There seems to be an undercurrent of thought with a message making for an uncomfortable situation. Uppermost for many is just wondering what the Democrats are going to do. Full steam ahead--we know we're doing what's right? Or is there really a message we should be listening to?
Frankly, I'm thinking we shouldn't waste our time trying to figure it out. Just wait and see and take care of either position as it presents itself.
More important, is what is our game plan? We know what is right, we know what it takes to win an election, 51% of the vote, we just have to get the message out. And how do we do that?
The biggest hurdle we have, I believe, is how to work with the Tea Party. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, right? Our basic premise is not to divide our vote and ultimately give the victory to the liberals. But the message from the leadership of the Tea Party is certainly mixed. The interview with one spokesperson indicated that they didn't want nor need help from the Republicans. But last Tuesday I read another leader say that he had tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with Republican leaders.
My question, therefore, is: which is it? Work together or not? The Republican Party is already structured and New York 23rd notwithstanding, is experienced in running campaigns and have staff and volunteers in place and ready to go. Witness the beautiful job in Massachusetts with volunteers from all over the country. The Tea Party is very young with a few knowledgeable folks at the helm.
Those of us in the trenches have little or no influence on those decision makers and we can only hope and pray that they will give up their ego trips and do what is right for the people of the country who know that the grandiose plans of the Obama machine are not good for ordinary citizens.
My biggest fear? That the big tent position will prevail, as it should, but at what cost? There are many of us who have our own litmus tests or test. On a personal level this is a very difficult problem. Knowing that most, if not all, Democrats are pro abortion, we have no problem voting for all Republicans. But we do know that we will be put in the position of voting for pro abortion candidates if Tea Party folks put up candidates in primaries to whom life is not an important issue and defeat pro life Republican candidates. If that happens I, and many others, will vote with broken hearts knowing that the average number of abortions in this country is 825,000 dead children each year and the number will go up if it is not an important issue to some non-Democrats or Independents.
This is a very sad commentary on the year 2010--