Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

March 13, 2013

Tea Party to blame

—  

Editor:

A letter to the Register-News some time ago cast aspersions on moderate Republicans and the "Rhino media" for the election fiasco. I respectfully disagree with this assessment for the election loss.

The finger should be pointed at the Tea Party and its "extreme" elements for scuttling the opportunity for a GOP victory. The Tea Party backed candidates that uttered "offensive and bizarre comments" created a debilitating divisiveness within the GOP's campaign that contributed to the humiliating defeat. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said, "We've got to stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults. We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I'm here to say we've had enough of that (Register-News).

Second the "Rhino media" couldn't help but pay attention to these "offensive and bizarre comments." Continuing to blame the media for the loss of two slam-dunk Senate seats ignores the candidates unsuitability to represent their states.

In a Nov. 12 newspaper article, "Former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar was blunt in his criticism of the GOP performance. He even said in Illinois, where the tea party has not had as great an influence as in other states, a minority that is more extreme than most Republicans had an impact." From a governor of Illinois who served two terms and who is highly respected from both parties, the use of words like "tea party," "extreme" and "impact" in the same sentence pretty well describes the Tea Party's contribution to the GOP campaign.

Carlos Gutierrez, a former Commerce Secretary for President George W. Bush, said in an interview with CNN, "I think we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place where it doesn't belong." Gutierrez's statement, in my opinion, was a serious assessment of the GOP's humiliating defeat just as were those of Gov. Jindal and former Gov. Edgar.

Divisiveness, blaming others, will not bring about a strengthened GOP.

George Kuhn

Mt. Vernon

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Why EU is not your dad's Europe The important-sounding Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union has recently reiterated "its strong support for Ukraine's unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity." Poor, destabilized, post-putsch Ukraine is to be congratulated

    April 23, 2014

  • Facebook bank could be disrupting force The company that rebranded the word "friend" may soon take up a more ambitious makeover: the word "bank." Facebook is on the verge of winning approval from Ireland's central bank to allow its users to store and exchange money. The company's plans are

    April 23, 2014

  • Warren's call for student loan reform As commencement season approaches, graduating students will soon hear words of wisdom from speakers offering experience, advice and inspiration. One thing they're not likely to hear about is the $1.08 trillion elephant on the quad -- our nation's stu

    April 23, 2014

  • How we devalued the 'R' word At the risk of angering somebody like MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, I sometimes used to joke that I only look white. Actually, I'm Irish. Meaning basically that I wasn't raised to think the man in the big house had all the answers, nor deserved all t

    April 22, 2014

  • Can Hillary rock the world? WASHINGTON -- There are few happier events than becoming a grandmother, and almost none that says quite so loudly "over the hill." Ageism mixed with sexism is a toxic brew, but somehow tolerated. It's a often-used joke, but not a funny one, that wome

    April 22, 2014

  • Losing hearts and minds Robert Kagan recently wrote that, foreign policy decision by foreign policy decision, President Barack Obama has given Americans what they say they want. But the result hasn't made them proud of America or of their president. The same phenomenon may

    April 22, 2014

  • I signed what? When Dr. Sam said, "You've got the prostate of a 16-year-old," it was hard to keep from beaming. This must be how a woman feels when a complete stranger tells her she has a beautiful baby. Well, maybe not quite. Still, it was hard not to feel proud o

    April 19, 2014

  • Obamacare's winning numbers Obamacare's critics have had a bad week. On Thursday, President Obama announced that 8 million people have enrolled in new health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, and a significant portion of them are young Americans. Y

    April 19, 2014

  • The rise of big data: A double-edged sword Debates are raging about whether big data still holds the promise that was expected or whether it was just a big bust. The failure of the much-hyped Google Flu Trends to accurately predict peak flu levels since August 2011 has heightened the concerns

    April 19, 2014

  • Only love can re-make your heart Was Jeb Bush right to insert love into a political debate? Such was the gist of a question I was asked on talk radio in response to the former Florida governor's assertion that some immigrants come into the United States illegally as an "act of love.

    April 18, 2014

Twitter Updates
Facebook
Stocks