I know what you’re thinking. Why would Mitt move to the right when he didn’t during the primary? I agree to some point, but this article at ABC goes beyond the primary and discusses a few options that even the most clever within the elites perhaps didn’t see coming. Or perhaps they did — explaining the massive number of ominous attacks lately surrounding Governor Palin and the grassroots movements she leads.
Before we delve into the ABC piece; however, let’s go back to that day in October when Palin announced she wasn’t running and later went to Greta VanSusteren to talk about that decision after her supporters had reacted for a few hours: She said the following:
“Decided that it’s a no, Greta, because after prayerful consideration and a lot of discussion with the family, I concluded that I believe I can be an effective voice in a real decisive role in helping get true public servants elected to office, not just in the presidency, but we have 33 Senate seats coming up. We have a House of Representatives that we need to strengthen in numbers, conservatives who understand that our country has got to get back on the right track economically here, and governors’ seats around the nation. I believe I can be an effective voice for some positive change in these positions.
And I apologize to those whom are disappointed in this decision. I’ve been hearing from them in the last couple of hours. But I believe that they, when they take a step back, will understand why the decision was made and understand that, really, you don’t need a title to make a difference in this country. I think that I’m proof of that.
And we together united can surely help as a team to get this country back on the right track by making sure that Barack Obama is not reelected and making sure that Senate seats go to constitutionalists and the House of Representatives is strengthened with more conservatives.”
In other words, Palin didn’t claim perfection in the Presidential race as it stood back then. Even then she emphasized “making sure Barack Obama is not reelected” while placing a special emphasis on our Congress. But after observing just where the Tea Party is headed (something which continues to make the establishment squeal), maybe it’s possible to optimize a President Romney after all.
This idea makes perfect sense when you consider the development of the Tea Party. Being a “ground up call to action” that it’s always been, we truthfully could not expect a top-down transformation of our Government. This is why so many of us who gather here to discuss ways of making differences in communities and uniting one district at a time and one state at a time for these Congressional and Senate seats have been instrumental in the continuance of our mission. But by realizing our limits in 2010, we dealt one heck of a blow to the establishment. By realizing our limits in 2012, we’re about to do the same.
That’s what this ABC article represents to me, and I hope it brings you some affirmation as well.
With respect to Ted Cruz’s stunning victory in Texas, it goes on to discuss other Tea Party victories and the accompanying effect this could have on the possible presidency of Mitt Romney:
“The stunning Texas victory of Ted Cruz, a young Tea Party-backed Republican over an establishment candidate vying for a Senate seat, has already so emboldened the insurgent conservative movement that activists are warning Mitt Romney he had better get on board.
“These guys [newly elected Tea Party candidates]” are going to force Romney to the right,” said Andrea Shell, a spokeswoman for Tea Party group Freedom Works. “That is our entire mission.”
Cruz won the Texas Republican primary Tuesday night. In Texas, winning the Republican nomination is a virtual lock on a Senate election.
His victory is the latest in a string of Tea Party candidates to tap into anti-establishment frustration within the Republican Party and overcome the steep odds and deep pockets of more mainstream candidates.
Riding a wave of recent successes in the House and now also the Senate, Tea Party groups are eyeing the possible control of both chambers, a prospect, they say, would force Romney, were he to win the presidential election in November, “to move to the right.”
“If we can elect a really conservative House and Senate that will force Romney to go along with our bold conservative agenda,” Shell said. “He’s going to have to really, really go to the right. He’ll be working with guys in the House and Senate. He won’t be able to get away with too many middle of the road policies, especially on things like the deficit.”
Capitol Hill observers note that many newly elected and Tea Party-backed legislators want to remove the taint of Republican-back government spending during the Bush administration. So dedicated are they to the goals of cutting spending, shrinking the deficit and keeping government small, that they are motivated by ideology and not party loyalty.
“It’s not going to be a Romney driven presidency,” Norman Orenstein, a researcher at the conservative think tank AEI recently told ABC News. “It’s going to be a Congressional, conservative, Republican driven presidency from Congress.”
While I don’t expect “experts” like David Frum to understand this, Norman Orenstein makes an excellent point. As we know, with Palin leading the Tea Party’s “fundamental restoration” of Congress, she’s not going to be afraid to take some shots from (and send some to) a Republican President if he should attempt to bypass the conservatives controlling both Houses. Remember, Congress writes the laws. They are the hub of our Government. When they are filled with commonsense conservatives, the entire game is going to change.
Further, when the mainstream media is observing all of this, who are they going to defend? A sitting Republican president who they’ll want to beat in four years? It doesn’t seem likely to me. It’s going to be a little funny watching them attack Palin and the Tea Party (don’t forget, we have a midterm election coming in 2014) at the same time. It puts them in the awkward position of carrying more than one narrative at a time. Such narratives, intended to benefit the left could wind up eventually colliding with one another.
But with truth as our basis wrapped in our love of country, our narrative as Tea Party conservatives shall remain the same – regardless of the roars of rhetoric and the shiny objects used to distract by the elites.
The establishment, the pundits, and the politicos know this as well. Simply having their choice on the GOP ticket is not enough. Once that person is elected, it’s simply a fact they’ll be more pressured from Congress, via “the people” to do the right thing in lieu of engaging in cronyism and politics as usual — thus explaining why the pundits in the establishment are seeking to destroy Palin and the Tea Party more now than they did when she was still a possible candidate for President.
While I never like to admit it when I’m wrong, I am happy to do so when saying the Governor got it right — back in October. Though she was more than qualified for the job as President, she’s leading a strategy and transformation that Karl Rove will someday cringe at having to acknowledge.