There are so many extremists in the Republican Party it’s hard to keep track of them all. A few of them rise above the fray if only because they are so far out of the mainstream. In Nevada, rising from the ashes of a devastating defeat to Harry Reid, a Democratic senator many considered a dead man walking, Sharron Angle announced she will run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A vacancy opened up with disgraced Republican Senator John Ensign announced he would not run for reelection following the exposure of his affair with another man’s wife. Rep. Dean Heller declared his candidacy to replace Ensign thus creating an opening for Angle to angle into it–even if other Nevada Republicans aren’t crazy about the idea.
For the National Republican Senatorial Committee — which struggled managing Angle’s 2010 jumbled operation — her decision to pass on a Senate bid is welcome news. Heller, who on Tuesday announced his candidacy for the seat being vacated by Sen. John Ensign, has likely dodged the biggest obstacle to the nomination.
“We don’t want Dean Heller to have a primary,” said Smith.
Their House campaign committee colleagues, on the other hand, are now burdened with a high-profile candidate who is widely viewed as erratic, undisciplined and unpredictable. Angle’s entry raises the prospect of a divisive primary fight that could leave the party hamstrung for the general election.
“We’re not horribly excited about it,” said one House GOP aide, who requested anonymity in order to candidly discuss the party’s views of Angle. “She lost to Reid and is polarizing. She got so battered in the last election.”
Sharron Angle stands for lots of other things.
Like the U.S. pulling out of the United Nations because it is “the umpire on fraudulent science such as global warming.”
Like ending abortion in all cases including rape and incest.
Like ending the separation between church and state.
Like banning same-sex marriage.
Like privitalizing Medicare.
Like opposing fluoridation of water.
Like denying the existence of global warming.
Like lifting restrictions on offshore drilling and drilling in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge.
Like proposing “Second Amendment remedies” to our current problems with government when she says off-the-wall things like, “You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. In fact Thomas Jefferson said it’s good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years. I hope that’s not where we’re going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying, ‘My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?’ I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.”
It didn’t quite work out that way as Reid, who was one of the most endangered Democrats on the GOP hit list, hung on to defeat Angle and foil the Republican hopes of knocking off the Senate Majority Leader. I’m not a fan of Reid who is one of the weakest Majority Leaders ever to hold the gavel, but even honest conservatives know Angle’s whack job rhetoric and Tea Party philosophy cost them a seat they had a damn good chance of taking.
The Tea Party’s major success has been electing idiots whose primary job is to ensure the rich stay richer.
The Tea Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of greedy rich pricks like the Koch Brothers and Republican ass weasels such as Dick Armey. It’s not about smaller government or any of that crap. It’s about keeping power and money in the hands of the rich and corporations and they return the favor by bank rolling useful idiots in Washington and the statehouses who wallow in xenophobia and racism.
The Tea Party is a conglomeration of White conservatives who didn’t get interested in becoming activists until a Black man was elected president.
When you get past the poster-sized rhetoric and blah-blah-blah about “freedom,” “smaller government,” and “taking the country back” (from whom exactly?), the Tea Party is owned and operated by Corporate America:
– Freedom Works staffers coordinate conference calls among protesters, contacting conservative activists to give them “sign ideas, sample press releases, and a map of events around the country.”
– Freedom Works staffers apparently moved to “take over” the planning of local events in Florida.
– Freedom Works provides how-to guides for delivering a “clear message” to the public and media.
– Freedom Works has several domain addresses — some of them made to look like they were set up by amateurs — to promote the protests.
– Americans for Prosperity is writing press releases and planning the events in New Jersey, Arizona, New Hampshire, Missouri, Kansas, and several other states.
The feminist author Audre Lord said, “the master’s tools will never be used to dismantle the master’s house” and in the case of the supposedly grass-roots activism of the Tea Party these particular tools are being used to reinforce the master’s house, not dismantle it.
It doesn’t take a lot of sleuthing to figure out how and who owns the Tea Party. It does take a bit more analysis and critical thinking and a lot more critical thinking than some folks are putting into it. They seem to think volume and rancor is the same thing as commitment and purpose.
If you know nothing about Sharron Angle except that she doesn’t like Barack Obama and that makes her aces in your book, you’re probably as far out there on the edges of extremism as she is and I hope you’re very happy together.
For my part, I will be equally happy to write the largest check I can scratch to her Democratic opponent to beat Angle’s ass a second straight time.