So, the permanent political class views the Tea Party folks as barbarians at the gates, but figure that even if they get inside, decadent Rome will tame them.
Washingtonians involved in the political or policy process believe overwhelmingly that tea party candidates will not “be able to bring change to Washington.” Only 11 percent of D.C. insiders polled said they thought the tea party could bring change, compared with 77 percent who did not.
The collectivist chattering class types such as Roger Simon in a column entitled "Obama vs. the loonies" are seeking solace in the destruction of their big plans by comparing the Tea Party folks to insects, much as the Nazis did with the Jews,
If Democrats get swamped on Nov. 2, sure, some of it will be the fault of the enthusiasm gap and some of it will be the fault of the president, but some of it will be the fault of those loonies who have crept into American politics like bedbugs and grown bloated on their own hatreds.
But the GOP, already counting their chickens, have decided in advance to deal with the pack of foxes.
Republicans on the campaign trail are bashing the president and his agenda and some are vowing to shut down Washington if they don't get their way. Behind the scenes, key party members are talking a different game.
A number of House Republicans, including some who are likely to be in the leadership, are pushing a post-election strategy aimed at securing concrete legislation, with the goal of showing they can translate general principles into specific action.
Among the ideas is to bring a series of bills to the floor, as often as once a week, designed to cut spending in some way. Longer term, GOP leaders say they recognize they may have to compromise with Democrats in tackling broader problems.
If they recapture the House, Republicans say they are wary of following the example of the class of 1994, which shut down the government in a standoff with President Bill Clinton. Top Republicans contend that passing legislation, or at least making a good faith effort to do so, will earn them more credibility with voters than refusing to waver from purist principles.
"It's pretty clear the American people expect us to use the existing gridlock to create compromise and advance their agenda," said Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.). "They want us to come together [with the administration] after we agree to disagree."
GOP leaders stressed that this depends on the willingness of President Barack Obama to compromise as well. And some say if the post-election atmosphere is especially toxic, such compromises may be difficult. . .
Under the leadership of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a rising star, the GOP has recruited a slate of House candidates with an array of political experience, suggesting they know how to work within the strictures of government. In many cases, these aspirants boast of their record of working with Democrats.
The GOP roster doesn't fit the image of an invading revolutionary force. Of the Republicans' 89 "Young Guns," as the party's top House candidates are called, 55 have political experience. Five are former congressmen seeking their old seats back, such as former Rep. Steve Chabot, who served 14 years in the House. The rest are mostly state legislators, a typical path to Congress. Of the 34 newcomers, many are relatively mainstream candidates or aren't expected to win. . .
The sellout of the Tea Party, it seems, is already in the wind.
Rep. Bob Inglis of South Carolina, who lost his Republican primary to a challenge from the right, compared the GOP candidates to surfers using a tea-party wave to reach the shore. Once they arrive, he said, many will act like the lawmakers they replaced.
"Not every candidate that wins this November with tea-party support will be a tea-party partisan," Mr. Inglis said.
For those whose spirits are soaring in advance of a GOP victory in November, Pete at WRSA directs our attention to Francis Porretto's
warning about wishful thinking and to Billy Beck's even more pointed observations.
a. We face an existential threat to our liberty, our property, our children's futures and our very lives crafted by both predatory parties.
b. The likelihood of avoiding systemic collapse grows more distant with each passing day, with every dollar bill of fiat currency printed to prolong the disaster.
c. This threat is unlikely to be solved by one election, or any number of elections.
d. Especially when, as we see above, the fix is already in.
Thus, when you are dealing with collectivists who already deny that we are human beings by characterizing us as insects, is there any doubt that this will end in violence, no matter how much we may wish and hope and pray that it does not?
Talking with a good friend the other day, he made the point that the principal difference between the Three Percent and the Tea Party folks is that we say, "or else."
Lay in supplies.
Network within your community.
This election will not save us.
We will, in the fullness of time, have to save ourselves.