Ah, chil’ren…hush now…HUSH!
Settle down now.
There's no crying in baseball, y'all.
Have some coffee and let’s jump right on in!
Yesterday the Republican Party took control of the House of Representatives…big time!
The GOP brilliantly used the Tea Party to turn out voters and take the House in the largest margin since 1938.
As a result, on January 3rd the new Congress will be sworn in.
And on January 4th “Government isn’t listening to us!” will become “Holy shit, we are the Government…so you people better listen to us!”
This GOP victory on the shoulders of Tea Party momentum puts The Party of Tea in a position to flex in the House. Expect to see them make their voice heard…and pose a challenge to Speaker-to-be Boehner, who will need to swiftly deliver on those pledges of spending cuts and job creation.
Tea Party victors will face the ultimate political challenge – standing up for what they campaigned on in a world of deals and compromise.
They are the government now…and the whole world will be watching.
Let’s not fall back on the tired nonsense that only blah, blah, blah percent of eligible voters showed up.
When people don’t vote…they voted.
And let’s not eat our own…yet.
Democrats need to own this ass whooping and Progressives need to own it with them. The base was uninspired, exhausted and disappointed...what we do about that shit will define who we are.
Democrats in the Senate need to gather and strategize…stat.
The House will send a whole lot of shit to the Senate…and the Senate will be where the policies of the Second Chance GOP will be defined.
Debate in the Senate will frame those GOP policy proposals…so Democrats in the Senate need to prepare to pull their shit together, dust off their debate hats and defend what needs to be defended. They need to rethink leadership, messaging and what they are willing to toss under the bus.
In many ways it is easier to deal with political happenings like the Tea Party when their candidates are actually elected to office.
Catch that knee…catch it!
Talking about how government is broken is easy and clearly it resonates with a lot of voters.
Making change in Washington is a whole different matter…a balance between obstructing and advocating that requires a lot of skill and the ability to rub the back of your base while playing political poker with your other hand.
In conclusion - I’m exhausted and need to refuel…but I sure as hell am not cowed.
I’m planning to attack in another direction.
Behold the birth of the Don't Tread on my Afro era!