-weights such as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Although each have found themselves facing the wrath of one faction or another within the party, they all entered the nation scene riding a wave of Tea Party momentum.
As liberals and the mainstream media continue to obsessively wait for the day that that the Tea Party v Establishment battle destroys the Republican Party, the GOP continues to quietly increase its strength nationwide. While it would be disingenuous to say that the inner-party battles have been harmonious, the friction has provided the GOP with a vitality that is key to it's current momentum. As they have proven almost since its inception, where conservative anti-slavery factions battled it out with their more aggressive "radical" abolitionist counterparts, the Republican Party may fight passionately within the family, but will unify as one once its time to take on the Democrats.
By Paul M Winters
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