It seems Lamar! Alexander and his collection of plaid shirts are being asked to leave Washington, DC by conservatives in D.C. and in the Volunteer State. Sadly, I guess memories of 1996, when he called for a part-time Congress are long forgotten.
Since the proxy war in Wyoming seems to be a flop, thanks to the Cheney’s for being royal d-bags, a Tennessee tussle may have to be our next venue in the preliminary fights for the future of the Republican Party. Of course we still have Georgia which looks like a complete battle royal.
To keep that fight going, today a coalition of Tea Party and conservative groups sent out the following letter:
An Open Letter To Senator Alexander
You have served a long and marked career. You have been a part of the Tennessee political scene for as long as most of us can remember. You have worked for Howard Baker, Winfield Dunn, served as Governor, were appointed to be the Secretary of Education of the federal government, President of the University of Tennessee, were a serious contender for the nomination of the Republican Party for President, and of course you are currently serving as a United States Senator. Your life-long career in government service is noteworthy.
During your tenure in the Senate we have no doubt that you voted in a way which you felt was appropriate. Unfortunately, our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship, two traits for which you have become famous. America faces serious challenges and needs policymakers who will defend conservative values, not work with those who are actively undermining those values. Quite honestly, your voting record shows that you do not represent the conservative values that we hold dear and the votes you have cast as Senator are intolerable to us. Furthermore we have serious doubts about your ability to fix our problems since you have played such a significant role in creating them.
The Little Plaid Book you authored contains very sage advice on politics. Rule #297 is especially important because you advise anyone running for office to “Serve two terms, then get out.” Are you willing to follow your own advice, or will you fall into the mire of hypocrisy?
As you are likely aware, there have been polls conducted that show your vulnerability. While no viable contender has yet emerged, it is becoming more probable with each passing day that one will rise to the challenge. When a serious contender eventually does enter the race, the moment their fundraising capability makes them a viable candidate, your re-election is in serious jeopardy.
Therefore, we urge you to conclude your long and notable career by retiring with dignity instead of fighting against a serious conservative primary challenger who would expose to all Tennessee voters the actual history of your voting record.
Sevier County Tea Party
Tea Party of Lincoln County
Gibson County Patriots
Benton County Tea Party
Carroll County Tea Party
Jackson Madison County Tea Party
Dickson County Tea Party / 912 Project
Obion County Tea Party
Stewart County Tea Party
Tennesseans for Liberty (Madison County)
Volunteers for Freedom (Henry County)
We the People (Tipton County)
Rutherford County Tea Party
TN 9-12 Project
Caney Branch Tea Party
TN Republican Assembly
Smoky Mountain Tea Party Patriots (Blount Co)
McMinn County TEA Party
North Sumner Tea Party
Tennessee 8th District Tea Party Coalition
One thing that stands out is that these are all groups from Tennessee.
At least on the surface this does not seem like a national group, i.e. Club for Growth, parachuting into a state to knock off someone they don’t like. If this turns out to an actual home-grown campaign against Lamar! than he is in trouble if they can get a credible candidate to run against the sitting Senator.
I know many RonPaul fans want the pro-wrestler who plays Kane (pictured on the right) to run against him but I have my doubts that the guy wants it or would really be a serious threat.
What this says about the GOP in 2014 and beyond is that no one, not even a former-governor and current two-term senator is immune from an ideological challenge. If you want to enforce strict discipline in the GOP than this is a move you should be cheering right now. I suspect a few Democrats would be cheering the GOP’s decision to purge people like Lamar! but for different reasons than the Tea Partiers.