The National Republican Senatorial Committee on Friday comically denied any friction between moderate Republicans and Tea Party advocates. The long history of animosity between the two factions must end for Republicans to have a fighting chance for electability in future elections. That future begins with the November election. Conventional Republican candidates and Tea Party advocates must call a truce to entice the votes necessary to prevent a divided party. It’s imperative to take the Senate in six short weeks.
Republicans must win a net total of six seats to take the majority in the U.S. Senate. The problems they face are six other closely contested races that desperately require the two sides to call a truce.
It appears at this point the Republicans have a 16-point advantage over Democrats in a generic poll conducted by George Washington University survey. But is that true? Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund spokesman Kevin Broughton promised that “While Tea Party people and conservative activists might have a bad taste in their mouth, the goal is to keep Barack Obama from making more bad appointments to the federal appeals courts. And the way you stop that is to take away Harry Reid’s Democratic majority and his nuclear option.”
If this is the spirit that is beginning to play in the Republican Party, there is an excellent chance Republicans will control the Senate in 2015. That will leave Barack Obama facing a hostile Republican House and Senate the last two years of his lame duck second term.
The Chamber of Commerce has made their position clear that big business is working hard to support candidates “who want to work within the legislative process” and to unleash “enough resources to run the most effective political program of 2014.”
Thus far the six Republicans who faced Tea Party challenges, and won their primaries, have been at least verbally supported by the vanquished Tea Party candidates. Most Republican and Tea Party officials advocate grass roots action to encourage voter support rather than TV and radio time.
Andrew Smith, a University of New Hampshire pollster and political science professor, said earlier this week, “There will have to be some fence mending with these groups.” He went on to say that the GOP establishment must get those groups energized. The best way is to “make it easy for independent voters” by tying every Democratic candidate to President Obama. “I’m sure a lot of party leaders are also saying, ‘Look, you saw what happened in 2010 and 2012. Don’t let it happen again,’ ” Smith said.
The final six weeks will be interesting with the Democrats avoiding discussion of the president and concentrating on their own party themes of the “war on women” and other more politically motivated non-issues. The question now is whether it will stop the tide of a supposedly united Republican Party.
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