Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander: The Anti-Tea-Party Senator

Lamar Alexander is a “moderate” Republican running for his third term in the Senate who has a really good chance of winning the primary despite his more conservative opponent. Because of this, Alexander is using his campaign to give a propaganda victory to the many in the GOP who are warring against the Tea Party. He is doing this by openly speaking out against them.

Independent analysts and strategists in both parties think Alexander has a good chance of winning his primary against a low-profile state representative. He is far ahead in early polling, but Alexander’s willingness to confront the tea party makes it one of the most important bellwether races in the country.

Other more moderate GOP senators have stared down challenges from their right flank, most notably Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) in 2010 and Orrin G. Hatch (Utah) in 2012. Those Republicans blazed a trail for others to follow: Run a relentless, well-financed race, attack the opponent’s weakness and shy away from the bipartisan record of the past.

Alexander is following that textbook up to the part where he is required to run away from his record as a moderate or pragmatic conservative. He has mounted a vigorous defense of recent votes in which he joined with Democrats to approve a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws and a farm bill that spends billions on food aid for poor people and some cash payments for farmers and farming conglomerates, including soybean growers here in Trenton.

Tea Partiers need to know that, if Tennessee has a long-term, historically popular, well-financed Senator that beats a challenger, that is most certainly not a “bellwether race.” Alexander and his friends are posing it as a bellwether election in order to make the anti-Tea-Party faction look like they are more popular in the entire nation.

Alexander constantly tells a story to justify himself, comparing the killed Davy Crocket to the victorious Sam Houston. His point is to associate the Tea Party with Davy Crocket’s doomed stand in the Alamo.

Alexander flatters himself that he is the pragmatic, strategic leader who gets things done, like Sam Houston. But Alexander is neither Sam Houston or Davy Crocket; he is the Mexican General Santa Anna (at least if the Alamo is the US Economy).

Alexander prides himself on getting things done. What things? More spending. More debt. More corporate welfare to purchase support and keep himself in power where he can enrich himself. And for each bit of plunder Alexander brings to his state from the Federal Pie, Alexander must support other Senators doing the same for their states. He is bit by bit, bringing us closer to a debt-apocalypse. Anyone who tries to end his party is refusing to “get something done.”

Alexander’s words: “I’m not in the shut-down- the-government crowd. I’m in the take-charge-of-the-government crowd, and get something done.” Yes, he wants to have full access to the money and the power which he assumes can never end.

I don’t know whether Alexander will win or not. That’s for my Tennessee readers to consider. But I do know he is not a pragmatist. He’s a superstitious worshiper of government power. He’s bringing us all closer to economic breakdown.

I prefer candidates who will try their hardest to stop the drag race to doom, even if they don’t succeed. At least they’re not stomping on the gas pedal.