Friday's HOT MIC
Stephen-Klein's post is excellent but, sadly, it could have been written months ago and put on ice until this moment. The GOP fiscal irresponsibility writing has been on the wall in permanent marker for quite some time, as I am sure you are well aware. Here was my response last night to the Republicans on Twitter who were reacting as if this were unexpected behavior from the party:
When I co-founded the first Los Angeles Tea Party in 2009, I had already been a Republican activist for 25 years. My patience with the party regarding fiscal issues was already wearing thin then. That is why I threw so much effort into the Tea Party movement for the next few years. Without saying it, I felt that it was the last stand as far as making the Republicans truly distinguishable from the Democrats on money matters. When I left the party in 2016, people assumed it was about Trump, even though I'd made it clear that it wasn't. McConnell and others in the GOP had done nothing but push back against Tea Party people and our principles. We gift-wrapped two huge midterm wins that they couldn't have engineered on their own and the response was, "Shut up because we know stuff." I knew we couldn't make a lasting impact unless we were able to purge the party leadership almost all at once, and I knew that wasn't possible.
Into political exile I went. I am no longer an activist, and have no interest in being one again. Let the moderate Republicans destroy the party in the name of bipartisanship so they can have The New York Times say nice things about them for an hour. I'll be over here hoarding potato vodka until my former party makes sure I can no longer afford it.