Acronyms and Tea
Before the 2008 election, the Republican version of the Democrats MoveOn.org was the dubyaphile Freedom Watch. After the election Freedom Watch shut down almost at once. On April 30, 2009 Eric Cantor along with John McCain, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Haley Barbour, and others announced the National Council for a New America (NCNA). Great hoopla and fanfare made NCNA quite the hullabaloo on the blogs and talking head circuit for about 20 minutes. Its embarrassing website (talks!) is still up, but the NCNA is now dismissed as a non-starter. Now, it's The American Action Network (AAN), an effort by the likes of (shocker) Norm Coleman, Jeb Bush, Haley Barbour, Karl Rove, Rob Collins (senior aid to Cantor), Douglas Holtz-Eakin (senior adviser for McCain), Ed Gillespie, and Fred Malek. The NCNA is now the AAN.
While the above create acronyms, another set of folks are talking tea. While some lines cross and blur (Palin speaks tea yet endorsed McCain), the GOP is clearly splitting into two camps. The bifurcation is rippling into elections across the country. In AZ we have McCain (acronyms) vs. Hayworth (tea). In CD-8 we have Paton (acronyms) vs. Kelly (tea). Watch the endorsements and blog posts as this heats up.
At present the energy appears to be flowing from acronyms towards tea in what will become ugly. Tea exists because acronyms, under the staggering incompetence of the Bush administration, utterly lost their way. Tea may have a good year in 2010, but its long term prospects involve tombstones. What acronyms grasp that tea does not is that tea's vision condemns half the country. Meghan McCain did not mince words: innate racism. Add policies that butcher the poor (e.g. abolish the IRS and implement a 28% sales tax), ignore climate change, gut education, and leave corporate greed unchecked. Tea can reminisce about plundering Mother Earth and "white boy day," but no amount of shouting will refreeze the caps, help the poor, or purge the country of "those other people."
What emerges will not be a clear victory for any of the players, but some soupy mix of all of the above. Dysfunction permeates the entire system and includes both parties. The weak minded blame Obama for his predecessor's mess. Imbeciles think a snow storm refutes climate change. Kentucky has a Creationism museum that shows humans frolicking with velociraptors. Matters are likely to look worse before they look better.