November 2nd GOP and TP Gains Could Melt If Attitudes Don’t Temper

Posted on November 2, 2010

There are two major items that the GOP/TP/Conservative winners need to consider as landmines in their new roles in Washington and in their home states.

  1. Residual animosity between the GOP and the Tea Party Activists.
  2. Intensified  attacks from the Democratic progressives and their followers because of their losses.
  3. Inability to shape programs and ideas people can get behind – to move past the party of “no.”

The first is something over which the GOP and the Tea Partiers have some control and they need to reach an accord sooner rather than later.  If they don’t, all the best political action intentions will not be initiated or pursued because attention will have been diverted to internal struggles.

A kind of education process needs to be undertaken by both sides but it cannot begin until there is an “atmospheric” change.  The Old School GOP needs to ditch its stuffy, inflexible ‘tude; the voters will not tolerate anything other than this opposition being worked through.

As the Democratic progressives launch their vindictive attacks having lost so much, it will behoove the GOP/TP to remain cool and confident but welcoming because they will be still looking for independents.  They will be even more of a key to a win in 2012.

Looking ahead to 2012, there are some signs of hope for the GOP/TP

For the GOP, it’s a veritable cornucopia of opportunity. If the Republicans don’t take over the Senate in Tuesday’s election – and even party leaders predict they won’t quite get there – they’re well-positioned to finish the job in 2012.

For the Democrats, the vulnerabilities spread far and wide. Of the 33 Senate seats up in 2012, 21 are currently held by Democrats, and two more are held by independents who caucus with the Democrats. It’s the crowd that swept into office during the Democratic “wave” election of 2006, and those from Republican and swing states will be especially vulnerable. [CSM via Yahoo]

However good the foregoing scenario looks, it can be shattered by an overabundance of infighting.  In the midst of this past election, we were treated to a good example of this problem:

Not all the tea party insurgents won. Christine O’Donnell lost badly in Delaware, for a seat that Republican strategists once calculated would be theirs with ease until her stunning upset victory in the primary.

O’Donnell’s campaign was hobbled by revelations about her background and personal finances but she squarely blamed the party for the size of her loss. “Republican cannibalism,” she said Wednesday on CNN. “Had we united as a party from top all way down, we could have articulately gotten that message out. Instead there was infighting.” [AP via Yahoo]

A note about O’Donnell:  In fighting is not wholly responsible for her loss.  She herself was.  She was ill-prepared fr this office having failed to have answered a question about the Constitution.  She had put herself forth as a constitutional expert.  Her advertising was DOA.  While she could have benefitted from GOP expertise, she herself came up short in some key areas.

In general, Republicans/TP need to encourage those with even greater talent to run for office.  Now that there has been such a substantial win, perhaps here in New York money will be freed  up to provice Andrew Cuomo with a well-matched opponent.

As for party unity,  to his credit, John Boehner, the new House Majority Leader’s first phone call was to Tea Party activists in his home district to say “I won’t let you down.”  That’s a start – a very good start.

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