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Immediately after the Tucson Tragedy, Arizona Republican District 20 Chairman Anthony Miller resigned his post. Why did he resign?
....he stepped down in the face of "constant verbal attacks" and other forms of intimidation. "I wasn't going to resign but decided to quit after what happened Saturday," he said. "I love the Republican Party but I don't want to take a bullet for anyone."
Why did Anthony Miller think he might "take a bullet?"
Miller, 43, told HuffPost he decided to resign after his wife expressed concern for their safety. Miller had been the target of heavy criticism from Arizona tea partiers, in part because he worked on Sen. John McCain's campaign last fall.(The tea partiers favored McCain's opponent, J.D. Hayworth.) Miller added that he is generally more trustful of government officials than tea partiers in his district, who favor more anti-establishment candidates.
Yesterday, yet another state Republican Party leader, Dick Wadhams, Colorado Republican Party Chairman, announced he won't seek reelection to another term of leading the Colorado GOP....even though he has enough votes to get reelected.
"I have tired of those who are obsessed with seeing conspiracies around every corner and who have terribly misguided notions of what the role of the state party is while saying 'uniting conservatives' is all that is needed to win competitive races across the state," Wadhams wrote in a memo to the Colorado Republican State Central Committee obtained by The Denver Post.
Then the money quote....
"I have loved being chairman, but I'm tired of the nuts who have no grasp of what the state party's role is," Wadhams told the Post.
The "nuts" who see "conspiracies around every corner" are, of course, the new Republicans, the new conservatives.....the Tea Partiers. Seems like the Colorado TP'ers wanted to focus on "uniting conservatives" for the 2012 election cycle. Wadhams knew from experience that his GOP had to attract centrist and moderate voters in order to win some races. Tea Partiers, now common knowledge, don't do compromise.
Remember.....Anthony Miller and Dick Wadhams are Republicans. And not simply Republicans, but Republicans who led their party in their respective states.
Intimidation, thuggishness and fear were the motivators in Anthony Miller's resignation. Weariness over the ignorant, conspiratorial "nuts" was the motivator in Wadhams resignation.
Thuggishness and ignorance. The characteristic qualities of the GOP's new reactionary movement.....The Tea Party.
To be sure, many advocates for the Tea Party have been, rightfully, warning about debt, deficits and bloated government. Even though I disagree strongly with many of the solutions that these more-informed Tea Party participants set forward.......their lower taxes, fewer regulations, smaller government message is not out there on the fringe of conservative thought.
In fact, since 1980, those solutions have made up the primary platform of the Republican Party. Because that is true, The Reverend has been repetitively pointing out over the last 2 years that the Tea Party is simply the Republican Party camoflauging itself in the wake of Republican President Bush's abject failure. The Tea Party was Dick Armey's and the Koch Bros. new gimmick to take conservative voters' minds off the dismal performance of the Grand Old Party. Dick will always be a Dick, but he's no dummy.
But the anger and nuttiness seen often at 2008 Palin campaign events quickly became the identifying marks of new Tea Party rallies which began in Feb-March, 2009. As only one example, the ignorance was seen in hundreds of signs declaring that "we're taxed enough already" and "Obama is a socialist"......even though those same angry TP'ers were enjoying the lowest federal taxation rates since 1950, and Obama had lowered taxes on virtually every American worker. The thuggishness was seen in the gun-toting at political events and in the strategically orchestrated busting up of townhall meetings, the numerous threats on the lives of elected officials.
Now, because powerful conservatives have failed over the last two years to denounce the ignorance and thuggishness of many within the Tea movement.....the movement is threatening the entire Republican Party.....as seen in the resignation of reasonable GOP leaders in Arizona and Colorado.
The GOP is in between that proverbial rock and hard place. Traditional GOP leaders know that thuggishness and ignorance will never attract enough independent and moderate voters to maintain a congressional majority, let alone win the presidency. Even the neo-conservative devil, Bill Kristol, recognizes that reality. Yet, without the thug and ignorant conservative votes, the GOP can't compete at all on the national level.
With the continued resignations of key state GOP leaders, with the Kabuki dancing by Boehner's Bunglers in the House attempting to appease the thugs and the ignorant through meaningless exercises to rescind ObamaCare and re-litigate abortion, to the targeting of more moderate Republican senators like Hatch, Lugar and Snowe in 2012.....
...it looks like the ignorant, thuggish conservative voter mob is taking over the once Grand.....old party.