Between last week’s elections in Indiana, Wisconsin, North Carolina and West Virginia, and last night’s decisive victory of Palin-endorsed Tea Party Republican Deb Fischer over establishment favorite Jon Bruning, I am suddenly feeling reinvigorated. Dare I even say “hope”-ful?
After a bruising GOP primary wherein all the Republican Party power brokers and hacks dutifully backed the “next-in-line” RINO Mitt Romney, who eventually prevailed, it was difficult to accept that Tea Party conservatives would once again be forced to hold our noses a la 2008 (a gesture made much easier by the addition of Sarah Palin on the ticket) — because after all, “Anybody But Obama” is better, right?
Seems it’s the same story every presidential election cycle: conservatives are lectured by our moral and intellectual GOP “superiors” about how unapologetic Constitution-supporting candidates are “unelectable” and that they must “coalesce” around the winner if they knew what was really good for the country (translation: what’s best for the Republican Party). These people use the conservative base for its energy, passion and activism, and then routinely dismiss us as a bunch of dumb yahoos. Their smears against Sarah Palin are by extension an expression of their condescension for the “radicals” who still cling to the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, personal accountability and individual liberty.
But guess who’s having the last laugh? Sarah Palin and all of the thriving Tea Party activists who have turned their attention downticket and are determined to elect as many commonsense conservatives to the House and Senate as possible to reign in whoever prevails in November. (Just as an aside: yes I will hold my nose and vote for Romney who is still better than Obama, though certainly not the best we could have done).
The rousing victories of Richard Mourdock over 36-year entrenched Beltway incumbent and Obama’s “favorite Republican” Dick Lugar, and Deb Fischer over two challengers — establishment favorite state Attorney General Jon Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenburg prove that both Sarah Palin and the Tea Party are as influential and passionate as ever about taking back this government and — to use Palin’s phrase “put it back on the side of the people”.
Just two weeks ago, the battle for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska was between state Attorney General Jim Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenburg. Neither inspired the growing base of conservative voters. They were, to be charitable, standard conservative-ish career politicians. Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin shook up the race with a late endorsement of state Senator Debby Fischer. It made all the difference.
Yes it did.
Best of all it sent a clear message to both progressive leftist Democrats and the GOP elites: The Tea Party and Sarah Palin are here to stay. You might have succeeded in foisting your “chosen one” upon us to challenge Barack Obama for the presidency but We The People will continue to work hard and smart to overtake Congress with as many authentic conservative Republicans as possible.
Looks like the 2012 Election is shaping up pretty well so far for passionate patriots. Keep fighting the good fight!