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The old guard (cheese, I almost said ‘farts’) in the Republican Party continue to dine on their younger members as well as independent conservatives.

The Washington Times Monday, March 10, 2014, edition included two trendy reports:

  • ONE: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed any tea party candidates challenging establishment Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections would not just fail — but fail miserably. “I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” he said, The New York Times reported, “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.” Mr. McConnell faces concerted challenge himself, most notably from a Kentuckian named Matt Bevin, a businessman who’s branded himself a true conservative, The Blaze (Glenn Beck) reported. “Mitch McConnell is clearly in trouble in his primary, or he wouldn’t be attacking Matt Bevin and declaring war on conservatives,” the Senate Conservatives Fund’s Matt Hoskins told The New York Times. The Kentucky primary is set for May 20.
  • TWO: Rep. Peter King suggested during a weekend appearance on national television that Sen. Rand Paul is playing on the “lowest common denominator” of political supporters to push his foreign policy views. For instance, Mr. Paul shouldn’t make comments about Americans fearing a drone strike while drinking coffee at Starbucks, Mr. King said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Those types of remarks only drive up constituents’ fears, while playing to Mr. Paul’s political base, Mr. King suggested, Newsmax reported. “Our real enemy is al Qaeda,” Mr. King said, Newsmax reported. “We have to be concerned about Russia.” Mr. King faulted Mr. Paul for believing America as “an imperial power” and calling for a retreat from the international stage. “Nothing can make the world more dangerous that if America” did retreat, Mr. King said, Newsmax reported. “We cannot allow isolationists to take over” the Republican Party.

The fall mid-term elections should be an interesting test of Tea Party power. If they win big, they will not be absorbed by the GOP for an election cycle or two. If they lose big, as Sen. McConnell suggests, the movement is probably doomed to follow the path of all other third party movements in the United States – the adoption of a few of their pet issues into the major political party most closely aligned with them in the first place, which would be the Republican Party.

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When Colorado author Richard J. Schneider is not sneaking a peek at the Washington Times and listening to 24/7 SportsTalk (just like PoliticalTalk but with fewer injuries and deaths), he writes mystery novels. His latest book is WATER: A Vic Bengston Investigation, available on kindle at Amazon.

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