The concern expressed by tea party activists at the Georgia GOP Convention about Karl Rove’s plan to run advertising for Republicans they view as capable of winning a general election is a peephole into what has gone wrong with politics in America: Locally elected officials are no longer locally elected locally; they are nationally chosen and supported and as such they are beholden to the powers that put them in office. Rove’s statement does not actually mean “Republicans they view as capable of winning a general election”; it is Rove-speak for Republicans who support the ideology of the people with the checkbook.
Our government has always been a representative government chosen by the people and sent to Washington to represent the concerns of the people who put them in office. That has changed. Local politics are increasingly controlled by a national agenda fed by an avalanche of special interest money that sweeps aside any opposing idea. The unfortunate Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court poured even more money into an overflowing bucket.
The agenda of the Republican Party is increasingly controlled by special interest lobbyists such as Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and Wayne LaPierre. Rupert Murdock, the sleaze journalist from Australia and England, (check out his overseas publications) who owns Fox Broadcasting and now, sadly, the Wall Street Journal, is their megaphone.
These are not elected officials running the show; they are lobbyists and their ideology and agenda is controlled by the highest dollar.
Arlen Specter, a 30-year Senate veteran, found out the cost of being a moderate when he was opposed by his own party. We witnessed what an unlimited advertising budget and dump of negative ads did to Newt Gingrich in the latest presidential primary. The political kingmakers have found if you control the congressional races you can control the House of Representatives. This is what Tom Delay achieved in Texas by illegally bringing in large sums of money to elect Republican candidates. The districts were then gerrymandered to achieve a permanent Republican seat. DeLay was subsequently convicted of breaking Texas campaign laws and money laundering, but he achieved his objective of altering the makeup of the House.
What we are witnessing is the metastasizing of the K Street Project begun in the mid-1990s by Tom DeLay, Rick Santorum, Norquist and Gingrich to advance Republican ideals and rain retribution upon anyone who did not support their agenda. This is not representational government. The tea party claims to support American ideals and the Constitution; this would be a good place for them to start.