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Is it my imagination or am I seeing local republicans reclaiming their political party leanings? I can remember just a year ago, several local bloggers admitted being conservative but they didn't go as far as claiming the Republican Party. They now see blood in the water because by default, voters will throw out a lot of the incumbent democrats. We used to call that" climbing on the bandwagon." I call it “coming out of the woodwork.”

Instead of concentrating on the economy; I see the national republicans lobbying hard to retain the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. House minority leader, John Boehner, thought he would show some leadership for a change, by saying he would compromise and vote for just extending tax cut for those making $250,000 or less. Yesterday, senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said he would introduce a bill to make the Bush tax cuts, permanent. He was backed in the house by Paul Ryan and several republican house members; breaking rank with Boehner. Extending those tax cuts to the top 2% will cost $700 billion over 10 years. Don't be fooled by all the games. Mitch McConnell knows full well he will not receive the 60 votes, needed to pass his bill but it will give political cover to those house members that want to vote for a middle class tax cut. President Obama and the democrat’s proposal to extend the tax cuts for the middle class will increase the deficit but they deem it necessary. I heard David Cay Johnson, tell Keith Olbermann last night that although the Democrats' proposal will increase the deficit, it could be seen as another stimulus; but it is a needed one. Mr. Johnson said" Suppose a young family had two family cars, the wife was pregnant, so they naturally had a lot of uncertainty in their lives to start with. If both cars broke down beyond repair, like this recession, they most likely would go out and get a loan to buy another car but they would still cut back to afford the new payments." This current battle should define the republicans as the party looking out for the rich but most of their defenders will overlook it because they just want them to be anti-Obama. The Bush taxes cuts are set to expire December 31, 2010 unless Congress intervenes.

Tonight is primary night or as the pundits call it “Show and tell for the Tea Party." It's going to be interesting to see if the GOP nominates a 95% shoe-in Mike Castle or wing-nut Christine O'Donnell, to be the representative for the senate seat of the great state of Delaware. Come on, O’Donnell; that's one seat the democrats weren't counting on. Nancy Pelosi just thought she had trouble trying to keep the blue dog democrats in line. I can't wait to see Mitch McConnell taking on Rand Paul, Alaska's Joe Miller, or any Tea Party senator; it might lead to a battle for senate leadership, between Mitch McConnell and Jim DeMint. Who knows what will happen because some republicans have promised to serve the Obama administration with several subpoenas and others like Newt Gingrich see nothing wrong with threatening to shut down the government to avoid a presidential veto. It should be an interesting two more years of gridlock and more voter resentment.