College of Political Knowledge
Subject: Political Theory
I was having this conversation recently with a friend. Basically, he thought that the Dems need to find a way to get some support from the energy of the Tea Party and his question got me to thinking about the Tea Party and I found a couple of things will surfing……the first was located on the Newser website……
Think “Tea Party” and you’ll probably think “Republican”—but it turns out Tea Party Democrats do, in fact, exist. But it’s hard to say just how many, and harder still to gauge how much of an impact they have on elections, the Washington Post reports. Polls have put the percentage of Democrats in the Tea Party movement at anywhere from 4% (CNN) to 15% (Gallup); for her part, Michele Bachmann believes it’s actually 20%. And who are they? Bachmann describes Tea Party Democrats as “disaffected,” and a Republican pollster explains that some Democrats are shifting to the Tea Party because they are “anti-spending and for budget austerity.” Even so, no Democrat has yet emerged as a significant Tea Party candidate, and Democrats didn’t cross over to vote Republican in numbers any higher than normal during the 2010 elections.
With that said I think there is more than they believe….these people hold a lot of the same principles as the more conserv Tea Party….who are they? Every hear of the Blue Dog Coalition?
In case you have forgotten the group……let Wiki help……..
Blue Dogs have an agenda that protects the interests of the vulnerable while also respecting traditional cultural values and keeping taxes low.
The Blue Dog Coalition is often involved in finding a compromise between liberal and conservative positions. The Blue Dogs are viewed by some as a continuation of the socially conservative wing of the Democratic party prominent during the presidency of Harry S. Truman. However, the only stated policy position of the Blue Dogs is fiscal conservatism.
Despite the Blue Dogs’ differing degrees of economic and social conservatism, they claim they generally work to promote positions within the House of Representatives that bridge the gap between right-wing and left-wing politics. Blue Dogs are an important swing vote on spending bills and as a result have gained influence in Congress out of proportion to their numbers. They are frequently sought after to broker compromises between the Democratic and Republican leadership, generally lending a more centrist character to US politics.
Unfortunately, the Blue Dogs lost heavily in the election of 2010…….their only sin was having a “D” after their names……which shows the stupidity of the voter…..they voted fiscal conservs out of office only because of the party with which they affiliate……..
So, I believe that there are Tea Party Democrats….right now they have NOT figured out just how they can align themselves with the TP and still win in a Democratic district…..as soon as they get a handle on this obstacle….they will be coming out of the closet.
Since I am an old fart I can remember the original ABM Treaty from the 1970′s….it was the treaty that limited and was to eventually ban missiles that carried nuclear warheads and it was between the US and the old USSR….there has been much controversy from the time it was signed in 1972 until 2002 when the US pulled out of the treaty……sorry….I digress….the ABM Treaty I am writing about is NOT about missiles but the GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
The ABM stands for “Anybody But Mitt”……..I say that because every poll taken, no matter by whom, shows that the GOP base is not happy with any of their candidates…..and the one that is getting the least amount of respect is their frontrunner……Mitt Romney. Mitt has all the excitement of paint drying.
There is so much that the conserv base dislikes about their frontrunner……he is a flip-flop, he gave Obama a health care program, he was pro-choice before he was pro-life, he is a Mormon (thought no one will admit it) and he has all the excitement of crab grass…..and those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head…..believe me there are many more things the base does not like……Hell, his fundraising has been so low that that he had to go to London looking for fresh donors…….
I think he is the frontrunner only because it is his turn in the GOP rotation…..a typical tactic of the Party…..no matter where he goes….there he is……there is NO passion among his supporters….if their were he would have attracted big rollers as advisers….instead these people are aligning themselves with candidates like Michele Bachmann…….
As the primaries progress and Romney does NOT do well…..he will be asked to drop out and make room for someone who could possibly win the 2012 election…..right now I do not believe that there are many in the GOP that think he can beat Obama in the Fall of 2012….even though he may be the most mainstream candidate….few think he has the talent to lure the so-called independents.
Unless he catches fire with the base…..he is NOT what they are looking for in a candidate to go against a sitting president. And that is why it is “Anybody But Mitt” (ABM)………..at least for now……