Skip to comments.Voters are seeing the Tea Party for what it is: destructive
Posted on 05/21/2014 6:12:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Extremes are called that for a reason. They are ideas that are on the far edges of reasonableness, and they are rightly destined to be tempered and reined in by more moderate ideas. That's what has just happened to the political party that holds sway in my home state.
Elections across the nation Tuesday showed that voters have rejected Tea Party extremism, with all of its concentration on hating President Obama and its suggestion that anyone who disagrees is less than patriotic.
These voters -- Republicans in states like Kentucky, Georgia and Idaho -- are definitely not tree-hugging, pot-smoking liberals. They're conservatives who want their party returned to them.
For them, it's not a matter of ideology; it's a matter of political survival. And as Alabama's own George Wallace noted so many times, political viability is the first and most necessary goal of every elected or would-be elected official.
Just as Wallace did more than 50 years ago, in recent years some Republicans in my state have run campaigns based on rhetoric that they had to know was downright silly. (Consider the current Public Service Commission candidate who's promising to "fight Obama," as though that's the job of a PSC member.)
In a race to the bottom, candidates have vied to hate Obama more, love guns best and pander most effectively to people who could be swayed by negative platitudes. That's a disservice and a distraction to the voters, not to mention an unworkable strategy for government and politics.
Last year's election of Baldwin County's own Bradley Byrne to Congress was a bellwether of how far some extremists are willing to go. When Byrne -- no wild-eyed liberal -- beat a conservative political consultant turned patriot/candidate, signs sprang up all over south Alabama.
Emblazoned with the "Don't Tread on Me" serpent and the words "Boycott Byrne," the signs were the height of the curious, self-destructive urges of some Tea Party Republicans. Byrne isn't a brand of soft drink to be boycotted; he's a U.S. representative from their own party.
Instead of indulging in unrealistic fantasies about what government ought to be, Tea Partiers would be better off not overplaying their hands and instead working in the political system that has gotten them all of this attention in the first place.
It's fitting that some branches of the Tea Party have adopted the serpent as their logo. Like the original rebellious founders of our nation, they mean to convey a message that says, "If you tread on what I see as my rights, you'll regret it." But the effective message in today's political climate is very different.
Everybody who's ever taken a walk in the woods knows snakes can bite. They also know that if you leave snakes alone, they'll usually slither away without harm.
Only a snake-chunking preacher with misplaced courage and a working refrigerator will try to handle a poisonous snake. He knows that when the serpent warms up and wakes up, it'll bite.
The Tea Party serpent has surely bitten the Republican Party.
Now the voters and the Republican Party have apparently learned that lesson. Political analysts say that nationwide, only 15 percent of voters favor the Tea Party today. That was reflected in Tuesday's primary results.
The flirtation with extremism has proven a big mistake for the Republican Party, just as Democrats' flirtation with extremism (remember their sojourn in the wilderness in the 1980s and the impact of the left-wing MoveOn.org in the late 1990s?) was a big mistake for them.
The voters' message for those with ears to hear it -- is clear: Lead with reason, and with enough courage to turn away the false invective. The extremist elements of the Tea Party are a serpent the Republicans -- and the nation -- can do without.
Frances Coleman is a freelance writer living in Baldwin County. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and "like" her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/prfrances.
Was Editorial Page Editor of the Press-Register newspaper in Mobile 1995 to 2012. Now a freelance columnist, writer and editor.
Biography A native of Alexandria, La. Educated at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, with a degree in communication. Worked at the Palestine (Texas) Herald-Press and Alexandria Town Talk before moving to south Alabama in 1978. Served as editor of The Onlooker in Foley and The Islander in Gulf Shores before joining the Press-Register in 1984. Became editorial page editor in 1995; left in 2012 to become a freelance columnist, writer and editor.
...the only thing the Tea Party has done is give Obama everything he wants.
What a stupid airhead
Nope. I'm not a republican. Too many pro-abortion gun grabbers in that party.
Frances Coleman is insane.
The TEA Party wants smaller, accountable government which adheres to the Constitution. This is extreme?
The only reason these establishment types.....the GOPe....prevail in the primaries is because they have the money advantage by a wide margin, name recognition, and support of the media.
I repeat myself....Frances Coleman is insane.
“Frances Coleman is a freelance writer living in Baldwin County. Email her at email@example.com and “like” her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/prfrances.”
there ya go, Freepers. Blast this braindead twit..
These people slept through last week’s primaries, apparently.
It destroys things.
Of course it does.
I vote once “bunk”.
Just going on record.
“Elections across the nation Tuesday showed that voters have rejected Tea Party extremism, with all of its concentration on hating President Obama and its suggestion that anyone who disagrees is less than patriotic. “
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA how did this walking brainless ditz get this job?
The question is, destructive of what?
Of the attempt at the basic transformation of a breathing working healthy economy?
Of the takeover of the Republic by ignorant middle-aged children?
Of overbearing dishonest and criminal manipulators bordering on tyrants?
Well, that reinforces my total support for Tea Party philosophy.
I call B.S., the TEA Party is not going away. We have votes.
Like the Republican establishment has had such success in recent elections....
On drive home from work, listened to Savage for a bit, even though, I can’t stand him at times. But this lady caller said she voted for McConnell not because she liked him but because Bevins was caught on tape at a pro cock-fighting rally telling them he thought it was illegal to ban cock-fighting.
She said, she voted holding her nose. That she hated seeing a Dem get the seat more then McConnell and just didn’t see Bevins beating a Dem.
You notice that none of these leftists ever mention the fact that the tea party is under attack from the crony capitalists from both sides of the aisle.
That’s the last thing they want people spending time pondering.
“Frances Coleman is insane.”
More notably she is a Communist.
Die screaming faggot communists, you can try to steal our cash via the electoral process, but in the end you will have to do it the old fashioned way, at gunpoint.
Good luck with that.
The usual liberal. Her facebook page.
Haven't you heard? We're all Domestic Terrorists now.
We are forces of chaos and anarchy
Everything that they say we are, we are
And we are very
What about their present embrace, much more than a flirtation, of likely-Kenyan-born Obama's big-government, constitution-shredding, virtual dictatorship and simultaneous turd-worlding of the United States?
Contrary to a top front-page story in today’s WSJ, which in spite of a very misleading headline (who writes these things?) said pretty much the same thing that a previous news story said: The tea party ideas are winning. The head of FreedomWorks was quoted as saying they (non-tea party candidates) are embracing our ideas.
I think we all know what time it is.....actually we've known for a while, but now it is.....?
What it looks like to me is that the GOP is in for a MAJOR letdown. I know I won’t vote for a moderate. I will actually vote for a dem before I vote for a RINO. Yes, I want to destroy the GOP....and I think that destruction has begun.
The Teaparty will stay home in droves come November, and the RINOs will NOT gain control of the Senate and may (I hope) lose control of the House.
God help me I’m destroying America!!!
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“Blast this braindead twit”
This is why tea party got shellacked.
GOPe would say, “explain to her why we repectfully disagree”
GOPe and teaparty are not that different in the political views.
The main difference is GOPe has “good manners” and teaparty does not.
So this “journalist” never actually had a job. Now I’m a radical, extremist quasi criminal for wanting a government that remains within the constraints of the Constitution and respects it’s limitations in the Bill of Rights. I don’t want a nanny in Washington and clearly I don’t trust the government to chose my interests over their crony capitalist buddies. I’ll trust free enterprise and I won’t fall for the hysteria of “climate change”.
Jason C. Gray
Your liberal bias is shining through! Please point to one thing this Disfunctional administration has done to sucessfully further this country and improve our image on the world stage. And please dont even say the ACA. We already see the failure it has become!
49 minutes ago
“Yes, I want to destroy the GOP”
I find it amazing that GOPe wants to defeat the democrats while teaparty wants to destroy the republicans.
All RINO’s have skewed more to the right, thanks to the Tea Party candidates running against them. So there is lot of positive things going on.
“the RINOs will NOT gain control of the Senate and may (I hope) lose control of the House.”
Amazing that you would rather have democrats have complete control of the govt rather than have the usual check and balance provided by an opposing party.
“Nope. I’m not a republican.”
Honesty and a good conscience would then preclude you from voting in our primaries.
That's a two-way street.
And if you think we're not 'nice' or 'polite', you haven't seen anything yet.
Oh? Why do Republicans have open primaries in so many states, then? Is it only honest and in good conscience when Democrats vote in Republican primaries, dragging the nominee leftward?
“These people slept through last weeks primaries, apparently.”
Evidently you haven’t noticed how the Democrats have been fixing many of the primary races to eliminate TEA Party candidates. On of the fixes they use is to organize a large fraction o fthe Democrats in each precinct and county to vote as Republicans for the Establishment Republican, or better yet they will vote for a weak primary candidate that is a former Democrat voter running as a Republican. They knock out the best and/or strongest Republican candidate with Democrats voting as REpublicans in the Primary and then vote for the Democrat in the General Election.
That woman sounds like a complete idiot. Bevins’ only error was one of clarification, while Mitch McConnell’s numerous errors are well documented on pretty much every pro-liberty website. Mitch McConnell is perfectly happy to let Democrats commit their ritualistic slaughter of America if they only run lukewarm has-beens against him.
There is also no good reason to ban cockfighting, another point in Bevins’ favor.
“It’s a bloody MOLE!”
“I’m gonna cut it off, chop it up, and make some guacaMOLE!!”
It destroys things.
Of course it does.
Something that destroys cancer would be wonderful.
Big government is a cancer.
Now if they’d only open their freakin’ eyes and see the commie ‘RAT party for what it is. A bunch of evil Nazi scorched earthers.
We may not be quite as visible on the streets as we were in 2010, but the TEA Party is a set of ideals that resides in a large silent majority of people that see the USA going commie with a bunch of aged hippies in charge.