The Republican Party may have thought it had a great ally in the "Tea Party" movement. However, they're beginning to learn that opposition to liberal Democrats does not automatically mean support for Republicans.
The most obvious illustration is the race in N.Y. for the 23d Congressional District seat up for grabs this November. A liberal Republican, Dierdre Scozzafava, is vying for the seat against Democrat Bill Owens and Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman. While old-guard Republicans like Newt Gingrich are supporting Scozzafava, many of the "Tea Partyers" and conservatives such as Dick Army, are supporting Hoffman. Critics say that by splitting the vote between Hoffman and Scozzafava, the third party supporters may be handing the Democrat a win in a traditional Republican stronghold.
The fact that Republicans would even make that argument is a sign that they still don't understand what's going on out in the real world. People who are concerned about ever-growing government, outlandish spending, runaway deficits and the destruction of the free market system, don't give a hoot about the welfare of any political party. They want to vote for individuals who will work for what they believe in. Voting for the lesser of evils is no longer tolerable.
The grass roots rebellion that has become known as the Tea Party movement is comprised of individuals looking at the long term and not liking what they see. They see a real crisis upon us right now. They aren't interested in the numbers game played by the ruling parties in Washington D.C.. They want credibility, accountability, commitment.
I tend to agree with this sentiment. We are always told that it is our duty as a citizen to vote. However, if I don't like the choices put in front of me, I believe the better option is to not vote. Maybe we have to take another step or two in the wrong direction before we move to the right track. If one or both major parties becomes extinct in the process, so be it. If Republicans think that conservatives, capitalists, libertarians and independents have nowhere else to go, they're wrong...dead wrong.