Tea Party Candidate Endorsed By Ted Cruz And Sarah Palin Loses By 23 Points

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Tuesday night Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) easily defeated former Oklahoma House Speaker TW Shannon in Oklahoma’s US Senate Republican primary. Lankford will move on to the general election this November and likely fill the seat which is being vacated by retiring Republican Senator Tom Coburn. Despite Shannon, the first African American speaker of Oklahoma’s House of Representatives, receiving endorsements from big names within the Tea Party leading up to the primary, Lankford cruised to victory, 57% to 34%.

Who exactly were these heavy hitters that campaigned for Shannon? Well, one kingmaker that came out for Shannon was none other than 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee and half-term Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin. The former mayor of Wasilla jumped on board the Shannon express in March. Back then, when she gave her endorsement, she wrote the normal Palin word salad about self-reliance, entrepreneurship and fighting government waste. She lauded Shannon’s conservative credentials and claimed that Lankford had the backing of “Beltway insiders.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is another Tea Party darling who endorsed Shannon in this race. In April, the Senator sent out the following email to supporters of Shannon:

Fellow Conservative,

Specifics, not spin. Policies, not personalities. That’s what this election is all about.

This year, when candidates ask for your vote — make them earn it. The kind of leaders we need won’t just tell you what they’re against. They’ll tell you what they’re for, and why.

We have to demand more from those who serve in Washington — and the best way to send that message is to elect real conservative reformers.

One of those proven conservative reformers is running for Senate in Oklahoma and today I am proud to offer T.W. Shannon my support.

Unlike others running for Congress, T.W. Shannon actually has a conservative record of achievement. As a state representative and then Speaker of the House, T.W. helped reform Oklahoma’s welfare programs and instituted new accountability measures, like work requirements. He’s fought hard to lower Oklahomans’ tax burden and help working- and middle-class families. And he has been a leader on lifting regulatory roadblocks that kill jobs and diminish economic activity.

T.W. is the kind of conservative leader who will help us move a reform agenda in Washington. He is a staunch opponent of Obamacare, will fight to repeal it, and supports proposals to let the free market, not the government, determine health care costs and services. He supports Rand Paul’s National Right to Work Act because hard-working Americans should be free to choose whether or not to join or contribute to a union. And he will help me and my friend Ted Cruz protect the right of every American to express their religious beliefs.

T.W. is the new kind of reformer we need in Congress and I am proud to endorse him.


Finally, the one man who was supposed to bring it home for Shannon failed to deliver. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), ringleader of last October’s federal government shutdown, endorsed Shannon in mid-April. Even more interesting about the endorsement of Shannon is that Cruz had stated days before that he was going to stay out of endorsing candidates in Republican primaries, preferring to let the grass roots decide the candidates’ fates. However, this seemed more of a cop-out to cover for the fact that he didn’t want to endorse his fellow Texan, Republican Senator John Cornyn, in his primary battle. At the same time, Cruz didn’t want his name to be attached to Cornyn’s Tea Party primary challenger, Rep, Steve Stockman (R-TX), who had no earthly chance to defeat Cornyn due to running an absolutely hideous campaign.

After Cruz endorsed Shannon, he appeared at a campaign event, alongside Lee and Palin, to stump for Shannon. During the campaign rally in Tulsa, the Tea Party trifecta whipped the crowd into an anti-government frenzy. Words like ‘patriot,’ ‘freedom,’ and ‘Constitution’ were tossed around so frequently you would have thought the group was playing a drinking game. Cruz stated that they needed someone like Shannon in Washington to help “retire” Harry Reid. Palin said a lot of Palin things. Overall, it was the kind of event you’d expect with this guest list.

And, in the end, these heavy hitters could not get anyone to come out and vote for Shannon. No matter how you slice and dice it, a 23-point loss is pretty embarrassing, especially when you consider the amount of effort that was exerted by these politicians in support of Shannon. When it comes to Cruz and Palin, the level of influence and the impact they have on elections this cycle has been greatly exaggerated. Neither are the kingmaker that certain members of the media want to portray them as.

26 Replies to “Tea Party Candidate Endorsed By Ted Cruz And Sarah Palin Loses By 23 Points”

  1. Strange….WGN JUST reported it was a “narrow victory”!? LOL! Twenty points is not a narrow victory.

  2. You seem to miss it — Cruz and Palin didn’t care who won that primary, they wanted to be seen with a black person, endorsing a black person. The difference between Shannon and Lankford is what?

    Nothing. They were basically the same. Lanford is extremely GOP and extremely religious fundamentalist, extremely conservative.

    It’s even possible Cruz and Palin knew Shannon could not win OK primary just because he is black, and his white opponent is well known and well liked. Lanford had no weaknesses, no scandals, not nothing. So they could pretend to be for Shannon, just for show

  3. But Cruz just said a couple weeks ago that candidates were “reaping the rewards” of the shut down. Oops! Perhaps a shred of sanity will prevail.

  4. Bagger lite beat the bagger on steroids so it doesn’t make any difference. It will be more of the same.

    But this is what I find hilarious: Epic Tea Party hissy fit on Twitter. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/25/1309384/-Epic-Tea-Party-hissy-fit-on-Twitter

    The Miss. race was won by African American votes for the less than insane of the two.
    Their turnout was higher than the white turnout in McDaniels strongholds.

    In the end the pragmatists in the republican party came to their senses. Knowing that Thad Cochran brings home the bacon which accounts for 46% of all of Miss. revenue to maintain the government. The American Taliban can talk about spending all they want but when their mitts are dipping in the cookie jar they don’t turn it down.

    Hopefully for the fence sitters who fall for that small government bovine excrement and vote against their interest that’s the lesson they should learn.

  5. I guess the condition of our gop house and senate members is what the tea party wants. No negotiation, no working together, just a conservative insane asylum

  6. Maybe these 2 jerks can endorse some more of these low life republicans. Just remember working class, a vote for republicans is a vote to destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and The ACA.

  7. I’m sorry but I just keep coming back to the picture with this article. Please do not let these two breed under any circumstances. It would be “The Omen” for reals.

  8. Damn I think I will buy me a lotto ticket tonight. Erick(son of erick) Erickson made some sense at that cesspool of his. AND I QUOTE

    I’m just not sure what the Republican Party really stands for any more other than telling Obama no and telling our own corporate interests yes. That’s not much of a platform.

    Sometimes even a bagger can be right!

  9. Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) defeated former Oklahoma House Speaker and TEA-party-er Shannon in Oklahoma’s US Senate Republican. Good! republicans had best assert themselves and get their party back from the extremes before its too late!

  10. A Palin endorsement of a Republican candidate for office is as significant and meaningful as a Rush Limbaugh endorsement of a diet plan.

  11. Your point? Stupid knows no race and for you to be happy about that ask the Norwegians how they felt about quisling. I’m sorry, that’s to much history for you in one day

  12. Do they ever have a point, DJ?

    Leave it to a Palinista to see a colossal loss as a positive. Of course, the Alaskan Shrieker herself didn’t take the loss so well.

  13. Looks to me like even with all the dark money backing the Tea Party… They didn’t fare very well any where in the country. And like Cantor there is a frenzy to come up with any thin excuse why they lost except the real reason. People are sick and tired of them all… Especially the liars and crazies in the Tea Party. You can’t fool all the people all the time. They think, rightly, it would be the end of a lot of politicians if the people ever realise just how much power we do still have left if we try.

    It would be a knee jerk reaction for me to automatically vote against anyone that Cruz or Palin hooks up with. That’s proof enough to me they are dishonest if they allow either of those crooks even on the same side of the street.

  14. The Children of the Corn Fringe is being chased back into the Corn fields! These Contagions of old Testament Scripture reflect and abhor their Puritan ways of Stifle and stagnate with all others as the Outlander!

  15. that any repub can even think of wanting support for an ignoramus like Palin is astounding

    the bad woman said when runnng for VP “I’m qualified to be pres if necessary because I can see a russian island from an american one (little diomede from big diomede 2 miles away

    Shes a religious extremist nut ball and didnt finish 2nd grade to say nohting of only having had half a term as gov.

    People repubs, Alaskans should be ashamed to put her up as a candidate even for dogcatcher

  16. Now that’s not fair. She did attend 6 non descript colleges in 6 years to obtain a bachelors in journalism, which she turned into a one on one interview with a college basketball star. WINK WINK

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