February 04, 2013

GOP vs. Tea Party

Karl Rove and rich GOP donors wage war on Tea Party: "The effort would put a new twist on the Republican-vs.-Republican warfare that has consumed the party’s primary races in recent years. In effect, the establishment is taking steps to fight back against Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations that have wielded significant influence in backing candidates who ultimately lost seats to Democrats in the general election."

This is the end. Anyone who thinks they can vote for the GOP in hopes they will do anything to further the cause of liberty is at odds with reality. There was a time when the GOP, at least nominally, was the party of individual liberty. They are not. Karl Rove is interested in exactly one thing: Power. He does not want anyone not coming from the GOP Establishment ranks to be in any position of power or influence. He means to see the Tea Party destroyed as they are a threat to his Grand Plan. I suspect that there is a healthy strain of isolationism in the Tea Party he fears nearly as much as the financial sanity part. Rove knows that in order to curb our insane spending, the military is going to have to take some cuts. Probably significant ones. That won't do. How else are we going to bend the globe to our will? We can't possibly keep our selves neutral and friendly with everybody through trade, right? That would be crazy.

If this goes forward I could see this splitting the GOP into a Conservative party of largely social conservatives and interventionalist neocons. The other wing becomes the Tea Party that is largely concerned with fiscal issues and pushes towards federalism and away from Washington. That would likely mean dominance by the Democrats at the national level for a very long time.

I am notoriously bad at political pontificating (as seen by my last two electoral college predictions) so take all of this as wild conjecture.

Can anyone see this another way? What other motives could Rove have?

Posted by Duffy at February 4, 2013 03:44 PM | TrackBack

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