Current Political Trends – The Changing Tide Of National Party Politics And The Return Of Second Chances
Now that we let President Barak Obama have a full years go at it we’re now at a point where this is now supposed to be an election year that’s supposed to bring a political sea of change.Â Â There are quite a few veteran ex-lawmakers dusting off their campaign signs and running to get their old jobs back.Â The question, why?
Some of the news articles have the following to offer:
“Former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich this week became the latest ousted official to throw his hat back in the ring. The Republican — whose single term was marked by bitter clashes with the Maryland press and Democratic legislature — is expected next week to launch what will surely be a nasty rematch against Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, who beat him in 2006.
Ehrlich will become at least the fifth ex-governor to try for a sequel this year — along with former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa and former Democratic Govs. Jerry Brown of California, Roy Barnes of Georgia and John Kitzhaber of Oregon. Former Republican Sen. Dan Coats is bidding for his former seat in Indiana. And former Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee is running as an independent for governor in Rhode Island.Â “
Due to the lackluster and rather stymied results the American public has received, plus the divisions across the nation that the Health Care Reform Act has caused the Democrats appear to be facing a tougher battle to reclaim their seats.Â Not withstanding, we have a new party growing:Â The Tea Party Movement.Â So now for Republican ex-officials, the motivation seems clear:
They now have a fair set of wind and tide running in directions that could very well be in their favor.Â They may actually win a round here.
“Republican candidates for two cycles had to run with the wind at their face, and now they finally get to run with the wind at their back,” said David Avella, director of the Republican recruiting arm GOPAC.
Jeremy Mayer, public policy professor at George Mason University, said candidates like Ehrlich are great for their party, and their odds, because they come with a built-in fundraising base. He said the national mood is a boost.
Across the nation, polls have shown Republican minority candidates in pre-election polls, running ahead just shy of 20 points or so.
A lot of the veteran Republicans are stating that they decided to step back in because they got fed up watching President Obama and congressional Democrats “push their far-left liberal agenda” on the country and to no reasonable effect thus far.Â The economy has gotten worse and jobless rates remain altogether too high not mention many other items on the Presidents to-do list that affect the very core of our daily lives.
“In Iowa, Branstad is giving Democratic Gov. Chet Culver, who is suffering from low approval ratings, a run as well. Recent polls have Branstad up by 16 points. And in Rhode Island, Chafee is leading both Democratic and Republican candidates for an open seat.Â “Â As reported by one major news network.
In another preview of the race to come, the Maryland Democratic Party has already posted an ad on its Web site slamming one Republican for going into the law and lobbying trade after leaving office.
Some of the returning candidates had issues of a political and public relations nature that caused them an ouster out of their political office. However, some left voluntarily, with high approval ratings, after four terms. And they’ve been keeping plenty busy. They have the skills, talents and years of experience that the last tide didn’t justify, in my mind, their ouster as had happened in my state.Â Altogether too much of mob-mentality may have gone into the unintended firing of some fine leadership.
It may be a hard go for newcomers to enter the political game — what with the fundraising disadvantage and the invasive media treatment afforded to any un-vetted novice — but the old pros, even if they’ve had their time in the spotlight, seem to live for the battle and the spotlight as well.
“F. Scott Fitzgerald said there are no second acts in American lives. But in truth there are second and sometimes third acts. Just look at Richard Nixon,” he said. “It’s what brings boxers and tennis players out of retirement. They want to be in the arena again. They want to hear the crowd and maybe achieve something they didn’t achieve last time.”
So I hope that with some more adjustments to our leadership, and this case starting at the state level, we can begin to turn the tides around that are affecting the great ship The United States of America.Â “Of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. One Nation, under God, with Liberty and justice for all.”
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