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Betraying America

August 17, 2013

Those wacky Tea Party types are at it again!

During your tenure in the Senate we have no doubt that you voted in a way which you felt was appropriate. Unfortunately, our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship, two traits for which you have become famous. America faces serious challenges and needs policymakers who will defend conservative values, not work with those who are actively undermining those values.

It’s important to note that the very structure of our government depends on compromise and bipartisanship.  It’s very hard to get anything done otherwise.  Now, if your goal is “let it all burn” then yes, those two traits are a terrible thing.  The problem is, that most people don’t expect the national leaders to “let it all burn.”  That’s the view you expect from 6 year-olds who have decided to throw a complete tantrum rather than share and then get surprised when they’re sent to their room without any supper.

It’s also a supreme example of shooting yourself int eh foot, because Lamar Alexander is not a RINO– not in the slightest.  He voted against the ACA, and has proven to be the sort of opponent that Democrats worry about.  He also recognizes that his voters sent him to Congress to do things, and that sometimes requires working with the other side.

On the other hand, the Democrats must certainly be salivating at the thought of a serious Tea Party challenge to Senator Alexander, even better if it is an extremist candidate who will give the Democratic Party a shot at capturing his seat. It was far right politicians like Richard Mourdock that played a pretty big role in helping the Democratic Party make its gains in 2012, after all, and the rest of the Tea Party favorites didn’t do much better.

Ultimately, a party that hates bipartisanship and compromise is heading for one place– becoming a useless gadfly party.  People who want their elected representatives to get something done will soon realize that requires them to be able to be, well, politicians, not religious fanatics.  They may vote for more conservative Democrats, or they may simply stay home, hoping that the next time a favored Tea Party candidate gets trounced, the GOP will get the hint.  In the GOP, we’re already seeing a sign that more than a few of the party leaders are getting tired of being seen as the gang that can’t shoot straight, especially when it costs them what should have been a no-brainer– control of Congress in 2012.

But perhaps the worst part of this is it proves that the Tea Party, the self-proclaimed champions of America…really have no idea what America is actually about.    After all, the Constitution they claim to revere so much was a product of the very compromise they now reject.

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