Can anyone dispute the effects of the so-called Tea Party? I say “so-called” because (a) it is not a formal party, and (b) I have never seen anyone associated with it actually drink tea.
However, that key point aside, the effects of the Tea Party are beyond dispute, and the proof is in the ultra-conservative posturing the key Presidential candidates are doing right now. Governor Rick Perry of Texas has stated that in Texas they teach both creationism and evolution, and that “God is behind everything.” Michelle Bachmann has refused to answer any questions regarding her husband’s clinic to “cure” homosexuality.” Mitt Romney is Mormon, which should be enough to make my point here.
The only Republican to not take the ultra-conservative route is John Huntman, who has actually used that, unsuccessfully to this point, as a point, stating that his moderate stance would actually be a better selling point in the general election.
The reason why so many Republicans loved John McCain was that they thought he could appeal to the center, whilst at the same time he had served the party faithfully since 2000. What those Republicans failed to realize was that moderates and liberals had had enough of George W. Bush, and McCain looked like Bush III.
However, the Tea Party influence has resulted in the hardcore conservatives taking over the party, and the candidates are pandering to them. After all, they are politicians, and pandering is what they do best. The problem with this strategy is that, unlike many other primary contests where most of their statements are just memorable enough to get the necessary delegates, the GOP candidates have been making, well, really bold statements, and it won’t be easy for them to backtrack off it. Actually,
strike that, it will be impossible for them to backtrack off them.
As if to make their campaigns tougher, no hardcore liberal has emerged to challenge Obama, which both saves him from making liberal statements and expending campaign money. Other Democrats know better than to challenge him, and ruin whatever good will they have now, which would sink their chances in 2016, or at least give them a tough obstacle to overcome.
I would love to hold a debate with the GOP candidates where I ask them about their stances of each amendment of the Constitution. Actually, first I would ask them if they knew what each amendment was, then I would ask them about their stances on it. As each would try to pander to the Tea Party, it would be an amusing take on the Constitution.
Finally, I just want to put the word out and encourage Republicans everywhere to vote for Ron Paul, since although I don’t agree with him on a lot of stuff, he at least has his house in order.