Tea Party Candidates Promise Not to Govern Like They Live

The sort of person who votes for false narrative puppets
The sort of person who votes for false narrative puppets

Tea Party Candidates: I promise not to govern like I live

It’s a conundrum when you are running as a DC outsider as you have no record to prove you walk your talk. How are voters supposed to know what you stand for? Well, they can always look at your life, right? Um, that is, unless your life is the opposite of the values you’re campaigning on. It is, after all, hard for the people to trust that you will somehow govern differently than you live. But for Tea Party candidates, proving their record isn’t an issue. The people who will vote for them aren’t interested in facts; they’re avid consumers of the Republican false narrative.

We have Joe Miller (R-AK) — Sarah Palin’s long lost love now estranged after her polls revealed Miller had best distance himself from the Great Divider – telling people he’s a small government conservative who doesn’t believe in things like unemployment. Unless……… it’s his wife getting it but only then after he has had to get rid of her because she was working for him as he worked as a part time magistrate for the state and it looked bad. No, honey, it doesn’t look bad at all, it just says that you are a true Palinista Grifter.


And then there’s the fact that the last time Joe Miller ran for office; he ran as a moderate but don’t you fear, another Alaskan Republican has assured us that Joe is a “good Christian” so that should put an end to all of your pesky questions. It’s not like any Christian elected officials have done us wrong. And then there’s the taxes Joe owes. My, my…no wonder he wants to disband the government.

The problem for Joe isn’t that the Tea Party will care- clearly they don’t give a hoot about reality; they love them a good anti-Obama jingle based on pure partisan team member enthusiasm. Come on now, if they were really about small government, Sarah Palin would not be their leader.

No, it isn’t the Tea Party. So long as the candidate is white and sounds militia oriented and angry and wants to take things away from OP, the Tea Party is cool. It’s the other people who vote who aren’t so easily fooled. Those moderate Republicans (RINOs!), civilized independents and centrists Dems. Those are the people who are being turned off in droves by the extremist rhetoric and the blatant hypocrisy of the Tea Party candidates.

Much like Joe, we have Christine O’Donnell (R-DE) who can’t pay her own bills, doesn’t like to work and who is being investigated by CREW for using her campaign funds to fund her personal life running as a fiscal conservative. She has oodles of debt, both personal and campaign debt from previous runs. It’s been suggested she received a tax lien from the IRS, making this a common thread among her, Joe Miller and Sarah Palin – all of whom would be the first to accuse Daschle of being a tax fraud for the same oversight.

O’Donnell has lied about her education background as well as making ludicrous claims of being harassed by political opponents (making her Palin adjacent in the paranoia department). Listening to O’Donnell (back in the good old days when she would take interviews), you can anticipate every duck, dodge and deflection. When asked on “The Early Show” whether voters could trust her with the nation’s finances when she’s appears to have had considerable financial difficulties herself, O’Donnell said, “Absolutely.” Just believe her. She’s a cute Christian conservative. Who are you to question her? Indeed, even her ad “I’m you” implies that we all have such lies, distortions and financial malfeasance in our backgrounds and that we would all think ourselves, if we did, worthy of being elected.

We have Sharron Angle (R-NV), a previous member of the fringy Independent American Party , trying to scare up white folks by demonizing brown skinned people. We have a video showing she supported a program to use tax dollars to provide prisoners with massages, with ties to Scientology which have since been cleansed from her ever self-purging website.

She is also a “Christian” so you’d better believe her. During the primary, Angle stated she wanted to eliminate Medicare and Social Security and privatize the Veterans Administration but now she’s also scrubbed her website of those extremist positions. Angle suggested that armed revolt may be in order if she doesn’t get elected with her “second amendment remedies” shocker. Angle has proven herself willing to say and do anything to get elected, the truth and facts need not apply.

All three are running as Washington “outsiders”, which is all fine and good, unless you look under the hood. One assumes that by outsider they mean one not corrupted by power, and yet each of them have shown a proclivity toward corruption and a heady, narcissistic rush of familiarity with the Republicans in Washington. All of them claim the mantle of Christian, and yet, evince absolutely no characteristics of Christianity as it’s known to most of us.

What else, pray tell, do they all have in common?

“He thinks the world of himself,” is how Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks describes Joe Miller. I think we can apply that to all of these Teapublican extremist candidates.

Joe has already shown himself via twitter to be measuring the drapes of his soon to be senate office (later tweetnied; aka, he blamed the tweets on an office assistant). Angle was recorded trying to strong arm Tea Party candidate Scott Ashjian into dropping out of the race, suggesting she had this thing sewn up and Big Daddy supported her and only her. She dangled access to DC insiders in exchange for Scott’s dropping out of the race. This was rather shady behavior for a self-avowed Washington outsider. And O’Donnell is running ads proclaiming, “I am you.” As if. It takes a dangerous level of denial and self-regard to show your face after being outed as basically the opposite of everything you are running as, and yet with a perky smile, O’Donnell thinks she can dismiss all of the facts with a the siren call of populist oneness.

Pseudo certainty attracts a certain mindset, one that asks no questions and mindlessly parrots back the candidate’s self-description.

But these folks are clowns of the highest order. If they manage to get into office, they will only further derail the Republican Party, along with the country, if they actually try to live up to their naïve promises. But of course, they won’t. Not one of them actually cares about the issues they are campaigning on (as proven by their real life). For heaven’s sake, Joe Miller was for education before he was against it.

And two of the three have taken Sarah Palin’s endorsement, ridden it for all it was worth in the primary, and then not only distanced themselves from her but outright slapped her in the face with their refusal to say she was qualified to be President. While I am in agreement with them on this one, it gives me great pause to see a person so devoid of morality and integrity that they would present themselves as one thing during a primary and then run away from the crazy in the general. What kind of leader has so little regard for their own values?

And then, there’s always the issue of loyalty. They will not get anything done in Washington with that kind of attitude. Palin deserved a modicum of support from them and it would have been very easy to give a bland statement of support ala Karl Rove. Something like, “Sarah Palin has been a tremendous fund-raiser for the Republican Party and has a lot of support from conservatives. I believe she can help the party in many ways and support her in her efforts.” But they went out of their way to piss in her face.

It’s somewhat confusing watching this sideshow of clowns wrestle for power as they eat each other alive, as one is never sure who is worse.

Tea Party candidates are basically in this thing for their own enrichment, but what’s even more astonishing is the gullibility of their followers. Not one of these candidates walks their talk in their personal lives. Not one of them is what they purport to be. This has long been the Republican strategy, to run on a false but pretty narrative of “just like you-ism”, but never before has it been so transparent and insulting as it is this year.

We’re supposed to believe these clowns would govern better than they campaign and that they will suddenly become ethical, responsible, honest people if only we vote for them. If we don’t vote for them, we’re reminded that there may be an armed revolt. Listening to them dodge and deflect and parrot talking points verges on a parody of the absurd. Most days I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry.

24 Replies to “Tea Party Candidates Promise Not to Govern Like They Live”

  1. Thanks Shiva:-) Good point…we’ll need someone who can read to them and translate. Makes me miss Laura Bush, who had so much class even if she was married to a clown.

  2. Great article!
    I would not hire any of them to work for me, based on their ethics, work history and inability to tell the truth. I cannot believe how any intelligent person could vote for any of these candidates.
    I often wonder how any of them would have fared if the tea party had not poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into their campaigns.
    I have a suspicion that without the tea party supplying them with money, we might never have heard of them.

  3. They are in it for their own aggrandizement, and Sarah Palin was just one of the convenient steppingstones to their ascent. If any of them were to win, I suspect that this would result in even more implosion within the Party of No. They would be expected by many of their gullible followers to follow up on implementing their crazy ideas, and there would be others in the GOP who would thwart them.

    It’s obvious that one of the main traits they share is the hypocrisy shown by the fact that they say one thing and do another in their daily lives. Another manifestation of that hypocrisy is that they used Palin when it was convenient to give them a leg up. I’m quite sure Palin expects reciprocation in the form of being endorsed in any bid for the presidency, and now that Miller and O’Donnell did not come out to do so, they are on her hit list. However, I do not have the slightest bit of sympathy for her. She should have seen the light when Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, whom she endorsed, made it his business to distance himself from her after his election. Just as she uses the GOP, there are members like the above who use and then discard her. They apparently don’t see her as an asset in terms of winning the general elections, and with good reason. Just the same, I wouldn’t trust any of these Tea Partiers as far as I could throw them. They are every bit as nutty as fruitcakes, and are emulating Palin’s tactic of avoiding any media that is not already friendly. Like Palin, they are intellectually and morally bankrupt with nothing to offer but empty platitudes or just plain undiluted craziness.

  4. Laugh or cry indeed. I tend to laugh at them when I’m sober, cry when I’m not. The tension is so thick – I will be relieved come Nov 3.

  5. Ok you guys want to bash the tea party which is fine. But perhaps you should look at your own party and their hypocrisy. I have an idea! Perhaps you should promote candidates that stand for American values, ie small government, low taxes and protection of freedoms! We sure arent getting those from the current administration!

    I am really getting annoyed of all the partisan slander. When will there be a time when we actually look at the issues instead of parties? Seriously.

  6. Anonymous: It is only in your dreams that small government and low taxes are “American values”, for if they were, we would never have allowed the military-industrial complex to become as powerful as it is; whereas many more important concepts that truly have historically been American values, you fail to list. Why is that? You know, things like honesty and integrity, fairness in elections — with transparency about who is paying for smear ads and contributions coming from real American people — not foreigners and not big corporations, ensuring the rights of the least powerful in our midst, and the separation of Church and State (no religious test for holding public office, like it says in our Constitution). Get serious about these real American values and then maybe we will be interested in what you are talking about.

  7. I have ten fingers and that is more than enough to count how many politicians, whether Republicans or Democrats, have not turned out to be trustworthy in my 58 years. No politician is beyond grandstanding Ms. Jones, and every one of them does what they have to do to get elected or relected. Do you truly believe it serves any of us in the long run to compare candidate dirt? You can write volumes about any candidate. We all have clay feet. The squeeky clean among us are few, if any.
    It is about our country, and what is happening to our country. We are in trouble Ms. Jones. Let us keep that fact up front and not get lost in political bantering. All I know is this. If our elected government cannot stem the tide of jobs being lost to overseas countries, and reverse it within the next five years, my words and your words will be a waste of ticking time.
    We must, we have to take back our country from those who cannot or do not want to give it back to us. It is up to us to control our own elected officials. If they do not do the job, we elect what you call crazies, Christians, and clowns, if need be. No different than what we now have, and that is my point. “Whomever” we elect, we cannot let them off the hook and not listen to us. We need jobs, good jobs. We should never have given our jobs to a communist country: but that is another story.
    God bless us all.

  8. Ron Paul is what’s up. Listen to him. It’s simple, we have to get back on the gold standard. Give freedom a chance.

  9. In case you haven’t noticed, Congress has about a 10% approval rating right now. Yet, we keep electing the same 80% of incumbents over and over again. The nation is frustrated with its lack of choice in competent candidates to run our country. I say throw all the bums out and lets get some fresh faces in there to get our country going in a new direction. We are going to have to take a hard long look at what type of people we want running our country. When we stop setting expectations that our politicians are supposed to be these perfect people, with the perfect family, and the perfect focused grouped teleprompter speeches than those will be the people that aren’t fake phony narcissists that just tell us what we want to hear then go off and do the complete opposite 180. We need REAL people who attempt to live their lives with honor and integrity and at the very least keep their word. And if they fail to do that, GET RID OF THEM, stop electing the same bozos for 30 years just cause no other perfect politician hasn’t come along yet to swoon you straight off your feet. Look where that has gotten us with Obama and you see things aren’t working out so well. Stop electing rock star politicians and start getting real grown ups in office that will make hard, difficult, responsible decisions and be upfront and straight with us — Chris Cristie is a good example.

  10. @Hawk yes we need JOBS! Guess what? I know a person who got a job created by the stimulus and b/c the GOP would not vote on the Jobs bill he lost his job Sep 29!
    Thanks GOP! And want to know another thing? He won’t be voting GOP!
    Now people ARE hiring, Big companies not run by GOP AssHats. FedEx is hiring.
    The GOP is trying to SCARE with FEAR, “Take our country back” what a load of bullpucky!
    The GOP LOST!! They want to be in power again. That’s what they mean by “taking the country back” And you are idiots to think anything otherwise.

    Sarah… “But these folks are clowns of the highest order” LMAO!! :O That says it ALL!

  11. The arguments in this article are ridiculous. For example, the implication that it is hypocritical to collect unemployment if you are against it. If you are going to make that implication, you must also assume that people that favor higher taxes are hypocritical if they don’t voluntarily pay additional taxes to the government. Every wealthy Democrat in Congress immediately becomes a hypocrite, because I doubt if you check any of their tax returns that you’ll find them paying more than they legally owe. In fact, probably the opposite — they’re hiring the best tax lawyers money can buy to use every loophole to minimize the money they give to government.

    Not to mention Congressional Democrats favoring Green policies that would require most of us to live an austere lifestyle, which is the exact opposite of what they do. Or proposing government controlled health care and retirement plans for the masses that do not apply to themselves. These are far more direct examples of Democrat politicians not living how they would like to force others to live. It’s called Elitism.

    Some falsehoods in this article: Sarah Palin is not the leader of the Tea Party. The tax lien on Christine O’Donnell was an IRS error (she posted the relevant correspondence with the IRS proving this on her website).

  12. What a load of hooey.

    Your argument about taxes is bs. Show me the politician who campaigned on paying more taxes than they owed? You have plenty of Dems (Obama included) who run on higher taxes for the wealthy (a group some of them belong to) who are willing to pay those taxes. How does that equate to running on being against unemployment and then it turns out you’ve helped yourself to that? Miller said “times were tough” doesn’t he think times are tough for anyone else and that they might like the same benefits he had? What a load of garbage. He was also against all govt healthcare but turns out he and his wife took Medicaid for a while.

    As for O’Donnell and her supposed debunking of her IRS lien, you might believe what you read on her website, but I’ll wait for the facts. And no one said she had one, just that there were rumors of it. Or can’t you read? “It’s been suggested she received a tax lien…”

    Sarah Palin is the leader of the Tea Party. You might not like it, but she is. Ask anyone in the GOP. Why else were they going to crown her and why else is she their number one speaker?

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