THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 595, November 14, 2010
"The secession of the individual from the state"
Maybe It Wasn't The GOP, But The Tea Party That Won
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
The Republicans are all puffed up because they took control of the House and gained seats in the Senate, but all that puffiness might just deflate when the new legislators start voting. The following is a list of the winning Tea Party candidates that the GOP is claiming for their own. According to ABC News, these winners were either endorsed by the Tea Party or were closely associated with them.
So, what happens when the Republicans put up a bill that doesn't fit the beliefs of the new Tea Party Senators and Representatives? The Tea Party picked up about 70 % of the GOP's lead in the House, and almost all of the Senate increase for the Republicans.
If those Tea Party candidates are true to their rhetoric and vote the way they said they will, the Republicans are not going to have smooth sailing for the next couple of years. It wouldn't take very many Tea Party House members to stop any foolish Republican spending bill. I am sure, just like there is a Black Caucus in the House, there will soon be a Tea Party Caucus, too.
With a Caucus meeting, members will be able to shore up other members who are falling to the pressure put on them by rank and file Republicans.
I know the Republicans in senior positions think they will be able to co-opt these new members, but they might just be in for a surprise. If the Tea Party members stay true to their beliefs, I can see them only gaining support in the 2012 election coming up, and who knows, it might be the Tea Party that co-opts the Republican Party.