I'll bet you can identify Rand Paul and Ted Cruz without any problem. Every once in awhile when I stop ranting long enough to think things through, I realize that the future of the Republican Party is with men like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. I sometimes don't agree with them on their policy ideas nor their approach but at least they are out there forging the way. Often, too, we see them tweaking their thinking as they learn. That's a good thing. Seeing a better way is positive.
When was the last time you saw the leadership out there forging anything? Okay, McConnell has a challenge for his seat coming up. I hope he shows more enthusiasm to his constituents than he does to his TV audiences. And John Thune, in the upper left corner, is he asleep while the minority leader speaks or is he merely resting his eyes? At one time I thought he might be Presidential material but who is he?
Could any of them filibuster like Rand Paul did? Do any of them have the passion? I'm not seeing it.
There was a time that the Presidential nominee, win or lose, was considered the head of the party at least for a time. Mitt Romney has been missing in action almost since the day after the polls closed.
While the House Republicans are divided at least their fighting for what they believe. You hear them. You see them. Jason Chaffetz, Darrell Issa, Trey Gowdy, Kevin McCarthy to name a few. They have the easier job of it because they hold the majority. The Pauls, Cruz, Mike Lees and Marco Rubios have it tougher fighting the entrenched Democrats.
They're going to make errors in judgement. Over play their hands. In the Senate who do they have to guide them? McCain and Graham, two old war horses who are pretty good at over playing their own hands and they should know better. The leadership is no where to be seen.
The difference may well be generational, time served or a combination of the two. I see McCain and Graham as trying desperately to remain relevant. I see the others with a passion for what they believe their constituents are telling them and a passion to do right for them.
I'm pretty sure I can say the future is in the hands of the young turks. As for the old turkeys - well maybe by Thanksgiving 2014 a lot of those tough old birds will have gobbled their last in elected office.