The Tea Party’s performance in Tuesday’s round of primaries was — at best — a mixed bag.
TP struck out in Virginia, where three candidates lost out to the establishment. Their anointed pick for governor in South Carolina faces a runoff amid charges she sleeps around and their pick to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada is an extremist fruitcake who represents all that is wrong with the phony grassroots movement.
The Tea Party may be the CB radio of this political season — a flashy fad that came on with more flash than substance and faded quickly.
No one exemplifies the extremes of the Tea Party more than Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Anlgle, a right-wing whack job who thinks fluoridation of water is a Commie plot, abortion causes breast cancer and at least one parent should stay home and take care of their spouse and kids.
Democrats in the Harry Reid campaign dropped to their knees and thanked the political gods when Angle won the GOP primary in Nevada. Angle wants to phase out Social Security, ban booze, deep six the IRS and Department of Education and provide saunas for prisoners.
In South Carolina, Tea Party centerfold and Sarah Palin favorite Nikki Haley appeared headed for an easy win until two allegations of affairs with political operatives surfaced. Haley denies the sleep arounds and pledged to resign if she wins and the affairs turn out to be true but questions about her sexual habits kept her vote total below below 50 percent and she now faces a runoff.
Sarah Palin claims her endorsement helps Tea Party candidates but a closer look reveals that she traditionally backs those who are already front runners and have the resources to win. She has also come under fire from the Tea Party faithful for backing establishment candidates like Terry Branstad or Carly Fiorina instead of one theirs. Her endorsement did nothing to help Vaughn Ward, the Idaho House candidate who went down in flames in March.
Of course, the Tea Party propagandists are crowing about Tuesday’s primary results, saying they have delivered on what voters are asking for.
They should remember the old Mongolian proverb that warns: Be careful what you ask for…you just might get it.
Sharron Angle proves that.
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