by Denis Campbell
In a firestorm of repudiation against Republican special interest backed ‘Astro-turfing’ (covering over real issues with pretty green carpets) and shouting down Democratic Congress members in boisterous town hall meetings, the just released Gallup National Poll shows only 5 states in the US can be listed as solidly or leaning Republican while 37 are ‘solidly’ or ‘lean’ Democrat.
That means 8 new Red states, including Texas(!) are solidly in play. Texas, the home of George W. Bush and, until now, as Red a Red State as they come, at 42% Democrat and 40% Republican is too close to call. When the Republican Party loses Texas that is their tipping point.
As Texas goes, so goes the party of mindless NO, bullying, braying and blustering. Republicanism is floundering in a sea of wing-nut ideology and their ship is taking on water. The lunatic wing-nut fringe led by talk show hosts, talking head news anchors and Michael “we roll in the ‘hood” Steele as Chairman are in a quandary because the lunatics are running this asylum. Add in the stylish venom of Sarah “sue you! now!” Palin, Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter and you have icing on a cake no one would dare look at let alone touch.
From unattended ‘Tea Parties’ to wild-eyed Birthers questioning Obama’s citizenship to a town hall meeting room filled with spittle spewing lunatics already drawing their Medicare coverage (yes indeedy, partaking of the very “socialist” national medical plan they claim to be so against), the logic has been reduced to: we are Republicans, the Democrats are socialist and they want to take away your right to healthcare, force you to die, harvest your organs or have mandatory sex change operations (and this is just the tip of their crazy iceberg).
Indeed the party left crazy 9-months ago when Sarah Palin supporters began yelling racist epithets, called Obama a terrorist and shouted “Kill Him” at their rallies. Crazy would be a step up. Now they are inciting anger and hate at a level that will lead to another Tim McVeigh-like domestic terror incident.
When FOX News’ Glenn Beck tries to walk back hate comments he incited, you know even his overlords within the Murdoch organisation are finally worried about blowback hitting them. See words do matter and in the courts of law and public opinion, they would be held liable.
But the real winners are the town hall meeting crazies. Bussed in and paid by the same K Street lobbyists who spent $1.4 million dollars a day the last 3-months to stop healthcare reform of any kind (which they have successfully done for the last 45-years), they stand in the back of rooms and disrupt dialogue of any kind. They are there to shout down anyone who disagrees and pretty soon the five remaining states (Alaska, Utah, Wyoming, Mississppi and Idaho, five of the least populous states in the country) could get tired of their game as well.
The 8 remaining Red states now in the competitive play column include:
- Mississippi (+1 Republican),
- North Dakota and Nebraska (even) and
- Kansas, Arizona, Texas, South Carolina, and Montana (all +2 Democratic).
So Obama is correct to let the Republicans hang themselves out to dry.
Problem is his own party has got to demonstrate they can lead, govern, get out of the way and move this lobbyist fed beast forward.
The heat is on!