Broward County, Florida is important to the establishment GOP because if it can thrive there, in a county which has seen a dizzying rise of Latinos and blacks migrate to the county in the last decade, it can deliver both its message and members to Congress from nearly anywhere else in the United States. The Broward Republican Executive Committee has been plagued over the past half decade with its share of battles with TEA Party elements led by Fort lauderdale TEA Party activist Danita Kilcullen. The actions of Kilcullen since 2009 are a single component of why Progressives have very little to fear from the TEA Party but why the establishment GOP needs to jettison these people from their ranks. The only way for the GOP to remain a viable national party is to separate from the TEA Party, take their lumps in local and state elections for a few years and come back nationally in the hopes of reversing the success of Progressive policies during a two term Hillary Clinton administration.
I know that sounds like a heavy lift, but as time goes on I am beginning to side with my colleague Fred Schwartz who feels that if the TEA Party is allowed to remain a cancer in the belly of the GOP it eventually will kill the party leaving a new massive and powerful Democratic Party to rule unchecked possibly for the remainder of the 21st Century. There are dangers in that eventuality that are well known and have been viewed in Human history many times in the past. A loyal opposition is a security requirement for any representative democracy and I still hope the GOP will come to the center in the next few decades if they can shed the reactionaries in the TEA Party.
Now back to Ms Kilcullen for moment. Many of you are aware that she was arrested and found guilty of a drunken attack on a police officer in the fall of 2010. She has also accused people of “hacking” her Facebook account. Kilcullen recently drew the ire of both Progressives and establishment GOP members in Broward when she sent an email detailing how the county GOP was being taken over by “gay thugs”.
We can expect more of this sort of infighting until the GOP cleans up its own house.
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