After a disappointing election, it seems that America’s top Republicans are focused on how they can do everything wrong. Rather than changing things up, November’s election kept us at the status quo, but if that means anything for the party that lost the presidential election, it means that it’s time for a change.
It was just a couple of years ago that the GOP gained a lot of ground, picking up control of the House and picking up a few seats in the Senate. But more important than what was gained in 2010 is who was gained.
It was the conservative Tea Party that helped the GOP to gain ground in that important midterm election, yet today the party leadership seems intent on punishing that same Tea Party for not falling into lock-step on certain key votes, namely the compromise votes on raising the debt ceiling.
Tea Party candidates were elected with a simple mandate: bring fiscal conservatism back to Washington…and that is what they have worked toward. Now, the Republican leadership is punishing them for doing exactly what they were sent to Washington to do.
If the GOP leadership is going to continue to compromise with an unreasonable group of ideologues (aka the Democratic Party), then the last thing they need is to be surrounded by a bunch of “yes” men. Someone in Washington needs to stand for conservatism and fiscal responsibility.