Much has been made over the past couple of days about the exchange between Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter on the Tea Party, the GOP and the sewing of internal divisions therein.
In particular, Ann was responding in part to a piece by Thomas Sowell, which got almost no discussion on Hannity’s show, as most things don’t. But to make up for that you can read a great rebuttal of Sowell’s piece by Ben Howe.
You can watch Hannity and Coulter go at it like cats and dogs here:
But in all the hubbub and furor there is one important point getting lost. They both think that individual members of the Tea Party doing hard work to take the country back are hugely important. What they disagree on is the role of organizations and how they are spending money, or more pointedly raising money.
Coulter wants individuals who are donating to be wary of groups, (and she singles out the Senate Conservatives Fund) who fundraise off of the actions of establishment Republicans with the goal of funding challengers in the primaries calling them “shysters.” While I would disagree on her point of ire (I like the SCF), I agree with her main point. While I am suspicious of the establishment and their professed love of all things tea party, we do need to get a majority in the Senate. We are entering primary season however, and it does not surprise me that groups like SCF and FreedomWorks, Tea Party PACs and others are trying to identify candidates to support in the primary in the hope of not just securing a majority in the fall, but securing a more conservative majority than the one we currently would elect of we keep all our current Republican Senators and flip six Democrat seats to gain a majority. I support them in tat effort. If the conservative candidates lose in the primary, we will have to vote for the most conservative candidate that can win in the fall. That does not mean the fight is not worth making now. If we cannot vote for the type of party we wish to see in the primaries, when can we? We need to take the Senate, but we also need to take back the Republican Party. We need to take every opportunity to do so, whether the race is for precinct captain, or President of the United States. We cannot wait. If conservatism is to have a future in the Republican Party conservatives must act now.
Based on my experience, I would say, that if you like a candidate, donate to the candidate. They will do far more with your money than any centralized organization. This is the same argument we make all the time about government and it applies to candidates as well. Keep your money local. If you donate to a group, make it a local group. Almost no money that goes to national groups makes it back to the local affiliated groups. If you can’t donate money, then donate your time, or your twitter account or Facebook profile to help spread the word.
More than any political act however, work to change the culture in which these races are grounded. If the conservative message becomes the dominant message in the country our victories will follow as the night the day. If we do not change the culture no political victory can be sustained over time.
The time is now.