Of Parties, Politics, and Paths Taken


The Dow crossed the 10,000 mark last week.  Some conservative economists believe this is a good sign for the economy.  Others feel the Dow is in bubble mode and will soon burst.  Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner falls into this camp.  He doesn’t believe the 10,000 mark means anything.  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28282.html

Senator Lindsey Graham was heckled at a town hall style meeting last week by fellow conservatives and Ron Paul supporters.  These people don’t like the fact that Graham voted for Justice Sotomayor.  Graham and Paul are having a battle of words over Graham’s votes and Paul’s vision for the Republican Party.  Graham has said, “I am going to grow this party.  I’m not going to let it be hijacked by Ron Paul.”  Paul questioned Graham’s devotion to the Constitution.  “My first reaction would be, ‘What does he have against the Constitution?  And the supporters I have support me because I’m a traditional conservative and I support the Constitution.”http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/10/14/ron-paul-vs-lindsey-graham-on-the-future-of-the-gop/.  Other conservatives don’t like it that Graham has said he will work with Senator John Kerry on climate change legislation and that he supported TARP funds.

Sarah Palin is raising a ton of money flying around the country giving speeches while former advisors to John McCain’s presidential campaign continue to debate whether she was a great choice or a terrible choice.

So let us take a look at the current Republican Party.  Some fiscal conservatives are claiming that the economy may be getting better, while others are claiming the economy is getting worse.  Social conservatives are calling a conservative senator “wussypants” and “asshat”.  Ron Paul supporters are questioning this same senator’s conservativeness and his stance on the war.  The battle for the soul of the Republican Party is well underway.  The question is where it will lead the party?  It could focus on the deficit and taxes.  Or it could focus on wedge issues like abortion and same sex marriage.  It could make itself the real party of “No” and attempt to stop any and all progress without offering any counter proposals.

Each option certainly has potential risks and rewards.  The path chosen will say a lot about the Republican Party’s real vision for America.  Will the party end up on Wall Street, in Wasilla, or in the White House?  If you love party politics, watching the Republican Party over the next year will be a lot of fun.

bradgideon

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