If there’s something positive with the Democrats “rope-a-dope” strategy, it is that it should make those moderate Republicans in office start returning back to conservative principles instead of voting with the other side. Those who do consistently vote on behalf of the Constitution won’t be challenged in their primaries.
There are many great reasons why the Tea Party should be a grassroots movement without a National Governing Body. That said, the lack of an organization means anyone can declare himself or herself under the Tea Party banner. It doesn’t take vetting or screening. Vague promises about upholding Tea Party principles of supporting the Constitution and its founding principles of limited government, free markets and personal responsibility are good enough more often than not. And so, politicians make promises aplenty during the campaign and then turn their back on them the minute they are in office.
The lessons are clear. Never trust at face value a label that the candidate is publically pushing. Do your own research into their voting record. Pull the candidate’s campaign disclosure form. Cross check to make sure that any of the donors (especially the major ones) are donors to other conservative candidates and projects. Most importantly, talk to the candidates directly and pose serious questions. See if they give thoughtful answers or if they feebly mouth talking points.
At last resort, contact one of the many national Tea Party organizations to see if they have any background or involvement with that candidate. Many times, volunteers with an organization will help you do research on that candidate and will even appreciate your making them aware of who is running under the Tea Party title.
In 1974 Muhammad Ali took on archrival George Foreman in the famous “Rumble in the Jungle.” Ali’s strategy was to let Foreman swing away until he exhausted his energy. Foreman appeared to be delivering what looked to be dangerous blows to Ali. In reality, Ali was saving his energy. In the eighth round, Ali delivered the knockout punch to the exhausted Foreman. By quietly supporting phony primary battles in key races, the Democrats hope to do the same thing – watch Republicans swing away at each other and then wait to deliver a knockout blow themselves. Don’t let them do it.