“Mainstream” Republicans are lining up alongside Democrats on many issues in Washington and the nation’s statehouses these days, but one gadfly who has proven time and again he’s willing to buck the establishment has a message for Americans: There’s great hope for tea-party supporters.
WND columnist Tom Tancredo, who represented a suburban Denver district for five terms in Congress and later mounted a strong third-party challenge for Colorado’s governorship, argues that tea partiers have a duty to try to capture control of the party.
He said some of the tea party’s arguments were advanced in the 1980s as part of the Reagan Revolution, and there are some positive results already that offer encouragement. Among them, he said, are the primary defeat of established Republican powerhouse Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana the Deb Fischer’s victory in the Nebraska U.S. Senate primary.
“This sends a very loud signal to the Republican establishment that they need to actively recruit conservative candidates and not back away from conservative values during the general election,” Tancredo said. “We need to send a lesson to the Republican establishment that no seat is considered sacred just because of a person’s party affiliation.”