Despite all the talk from the Republicans regarding their plans to crush the Democrats and take back the House come November, Obama's White House have let it be known that there is no need for the Democrats to panic as the Republicans are not going to take back the House.
But it's the reasoning they give that I just love. They say the Republicans can't win because they are simply too crazy.
Good party messages are organic, and they are not announced. Fortunately for Democrats, theirs just sort of came along, thanks to the Tea Party movement, which has invited into politics hecklers and cranks and fairly fringe candidates who are currently hurting the Republican Party in several key states. Oh, but the Tea Party is an organic movement of conservative men and women who will feel insulted if the Democrats cast them as crazy and lumps them together with Republicans, right? Nah. These people are perpetually offended by the Democratic Party.Here, a Democratic memo lays out the problem that the Tea Party movement presents for the Republicans.
The Democratic strategy in a nutshell is small enough to fit in one but has the protein of a good, tasty nut. The Republicans want to be mayors of crazy-town. They've embraced a fringe and proto-racist isolationist and ignorant conservative populism that has no solutions for fixing anything and the collective intelligence of a wine flask. This IS offensive and over the top, and the more Democrats repeat it, and the more dumb things some Republican candidates do, the more generally conservative voters who might be thinking of sending a message to Democrats by voting for a Republican will be reminded that the replacement party is even more loony than the party that can't tie its shoes.
The Tea Party has presented three problems for Republicans. The most glaring problem is where the Tea Party candidate has defeated the moderate (and more electable) Republican candidate. Second, Republican candidates are being forced to take unpopular extreme positions to satisfy the ideological base to avoid defeat in their primaries. Third, we are seeing numerous Tea Party candidates run as third party candidates which is splitting the Republican vote...Palin and the Tea Party protesters have taken many of these candidates into such extremist waters that they are virtually unelectable.
The Republican leadership have been caught between a rock and a hard place. They had lost many supporters after Bush's dreadful time in office and the Tea Party protesters represented the runt of the party. But it was literally all they were left with. So they were too cowardly to turn against them.
Now, these lunatics are trying to push the party ever further to the right. It means that no reasonable candidate can get past the primaries. The Tea Party protesters are going to be a death knell for the Republicans.