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DANIELS: Chaos is the GOP's Goal

Lee A. Daniels | 8/13/2014, 3 p.m.
In the midst of a crisis when America's national government needs to act swiftly, one can count on the Republican ...
Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (Courtesy of cruz.senate.gov)

Cruz’s sabotage last month led New York Republican Peter T. King to complain to a New York Times reporter, “I do wish that Ted Cruz would stay in the Senate. Nobody elected him Speaker … it’s really a cheap shot to be coming in from the side. To have some guy come in from the outside like the Pied Piper is wrong.”

And yet, Cruz’s behavior perfectly represents the political game on the conservative side of American politics these days, a game whose goal is sowing chaos. Cruz and his Tea Party confederates’ strategy is to disrupt the GOP’s own time-honored political processes and lines of authority by sowing internal party chaos in order to seize power from establishment figures like Boehner and McConnell.

That strategy has both intensified and, ironically, undercut the commitment the GOP leadership itself made at the very beginning of Obama’s first term to reflexively oppose his administration’s proposals and sow governmental chaos, in order to re-capture the White House.

Those two dynamics adopted by the conservative movement and the Republican Party are the major reasons why the American politics of this era is so polarized. For them, political chaos is the goal.

Lee A.Daniels is a longtime New York journalist. His most recent book is "Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America."