When the Tea Party came into the spotlight in early 2009, they were labeled as a racist, homophobic hate-group by the mainstream media. The most famous attack on the Tea Party occurred when Janeane Garofalo went on Keith Olberman’s MSNBC show, and said: “Let’s be very honest about what this is about, it’s not about bashing democrats, it’s not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston tea party was about. They don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism, straight up. It’s nothing but a bunch of tea bagging rednecks, and there is no way around that.”
Does that sound like the Tea Party to you? I didn’t think so; if that were true, then why would people like Lloyd Marcus and Lt.Col. Allen West take part in the movement? The left will do anything to smear the Tea Party. In 2010 there were a handful of Tea Party candidates that ran for the U.S Senate: Joe Miller of Alaska, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sharron Angle of Nevada, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, Dino Rossi of Washington, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Six of them went to Washington. Why didn’t the others win?
Let’s start with Joe Miller. Endorsed by former Alaskan Governor Sarah Plain, Miller beat incumbent Lisa Murkowski in the primary, but then lost to her because she ran as an independent during the election.
Christine O’Donnell was crucified for being a Christian. Instead of sticking to economic issues O’Donnell campaigned on social issues such as abortion, homosexuality, and pre-marital sex. The media, including Rachel Maddow, slammed O’Donnell for being against masturbation when she was a teenager. She campaigned very little on Fiscal Responsibility, and the huge deficits that to this day are crushing America.
Sharron Angle ran against establishment Democrat Harry Reid. Although she wasn’t openly against homosexuality/ gay marriage, she was still labeled a racist and a homophobe. Angle lost with 45% of the vote.
Dino Rossi lost to Democrat Patty Murray. Rossi carried 47% of the vote. Rossi was a strong opponent of Barack Obama’s policies, and once again the left wing media in Washington called him a racist homophobe.
Out of these four, one of them lost not only because they were running in a very strong blue state, but because she campaigned on social issues, and openly condemned homosexuals. I do not think that the Tea Party campaigns against homosexuality.
The goal of the Tea Party movement was to oppose spending, and cut the budget. Yet a far right-wing social conservative was put on stage, which made the Tea Party look like a joke.
2010 was a huge win for the Tea Party, but the victories didn’t curtail the hate. On the contrary, it got worse. Fast forward to 2012 with Tea Party candidates Todd Akin and Richard Murdock.
Todd Akin had it all: he had beaten Sarah Steelman (a strong supporter, backed by Sarah Palin) and was ahead in the polls against stalwart establishment Democrat Claire McCaskill. Akin did what any candidate knew not to do. On August 19, 2012 while making remarks on rape, and abortion Akin said “If it’s a legitimate rape the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down, but let’s assume that didn’t work or something.” Instead of saying: “I do not believe in abortion even in the case of incest or rape,” he basically said that not all rape is legitimate, and basically sabotaged his own campaign at that moment. The media destroyed him, and once again labeled the Tea Party as racist, and anti-women.
Richard Murdock came into the spotlight when he beat six term establishment Republican Senator Dick Lugar. Murdock went on to lose to Democrat Joe Donnelly. Why did he lose? Again, social issues were the catalyst. Although the comment was taken out of context, he should have kept his mouth shut. Murdock stated that pregnancies resulting from rape were a “gift from God”. Despite the fact that we all knew he was trying to say that all children are a gift from God, the media twisted his words, claiming that Murdock intended to say rape is a gift from God, henceforth abortion shouldn’t be used in rape cases.
If it weren’t for these social issues and the dumb comments they inspired, we would have 3 more seats in the Senate. Don’t get me wrong I supported all three of these candidates. My theory is this: if we want to win, we need to drop the social agenda and focus on the economy. If we’re going to win in 2016, we need to come together and broaden the base. No more electing far right-wing social conservatives, especially in liberal leaning states. We need to win the swing states. If we have to, then we must elect moderates in the blue states. It’s our only hope of winning those seats. It’s not compromising our values, its being smart. On major issues such as healthcare and taxes, the moderates usually stick with Conservatives, and the Tea Party. We must not lose in 2016. If Hillary Clinton beats us, then this country will forever be lost to communism. There is only one hope for Tea Party candidates, and it’s the moral of this article: THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK.