This is a straight up question about the Republican establishment and the movement of the ultra-right Tea Party hooligans\ I mean people as being a detriment to the GOP in the 2012 election.
I was chatting with my Dad last night, who is, what I consider an Old Boy Republican from the Rickover era of US Navy. He doesn’t vote party lines all the time, he will occasionally vote for a democrat if he thinks they will do a good job. He did not vote for McCain simply because he chose Palin; last evening he was talking about how he truly feels the Tea Party folks are a detriment to the Republican Establishment. His bluer than blue-blood democratic son agreed, but asked him, why he thought they were so detrimental to the good ol’boy republican establishment…his response:
Because the establishment doesn’t listen to the likes of Rush, Hannity or Palin as being authorities on anything - among other things.
I’ve had my share of arguments with Dad over the Gov’t and my dislike of our ridiculously huge budget for our military…but I have to say, I agree with him about the tea party.
I’ll go even further and say the ultra-conservative portion of the tea party are a detriment simply because they are completely unyielding when it comes to christian values and the role they play in American politics. There are other reasons I think they are a detriment, but the main point of this OP is to discuss whether or not they will hurt the republican establishment in the 2012 election.
I say they certainly will…I do not think they are capable of moving from the far right, and we all know all politicians start off on one side or the other and generally move center towards the end of the election.
What say you?