Is reelectability standing in the way of a debt deal in Washington DC?


Is reelectability standing in the way of a debt deal in Washington DC?

One network news talking head discussing the intransigence of the Tea Party members: “The only thing more dangerous than a politician seeking re-election is a politician who doesn’t care if he is re-elected.”

My perspective is that not caring about reelection is perhaps a good thing at the moment.

I appreciate the reality of the ins and the outs — you are either in power or out of power — but some hard decisions and tough stands need to be made.

Making hard decisions just isn’t happening, due probably in large part because it would affect reelectability.

Democrats especially need to really think about this. Republicans are divided but motivated and activist.

A piece by a center-left pollster in the New York Times takes the bottom line that most Americans agree more often with Democratic positions but just don’t trust Democrats.

Tea Partyers are radicals of the most subversive sort but there is a commendable method to their madness. By subversive I mean that they work very hard at undermining public confidence in the government. Twisted facts and outrageous claims are standard fare for all parts of the political spectrum. Yet the willingness to engage in this 24/7 without regard for reelectability is pure genius.

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  1. Tea Partyers are radicals of the most subversive sort but there is a commendable method to their madness. By subversive I mean that they work very hard at undermining public confidence in the government. Twisted facts and outrageous claims are standard fare for all parts of the political spectrum. Yet the willingness to engage in this 24/7 without regard for reelectability is pure genius. I am sure you mean this applies to all parties, not just the tea party, correct?

    • Do I believe that this belongs to all parties? “Twisted facts and outrageous claims are standard fare for all parts of the political spectrum.”

      Do I believe that the Tea Party has a unique approach? Yes. Is that approach coordinated and almost scripted? Yes.

      Parties have always had a party line that their members may/may not follow. Their individual members could always be held accountable by their voting public. By Tea pursuing its phantom existence of ‘we are not really a party’ then there is seldom anyone to blame or to hold accountable except the larger movement itself.

      There are many good people in the Tea Party movement. But huge elements of what passes for ‘grassroots’ really are astroturfed and scripted. A good example is the weekly (Monday) teleconference between the Tea Party Patriots and its many coordinators. Theoretically it is a feedback session but all the of talking points have been prefed to the participants by email and on its website. Disagreement is relative concept. Then on Tuesday all of those talking points magically appear across the country on various blogs, in presentations, etc. No party can deliver that.

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