Oops! A Tea Party fundraising mailer contained this image of Karl Rove. Rove, as we’ve heard, has mounted an effort to take out the Tea Party as an influence on the Republican Party. Nine of nine Tea Party candidates for the United States Senate lost elections in 2012. The money behind the Republican Party is not pleased. Major defense contractors, other corporate big wigs, and long term operatives are appalled that they can’t pick up the phone and tell their minions in Congress what to do.
The threat of sequestration by Congress, forced budget cutting due to the failure to pass a budget or continuing resolution is a very big deal. An estimated one million jobs will be lost and the cost of defense contracts is in the tens of billions. Those costs, just for starters, are due to the Tea Party members of the House of Representatives. They are out of control and won’t back down.
Rove’s effort had to happen and, now that it’s started, it had to end up taking this path. There’s no substance to the political differences between Tea Partiers and corporate interests intent on gouging the public. That’s because neither side is dealing with real issues. The Tea Party folks are mad at everything, government, immigrants, their spouses, etc. The corporatists are all for the rhetoric of attack but greed is their motive. They were just fine with Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II budget deficits.
So now it’s a grudge match. Which side will win? Neither side. This is the Götterdämmerung of political grudge matches. It may destroy the Republicans for a couple of election cycles. But Democrats shouldn’t gloat. They’ll get
100%* their fair share of responsibility for the disasters stacked up and ready to land on all of us.
*(100% is wrong, not my intent, must have been some tainted horse meat in my TV dinner;) Thanks Synoia)