Biden Takes On The Tea Party


Vice President Joe Biden went into full-on John McRINO mode in his bid to shore up the reelection campaign of embattled North Carolina Democratic Senator Kay Hagan Friday, telling donors at a fundraising event the Nation needs a Republican Party that’s emancipated itself from the influence of unwavering Tea Party conservatism.

Biden’s hope for the GOP? A predominance of “mainstream conservatives” who nominally like to carry the flag for big businesses, but otherwise differ little from their Democratic kin.

“Your father’s Republican Party is trying to come back,” said Biden.

Biden alluded to the victory of Alabama Republican Bradley Byrne, who lost his 2010 gubernatorial primary bid to Tea Party darling Robert Bentley but won a seat in the State’s 1st Congressional district last week over Tea Party opponent Dean Young, as an example of where he hopes his own party’s political adversaries come from in the future.

“The business community [in Alabama]… came along and said enough is enough,” said Biden.

“You are going to see the Republican Party wrestle back eventually to a mainstream conservative position and that’s good. We need a strong Republican Party. Because we have to have somebody we can look across the aisle and make a deal with.”

Was there not a single Republican in all of Congress you could persuade to vote for Obamacare, Mr. Vice President? Or do you just want pliable “opposition” that can be counted on to break under Democrats’ unilateral bullying?

It’s telling that neither Biden nor Hagan breathed a word about Obamacare during the event – even though Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) keeps insisting that Democrats will ride the success of Obamacare all the way to victory in the 2014 Congressional midterms.

“You’re darn right that our candidates are going to run on the advantage that Obamacare will be going into the 2014 election,” she told CNN Thursday. “The choice will be very clear.”

How about it, Biden and Hagan? Got Obamacare listed on your campaign talking points yet?

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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