“I’m sure Colorado women are thrilled that if Buck gets pregnant from rape or incest he will deliver regardless of any threats to his health. No man under any circumstances can gain by supporting abortion repeal . . . .”
3rd Party TEA Partyism
Works in Obama’s
and Progressives’ Favor
Since one of America’s two major parties, the Republicans, is ostensibly a conservative party fiscally and Constitutionally, it’s not at all surprising that since 1860, national 3rd parties throughout history have uniformly been unsuccessful and even counterproductively helpful** to liberals. Surprise, surprise some phases of today’s TEA Party movement seem to be stabbing conservativism in the back. The Obama administration is favorably impressed . . . .
As Rajjpuut first warned some eight months back, except in highly unusual circumstances, extensive TEA Party involvement prior to the primaries is a very, very bad idea. Let the political process play out and then play kingmaker, that is the winning strategy. Rajjpuut has repeatedly suggested that the TEA Party spend its efforts helping voters learn about the party’s Contract from America and then (only after candidates are selected) picking the most conservative candidate if he/she displays the requisite integrity. The biggest single failing beside becoming a conservative-killing third party? Stunning and deafening silence on the Contract from America. In other words, Rajjpuut suggests the TEA Party is not only losing its way, it’s often blocking America’s way as well. Ah, me . . . . Let’s talk specifics . . . .
Here in Colorado we face two extraordinarily fouled up elections, for governor and senator, made extraordinarily favorable for liberal candidates and extraordinarily frustrating for conservative voters. The TEA Party Express (whom Rajjpuut suspects was created by Harry Reid initially to ensure he faced the weakest possible opposition in Nevada: Sharon Angle) has backed an ignoramus named Ken Buck. Buck rather than concentrating on fiscal and
Constitutional conservativism; his opponent’s pathetic record; and the Contract from America . . . has preferred to talk about abortion regardless of incest, rape, or threats to the health of the mother . . . I’m sure Colorado women are thrilled that if Buck gets pregnant from rape or incest he will deliver regardless of any threats to his health. Since no man can get pregnant, no man under any circumstances can gain by hypocritically supporting abortion repeal . . . .” Rajjpuut reminds all conservative politicians that abortion is, unfortunately, the law of the land and unnecessarily bringing up a losing argument (and, in Buck’s specifics, bringing up a questionable moral argument) is just plain stupid and an easy way to lose women voters in droves.
Buck has also gone out of his way to unnecessarily give his opponent strong sound bites of “Buck threatening Social Security” and “Buck for changing the way Colorado Senators are selected” . . . regardless of the merits of those last two arguments, it never makes sense to step outside of a winning formula. This year the winning formula for conservatives is 1) Contract for America and fiscal and Constitutional conservativism 2) Obama 3) the record of the Democrats in Congress 4) specific weaknesses of their particular opponent . . . . Buck, unfortunately has a grand canyon for a mouth and just loves to hear himself talk. Mr. Buck could still win, but under any other circumstances than the anti-Obama revolt in place this year, Buck would be UNelectable. If somehow Buck is elected Colorado will boast a numbskull in the U.S. Senate. Needless to say, his big government, big taxes, big spending opponent Bennett is properly committed to Obama’s Marxist agenda . . . fine choice we have for senator in Colorado, eh?
Meanwhile, the TEA Party has twice gotten involved in the Colorado governor’s race and both involvements have been a mistake. A totally unvetted candidate, Dan Maes, who’d never held political office excited the TEA Party before he’d proven electable without them. Maes became the Republican candidate. Right there an ethical problem arises, why should Republicans then fund the campaign of someone basically nominated by another political party? In any case, Maes had a lot of baggage and it soon spilled out onto the sidewalk one lie and one scandal after another. So the TEA Party Express comes to town supporting one Tom Tancredo as an Independent running for guv. Tancredo is the eternal Colorado gadfly, who, like Buck, believes in the old out-dated Moral Majority litmus test. Just today, the Republican Party in Colorado removed its support for Maes which has to be demoralizing for Colorado conservatives. If Maes drops out, which he has vowed NOT to do, perhaps Tancredo can win. Since Tancredo, like Buck appears to be a cretin, that would be a mixed blessing at best.
From Nevada where ditsy Sharron Angle who, with the TEA Party Express’ help, defeated two electable candidates and gives Harry Reid a good chance at re-election; to Connecticut where the TEA Party Express-supported candidacy of Christine O’Donnell appears to have dethroned a winning bet^^ for November. . . the ignorance of TEA Party pre-primary election involvement is well-documented and regrettable; and likely to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for the progressive Dems.
Ya’ll live long, strong and ornery,
**only in one instance, Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressive (Bull Moose) Party in 1912, has any third party gotten as close as a losing 2nd place in a national election. In 1912 and in virtually all other instances, the presence of a vote-splitting conservative option has guaranteed victory for liberal candidates, specifically the Democrats involved. In Rajjpuut’s memory only the 1968 candidacy of George Wallace with the American Independent Party was not harmful to the conservative cause . . . why? because Richard Nixon was regarded as a moderate or even semi-progressive Republican in a race against further left-leaning Hubert Humphrey. The havoc created in state and local elections by third parties is not quite as predictable, but third party conservatives are a most welcome sight for Democrats.
^^ Castle, a progressive Republican, appeared to be a shoo-in in Connecticut and very popular. The winning strategy would have been to talk directly to Mr. Castle about the Contract from America. If he pledged to change his spots and support the Contract, then you support him until he proves unworthy of trust.