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Stanley Crouch: Women rise up to spank tea partiers

Survival and safety are the bottom lines of life and civilization. They also are the central concerns of those in politics. When the brilliant youngster Abby Huntsman warns fellow Republicans they had better look at the real world if they ever hope to seize the White House again, they should, by now, realize that she is reasonably right, and they have been too far right and too far wrong.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., believes in the ideal of democracy, and what she has to say is a change toward adulthood in contemporary American politics, and those of the world at large. This week in the Senate, Warren called out the Republicans for abusing the Constitution in order to repudiate Barack Obama and destroy the meaning of his second presidential election, which Obama won by 5 million votes.

Nationwide in 2012 and in Virginia last week, women provided facts even larger than the girth of Chris Christie, the Dumbo not afraid to show himself ready to stomp the rabid tea-party mouse.

His big-time, blue-state victory seems a sign that our two-party system will reassert itself, and put behind it exploitation and abuse. It appears there are finally Republicans unwilling to let the tea party carry the day.

Women of both parties are some of them, perhaps the most decisive group of them, rejecting the Confederate cowards giving mortal wounds to the once-grand GOP by denying the voices of all of those who want their bit of freedom and their chance at influencing the nation’s vision.

Women are making clear at the polls that they will not accept standards set by the old-boy network if they themselves do not agree.

Just ask those losers, like Virginia’s Ken Cuccinelli and Alabama’s Dean Young, who are still going on about their invincible principles in spite of the voters’ verdict.

That is why there is much far-right nipping at Christie as he makes his pachyderm tread across the battlefield, left with many political casualties after the resounding defeat of the shutdown, so dangerously irresponsible even the Koch brothers came out against it.

The factoid machine is rusting to a halt, so even an ingrained old boy like the infamous Mitch McConnell is standing on a mound of GOP defeats and barking like an enraged yard dog about how the tea party has mostly helped elect Democrats. Uh-oh.

McConnell is destined to receive a caning of his own next year from Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, who is already getting busy revealing the senator’s many votes against women on equal pay, health and individual choice.

Already desperate, his allies are calling her "an empty dress" who "babbles incoherently" and is "incapable of articulating her own thoughts."

They are spitting out these crude insults because they know McConnell’s voting record is beyond defending with voters. These are broad holes in his armor — too bad for him. The Confederate narrative will now end his political life. There can be no better loser.

What Warren recently said about a better world — pushed forward partially by skilled, empathetic and politically shrewd women — is very important to our time.

It sounded as tough as those pioneer women who demanded that the West become part of modern civilization because they were no longer ready for the adolescent rule of the old boys in the room. They did not get all they wanted, but they got a better world for themselves and the men who were called upon to grow up. It was a much better place than the one the men chose to make by themselves.

She said, "To everyone who shared your hopes and dreams with me during the campaign and put your faith in my ability to fight for you, know this: It has been a year, but I’m still ready to fight.

"Whether that means standing up to extreme Republicans in the House or demanding accountability for big banks that break the rules, I’m still ready to fight.

"I’m still ready to fight because I believe as strongly as ever that when we fight, we can win."

That sounds like American democracy to me, which is part of the responsibility of American women, and they know it.

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