GOP Infighting: Round #1

November 9, 2010

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(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – Remember, it’s not what you say last it’s what you say first that matters most.

Case in point:  Republican House member Spenser Bachus told a crowd after the election that Sarah Palin cost the Republican’s the Senate last week, according to the Shelby County ReporterI told you that as well, but my partisanship view was ignored by most of you.  Now it looks as though I am not alone in this fact and the GOP saw what I saw, so I will give them points for being honest, at least for a few hours anyway.

Bachus’s quote was, verbatim: “The Senate would be Republican today except for states (in which Palin endorsed candidates) like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware”.  How did Pain and the Tea Party feel about this comment?  You can guess, but allow me to quote Palin’s Tweeter feed, “Is it Palin’s fault for Rossi not winning his Senate bid? Or Raese, Fiorina, McMahon, Buck, & Angle (who she didn’t endorse in the primary)?” SarahPAC’s Rebecca Mansour asked, adding, “Sarah Palin didn’t cost the GOP the Senate. We were nowhere near winning control of the Senate. Deal with it Beltway GOP.”

Ah, feel the love!

Bachus’s spokesperson Tim Johnson tried to back away from what Bachus said in a statement, stating, “Congressman Bachus, like other political observers, said that seats in states like Delaware and Nevada could have been won by stronger candidates and that’s a lesson going forward”.

Too late, dude, he said what he said first and that’s what I’m going with.  Backtracking is a political sport, I get that, but the infighting begins and once Sarah Palin announces to run for the presidency all hell will break lose.

The GOP leadership has a monumental problem on their hands.  A movement, the Tea Party, that has lots of fans, even if those same people don’t see eye to eye on what the Tea Party stands for and the challenge of moving forward and leading with the small amount of time they will have to lead over the next two years.  Compound that with the next election cycle being a Presidential cycle and the chance of a disastrous breakdown of the GOP and whatever it stands for these days are threatened greatly.

Why should I care?  Why does it matter?  Shouldn’t I the dedicated Liberal that I am be drooling at the certain infighting and disarray that will be caused by this fracture of the GOP?  Yeah, probably, but I also want my country to start moving beyond who gets credit to who can move the country forward.  That matters to me a great deal and I would hope it does to you, too.

We do not have the luxury to play games and soon enough that is exactly what will happen.  Once the Republican Presidential hopefuls start staking their claim to what you want all the rules get thrown out and every singe political decision is not only dissected by the other political party, but the media and the candidates as well.  Hello confusion and obstruction.

The bickering season doesn’t even begin for a few months yet and we are already seeing what many predicted would happen, it’s just happening sooner than we thought it would and that’s not good new for any of us.

Sarah Palin is a problem.  Polls already show that she is not considered a favorite to win her Party’s nomination and respecting how far out we are I will only say that what polls do do this far out is force certain behaviors that don’t necessarily benefit all of us.  At this point Palin is fourth on the list of potential contenders and she is in the news and on television almost constantly.  Maybe the good news in that is that even conservatives don’t see her as a contender, but maybe they do, you can never tell because it’s politics after all.

Bachus’s salvo last week is the opening bell of what will be a fight of massive proportion and how much it escalates from here is difficult to gage at this point.  Clearly the GOP doesn’t welcome the Tea Party in spite of their words as their actions tell us what we really need to know.

What’s said is said.  You can’t take it back and your “corrective statement” doesn’t fool any of us.  Oh dear friends, we are in for a long and protracted fight and the GOP has a lot on their plates: they have the fight within their Party, they have the fight with the Democrats, and they have to fight for you and me.  No way they win all those fights and I have this horrible feeling that whatever win loses as well.

Start of round one!

Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer.  He can be reached at tony@mediatony.com and can read his Blog at www.mediatraining.me.


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