Last month, I speculated about the demise of the Tea Party. Recent departures from elected office of pit bulls Jim DeMint, Allen West, Joe Walsh and others seemed to signal the movement’s fade into irrelevance. Then came the fiscal-cliff bill, and now the Tea Party is livelier than ever. After reviewing my Dec. 9 column, a confession is in order:
I was wr …
I was wron …
I was misquoted!
The 113th Congress finds the Tea Party back in full throat. Whether it’s opposing hurricane relief or trashing GOP brethren, the rowdy bunch is breaking furniture again, and John Boehner is scurrying around, looking for duct tape. U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., snarled that “anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee should have their head examined.”
In the immortal words of Barack Obama, please proceed.
“People in my party, they wonder why they’re becoming a minority party. They’ve written me off, and they’re going to have a hard time getting my vote,” King thundered.
Dissent within the GOP led cnn.com contributor Michael Wolraich to wonder, “What if the conservative Republicans are really that crazy? What if they are so committed to their agenda and dismissive of their constituents that they allow unemployment to rise, interest rates to skyrocket, government services to disappear, seniors to lose their Social Security checks and other catastrophic consequences of debt defaults and government shutdowns? If that is the case, however unlikely, then we will only have to survive until the next election, at which point the Republicans will discover that suicide bombings produce only one guaranteed casualty: the bomber himself.”
I’m not convinced the Republicans are so seriously wounded — certainly not at our local level.