By Robert A. Vella
After 6-term incumbent Thad Cochran beat insurgent Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel on Tuesday in Mississippi’s special runoff election to secure the Republican Party nomination for his U.S. Senate seat, the so-called “GOP Civil War” is really heating up. McDaniel has not conceded, and is vowing to “investigate” the legality of Black Democratic voters who rescued Cochran – at the senator’s request – from an almost certain electoral defeat (see: Chris McDaniel: Democratic votes for Thad Cochran were illegal).
Yesterday on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Dallas Tea Party leader Phillip Dennis got into a rather animated argument with Republican strategist John Feehery. He said the Tea Party was so angry that their supporters should either write-in McDaniel’s name on the November ballot or vote for the Democratic Party candidate Travis Childers instead (see: Tea party lashes out over Mississippi runoff).
What Dennis stated so vociferously in the Hardball segment is tantamount to a mutiny within the Republican Party. Even if he might have second thoughts after considering the profound implications for that course of action, and even if his fellow Tea Party members feel differently, such an expression of animosity is not likely to be forgotten by anyone associated with the GOP.
Before the special runoff election results from Mississippi had been declared, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin suggested that the Tea Party might split off from the GOP. From Talking Points Memo:
On Wednesday, this news came out of South Carolina from The Post and Courier:
Thomas Ravenel confirmed Wednesday he is out collecting signatures to get on the November ballot for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham.
Ravenel, 51, needs the signatures of 10,000 registered voters to get on the ballot.
“We are working to get the signatures,” said the former state treasurer Wednesday. “We fully expect to get them.”
While the likelihood of the Tea Party and the GOP establishment going their separate ways would seem remote at this point, the amount of political pressure being exerted by the former upon the latter should not be underestimated. The Tea Party is rabidly opposed to the federal government, inclusive democracy, the separation of church and state, ethnic diversity, and the concept of egalitarianism. They have been pushing the Republican Party so hard on these fronts that even Fox News can’t take it any longer.
Michele Bachmann went on Fox News and was slammed by Neil Cavuto. He did not let her get away with the simpleminded detrimental acts of a recalcitrant Congress. The lead up started this morning. Speaker of the House John Boehner said he will be suing President Obama. When asked if this was about impeachment, Boehner said, “This is not about impeachment. This is about his faithfully executing the laws of this country.” When asked what specific executive actions he intended to challenge in court, he said, “When I make that decision, I’ll let you know.” In other words, the Republicans plan to sue the president but are not sure what laws he has broken if any.
True to form, Michele Bachmann, the mouthpiece of the irrationals, ran to speak on Fox News. She did not receive the welcome she expected.
There are far more important things,” Cavuto said, “that you guys have to be addressing than filing lawsuits passed by each other. BY THE WAY, ROME IS BURNING.” Bachmann responded that the lawsuit was about the president trying to establish “lawlessness in the United States.”
“Democrats said George Bush did the same, Congresswoman,” Cavuto said. “I am just saying each side is claiming it; waste of time, waste of time.” Bachmann continued speaking as she always does, stating that Republicans need to defund the Executive and impeach the president.
“Think about what you are saying,“ Cavuto said. “Defund the Executive, Congresswoman, if Democrats had said we are just going to defund President Bush, defund the Executive, you would have laughed them out. … I think Democrats would be in their right minds to laugh you out now. … Rome is burning and you are filing.”
Then, there’s this news from South Dakota via the Huffington Post – South Dakota Republican Party Passes Resolution Calling For Obama’s Impeachment:
The South Dakota Republican Party passed a resolution on Saturday calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.
Delegates at the party’s annual convention in Rapid City voted 191-176 in favor of the measure, which claims that the president has “violated his oath of office in numerous ways,” according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
And, this from Louisiana by MSN – Jindal says rebellion brewing against Washington:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S. with people ready for “a hostile takeover” of the nation’s capital.
spoke at the annual conference hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group led by longtime Christian activist . Organizers said more than 1,000 evangelical leaders attended the three-day gathering. Republican officials across the political spectrum concede that evangelical voters continue to play a critical role in GOP politics.
Where all this rancor is taking the nation is open to speculation; however, one thing is abundantly clear. If Americans don’t feel the heat from global warming this summer, they are certainly going to feel the heat from right-wing extremists heading into the November midterm elections. I’m sweating already.