Editorial

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Editorial
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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 8:35am

Timely, because I was just talking with DD about people getting off on being "angry" to the point where they aren't thinking about who they are putting in charge:



http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/opinion/16thu1.html?hpw



Primary Day 2010: The Tea Party’s Snarl





Democratic operatives are ablaze with excitement over the victory of two particularly dubious Tea Party candidates in Tuesday’s Republican primaries, envisioning smoother paths to victory in the races for governor in New York and United States senator in Delaware. But for voters of all stripes, Tuesday’s primaries should illuminate the growling face of a new fringe in American politics — and provide the incentive for level-headed voters to become enthusiastic about the midterm election.





Republican leaders have to decide if they want the tiny fraction of furious voters who have showed up at the primary polls to steer them into the swamp for years ahead. They have a chance to repudiate the worst of the Tea Party crowd and show that they can govern without appealing to the basest political instincts. So far, they have preferred to greedily capitalize on the nuclear energy in the land without considering its destructive effects.




Democrats, especially beleaguered incumbents and the White House, need to counter the toxic message of the Tea Party so voters have an alternative.



For both parties and certainly the broad swath of independent voters, defeating this new crop of Tea Party nominees has become imperative to avoid the sense of national embarrassment from each divisive and offensive utterance, each wacky policy proposal.



Take the new Republican nominee for United States senator from Delaware, Christine O’Donnell. She founded a group called the Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth, with a curious focus on sexual purity, and claimed there was scientific evidence that God created the world in six 24-hour periods. She lied for years about being a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, having earned a degree only in recent weeks, 17 years after she left campus. She has no steady source of income and has a substantial trail of unpaid bills, battles with the Internal Revenue Service and questionable use of campaign donations for personal expenses.



Ms. O’Donnell defeated Mike Castle, a veteran congressman and example of the moderate and conciliatory approach that Northeast Republicans once brought to Washington. Her campaign ridiculed him for being 71 years old with a history of heart problems. Ms. O’Donnell called Mr. Castle “unmanly.”



Or consider Carl Paladino, the Republicans’ new nominee for governor of New York, who has transfigured the state’s justifiable disgust with Albany into a malevolent snarl at the world. It is one thing to promise to shake up state government; it is very much another to thuggishly proclaim that he intends to clean up Albany “with a baseball bat” and turn the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, upside down to get his blood flowing and then send him “to Attica.” This is the man who has vowed to send welfare recipients to state prisons to pick up their checks and be given lessons in hygiene. He has defended an ally’s comparison of Mr. Silver to Hitler or the Antichrist and is known for forwarding e-mail messages to friends with racist or pornographic images.



In both cases, the Republican establishment did everything possible to avoid having the party be represented by these two, lest the link to the Tea Party become evident. Karl Rove, long the party’s tactical mastermind, dismissed Ms. O’Donnell as “nutty.”



But, in fact, the party’s hopes for retaking Congress are deeply bound up with the fate of Tea Party candidates across the country, and the party’s leaders have done little to distance themselves from the extremism that now constitutes mainstream conservative policy.



When the House Republican leader, John Boehner, voiced a possible compromise on tax cuts, he was immediately shouted down by other party officials and pilloried as weak by right-wing blogs. Mr. Rove noted that Ms. O’Donnell is unlikely to win in November, possibly preventing the Republicans from taking over the Senate. He is now a pariah himself in those same circles.



On Wednesday, Mr. Boehner invited Tea Party activists to help “drive the debate” in Washington and shape the legislative agenda. That invitation act should be a dose of adrenaline to dispirited Democrats, independents and mainstream Republican voters who had not fully grasped the stakes in November’s election.



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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 12:17pm

"Democrats need to get off their duffs and treat these two candidates and really all the tea party candidates as serious challengers. Just pointing out their radical viewpoints, statements, actions isn't enough to win elections. Democrats need to paint a clear picture to the electorate that motivates the voters to go to the polls to vote for Democrats"



I agree.

 

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 12:24pm

I also think there does need to be some fighting fire with fire.

 


 


I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 12:28pm

Julie, can you tell me what it is about any Tea Party candidate that you feel would be good for the country?

 

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 12:32pm

I think it was very fun for the Republicans for awhile because they gained numbers.

 

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 3:18pm

"Julie, can you tell me what it is about any Tea Party candidate that you feel would be good for the country?

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 4:51pm

Those are great points, but why do you think they've focused on Republican, rather than Democratic primaries, since so many of their ire seems to be targeting the Democrats currently in office?



Is it because they self identify with Republicans?

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 5:26pm
No, I haven't seen it yet. We have all of this week's to watch...I'll make sure we watch that one tonight.
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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 5:32pm

"Is it because they self identify with Republicans?"



I think over all yes, but also I think they are being smart and keeping themselves under an R umbrella right now.

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 6:15pm
Don't you have the Royal Canadian Air Farce?

dablacksox



Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

dablacksox


Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 9:15pm

Pity.

My late DW and I used to enjoy watching the Air Farce and Kids in the Hall on Friday nights (I'm close enough to pick up channel 9 out of Windsor) but I was so busy raising DDs the last few years I didn't have time anymore. Always enjoyed the Air Farce and of course the Kids and especially the head crusher.

dablacksox



Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

dablacksox


Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.