The establishment Republicans--who prize being liked by liberals more than standing for principles--are now intent on destroying what is left of the Republican party. The Associated Press reports:
From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall's elections.The issue, apparently, are polls showing that the majority of the public blames Republicans for the government shut down. The question I have is: so what? Shouldn't you be concerned by what your constituents think, or more precisely, the people that voted or might vote for you think?
The media blames the Republicans, takes a public poll (not even necessarily people that vote or have any knowledge of events other than what the media tells them) and--surprise, surprise--the polls show that the public blames the Republicans. What did you expect?
But here is the real issue. The Tea Party and its sympathizers aren't going away. Ann Coulter is suggesting that conservatives boycott the GOP. Conservatives that carry clout with the party base, such as Sarah Palin and Mark Levin, are campaigning against the establishment GOP. We may even see some new states, which would shake up the composition of the Senate. So, the old guard can either work with the Tea Party, and have some legitimate future role, or preside over the demise of the Republican party.