“Cruel and malicious. Unprovoked. Revolting.”
These are the words Teaparty.org CEO and Minuteman xenophobe Steve Eichler used to describe the GOP’s recent reaction to Tea Party backlash over the recently struck Murray-Ryan budget deal. Stating that the GOP has “declared war” on the Tea Party, one is inclined to wonder if he perhaps missed his own website’s declaration of war not even two weeks ago. In his diatribe, Mr. Eichler fails to acknowledge the root of this war pitting brother-cousin against brother-cousin, stating,
In recent days, Speaker of the House John Boehner, along with other Republicans have openly scorned and attacked the Tea Party without provocation.
In his recent post to the website he runs, Eichler bends and twists in ways that would make circus contortionists green with envy. He lambasted establishment Republicans — many of whom previously praised the Tea Party as crucial to their electoral victories — as well as conventional GOP support structures such as the Chamber of Commerce for having, as he sees it, turned their backs on the fringe right wing astro-turf campaign.
Calling the “day of elephant intimidation over,” Eichler issued a spiteful and threatening warning in the form of a question, asking where the “tens of millions” of Tea Party patriots will channel their money if the GOP refuses to toe the line. With their typical all-or-nothing attitudes and ardent neoconservative policy agenda, it would seem the innate fractures in the right wing are now truly beginning to crumble under the weight of their own intellectual dishonesty.
In an interview with Fox News recently, former Governor and Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee -a man noted for his often theocratic approach to public policy- slammed the Tea Party for their intractable nature, saying,
In politics, if you have an all or nothing, now or never mindset, you’re going to get nothing and you’re going to get it forever.
Politics is not theology…
How far will this civil war within the conservative base go? Could a broken right wing electoral base create the room needed for truly progressive candidates from the left to step forward and out of the shadows? Possibly.
Short of the Democratic Party’s well renowned talent for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Eichler’s threats to advocate for the funding of “grassroots” conservatives over that of establishment Republicans stands to divide the right in ways that progressive political analysts have only dreamed of.
And should this come to pass, should the sides eat each other into obscurity and irrelevance, will either side of the regressive right survive? According to Eichler, his side will…
The Tea Party will survive, but can the same be said of the Republican Party?
We’ll see, Steve. We’ll see.