While Congressional Republicans are taking another totally undeserved vacation to lick their gaping wounds, the rest of the nation is trying to recover from the damage inflicted by their own government—at least by one of the two political parties in that government. It might take weeks before any of us know how much damage was really done by these Republican terrorists. Estimates are upward of $24 billion dollars.
In the aftermath of this defeated terrorist attack, the divide in the GOP, evident before the shut down, has now erupted into a full-fledged civil war. The defeated Tea Party has declared war on the 42% of Congressional Republicans who voted with all Democrats to avoid default and re-open the government. Tea Party combatants have vowed to continue the fight in January when the bill that re-opened the government expires and we reach our borrowing limit again.
If you believe our founding fathers wanted Congress to govern and not obstruct and destroy, you should follow the civil war in the Republican Party closely. There may be some good news for Americans, or the news may be disastrous.
There are at least three possible outcomes of this war. One is that voters will get revenge for this shutdown and brinkmanship and throw the bastards out in 2014, returning Democrats to the majority and eliminating the grid lock from the mythical divided government.
Another outcome is that the sane-Republican faction will wake up and realize that primaries work both ways. Primaries can be used to throw reasonable Republicans out of office for crimes like re-opening the government. They can also be used by Republicans to throw the terrorists out of office.
Perhaps if the moneyed class of the GOP wakes up, discovers a conscience, and grows a set they might “primary” the likes of Steve King, Louie Gohmert and the other ring leaders of the terrorists. Unfortunately the Osama Bin Laden of the Tea Party—Ted Cruz-is not up for re-election.
There is, of course, another terrifying outcome—the Tea Party might primary the 42% straight out of office, take control of the both Houses of Congress, and impeach the president. That is Ted “Bin Laden” Cruz’s plan.
The smart money should probably be on the Tea Party extremists. Within hours of the vote to re-open the government, AP reports, the “Twitterverse crackled with threats, insults and the names of the 27 GOP senators and 87 GOP House members who voted for the leadership's agreement that reopened the government and raised the nation's borrowing limit. Republicans got none of their demands, keeping only the spending cuts they had won in 2011.”
TeaParty.net tweeted a link to the 114 lawmakers, calling each as a RINO--Republican in name only-- who should be turned out of office: "Your 2014 #RINO hunting list!" "We shouldn't have to put up with fake conservatives like Mitch McConnell," read a fundraising letter Thursday from the Tea Party Victory Fund Inc.
One by one, members of the 58% of Republicans who voted to default have been coming out of their holes and vowing to fight again in January, using a government shutdown and default as bargaining chits to de-fund Obamacare. In fact, they are not waiting until January to fire up their base.
Why is the smart money on the Tea Party when 51% of registered Republicans do not even consider them part of the Republican Party? The reason is that the 42% of elected Republicans and party leaders like Reince Priebus are scared to death of Ted “B. L.” Cruz, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the other racist, bigoted, Confederate flag waving, Muslim bashing, hate mongers that fuel the Tea Party extremism—in the name of religion.
Thus far these “42 per centers” have been silent when the extremists launch hate attacks on the president and anyone who dares support him. They are silent about the Republicans who waved the confederate flag in front of the White House forgetting that flag is the flag of an “enemy”—an enemy hundreds of thousands of Americans died to vanquish in the first civil war. They waited 16 days after the shut down to have the courage and moral fortitude to vote with Democrats to re-open the government and avoid default, but they only mustered enough courage to open it for 90 days.
Yes, the smart money is on the Tea Party, unless the American people have had enough.