Is it possible the there are enough vulnerable GOP reps to swing the House of Representatives left in 2014? The “Teabully” box that is holding the American Government and many moderates in the Republican Party hostage might be shielding an iceberg that will sink the GOP hold on the House and return Nancy Pelosi to the Speakership in January 2015.
Yes, it is early, and anything can happen between now and November 2014 to rehabilitate a large and growing group of vulnerable GOP Representatives. However, there is still cause to celebrate the good news suggested by the admittedly left-leaning PPP polling data, which shows a growing distaste for the antics of the least popular Congress in history.
Many of these 24 vulnerable Republicans were elected to Congress in the 2010 fake grassroots Teabully wave when the country was upset over the artificially slow economic recovery caused by GOP obstruction. Democrats, liberals, and progressives, allowed this to happen by not fully engaging in the off year elections instead sitting back to savor the historical significance of the election of President Obama.
Having lost 63 seats, the largest turnover in 62 years, a hard lesson was learned, and Democrats fought back in 2012 taking back 13 seats. And many of the 24 vulnerable Republicans are Teabully backers who are taking direct public blame for the current Government shutdown and the even scarier debt ceiling crisis just over the horizon which they support with glee.
Democrats need a 17 seat gain in 2014 in order to take back the the House Gavel. In years past, before the election of President Obama and the use of total governmental obstruction and the taking of the American Government as hostage tactics, Congress was the place where things like roads, bridges, and other public works projects were sent home to the local Congressional Districts resulting in the influx of Federal money along with new and continuing jobs.
But since the election of President Obama and the GOP recapture of the House in 2010, Congress has done little or nothing in regards to sending public works projects back to folks at home instead favoring total governmental obstruction and the taking of the Federal Treasury hostage. And the natives back home, don’t like it and they are restless. They want their elected representatives to get back to the normal business of helping them repair and maintain their infrastructure along with the jobs and the overall economic benefits that follow. This is, in large part, why these 24 are vulnerable.
The Teabully stranglehold on the GOP has put in jeopardy any act of thought, moderation, pragmatism and yes patriotism on the part of any GOP elected representative putting the seats of the 24 identified by PPP in jeopardy. And there are others, in addition to those 24.
Take Jon Runyan, New Jersey, 3rd District, for example. Congressman Runyan, formerly one of the best and meanest offensive tackles to ever play in the NFL, was a political neophyte when he replaced Democrat John Adler in 2010. He rode the Teabully wave to victory and since arriving in Washington, Congressman Runyan has shown an appalling lack of knowledge of American History and Government while presiding over a Congressional seat that has helped to deliver to his constituents nothing other than pain and dysfunction. He has now indicated a desire to vote for a clean Continuing Resolution (CR) to to fund the Government which has angered his Teabully backers. Voting for the clean CR will certainly result in a Teabully primary challenger who will be even more extreme and increase the chances of Democratic pickup in the event Runyan is unseated during the primary.
Then there is Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania, 8th District, the guy who lost his seat for four years to Democrat, Patrick Murphy, then rode the Teabully wave back into Congress in 2010. The first thing that Congressman Fitzpatrick did when he returned to Washington in 2015 was to skip the swearing in ceremony, instead choosing to attend a fundraiser with another republican Congressman. He is now being challenged by the Teabullies for showing public support for a clean CR. This is a seat that could easily be won by a strong Democratic candidate.
Richard Hanna, New York, 22nd District, also rode the Teabully wave in 2010. Not only has he come out in support of a clean CR, but he has previously indicated support for same sex marriage. He has clearly committed Teabully transgressions leaving him open to a primary challenger from the far right and laying the groundwork for yet another Democratic gain.
One of the last things that a Republican elected official can do these days, other than being seen with or touching President Obama, is to give any public support for granting undocumented immigrants amnesty, otherwise known as being in favor of the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate but not allowed by Speaker Boehner to come to the House floor for a vote. This is a problem for Congressman Mario Diaz Balart, Florida, 25th District. In a district with a large Hispanic constituency, this, along with his public support for a clean CR, could be trouble for Congressman Balart and another Democratic pickup.
There are other Republican Congressmen not on the PPP list in what have been safe Republican Districts, some of whom have been in Congress for a long time, who could be in jeopardy. Peter King, New York 2nd District, who wowed the Teabullies when he presided over hearings to expose the unpatriotic activities of our own Islamic citizens, might just have a problem. He angered the Teabullies blaming them for the delay in in funding for Hurricane Sandy relief and he has now been fairly public and critical of his party in voicing the need to move on and fund the Government with a clean CR. Congressman Frank Lobiondo, New Jersey, 2nd District, might be in the same boat.
Other Pennsylvania Republicans, all from fairly reliable Republican districts, such as Charlie Dent, 15th District, Jim Gerlach, 6th District, and Pat Meehan, 7th District, could all be in trouble with the Teabullies and lose their seats for supporting the clean CR and for just not being crazy enough.
It will be sad for the country if the reason the democrats take back the House in 2014 is due to the loss of an already reduced number of moderate Republicans who decided to voice their conscience, if not in fact voting it, leaving the GOP totally awash in the Teabully Kool-Aid. But, if this is the terms of the gift that they will give to our country, we should gladly accept.
Maeby Gever Bio: I am the voice of my human parents. Dad, 58, mom 56, both retired lawyers. Dad worked privately as a personal injury lawyer in the Philadelphia, PA area before retirement. He has a BA in Political Science, a Masters in Secondary Social Studies Education and he did some public school teaching before retiring again. Mom also has a BA in Political Science and she spent her entire 33 year career working as an attorney for a US Defense. Department Agency located in Philadelphia, PA. She spent the last four years of her career as the Chief Counsel. She retired in April of this year. I have two human brothers, both Graduates of the George Washington University. My younger human brother is a Peace Corps veteran.