Be careful what you wish for…

Already, the 2014 airwaves are becoming heavy with political ads from various PACs, targeting incumbents who will face primary elections soon. Most notably is the ad urging John Boehner (R, OH) be replaced as speaker of the House of Representatives.

I’m not necessarily a Boehner fan. However, in the first place, Boehner represents the 8th Congressional District in Ohio. Folks outside that district cannot vote for him in any election. Second, the Speaker of the House is elected by members of the majority House party at the time. Why run national advertising? (In my opinion, the ad is not particularly professional looking, either.)

Now, I’ve been a Tea Party supporter since the beginning, but what bothers me most is many hard-line Tea Party folks are not satisfied with gains (as in 2010), urging an immediate all-or-nothing. In my view, given the diversity of the United States, it is not reasonable to expect to change Washington, DC, and replace every long-time incumbent overnight. It seems the result of attempting to do so in a cavalier fashion is folly. I believe we must continue to work hard to promote conservative values to the American people in every way possible, and the nation will come to realize what we have allowed our representatives to become. Conservatives cannot be silent.

Your wishes can backfire. Case in point: A group of Tea Party faithful targeted Sen. Richard Lugar (R, IN) in the last primary election, as having served much too long in the Senate, and his voting record was becoming questionable for conservatives. Another candidate was elected as the GOP candidate for the fall. Unfortunately, the less experienced Republican misspoke two weeks before the general election and the Democrat now serves in Washington.

It is difficult to be patient these days–ObamaCare, IRS scandals, Benghazi, jobs, the deficit–but it behooves patriots to be diligently thoughtful and choose our battles carefully. Really good candidates are difficult to find, and most cannot withstand the microscopic scrutiny the candidate and his or her family will suffer. The electorate will usually not accept a candidate “warts and all.” Start looking. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee, “”