Tea Party Candidates: Let the Voter Beware!
October 20, 2010
(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – Well, it’s good to know the Tea Party is self aware and sees things the way most of us do, including Republicans. In yesterday’s edition of the Financial Times of London, writer Edward Luce spun a piece that simply lays out what those who are paying attention knew all along: Please don’t look too closely.
Too late!Tea Party candidates are odd people. They are not mainstream, and although there is nothing wrong with that, they are also considered extreme by almost everyone but their own Tea Party siblings and of course Fox News, which is the only national outlet they agree to appear on for television.
Their radio outreach is similar in choice, only going on to shows that are considered extremely conservative and will only ask softball questions provided by the candidates themselves. It’s clear they don’t want to be challenged, questioned, or outed for their views and their lack of knowledge.
Christine O’Donnell would be exhibit A.
There are others who have made national news: Sharon Angle in Nevada, Joe Miller in Alaska, and Rand Paul in Kentucky. They have admitted that they have been advised on who to talk to and who to avoid. They have been told NOT to be too candid, for what are now obvious reasons, and they are being led by the one person who blames the mainstream media for all of her faults, Sarah Palin. No surprises there.
What I haven’t shared with you to this point is that every time I write something about the Tea Party I get personal e-mails defending these candidates and setting me straight on what I am writing. The only real problem with this defense is when I go to research to confirm their defense the ONLY proof I can find for their defenses are the candidates own website, not what I would consider to be an objective source.
What is happening is not uncommon. These candidates have a force that scours the Internet for stories that they consider to be foundationally untrue and make an effort to convince the writer they are wrong. No sin in that with the exception of the information that is provided as being the real truth comes only from the candidate themselves. It’s what happens when you are publically vetted and have to be accountable for what you say.
Listen, there will be some Tea Party candidates that will win next Tuesday, but there are many more that will fade away quickly, as they should. If the Tea Party have more then say 6-8 candidates that do win next week, this Republican Party is in real trouble, and normally I wouldn’t care, but this time it affects us all.
The Tea Party candidate’s behavior should be the red flag any voter should be looking for, but we have determined that the majority of voters aren’t too bright to begin with, but this is crunch time and before you go to your polling place remember that the power of your vote matters for at least the next two years, and in the world of politics that can be an eternity.