Rock and hard place guys?

The GOP has itself a lil problema with the Tea Party. A new Quinnipiac poll, just out, shows that while most Tea Partiers identify with the Republican Party, they don’t necessarily support Republican incumbents.

“While voters say 44 – 39 percent that they will vote for a Republican over a Democratic candidate in this November’s Congressional elections, if there is a Tea Party candidate on the ballot, the Democrat would get 36 percent to the Republican’s 25 percent, with 15 percent for the Tea Party candidate, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds.”

“The Tea Party could be a Republican dream – or a GOP nightmare. Members could be a boon to the GOP if they are energized to support Republican candidates. But if the Tea Party were to run its own candidates for office, any votes its candidate received would to a very great extent be coming from the GOP column”

So the GOP wants to tap the energy of the Tea Party but they’re wary – and they should be. There’s a great analogy out there for the situation in which they find themselves. Wish I could think of it.

2 responses to “Rock and hard place guys?

  1. Regardless of the zeal some of these guys display, a political fractionalization, either in the Conservative or Liberal camp, might actually be good for the USA.

    Politics throughout the Western world has stagnated. There are no grand visions or great reformers anymore, there are merely groups of people adhering to narrow partisan dogmas. There are no bold, new ideas, and this means that we have not genuine leaders but highly paid party propogandists and beurocrats.

    Even parliamentary democracies have endured this; there was a time when parties would come and go, now the political scene is rigid and uncompromising. The main parties in Canadian politics have become little more than robotic adherants of old ideologies in desparate need of upgrades.

    The USA is probably the worst case scenario: two megalithic parties, having long out-grown their creativity, giving the American people only two political tracks to choose from. Independent candidates are rarely successful on either side of the border.

    If the Tea Party causes a significant split in the Conservative Block known as the GOP, then maybe we’ll here some new ideas. Most likely crazy ideas, but at least new ones.


    • I see you got the link think working, which is great.

      You are a fresh thinker. I love that and yours is a very welcome voice here. I hope you visit often.
      (You might enjoy stopping in at From The Center Square (on my blogroll).

      And by the way, I agree with a great deal of what you say but must admit that as a liberal, I struggle against being sucked into full tribal mode.


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