I laughed last week when I received the reaction from some readers to my statement that the tea party movement's influence was waning and that it was being replaced by a more (Ron-Rand) Paul-type populist effort.
I was accused by a few as a stooge for the GOP "establishment," which by reading a cursory biography (not updated) might suggest I am a full credentialed member. The answer being, "yes, I am qualified for membership but unwilling to enjoy its privileges."
First, as to my statement regarding the tea party movement: It was reinforced by a Gallup survey just this week that attached real numbers to my theory. But make no mistake, even though the organized tea party effort is waning in some parts of the nation, the movement of conservative voters away from the GOP's fancy-pants and oh so comfy establishment is roaring ahead.
The elite media like to suggest that the GOP is engaged in civil war. I would rather it be viewed as a party in true transition. The kind of transition that took Republicans from the safety of a Gerald Ford wishy-washy form of Republican policy, to a Ronald Reagan bright-line type of party.
Most "established" journalists -- and, trust me, almost all "established" Republicans in the Senate and House -- viewed Senator Ted Cruz's "filibuster" as a publicity stunt and quietly despise him for it. And while it might have been a stunt for publicity, I did not find it offensive, nor do I despise him for it. Oh no, quite the opposite.
You see, there are basically three types of Republicans. First, you have the "silk underwear" kind who have enjoyed power and privilege for years and have immense disdain for anyone who attempts to grab the spotlight, buck the system or ruffle feathers. It used to be that names like Rockefeller and Cabot Lodge were attached to this group. Now it has been diminished to "commoners" like McCain and Cornyn.
Their ilk know the same consultants, lobbyists, reporters and colleagues from years back and can't understand why rubes like Cruz are allowed to stretch the rules and place their friends in uncomfortable positions for no real legislative purpose. Their spouses sport pearls and the Barbara Bush, powder blue, aristocratic look -- except they are not Barbara Bush and they are not, for the most part, aristocrats.