Since then, fair-weather Senator Arlen Specter, who switched from the Republican Party to the Democrat Party in the glow of Obama’s presidential election, was defeated in Pennsylvania. And in the same elections that saw Specter go down, the Democrat chosen to fill deceased Representative Jack Murtha’s seat ran against Obama and the very big-government policies that marked Murtha’s shameful career.
And Republicans have not been immune to the sickle with which tea partiers are threshing either. On Saturday, May 8, 2010, Utah’s three-term Republican Senator Bob Bennett was “thrown out of office … by delegates at the Utah GOP Convention.” Although Bennett liked to talk like a conservative when running for office, he supported the kind of bailouts that brought tea partiers out of the woodwork to begin with once elections were over.
Just ten days after Bennett was told “thanks but no thanks,” another moderate Republican, Trey Grayson, “lost badly” to his opponent Rand Paul in a bid for the Senate seat from which Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning is retiring. Not surprisingly, Grayson had the support of the D.C. establishment but Paul had the support of Sarah Palin and an untold number of pedal-to-the-metal conservative activists.
This push for true conservatism and sound government also resulted in Republican Charles Djou winning a special election in Hawaii for a congressional seat that hasn’t been held by a Republican since 1990. In his final push, just five days before the election, Djou put out a press release in which he said: “This congressional seat is not owned by the Democrat Party. It isn’t owned by any union or special interest group. This seat is owned by the people.”
Apparently “the people” agreed with Djou. And I think it’s safe to say Sam Adams and his “Sons of Liberty” would have concurred as well.
If you’re still a naysayer, just look at what happened in South Carolina on June 21. Political “outsiders” Nikki Haley and Tim Scott secured Republican nominations for the upcoming November elections. Haley will be the Republican candidate for governor and Tim Scott, a black conservative, will run for a congressional seat in the Palmetto State’s 1st District.
Both Haley and Scott were endorsed by Palin and supported by tea partiers.
In summary, incumbents of both parties who support the big-government policies that have characterized Obama’s administration to this point may want to be sure they have another job to fall back on come election season. For although the tea in Boston Harbor has long since dispersed and disappeared, there are tens of thousands of tea partiers who are still partying like it’s 1773.