The New York Times doesn’t get it. They just don’t understand the tea party movement or why it’s popular.
They don't get what I term VETO — vote everyone of them out.
Last week the tea party movement added yet another scalp to their trophy case when Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah became the first sitting senator to be denied re-nomination in 70 years.
Add in 15-term Democratic Congressman Alan Mollohan of West Virginia for good measure — yet another D.C. establishment defeat.
Yesterday was another edition of VETO — a bloodbath for establishment politicians. And once again the Times doesn't get it.
Days ago, I predicted that at least two of the three establishment U.S. Senate candidates would be defeated with a good shot at all three.
Rand Paul won over the hand-picked GOP establishment candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. Who would have believed it a year ago? Paul is a doctor with tea party views and no political background.
His victory is the first true tea party victory in the U.S. Senate. (Scott Brown after all was a mirage from day one . . . a traditional moderate Republican who got tea party support, but doesn't truly understand the tea party.)
Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's loss is grave for President Obama. Obama refused to campaign with him in the final days of his U.S. Senate campaign in Pennsylvania. So did his good buddy Vice President Joe Biden, who orchestrated Specter's switch from GOP to Democrat.
Biden actually spoke in Pennsylvania, but avoided Specter like the plague. So much for the bonds of friendship in politics. Friendship is as deep as your latest poll numbers.
But the more telling incident of the day was the comment made by Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell. When asked about Obama not campaigning for Specter, the loyal Democratic attack dog Rendell actually said out loud that the president campaigning in Pennsylvania for Specter would have been a mixed bag anyway because of Obama’s unpopularity among blue collar Democrats. Wow.
Who would have believed that comment only 16 months ago when Obama was being inaugurated as the most popular president since JFK?
In 16 months Obama has turned from hero to toxic waste. Talk about irony. The tea party movement is now seen as a savior by mainstream voters, while Obama is being avoided like the plague by his own candidates. Obama is the new Bush.
Perhaps there is yet hope for America. People get it. Rand Paul’s victory and Specter’s defeat make the score 2-0 against the establishment. Add in Bennett and Mollohan. 4-0. Add in governor races in New Jersey and Virginia last fall. 6-0. Or if you’re scoring for Obama, 0-6. That leaves Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas.
If she is forced into a June runoff in today’s primary, that is the equivalent of a political earthquake. But no matter — Lincoln is merely fighting it out for the right to be pummeled by the GOP Senate candidate in November.
The tea parties have become important in the political process. The rebels and peasants with the pitchforks are in charge. Obama is reviled. And The New York Times is clueless, powerless, and irrelevant. What a difference 16 months makes in politics.
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