The tea party and the tea-party revival could lead to the next Republican civil war.
With Republican governors and Senate incumbents in trouble, the party’s prospects are dimming.
In the midst of the Senate primary, GOP leaders have a choice to make: do something to keep the party competitive or wait for the tea party to die?
That’s the dilemma facing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP leadership in Washington, D.C., as the tea parties’ influence continues to grow and Republican lawmakers begin to lose the majority in the Senate.
McConnell and other Republican leaders have repeatedly emphasized the importance of keeping the Senate in Republican hands, especially when it comes to controlling the White House.
In fact, it’s only the second time in history that the Senate has been held by a Democrat.
McCONNELL: I know we’re facing a real political challenge, and I don’t think it’s a question of us going into this year and saying we’re not going to do anything to win, but we have to stay focused on the core issues and we have the opportunity to take this country forward.
If we don’t, it will be very difficult for us to win a second term.MARK BERRY: The tea-parties are in the minority, but they’re in the majority.
They are the party that has been the most successful in the Republican Party in terms of electing a president.
But in recent years, the tea Party has grown in power, and that’s led to some of the most destructive actions of the tea partiers, who have targeted state and local governments, Planned Parenthood, unions, the LGBT community and others.
McMOND: And so we need to be vigilant, and we need people who will be willing to take the necessary action to protect the Constitution and to keep us safe.BERRY : McConnell and other Republicans are trying to convince the public that they are in charge, but the reality is that they can’t do that if the tea card continues to be used to threaten Democrats.
McLIMAN: We’re going to win again, and the reason that I say that is that we have a clear path forward.
There’s no path back.
BERRIES: Mitch McConnell is in the middle of a political crisis that has him in a tough spot, with Republicans in trouble in states across the country and with President Obama on the brink of a second midterm election.
But it’s clear that McConnell is not going anywhere.
The tea card has been used to pressure Democrats, and Republicans in Congress are facing an increasingly difficult time.
McDONALD: The most important thing that you’re going through right now is trying to find a way to get the country back on track, get the economy back on line, get people back to work, and get the government working again.
BERG: This is a real threat to our country, to our democracy, to the very fabric of our democracy.
But there’s an opportunity right now, and there’s a chance, to make a difference.
The last time this happened, Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress.
But now, Democrats are in control of both chambers and have the chance to retake the Senate, which would make the fight in the next election far more difficult.