Uhler and Ferrara: "Those skeptical of the Tea Party must recognize it as a real movement..."
Conservatives Must End Their Family Feud To Regain Power
By LEWIS K. UHLER AND PETER FERRARA
Posted 12/11/2013 06:55 PM ET
Investors Business Daily
The liberal media like nothing better than dissension among conservatives. We should not aid them. The incredible unraveling of ObamaCare has put conservatives on offense once again, eclipsing even the recent government shutdown.
We must let liberalism unravel, with an eye to 2014 Senate (and House) targets of opportunity. We must not greet this opportunity with further disunity in the form of a “circular firing squad.”
Yet that is exactly what’s developing today. Business groups threaten to support challenges to Tea Party candidates like Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who actually developed one of the most thoughtful Balanced Budget Amendment proposals. Conservative groups threaten a primary challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Yet on the National Tax Limitation Committee’s congressional scorecard , which we’ve prepared for over a quarter century, McConnell earned a 91 in the 112th Congress and a 90 in the 111th Congress (strong “A” grades winning NTLC’s Tax Fighter Award).
This is a “family feud” that can only benefit Obama and his increasingly extremist “Progressives.” Conservatives need to keep up the pressure for a more principled Republican Party.
But given the pressure from the far-left extremist Democratic Party today, it may be wise to recall Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment: “Thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican.”
Those skeptical of the Tea Party must recognize it as a real movement, largely baby boomers and older, who love America and the Constitution and got up off their couches, came off their golf courses, fishing streams and hunting fields, left their TVs and the arms of their grandkids to reassert American values of individualism — and old-fashioned Fourth of July patriotism.