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  • The World Is Wondering What to Expect After November 2nd

    The midterm elections have garnered international attention fueled in no small part by the widespread interest in the Tea Party movement. Editor-in-chief of National Journal’s Hotline, Reid Wilson and Vice President of Government Relations for The Heritage Foundation, Mike Franc looked beyond November 2 in a discussion with foreign media lead by Tim Chapman, Chief Operating Officer for Heritage Action for America.

    Many people worry that “America is at the edge of something very catastrophic,” and they fear, “we can’t afford to get it wrong anymore,” according to Franc. Wilson points out, “This is our third straight angry electorate.”

    Fueling this fear and anger is a federal government that has a hand in nearly every decision Americans make, from health care options to what kind of light bulbs they can use. “The government is getting involved in areas they never thought,” Franc said.

    Earlier this week, Franc coauthored a WebMemo for Heritage which “makes specific recommendations for party-level reforms within the House of Representatives to bring that body closer to its constitutional design.” House members have handed their authority over to committee officers preventing representatives from doing just that, representing.

    These new Tea Party candidates have “a certain level of independence we haven’t seen before,” Franc says. Of course Washington is a much different playing field than Tea Party rallies.

    Franc suggests that in order to survive in DC they will need to “find a way to channel that passion in an ongoing way.” Wilson warns, “Republicans run the risk of making the same mistake Obama did,” assuming that the election is a referendum in their favor.

    Foreign media and voters alike want to know who this Republican Party is that they are electing. Wilson poses an interesting question: “Who is to say [John Boehner] is really going to be in charge when he is speaker?”

    Tea Party supporters have based their campaign on anti-establishment sentiment and Wilson comments that Boehner is, “more a creature of Washington, DC,” referencing a certain Italian restaurant Boehner frequents with his staffers.

    One thing is clear: whoever voters choose to support must have a “demonstrated track record of success of doing something,” asserted Franc.

    Noelle Clemente is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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    5 Responses to The World Is Wondering What to Expect After November 2nd

    1. cooper jones, seattl says:

      best article i've read on this issue… truly a masterpiece

    2. PippN, Severna Park says:

      Silly me. I thought this election was a referendum against O'Bama, Reid, Pelosi, Frank, etc., which makes it a referendum in Republicans' favor.

    3. Doug Rodrigues, Spar says:

      This Constitutional Republic will be dead and gone in only a few more years if the subversives in the Democrat Party, and also some in the Republican Party are not removed from office. Nikita Kruschev once said, "We shall destroy you from within." Perhaps what this Country needs IS a civil war where all of the talk and politics ends, and the people pick up arms and get the blood flowing from those who would take our freedoms away! Is that why the Left-Wing politicians have always wanted to disarm Americans? The subversives had bettter hope that they get beating in the voting polls, because the only other alternative is for an armed revolt. That may be a cqn of worms that they'll regret ever opening.

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    5. John Wiant, Silver S says:

      Having attended a few Tea Party events, and suggested dozens of articles from Heritage to Tea Party people, I have to be honest here: True conservatives seem more likely to be members of the Tea Party(s) than to be staunch Republicans. Maybe this is just because Tea Party people are more excited and relay the urgency of the need for substantial changes. However, the only seriously intense effort for substantial change I have seen in the past two years is the effort to turn our Congress into actual representatives of the People at http://www.GOOOH.com

      That web site / those 85,000 members may actually merge with the half dozen new members of Congress next year to turn this thing on its head / FOR REAL.

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