“Make 2014 a Referendum on Republican Radicalism”

HUFFINGTON POST

Ian Reifowitz

Author of ‘Obama’s America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity’

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Radical. That’s the word to describe what Tea Party Republicans have done in the past two weeks, shutting down the government and threatening to send our economy into recession or even worse turmoil by defaulting on our financial obligations. Radical is the label to pin to a party that loses an election and then demands the implementation of their agenda or else the country gets it. And that’s the word Democrats need to hang around the neck of every Republican on the ballot in 2014, especially those running for the House of Representatives.

A year is an eternity in politics, but we need to make sure that voters remember the Tea Party Republican radicalism of 2013 when they head to the voting booth 13 months from now. We need a national campaign that ties every Republican candidate to the Tea Party, to John Boehner, and to Ted Cruz. We need voters to see any candidate associated with those characters as not capable of being a responsible representative.

Recent polling shows that the American people strongly disapprove of the radicalism Republicans have shown during the shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis. The longer the shutdown has gone on, the worse people think of the Republicans and — ironically given that their initial goal was to gut Obamacare — the better people think of the president’s health care reform law.

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