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.


5 Responses to “Tea Party Candidates: Let the Voter Beware!”

  1. Old Man Dotes on October 20th, 2010 12:54 pm

    A win for the Tea Party is a win for Hitler and Goebbels. If I were Black, Jewish, or anyone other than a rich White Republican, I would be very, very worried. And I’d be stockpiling ammunition and the heaviest firearms I could get, just as the Tea Party wants us to do – except they don’t seem to understand that the Tea Party is the enemy of Americans.

  2. majii on October 20th, 2010 3:12 pm

    Old Man Dotes,
    They say that it is we African-Americans that are the racists and threats to America. I haven’t seen one mainstream African-American get up before a crowd and say word one about hating any group anywhere in this country. This is the dreaded Southern Strategy revived. Fox PAC and rw media have spent a lot of time and money convincing some white Americans that African-Americans from President Obama down to the youngest baby pose a threat to them. There’s not a shred of evidence that this is true. There have been no riots or attacks on whites in America.

    I’m a retired high school teacher who worked for 35 straight years before retiring, paid/pay my taxes, own my own home, have a daughter who graduated high school and college with honors, provided/provide my own health insurance via United Healthcare, and followed/follow the law, but suddenly, since Obama became president, I’m a threat to white people. Ludicrous, when members of my family have been married to whites since the 1960s, and my daughter is engaged to a very nice white guy.

    The problem is that McCain lost the election to a very smart African-American male and the GOP lost control of Congress. Deciding to use race to sway voters to vote for republicans is one of the lowest levels that any so-called “patriot” could stoop to. These people aren’t patriots. They’re anarchists, pure and simple. If it were true that I hated white people, then it would be highly unlikely that some of my former students who happen to be white would call me, have lunch with me, and/or email me to see how I’m doing and to tell me how well they’re doing in college. These tea partiers need to stop lying and calling themselves Christians at the same time. I read my Bible every AM, and I’ve read nothing that Jesus said that supports their words/actions, yet they have the hubris to think that they’ll take this type of mess to Heaven with them.

    Not going to happen.

  3. David on October 20th, 2010 4:07 pm

    Not a bad article from an ultra-left POV. The very broad brush that you use gives it away as trash.

  4. laura mae on October 20th, 2010 5:26 pm

    Who wrote this gabage ! My granny is a Tea Party Patriot ! Hello the majority of the U.S. either participates or backs and supports the TEA PARTIES ! That makes the TEA PARTY MAIN STREAM !!
    Liberal medias are no longer in charge.

  5. Old Man Dotes on October 21st, 2010 11:36 am

    @Laura mae – “Tea Party” and “patriot” are antonyms. The Tea Party’s purpose is to put representatives of foreign corporations and foreign governments in office to run the USA for their benefit. Who’s funding the US Chamber of Commerce? Hint: It’s not middle-class Americans. Try looking up where that money’s coming from – if you have any success you’ll find it’s BP, OPEC, and other groups that are interested in draining wealth and power from America. It’s certainly not American patriots.

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