Why Are So Many Tea Party Candidates So Pathetically Flawed?


Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin are promoting tea party candidates and cultivating themselves as “king makers”. We have a little problem with this.  Have you noticed how many of the tea party candidates are extremely flawed?

We know Jim DeMint is using the entire process for his personal goals.

“…”The Kentucky primary seemed more about handing Mitch McConnell a loss . . . than handing Republicans a win,” says Melissa Clouthier, a conservative blogger for LibertyPundits.net. “It was clear before he was elected, that Rand Paul’s positions would be attacked by the Democrats, and I wonder if this obvious reality entered into any strategic thinking on Jim DeMint’s part.”

To be sure, DeMint was largely responsible for helping prop up Paul, a political novice, but within hours of winning the nomination, the iconoclastic and libertarian-leaning candidate became embroiled in a controversy over, of all things, the Civil Rights Act.

According to Riehl, “the notion that so-called conservatives would back an obviously problematic Libertarian like Rand Paul, especially with his close connections to Adam Kokesh, presumably chiefly to weaken McConnell, made the entire thing a farce, as far as I’m concerned. There is no acceptable rationale for an honest conservative to support Paul, while giving McCain a pass, unless one has an agenda they are not disclosing.”…It remains to be seen whether or not DeMint’s 2010 foray into so many races will make him a hero or a zero, but one thing is for sure, he has raised his profile significantly. DeMint has long been viewed as a conservative favorite. In this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll, he had higher approval ratings than Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck.

Conservatives I spoke to seem happy when DeMint takes on the establishment, but concerned about the unintended consequences of an outsider inadvertently hurting local conservative candidates. Others believed DeMint was using his PAC to seek personal revenge on political enemies like Hostettler and McConnell. They also fear his staff may be using heavy-handed tactics and the grandeur of a senator to “muscle” the candidates (and their local advisers and campaign staffs) that DeMint endorses.

Ultimately, DeMint will be judged by what happens in November. As Riehl notes, “If in the end, the effort somehow benefits Erick’s and DeMint’s reputations as self-professed grassroots leaders, without measurably improving the strength of the genuine conservative movement in D.C., then members of the grassroots would have a right to ask who really won from the strategy that was adopted, as well as what opportunities may have been damaged, if not lost, as a result.”…”

If so, it is entirely possible Jim DeMint is more interested in the accumulation of power than he is vetting candidates.

Sarah Palin is obviously not vetting her endorsements carefully.  She has some hits and misses.   There is nothing wrong with endorsing candidates, but if you do not want your endorsement to amount to nothing, I would think a person should so carefully and gingerly.

Here in New Mexico, Palin has endorsed NM GOP candidate Susana Martinez for Governor.  I did not vote for Martinez.  She has gone far too hard-line on immigration reform. Her anti-immigration stand is disgusting.  I was planning on voting for Martinez, until this immigration thing got ugly.

Take Rand Paul, please.

Nikki Haley all joking aside, she has some very real problems with her legislative history – very bad problems.

“...Folks is a bit of a loose canon, a characterization he might even admit too. So most media have treated this story with caution and skepticism. But what Haley’s campaign manager, Tim Pearson, would have us believe is that he and Folks were texting about how to prevent a false story about an affair that never happened from coming out in the South Carolina media. But the texts don’t lend themselves to that interpretation.

On May 14, Pearson texts Folks, regarding an affidavit allegedly being shopped around about the affair: “Ah. My initial thought is if it aint from you or nh [Nikki Haley] then its a tough sell.”

On May 15, Pearson again texts Folks: “I think we both deny it. I think an affadavit is something we can beat down. Legally and politically.” Then a minute later, “I’m telling you man, we keep this under wraps and nh is going to win.”

A week later, on May 22, this past Saturday, Pearson again texts Folks: “Ok. Call me as soon as you can. I’m with michael and nikki so as soon as I’m back in the car I can’t talk.” Michael is Haley’s husband.

It’s not conclusive proof of an affair, but you add it all up, and we’re getting into territory where you have to suspend common sense to believe there’s not more to this than the campaign is letting on. It’s very hard to see how the campaign sticks to the blanket denial without further explanation for another two weeks. The GOP primary for governor is June 8, and Folks has given every indication there are more texts to come….”

Chuck DeVore also has some very real problems.

Vaughn Ward is almost as dumb as J. D. Hayworth.

“…In the state of Washington, for instance, Palin is backing Clint Didier, a former Washington Redskins player. On her Twitter account she called him a “patriot running for U.S. Senate to serve his state & our country for all the right reasons!” Like Paul, he veers toward libertarianism, arguing that “we need to stop trying to police the world and telling other nations how to manage their affairs. It is depleting our wealth and draining our national spirit. America is a republic; therefore let’s stop trying to spread ‘democracy.'” Meanwhile, establishment Republicans want Dino Rossi, a two-time candidate for governor who they think can actually beat Sen. Patty Murray in November.

Maybe this is why Democrats are starting to think that 2010 may not be the blowout against them that was widely predicted. In Pennsylvania, in a special election to fill the seat long held by Democrat Jack Murtha, Mark Critz managed to defeat tea party favorite Tim Burns. Afterward, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said, “The hype … hit the brick wall of reality.”…”