Democrats Are Setting Themselves Up For Nasty Purges — Worse Than the 2010 Tea Party Challenges

This Washington Post story gets at the problem that is before Democrats. In 2010, tea party challengers entered a series of primaries against Republicans who they thought were too compromising with Barack Obama. The challenged worked, and many of the tea party challengers went to Congress. A good number of them turned out no better than the men and women they replaced. But some have become real fighters and now make up the House Freedom Caucus. Though much derided by the media and establishment, they have been pushing the GOP back to the right.

On the Democrat side, some Democrat activists on the ground in Georgia were quite dissatisfied with Jon Ossoff. They wanted someone to lead “The Resistance, ” and Ossoff sounded like a moderate Republican. They wanted someone to savage the President, and Ossoff talked about working across the aisle. They wanted someone to deliver on progressive agenda items, and Ossoff rejected government-funded universal healthcare.

Add to that Republicans were successfully able to portray Ossoff as a puppet of Nancy Pelosi’s who would be a yes man for her. That hurt him as much as pointing out he was a carpet bagger.

Expand that into 2018. There are scores of Democrats who will run against Republicans in swing districts, and there are many Democrat incumbents who are not down with the full progressive agenda. Democrats risk nominating their own Sharon Angles, Todd Akinses, and Christine O’Donnells who scratch the itch of the progressive left while turning off swing voters. It is worth remembering that outside conservative groups did not put Angle, Akin, or O’Donnell over the finish line. These candidates pulled into the lead on the support of local partisan activists alone. It was only at the end of their races that outside conservative groups jumped into to help. That cannot be overstated here. It was the local, homegrown activists who put the wind in the candidates’ sails. And as the national Republicans tried to rein them in, the local activists pushed even harder.

Though people like Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin get blamed for these candidates’ nominations and losses, in every case the outside conservative groups they led were completely hands off until the candidates were well into the lead and even then waited until just a few weeks before the primaries. It was the local tea party activists who wanted a resistance to Obama who nominated them.

Democrats want a resistance. They want to impeach the President. They want full-blown socialism. They want to go further to the left than the tea party wanted to go right. A lot of activist Democrats are already interpreting Jon Ossoff’s loss as him not being aggressively anti-Trump enough.

The Democrat base has moved way further left than where the American public is and at a time we seem to be in a pendulum swing back to the right, that could hurt them. As they start challenging Democrat incumbents with more liberal activists and start winning primaries in swing seats with radical progressives, they risk their ability to win.

What makes this fun to watch is knowing they reject that idea and think the more radical and more militant the more likely their candidates will win. I cannot wait to watch their slate of moonbat crazy challengers.

Tea partiers turn on GOP leadership

The Politico has an article out today on tea party activists getting involved in their local political parties. I’ve been preaching on this for a while.

The reporter, Alex Isenstadt, interviewed me for his article and gave me the last word. I’m partial to my quote:

For some, supporting insurgent campaigns or waging primary bids just isn’t a strong enough signal to send to a Republican Party that has abandoned core conservative policies.

Erick Erickson, founder and editor of the influential conservative blog RedState, has urged Tea Party activists to “put down the protest signs” and stage takeovers of local Republican parties.

“Grassroots activists need to start infiltrating the party,” said Erickson. “The only way to start getting [the establishment] back is to start pounding them with every fist we have.”

Of note, as I have been writing about this, I’m emphasized the bipartisan nature of the advice. For Democratic and Republican grassroots activists, if you feel your party has left you, get involved. Frankly, I don’t care what your political leanings are. There are two political parties in this country that can affect broad national policy. Get involved with one of them. Pull it left or pull it right, it doesn’t matter. But get involved.

The Instinct of a Conservative

Steven F. Hayward, writing in the Washington Post today, postulates that the conservative movement is currently brain dead.

It is a fashionable statement among those living in Washington, D.C. housed at think tanks. And I guess it is when think tannkers are pushing out columns on the lack of ideas rather than pushing out columns with ideas. Nonetheless, I generally agree with Steven Hayward that the movement needs to be reminded of its intellectual foundations. Hayward does, however, miss some critical points and flubs a few along the way.

I have a column on this in the Washington Examiner. My position is not that the tea party movement is brain dead, but that it reflects the conservative movement at an instinctual level.

What we see across the country are more and more people standing up realizing the direction we are headed is wrong. They are unorganized. They are unfocused. But they do not lack a “connection to a concrete ideology,” they just are not skilled or trained in the ideology.

There is no greater conservative sentiment than “stop.” Bernard Bailyn’s influential The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution laid out how conservative the American Revolution was.

The popular messages of “freedom” and “liberty” were not slogans of propaganda put forward by the 18th century equivalent of a 501(c)(4), but were very real and meaningful to the colonists on the street and in the fields.

While no one should expect a revolution against government from the tea parties, we should expect and hope for a revolution in conservative thought and an upheaval of at least the Republican Party as the tea party activists start putting down their protest signs and picking up campaign signs. Then, perhaps, they will move on to taking over their local political party.

“[T]he right must do better than merely invoking ‘markets’ and ‘liberty,’” Hayward writes. I agree. But I do not think it is the right per se invoking those words. Like the colonists in the late 1700s, it is the people invoking those words. The people have a fundamental understanding that those principles are good things and things on which the freedoms we enjoy in this country are premised.

You can read the whole thing here.

The Atlanta Tea Party Just Got Bigger

April 15th was going to see a big tea party in front of Georgia’ Gold Dome, but it just got bigger.

Tonight on Fox News, Sean Hannity intends to announce that he’ll be live from Atlanta that evening covering the Atlanta Tea Party in front of Georgia’s State Capitol Building.

He’s asked me to be there with him. I’m looking forward to it.

If you’re interested, be at the steps of the Capitol in Atlanta by 6pm on April 15, 2009. We will make sure the nation hears that we’re sick and tired of out of control government, both from the Democrats and the Republicans.

My RedState Tea Party Event

There are going to be a number of tea parties around the nation on Tax Day. I’m helping organize one here in Middle Georgia.

I’ll be at Macon’s City Hall at noon on April 15th with Chris Krok, the morning talk radio host on AM 940. We’ll be protesting this whole heap of a mess we know as the Obama stimulus plan and welfare expansion. We’re going to be joined by a number of elected officials, including one or more gubernatorial candidates.

I hope you’ll consider stopping by.

When: 12:00 p.m., April 15, 2009

Where: 700 Poplar Street, Macon, GA 31201

What: A Tea Party

Why: Because if you aren’t embarrassed, you haven’t been paying attention.