Last week should have been a wake up call for the GOP. They received more positive press than they have in a very long time on the heels of Senator Rand Paul’s 13 hour ‘fillibuster’ in which he ranted and raved against the vague policy of the use drones on American soil.
Standing with Senator Paul and lending their assistance to the filibuster were a couple of the newer members of the GOP Senate. Most notably Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Young Senators who seem unafraid to take on the establishment. The next day the ‘establishment’ was markedly upset and doing what they could to disparage the younger Senators stand against an administration who felt the need to not only not define a very dangerous policy, but who refused to answer simple questions regarding it when asked. I am of course speaking of Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
What, I asked, would drive 2 influential Senators such as McCain and Graham go on the offensive against members of their own party who had taken a very popular stance and received more positive press for the Republicans than they have had in a couple of years? Could it be jealousy? McCain and Graham were both at a dinner with President Obama at the time of the filibuster reportedly trying to iron out a compromise to end sequester spending cuts. Were the established GOP lead dogs upset that they were upstaged by their younger counterparts? Whatever the reason for their attacks and name calling the day following the filibuster one thing became clear. The old dogs need to retire to a shady spot under the porch if the GOP is to ever shed the “Old white man’s party” perception that it has.
Youth and newness can be a good thing for a party that needs to do some serious reputation rebuilding after years of a war of rhetoric for the public perception that they have been losing and losing badly. I find it reprehensible for Senators with the clout within the party that McCain and Graham have to try and make illegitimate the best positive polling the party has had in recent memory. I have to wonder. Are they dumb, senile or so full of themselves that they feel the need to take shots at their own when the spotlight is shone elsewhere within the party?
Regardless of the reasoning for their name calling outbursts, what happened with the filibuster should serve as notice the the GOP leadership. There is a youthful movement within the party. That movement is part constitutionalist, part libertarian, part tea party and part conservative. If you don’t come to grips with it and learn to embrace what it brings to the table in regards to helping erase the perception of the ‘old white man’s party’ then be prepared to stare at the outside of the White House for a very long time.
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