Monday, October 28, 2013

Business community to the GOP: The tea party is over

Here's to hoping the GOP restores sanity to their brand. It's no secret that the GOP -- bullied by their Tea Party upstarts -- has been severely unhinged for the last five years: I call it President Obama hysteria.

Not pulling any punches

The election and re-election of Obama has triggered a mental, emotional and political breakdown among GOP white male voters over the age of 55. And the largest cluster of the GOP power base reside in southern red states: the confederate of yore.

Thus is not surprising that they have resurrected the Confederate pose.

But although the Tea Party remains popular in safe gerrymandered congressional districts, nationally speaking, this brand is tarnished and toxic. The GOP polls at 28% favorable rate among American voters.

With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives engaged in a tense, government-shuttering budgetary standoff against a Democratic president and Senate, the Republican Party is now viewed favorably by 28% of Americans, down from 38% in September. This is the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992. source

Meanwhile, in an alternate reality, Sarah Palin/Barbara Bachman/Ted Cruz/Mike Lee claim to be working for the best interest of real Americans. They remain oblivious to the realty of us other Americans (the silent 72% majority) who passionately reject the Tea Party/GOP.

Be maybe, just maybe, big money can use their deep pockets and influence to halt the GOP crazy walk and talk:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A slice of corporate America thinks tea partyers have overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year's congressional elections.

In what could be a sign of challenges to come across the country, two U.S. House races in Michigan mark a turnabout from several years of widely heralded contests in which right-flank candidates have tried — sometimes successfully — to unseat Republican incumbents they perceive as not being conservative enough.

In the Michigan races, longtime Republican businessmen are taking on two House incumbents — hardline conservative Reps. Justin Amash and Kerry Bentivolio — in GOP primaries. The 16-day partial government shutdown and the threatened national default are bringing to a head a lot of pent-up frustration over GOP insurgents roughing up the business community's agenda.

Democrats hope to use this rift within the GOP to their advantage. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the House committee to elect Democrats, insists there's been "buyer's remorse with House Republicans who have been willing to put the economy at risk," and that it is opening the political map for Democrats in 2014.  source

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