May 27, 2010
Primary elections were held across the country on Tuesday and Wednesday. While the last two major elections had a partisan tone, within both the democrat and republican primaries there has been a major backlash against the establishment candidates. Rand Paul, who is the son of Congressman Ron Paul and favorite of the Tea Party Movement, defeated the establishment backed candidate Trey Grayson in the Republican Primary of Senate in Kentucky and Senator Arlen Specter was defeated on the democratic primary by Congressman Joe Sestak.
What we are seeing with this election that has not been seen in a while is the voters are rejecting the establishment backed candidates. While the Tea Party has been co-opted to some degree, it has given a platform for patriotic Americans to to influence the result of elections. Rand Paul whose father helped start this movement had the backing of liberty minded Americans across the country. His opponent Tray Grayson had the backing of the entire GOP establishment, including Dick Cheney, but that was not enough to get him nominated.
Rand Paul’s nomination is a sign for change to come with the GOP. The Hill’s John Feehery said “Rand Paul’s election may very well mean the beginning of the end of the neo-conservative movement in the Republican Party. It also might mark the beginning of the end of the social-conservative wing of the Republican Party.” Mainstream Conservative pundit George Will even admitted his ideas were catching on with Republican voters stating “it may seem strange for a Republican to have opposed, as Paul did, the invasion of Iraq. But in the eighth year of that war, many Kentuckians may think he was strangely prescient. To some it may seem extreme to say, as Paul does, that although the invasion of Afghanistan was proper, our current mission there is “murky.” But many Kentuckians may think this is an extreme understatement.
This has caused concern for the Republican establishment. Former Bush speech writer David Frum denounced Paul’s victory, stating, “Rand Paul’s victory in the Kentucky Republican primary is obviously a depressing event for those who support strong national defense and rational conservative politics. In another year, such a victory would be a prelude to a Republican defeat in the general election.” While some of Paul’s hardcore supporters are disappointed by his verbal support for Israel, Neocons like Frum are upset that the principles of non-interventionism and opposition to foreign air making a comeback within the conservative movement.
Frum acknowledges that Paul’s victory symbolized frustration with the Republican establishment stating, “How is it that the GOP has lost its antibodies against a candidate like Rand Paul?” He admits his impact on the GOP adding, “But despite Paul’s self-presentation as “anti-establishment,” the D.C. conservative establishment by and large made its peace with him. It is this acquiescence – even more than Paul’s own nomination – that is the most ominous news from tonight’s vote.”
Senator Arlen Specter Specter dropped out of the Republican Party because of opposition from the Tea Party crowd. Sestak who had the backing of the anti-war movement will go on to face Republican Pat Toomey who is the Tea Party favorite in the general. Specter was beholden to powerful pro-Israel interest. Morton Klein who was the former head of the Zionist Organization of America said, “Anything I ever asked Arlen Specter to do with respect to Israel or Jews, he has always done it.” Klein also credit Specter’s role in maintaining foreign aid for Israel. While Toomey and Sestak are no Rand Pauls, they are certainly vast improvements over Specter, who was for amnesty for illegal immigrants, bailouts, foreign aid, and the Iraq War.
In the upcoming primaries many more establishment candidates are vulnerable, primarily John McCain who angered voters will his co-signing of the McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill. He is facing Congressman J.D. Hayworth, who has made border enforcement his signatory issue. Like Specter, McCain supported the bailouts and represents much of the same globalist interventionist agenda.
Paul’s victory and Specter’s defeat represent a growing movement for national sovereignty and non-interventionism that threatens the powers that be. This is just the beginning, as many other candidates are appealing to this growing populist sentiment against partisan politics and corruption in Washington and Wall Street.
Source: LA Examiner.