Following House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning defeat in his primary election to David Brat, the tea party is riding high with many of their supporters claiming that this is a “clear sign that Americans support tea party values.”
I love how arrogant these people can be. They love gloating about their “stance for our Constitution,” how much they love guns and how they represent true American values. Heck, many of their candidates run on the premise that the “Republican establishment” is far too liberal for real conservatives.
Which begs the question, why doesn’t the tea party run candidates as their own party? If “the Republican establishment” is so awful, why do they run candidates as Republicans? Hell, they call themselves “the tea party,” why not create their own actual political party if they think that they represent the “voice of the American people”?
Oh, I know why! Because they’re cowards and hypocrites.
See, they know if they ran their own candidates as a third party, they’d split the conservative vote between the two resulting in quite a few gains for Democrats.
I guess when it comes to these tea party supporters “standing up for their values,” that doesn’t extend out to having the courage to stand on their own and let the American people decide who they want.
They also love the spotlight that the Republican party gives them. Running as Republicans, they get all the attention that the GOP provides while laughably trying to claim that they’re “not part of the Republican establishment.”
Essentially they run on the premise that they’re “true conservatives, not Republicans.”
Except when being a Republican benefits their political aspirations. Think Ron Paul for example. He’s a Libertarian who ran as a Republican because running as a Libertarian would have cost him significantly politically. He used the Republican party’s resources while essentially condemning much of what they stood for.
It’s exactly what the tea party does. Many of these candidates and their supporters love to bash the “Republican establishment,” yet sure as heck don’t mind using all the resources that those they consider part of the “Republican establishment” bring in to the GOP – that they directly benefit from.
But the bottom line is the tea party is too spineless to try to stand alone. Instead they’ll bash “moderate Republicans” (basically any Republican who might dare work with Democrats to get something done in Washington), and most of the Republican party, while hypocritically using every resource provided to them by the GOP – because they know if they did try to stand on their own two feet, they’d get absolutely crushed.
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