Talk about grassroots movements! Yesterday when I logged on to donate to her campaign for our household, her goal was $50,000. This morning she is 90% to a cool million bucks. And I'm betting it was all small donations: we gave $40, Dick and Kelly gave $100. I heard on the radio this morning that O'Donnell's donation website had so much traffic that it crashed yesterday. (BTW, it is back now--donate!)
Himself and I were talking this morning and we feel that O'Donnell's success is more than just the tea party--it's a moratorium against the power brokers and those who would choose our candidates for us. Did we want McCain, a RINO as the Republican candidate? No, we certainly did not. We didn't want a candidate that the RNC chose for whatever reason (hey, McCain has been around a while, let's throw him a presidential bid regardless of the consequences for the country). For too long, there have been backrooms and gatekeepers and those, on the left and the right, who feel that the American public has to be led to the "correct" decisions.
The RNC (NRSC)'s reaction to O'Donnell's primary victory and their (now) grudging, insufficient, support is a clear indicator of the character of those who would lead us down the primrose path to maintain their powerbase. When confronted by Americans who would not be led, despite the millions of Republican dollars that they spent trying to destroy one of their own, they freaked, they panicked, and they reacted like small children who are seeing their favorite toy being taken away from them. The American public has spoken and they don't like it one bit.
With technology, organizations such as the RNC and DNC are rapidly becoming superfluous-- they are no longer needed--the American public does not need a central place to send their money when they can back the candidate of their choice directly. I have a sneaky suspicion though that the DNC will hang on longer because the liberals LIKE to be led--it makes their lives more comfortable when they don't have to make the hard decisions. Unless the RNC pulls on their big kids' underwear, sucks it up, and starts listening to the people they are going to go the way of the dodo. And I think that would be a good thing.
6 months ago