Published September 24, 2010
Divisions within Republican Party will be apparent in NovemberTHE OLYMPIAN
With the recent victories of tea party candidates in both Delaware and New York, one would think that this would be good news to the GOP. In actuality, this is really great news for progressives and liberals, and the Democratic Party. The adage of “a house divided” comes to mind, and this is some of the best news for the Democratic Party, considering recent economic news and other change that has not really materialized thus far. Why this is good news for the Democratic Party, and by proxy, candidates running under the Democratic platform is twofold. One is it shows a split — that is a split in the Republican Party between conservatives and the tea party ultra conservatives. How this can translate into good news for the Democratic Party is those tea party loyalists appear to be loyal to principle and not party. Let me repeat this: They are loyal to principle, not party. What this means to the GOP is that if tea party loyalist see a weakness in a potential Republican candidate, they will vote for a Democratic candidate, or independent candidate instead of a Republican candidate on principle. How this differs from the Democratic Party and their respective offshoots is that they are loyal to party and not principle. That is, even if they do not agree with a potential candidate’s views, policy, or approaches they will still vote for this Democratic candidate over a sometimes even more qualified Republican candidate. What seems to have transpired is that the Democratic Party has taken a page from the Republican playbook and has incorporated this into its strategy. Therefore, while GOP segments are internally fighting to win the battle against itself, the Democratic Party is fighting to win the complete war — and they will win come November. Here is why. The GOP and tea party members are waging campaigns whose foundations are based on emotions, that is, the negative emotions elicited by the previous unfathomable idea that a minority could or better yet, would be president. This is the impetus that motivates many in these parties. As we all know, you never make decisions based on emotions or when you are emotionally compromised. Yet this is exactly what many in these parties are doing. When you are influenced by emotions, your ability to assess and rationalize and plan are extremely compromised and in many times impact forethought. Those with more education, more worldliness, or even more well read recognize and appreciate this. Those who are not, do not. Moreover, what this translates into is a class war inside the Republican Party, where moderate Republicans (i.e., more educated, more pragmatic) will break away from their more radical (and generally more emotional) brethren, which in the end, will more than likely translate into victory for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in the November elections. That is when even more extremism and sparks will really start to fly in the Republican Party. Stay tuned, this is going to get good. Lucius Daye, a service-connected disabled veteran, is working on his MBA degree from Syracuse University. A member of The Olympian’s Diversity Panel, he can be reached at email@example.com.