Green hypocrisy may be coming back to bite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. While even the most optimistic Republicans don't expect to actually see her defeated in the November elections (she does after all represent San Francisco, and has amassed a huge campaign war chest), she has probably alienated more than enough voters with her unrelenting push for nationalized healthcare legislation alone to guarantee the defeat of many Democrat House members this fall. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey found that 69 percent of Americans polled are opposed to the House and Senate ObamaCare bills. But Pelosi is pushing on undeterred.
Has the Tea Party Movement (TPM) been hijacked? Originally very much a grassroots uprising against high taxes, out-of-control federal spending, and incumbents not affiliated with any political party, it drew in disaffected Republicans, many of whom had supported Ron Paul for the Republican nomination, many former Republicans who may not have supported Dr. Paul but never considered George W. Bush the genuine article, some Constitution Party members, a few Libertarians, and other Independents. Many credit Ron Paul and his supporters for having started the TPM back in late 2007.
The neo-conservative Wall Street Journal published two editorials February 9 about the Obama administration's progressive lurch back toward the blatant Bush-era attack on the Bill of Rights, titling a house editorial "Dick Cheney's revenge."
Just a little over three years since losing both houses of Congress and a mere 15 months after losing the White House to the Democrats, Republicans around the country seem to believe the party is poised for a major comeback in this fall's elections.