Since 2011 I have been trying to convince friends in the TEA Party that the Republicans regarded them as a threat and a nuisance to be squashed. My eyes were opened to their shenanigans when my local Republican team vowed to support the TEA Party – even to the extent of supporting our candidates. At first I was naïve enough to believe them. A sequence of eye-opening events led me to believe otherwise.
After receiving a few scars resulting from New Jersey’s first TEA Party Conference, I realized that my Republican friends viewed the TEA Party as a threat that they needed to squash. Try as I might to convince my TEA Party cohorts that expecting the Republicans to save this country was unrealistic, many clung to the idea that our best option was to work with these wolves in sheep’s clothing. It has been difficult to convince people that they were barking up the wrong tree – even those that knew the inside scoop about the Conference. Then enters Karl Rove and his arrogant statements. And finally, eyes are opening. Thank you, Mr. Rove!
Karl Rove v. the Tea Party
Christopher Gadsden’s “Don’t Tread On Me” flag, the unofficial symbol of the Tea Party movement. Photo: User VIkrum/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License
Mr. Rove and the spokesman for his Victory Party Project may choose to believe that the Republican loses this November are attributable to “undisciplined candidates running bad campaigns” (translation: TEA Party candidates), but how do they explain the devastating loss of Mitt Romney or the host of other Republicans that failed to energize the vote? By all accounts, Obama’s win against Romney was incredible when you consider the state of the economy, Benghazi, and the Fast and Furious debacle. They fail to understand that moderate candidates leave the bad taste of mediocrity in the mouths of those fighting to restore our Constitutional Republic.
Romney wasn’t the only lackluster candidate that didn’t energize the Republican vote. Here in New Jersey, an all-too-powerful Governor supported his longtime friend in a bid for the U.S. Senate seat against the notorious Bob Menendez. The pre-primary polls reported that the Governor’s boy would lose to Menendez by at least 10 points but somebody else (an unknown) would win by 7 points. Even though a candidate came forward that stood a chance against Menendez because of his logical Immigration Plan, all the Republican regulars marched lockstep to the Governor’s orders and supported a candidate who had nothing to show for his 25 years of public service other than being friends with the Governor. To some extent, supporting the Party regular would have been expected, what wasn’t expected were the personal attacks the newcomer had to endure as the Republican machine in New Jersey did everything they could to squash him politically and personally. Menendez and the State Democrats don’t have to spend a penny fighting Constitutional Conservatives in New Jersey. That job belongs to the Republicans in this State.
The elections tell the tale, Mr. Rove!
The New Jersey elections revealed two interesting points: 1. immigration turned out to be a deciding factor in the elections – as we predicted it would be; and 2. the polls were wrong. The Governor’s boy didn’t lose by 10 points; he lost by 17 points.
Now Mr. Rove may say campaigns are lost because they are run by undisciplined candidates, but what about the Governor’s boy? He raised over $3,000,000 to his challenger’s $30,000. But he lost to Menendez, who certainly wasn’t New Jersey’s favorite son. And the Governor’s boy, well, he also ran the Governor’s campaign six years ago. No one could say he didn’t know how to campaign – at least not with a straight face. New Jerseyans didn’t vote for him because he was mediocre at best.
In Pennsylvania things are worse. The Republicans and Democrats in that State have eliminated the competition by either keeping them off the ballot or depleting their funds in court challenges to keep them off the ballots in a way that cripples them. I have been told that the Republicans challenge the Libertarians, Conservatives and Constitution Party Candidates and the Democrats challenge the Green Party and all others.
Tea Party ≠ Republican Party
Unless you are in the thick of things, it’s hard to convince the average citizen that both the Republicans and the Democrats are equally responsible for the problems this country is facing. Many think they still have a choice at the polls. They simply don’t understand that their choices have been predetermined by the political elitists – whether they have an R or a D after their name. The two major political parties of today have crossed the lines of being political entities into becoming cabals. And there they will stay until We the People throw the bums out. As for me, I no longer sport an R or D after my name. I am proud to be a member of the Constitution Party.
And as for my cohorts who believe they can work within the Republican Party, well today my phone has been ringing off the hook with those who have seen the light. Therefore, to you, Mr. Rove, all I have to say is thank you!