It is certainly one of the most pivitol events to date. And it actually could be the determining factor that costs Republicans the majority in the U.S. Senate. That is not something to celebrate, but what is worth celebrating is the ideological integrity of the next generation of Republicans that hold office in the G.O.P.
It is clear that the establishment of both major Parties, but especially the Republican Party, are no longer satisfying voters. But unlike Democrats who renominated scandal plagued Charlie Ragel in New York, Republicans are proving to be the true Party of change after nominating conservative Christine O’Donnell over liberal RINO Mike Castle. And while Republican are abandoning the establishment, voters have not abandoned the core beliefs of the Republican Party. They have simply abandoned the stewards of the Party who between 2000 and 2008, strayed away from the principles that differentiates Republicans from Democrats . Republican voters still believe in lower taxes, limited government, personal and economic freeedom and personal responsibility. They have just lolst faith in the G.O.P. establishment. That is why we are seeing several historic political phenomenons take place in 2010.
One of them is that for the first time since the 1930’s, Republican turnout in the midterm primary elections is far exceeding that of the turnout in Democrat primary races. A similiar imbalance in voting patterns between Democrats and Republicans were seen in the 2008 presidential primaries when Democrats were fired up and enthusiastic about their candidates. Now, two years later, and the Democrat vote is supressed by a lack of enthusiasm, wherereas; Republicans are motivated by two things, anger and enthusiasm, two emotions that are making Republicans turn out in droves with two stated purposes. One to throw out the Republican establishment and, two, to put an end to reckless spending and tha nanny state that is controlling and ruining our lives.
Part of this phenomenom is another surprising trend.
While the Republican establishment continues to run with rich, white men, the new generation of more conservative Republicans is electing a litany of anti-establishment candidates who are women and minorities.
In South Carolina there is the American Indian women who, TEA Party patriots helped to make the Republican nominee for Governor. In Nevada TEA Party backed candidate Sharon Angle won the nod to run against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican women were nominated for the U.S. Senate in California, and Connecticut, not to mention the nomination of Republican Meg Whitman for Governor of California and now conservative Christine O’Donnell for the senate in Delaware.
Then there are the Republican African-American nominees.
At least 32 Republican African-Americans have been running for Congress this year , the biggest surge since Reconstruction, and of them, at least 5 have excellent chances of winning. Most notable is TEA Party backed Tim Scott, who after defeating one of the biggest names in South Carolina politics, Paul Thurmond, son of the late Strom Thurmond, is now on track to become the first black Republican in Congress since 2003 — and the first from the deep South since Reconstruction.
His was a victory for conservative Republican insurgents and just another sign of the out with the old and in with new trend in politics today, a trend that is scaring the beeejeezus out of Democrats.
O’Donnell’s 6% victory over former Governor and 12 term Congressman Mike Castle was merely further proof that change is in the air. As a result, the standard talking points out of Democrats will be that that radicals have hijacked the G.O.P.. And even the establishment of the G.O.P. will lament over the loss of candidates like Bill Bennet in Utah and now Castle. They will complain that voters have failed to nominate the most electable candidates. But both sides will be unable to counter the most important point which is that voters are doing something that neither the Democrat or Republican are doing……creating not only the change that we need, but the the change we want.
If there is a lesson to be learned here, it is this. Voters want clear choices, not Republicans that vote like Democrats or Democrats that sound like Republicans but vote like liberals.
- Christine O’Donnell, Rand Paul and the Primaries: Are They the Right Stuff? (politicsdaily.com)
- Tea Party Choice, Christine O’Donnell, Jolts GOP in Del. Senate Primary (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Christine O’Donnell brings unlikely Tea Party triumph to Delaware (guardian.co.uk)