Two years ago when President Obama won the presidency and Democrats controlled the House and the Senate, national pundits wondered aloud as to whether or not the Republican Party would survive.
It was a good question. Oddly enough, it still is. Even with Tuesday’s seeming peoples’ mandate that put Republicans in ascendancy once again, the question still lingers as to whether or not the GOP will survive.
But first, the reasons for yesterday’s sweeping changes seem all too clear. Yes, it was “The Economy, Stupid” as Bill Clinton famously quipped in defeating George Bush Sr. in 1992. With unemployment hovering above nine percent, and the real rate perhaps 8 to 10 points higher due to those who have given up looking for work, voters were in a testy mood.
But there is another dynamic at work in today’s heated political environment that can be summed up in equally succinct fashion, as follows:
“It’s the Tyranny, Stupid.”
Millions of Americans grew frightened at seeing Congress, egged on by the President, beating the round peg of Obamacare into the square hole of what is supposed to be a free enterprise system. Worse, there was no way to stop it no matter how loudly voters howled their disapproval. Democrats in Congress were going to pass it, period.
The supreme circus-like moment came when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the outlandish gall to announce to an already disenfranchised American public that they (Congress) had to pass the bill “in order to find out what was in it.”
The Tea Party movement was the de facto beneficiary of Pelosi, Congress and Obama’s hubris and many who won office yesterday proudly claim Tea Party support as the reason they will soon occupy a seat on Capitol Hill.
While it’s still too early to know exactly how all this will pan out, with history as our guide a couple of things seem crystal clear. Republicans need to read the tea leaves and understand those who elected them are scared of where liberals tried to take us as a country. They want it stopped and even reversed and the only way to do that is to keep internal squabbling down and work together in lockstep.
Second, if they don’t, it isn’t inconceivable that another party could be formed to replace them, putting Republicans in the ash heap of political history along with the Federalists and the Whigs