That is the question after Christine O’Donnell’s huge upset win over GOP establishment candidate Mike Castle in Delaware yesterday. There are many lessons to be drawn from that contest and many new questions as a result.
The first lesson is that the Tea Party is not just a movement, it is a revolution. Remember what Tommy Lee Jones said in the movie Under Siege?
|“Hence the name: movement. It moves a certain distance, then it stops, you see? A revolution gets its name by always coming back around in your face.”
The RNC and RNSC haven’t gotten the message yet. The Tea Party Revolution is upon them and they need to get with the program or commit political suicide.
The question now becomes: “Will the GOP sacrifice power for principles or principles for power?”
Take, for instance, what Karl Rove did on Hannity when he attacked Christine O’Donnell. According to the American Spectator:
|Mere minutes after Fox News had reported the victory of conservative activist Christine O’Donnell over Establishment Congressman Mike Castle in the Delaware GOP U.S. Senate primary, former Bush Deputy Chief of Staff and Fox News consultant Karl Rove was in place on Sean Hannity’s TV show to analyze.
The normally rational and analytical Mr. Rove had vanished. In his place was someone who looked like Karl Rove, sounded like Karl Rove…but spoke like the last guy out of the hoped-for-victory-party of the landslide losing candidate for Register of Deeds in NoPlaceville, Texas.
What on earth was Rove thinking? He was bitter, angry, cutting, demeaning, mean-spirited…and those were the nice things he had to say about O’Donnell.
Even former Bush White House Press Secretary Dana Perrino stuck to the old GOP establishment talking points by constantly referring to candidates who “could win.”
Rove and Perrino, like most establishment GOPers, were hoping to get that Senate seat in Delaware even if it meant abandoning Conservative principles to get it. In other words, they are more than willing to sacrifice principles for power.
But the Tea Party Revolution is going in the opposite direction. We value principles over power because without strong, consistent principles, power becomes corrupt.
Well, it also turns out that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is also deaf to the call of the Tea Party:
|Carl Cameron of Fox News is reporting the National Republican Senatorial Committee will not be helping the official nominee of the Delaware Republican Party for the United States Senate in her Senate campaign.
Apparently, if there is no chance of getting the power, supporting the principles means nothing to the RNSC. This is yet another reason why they don’t get any money from me.
Since the RNC and RNSC have abandoned princples for power, I suggest to everyone who was thinking of donating to either of those organizations to hold on to your money and instead donate it directly to candidates that will hold on to their principles regardless of whether or not such faithfulness will translate into power.
Rove Attack, NRSC Refusal, Will Aid O’Donnell
September 14, 2010
UPDATE: Apparently, the NRSC has had a change of heart:
NRSC Chairman Cornyn’s Statement On Delaware Senate Race
National Republican Senatorial Committee
September 15, 2010
Well, I am certainly going to do my part to get the RINOs out of Congress. Here in Northern Virginia, we haven’t had much of a chance to do that with Frank Wolf (R-VA) because there haven’t been any true Conservatives to challenge him lately … until now.
Jim Trautz is a Conservative and I am wholly endorsing him for this November’s elections.
From Jim’s Platform:
|Simply put, our representatives have the responsibility to be good stewards of OUR money. Of course, the Federal Government does have a need for a budget, and funds do need to be allocated, but only on those things that are necessary, legal & ethical, Constitutional, and are the will of the people. That said, I can find no constitutional basis for wealth redistribution, bailouts, TARP bills, stimulus packages, or anything of the sort, and I will aggressively oppose any such legislation as a member of Congress. I believe that no one person or group should benefit more than another.
Leaders lead people – and true leadership requires more than just “playing it safe.” I believe that true leaders do more than simply support a cause – true leaders will be at the tip of the spear for those causes that are near and dear to the hearts of their constituents. They’ll do so without reservation or regard for their own personal gain, not because it’s a “good political move,” but because it’s the right thing to do, because they believe their cause to be just, and because the people they represent look to them for leadership. Leaders lead people – not just when the cameras are on, not just when there’s a political advantage to be gained, and not just at election time, but whenever and wherever they’re called to do so.
All too often, our representatives forget the idea of accountability. They work for us, they’re elected by us, and they’re accountable to us. Bottom line, they answer to us. I believe that every person has the right to expect a clear and concise understanding of where their Representative stands on the issues of the day, and that he has a responsibility to report his position on those issues, regardless of party affiliation or political ideology.
Jim Trautz is also a 912 Candidate and believes the following:
- America Is Good.
- I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
- I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
- The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
- If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
- I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
- I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
- It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
- The government works for the people. The people do not answer to the government, the government answers to the people.
You can access more information about Jim Trautz on-line here:
I hope the people of Virginia’s 10th District will join me in supporting a true Conservative candidate.
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What a difference one year makes! Just this time last year, the Dems won Virginia by 6 points. They then proceeded to proclaim the Commonwealth of Virginia a “Blue” state and went even further to proclaim that Conservatism was dead and the GOP would soon be extinct. But yesterday, they lost Virginia by 18 points. That is a 24 point swing. Almost one-quarter of the electorate.
In New Jersey, the Democrats won by 14 points in 2008 but lost by 5 points in 2009. That’s a 19 point swing. Almost one-fifth of the electorate.
Why were the Dems so wrong?
Because they misread the results of the 2008 election. That’s why.
The 2008 election was not about people demanding more government in their lives, nor about people demanding that government take over the auto and banking industries. And there was no call for government to bail out failing corporations. But the Dems assumed that there were such calls and now the people of Virginia and New Jersey are the first to voice their disapproval of the leftist agenda the Democrats in Washington are trying to force down America’s collective throat.
Although the Dems are saying that these two elections were not a referendum on Barack Obama (and their cronies at CNN et. al. are dutifully repeating that line) the opposite is true. Not one exit poll showed that voters were trying “send a message,” but the exit polls did show that voters were very much concerned about a deteriorating economy and the intrusiveness of big government into their lives. And who is pushing policies contributing to these two concerns? Barack Obama. Thus, no matter how loudly the Dems and their leftist media allies proclaim the opposite, we all know what these elections really represent.
I’m certain that despite what Barack Obama and the DNC are saying in public, behind closed doors they are very scared. They should be. They crossed over too many lines in too short a time and now, they are beginning to pay the price for it.
For the GOP, this should also be a major lesson. Just as Bobby Jindal proved in Louisiana, Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie have proven in their respective states that traditional Conservative values are winners and the GOP should be embracing candidates with such values rather than trying to prop up “centrists” who are really just liberal Dems with the letter “R” after their name.
For Conservatives in general, we have won a major victory, just like the Battle of Midway in 1942. But now is not the time to rest. Now is the time to redouble our efforts and keep moving forward. We can go on the offensive now and take back America from the leftist Marxist socialists who have worked for the past year to destroy that which made America great.
We have the momentum. Let’s keep it going. As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said back in the early days of World War II, we are “on our way.”
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In an article for Human Events, Christian Toto remembers something that I also remember from last year’s election.
I remember a junior Senator from Illinois who admitted to smoking pot and snorting cocaine, broke bread with admitted domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, sat in a church pew for 20 years listening to the racial, bigoted, anti-semetic and anti-American hatred of Rev. Wright and admitted that his goal was to redistribute wealth, or as he put it, “spread the wealth.” What I don’t remember is the Washington Post or any other leftist news outlet ever bothering to cover these stories.
Washington Post Confesses To Biased Reporting During The 2008 Presidential Campaign
November 11, 2008
Ostensibly, the reason for the non-coverage is because the junior Senator is a Democrat and the the Post simply did not want to do anything that would hurt his chances to become president.
But, when the candidate is a Republican running for Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, then the Washington Post adopts a different, completely hypocritical set of standards.
From Toto’s article:
|Now, the newspaper has unearthed a decades old college thesis from gubernatorial GOP hopeful Robert F. McDonnell. And – given the multiple stories it’s already run – the paper thinks McDonnell’s thesis – written 25 years ago — could affect the balance of the race.
McDonnell currently leads Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds by at least seven points in a recent poll.
Can the Post serve as a political kingmaker again for the Old Dominion State? Or will a feisty alternative media rise up to stop any attempts to turn a college assignment into a campaign killer? And if so, why didn’t the paper pull out all the stops regarding another candidate’s past?
Because just as it did last year, the Post has abandonded all pretenses of journalistic objectivity in the Virginia Governor’s race. The paper might as well rename itself the Left-Leaning Washington Post.
You can access the complete article on-line here:
WaPo Opens Jihad Against McDonnell
September 2, 2009