Now that the political dust is settling, 2010 can be officially coined as the “Year of the Tea Party” (or something like that).
Amazingly, the boom that was Obama’s historic election and subsequent two-year reign of unchecked activist governance has led to Tuesday’s Democratic bust. And thus, the Democrats’ Progressive monopoly has been squelched by the Tea Party’s now apparent ability to translate protest into political power.
But still, what most in the media cannot see is that the conservative landslide of 2010 paints a picture that goes far beyond historical congressional gains. Instead, the Republicans’ overwhelming victories advance a narrative that is both fitting and consistent with the rich history of the Party of Lincoln, Douglass, and King.
The phenomenon of the Mid-term election cycle can be explained in two parts: The first is an automatic consensus among the Right—that conservatism is for the little man—and the second must be forever denied by the Left—that liberalism is for keeping the little man little. To be clear, the efforts of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, who have pulled a center-right country (kicking and screaming) too far to the left, have effectively legitimized the Tea Party movement, thus creating an anti-elitist awakening that has led to “The RNC Recovery Act of 2010.”
Just look at conservative rock-star Sarah Palin. Love her or hate her, she has managed to electrify an already pumped-up female base of Evangelical, pocketbook, conservative women.
With just a sprinkle of Palin’s magic endorsement dust, many midterm campaigns went from unheard of, to “one to look out for” (can you say Christine O’Donnell?).
While Sharon Angle, Meg Whitman, and Carly Fiorina all lost their respective bids, quietly, New Mexico and South Carolina have each elected a Republican woman as governor. What’s more, South Carolina governor-elect Nikki Haley is Native American, and New Mexico Republican governor-elect Susana Martinez is a Hispanic American. (Shocking, I know, but it gets better.)
After Sarah Palin’s phoenix-like rise from the 2008 campaign firestorm of hate, she didn’t “retreat” but instead she “reloaded” and shot a hole straight through the proverbial “glass ceiling,” unleashing a pack of “Mama Grizzlies.” All this resulted in five female Republican candidates running for the U.S Senate and a gang of Republican women who all ran competitive congressional bids, some making national waves.
(Maureen Dowd is definitely eating her own words now.)
I’m not holding my breath waiting for liberal feminazis like Joyless Blowhard or Al “Shake-down” Sharpton to sing the praises of a Republican Party gaining ground in minority precincts, but whether by accident or design, the media blackout on the subject of black Republican candidates is mind-boggling.
And I know, it’s hard for some news producers to believe, but (whispering here, of course), black Republicans do exist; two of whom have proven to have the political calculus to pull off some stunning races.
In South Carolina’s 1st district, Tim Scott (who was all but given the key to his new Washington office), defeated his Democratic challenger Tuesday. Allen West, a Tea Party laureate and retired Lt. Colonel, handed a convincing loss to his opponent, Rep. Klein.
And with the election of Florida Governor Rick Scott, Jennifer Carroll is the first elected African-American Lt. Governor and is the first female Lt. Governor in Florida’s history.
I think it is safe to say that 2010 is the “Year of the Black Republican.”
(J. C. Watts is somewhere doing back flips right now).
And just days after President Obama (you know, “Mr. Post-Racial” himself), urged Latino voters to “punish [their] enemies“ and “reward [their] friends,” Cuban American and former Florida Speaker of the House and Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio was handing both Charlie “More Flip-flops than South Beach” Crist and Kendrick Meek losses in the Florida Senate race.
So I ask Mr. Eugene Robinson, the N.A.A.C.P., and liberal media elites everywhere: How “racist” is the Tea Party?
Am I to believe that these disproportionately older, whiter, and affluent bigots were so blinded by their hatred for minorities that they didn’t realize they had made financial contributions to, openly supported and helped to elect black Republicans to congress, a Hispanic Governor, a Native American Governor, a black Lt. Governor, and a Cuban-America Senator?
How racist is the Tea Party, whose membership consists of some of the same “intolerant haters” who voted for and helped campaign for President Obama?
The Tea party (unlike nearly every progressive policy), does not have a “racial quota” to meet.
The race card is a house of cards, and gone are the days in which devoted liberals can just paint all Republicans and Tea Party members as old, sexist, intolerant, rich, racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, self-hating, white bigots and expect those claims to hold even a drop of water.
Pull up your pants and join the rest of America in a civilized discourse on how to preserve America as the best last hope on Earth.