Four years in the making, the email finally arrived last week. Within it was the much-anticipated first call to action and subtle demand for the requisite $100 donation.
I discovered the identity of the organization behind that email after my editor suggested that I cover the TEA party movement (TPM) in 2009. It was a plumb assignment, and I quickly learned that the TPM was the next generation Silent Majority, but it was silent no more.
TEA Party organizers had come to realize that we’d all been had by candidate Obama’s golden tongue. He had promised “hope, change and transparency,” but we got instead despair; a damn-the-people, radical-left agenda; and the transparency of the Berlin Wall.
As I weaved my way through the madding crowds in search of a hierarchy, leaders or committees with whom I could talk, I found many, and from one, I learned about an organization named GOOOH.
Standing for “Get Out Of Our House,” GOOOH (pronounced “go”) is a highly organized, pro-citizen-government group and a sprig from the TEA Party movement. As with all big political movements, groups with more refined and specialized agendas eventually emerge, and this movement is no different. This group grew with but apart from the TPM. As I studied its core “Mission,” I realized to my dismay that GOOOH had adopted a misguided strategy and a flawed plan. Its one and primary goal is to let loose a stable of carefully chosen “citizen candidates” in 2012 to supplant as many members of the U.S. House of Representatives as it can, preferably all 435.
GOOOH’s leader, Tim Cox, the highly intelligent conceptual thinker and father of this brainchild, has an unfortunately naïve and fatally flawed understanding of the inner workings of the political process, how Washington works and how the electorate thinks. On its face, cleaning out the House is a great idea, but impossible to achieve.
Cox founded GOOOH with the express purpose of choosing citizen candidates through a process far too complex to cover here. But, once selected to run for office, GOOOH’s citizen candidates will be put up as candidates in primaries, but not all with the GOP.
According to my source, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the press, Cox’s goal is to attract 500,000 members from each of whom he expects a $100 donation. With that money he’ll finance citizen candidates’ primary bids and campaigns for the House.
But, his plan is to get citizen candidates nominated during primaries for both the Republican and Democratic parties. To anyone who has even the most basic political knowledge, the problems inherent in that concept are glaring.
The wellspring of legislative power flows from the party winning the majority of seats. The party closest to the TEA Party ideologically is the GOP. If GOOOH runs a bunch of Republican and Democrat citizen candidates, unless they do replace every incumbent, they are working at cross-purposes. The majority party has immense power. We must widen the Republican majority needed to take back our country at the ballot box. Unfortunately, because they will never replace every member of the House, GOOOH could well threaten the GOP’s House majority in 2012.
If the Republicans do lose the House, but win the Senate and White House, the Democrat House will stymie the reforms that must be made. Not only can we not afford four more years of Barack Obama, we cannot afford two to four years of Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House.
The splinter group’s agenda is the result of a profound intolerance for House incumbents, thus its political science designation as “Intolerants.” To its members, all incumbents, regardless of voting records, values or ideologies, are wallowing in filthy corruption and must be replaced. Members of the House, they contend, are all tainted by such Washington staples as lobbying, spending, compromise and back-room deal making. Such “corruption” has to be expunged from government with no prisoners taken and no mercy shown. They’ll tolerate none but one of their own.
By far the bigger threat here is the possibility of third party or independent candidates arising from GOOOH’s ranks because they are unable to win the GOP or Democrat nominations. The formation of any other conservative party or independent candidacy would, of necessity, steal votes from a GOP contender and possibly give the race to the Democrats in the General Election. That is exactly what happened in the recent upstate New York election, the outcome of which had nothing to do with Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal, as Democrats allege, and everything to do with a third party contender who declared himself a TEA Party candidate, but who was in reality a liberal Democrat.
On the Q&A page on GOOOH’s Web site, to the question, “Is GOOOH a third party?” the answer is: “No. GOOOH is NOT a political party.”
But further on in that answer appears this: “It is GOOOH’s strongest desire that every chosen candidate compete as a Republican or Democrat, in the primary, but it is possible that the parties could find a way to prevent us from doing so [get on the primary ballot] in a few select areas. If they do, we will use one of the five other methods available to access the ballot. Forming a party is one tactic that could be used [emphasis added], but we absolutely do not like or recommend this approach.”
While GOOOH may not “like or recommend this approach,” that they suggest it’s a possible option should concern every conservative.
As a practical matter, no group, however well financed or organized, will clear the House of all incumbent representatives, but it can knock out a good many valuable conservatives who do represent right-wing values.
For GOOOH members to believe they can replace all members of the House with like-minded members is delusional. The Democrat Party will not easily nominate, much less elect, citizen representatives who share TEA Party ideology.
Next, while the “call-to-action” email has been sent, Cox is well short of his membership goal, and that further threatens any chance he has for success. According to my source, Cox has stressed repeatedly that for this to have any chance of working it will require 500,000 members. But he’s attracted only 100,000, according to the email. If he started recruiting members in, say, 2009 and has 100,000 now, there’s obviously no chance he can reach his goal in the remaining time to the primary season.
And even if each and every member donates $100 (highly improbable given the state of the economy), GOOOH will have raised $10 million. If they fund each candidate equally, that works out to about $23,000 each ($10 million divided by 435), with which to fund both the primary and General Elections of every citizen candidate. In some districts more than that will be needed, and in others, less, and while it’s a decent amount of money, it’s nowhere near enough to replace many incumbents in the House. Plus, the House is full of representatives who have safe seats on both sides of the aisle. They’re not going anywhere.
If we are to restore this country to its true greatness and exceptionalism, Republicans MUST expand their majority in the House and win the Senate and the White House in 2012. If GOOOH injects itself into the process, but fails to get a citizen candidate on a big party ballot and goes independent or third party, the muddier things become. It may well be that 2012 will be the most important election in U.S. history. For that reason, our choices must be crystal clear, and this is not the time for electoral experimentation.
Doubtless, Tim Cox will claim that I don’t understand how GOOOH works, which is his usual indictment of those who dare to challenge him. Unfortunately I do know how it works and then some, thanks to my source, and I don’t like what I see. There’s no place for Intolerants in any democracy.
This election represents a crossroads at which we can turn left to continue to head for socialism, or we can turn right to head for the restoration of the true spirit and soul of the United States of America. GOOOH will serve only as an impediment to a Republican sweep, thus in this writer’s view, Intolerant citizen candidates jeopardize GOP control of the House and are to be avoided. They must not be allowed to replace good, conservative candidates who may not have voted as GOOOH likes. Remember their mandate is intolerance, and where intolerance exists, government cannot function.