Tea Party victory: Readers debate what it means
Our Readers Who Comment are having a spirited argument this morning about the True Meaning of tea party candidate Christine O'Donnell's victory in the Delaware Republican Senate primary.
It's all about spending. It's all about Obama. It's all about everybody in Washington. We will see the truth in November. If there is an underlying agreement on anything it is that the tea party is pushing the entire political spectrum to the right. A number of readers allege that the tea party is actually a racist reaction to President Obama.
As Karen Tumulty writes, "In defeating the GOP's strong prospect for picking up a Senate seat in Delaware - thereby dampening its chances of regaining a Senate majority - the tea party has delivered a clear message to the Republican establishment: You are not in charge."
We'll start with two comments that reflect (a) hope and (b) despair about what O'Donnell's win means.
queenofromania wrote, "Using a football metaphor, O'Donnell won a scrimmage against her own team. It now remains to be seen who will win the game in November, and I've got my money on the team that won the last post season playoffs. Go Dems! Go independents who have enough brains to think for themselves! The GOP and the Tea Party members have have been playing too long without their helmets."
But nicekid said, "Nobody in either party will stand up to the racist tea baggers. We are doomed."
Bushwhacked1 wrote, "Is this the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end? Stay tuned as those whacky Tea Party Terrorists become the best thing that could ever happen to the GOP - the snake finally begins to eat it's own tail. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of self-serving, terminally greedy political pond scum."
ggwalt said, "The Tea Party's platform by the way is to "take back their country" from the black guy. It's really that simple."
To which BIGMANONCAMPUS1 replied, "Stop being racist. It's not about race. It's about obama's agenda and spending."
cnicholsjr wrote, "The question now: Is Washington going to finally realize that we are fed up with 'Career Politicians' that are supposed to be there to work for us, not against us, and we do have a voice whether they like it or not."
kurttj2002 said, "There's a long list of tax cheats and liars in Washington, and they all get away with it. This woman, a nobody, doesn't pay taxes and gets destroyed, loses her home, gets trampled by the IRS. There is no way a voter is going to let this be anything other than an example of how the little guy gets screwed while the ruling class raises taxes and doesn't pay them. She's going to win."
momof20yo wrote, "The 'tea party' keeps "winning" these primary elections, but I still haven't heard what their platform is. You know, what they 'stand' for, what they plan to do if actually elected, how they're going to 'make the world a better place', etc., etc., etc. All I've heard from the 'tea party' folks is a stream of the worn-out warmed over sound bites typical of Sarah Palin's idiocy. All the tea party seems to do is ridicule and insult everyone..."
To which tjmlrc responded, "We are taking back the America that your shady, cowardly, divisive "dear leader" is trying to destroy."
tryreason said, "Many of the tea party crowd are the same people on the religious right that Gingrich energized with his Contract With America campaign. Intelligent design, bible class in public schools, hickory switches in the hands of teachers and starving government are not going to work in the twenty first century... We need real solutions and the tea party has offered little more the rhetoric and threats. Where's the beef."
edenn1 wrote, "The Tea Party is serving notice to both parties. The time of free spending and pork barreling is coming to an end for all. We can not afford it. It has to be repealed."
Bubbette1 said, "The stench of fear and the wailing and whining from the liberal loons is hilarious. This is really going to be fun to watch as Spendocrats are crushed in November. Throw the bums out!"
cms1 wrote, "...Republicans have morphed into a political party whose candidates really ARE scary to mainstream, moderately conservative Americans... I am hoping that the nomination of all these radicals by a small number of registered Republicans will put the fear of God into their conservative Republican hearts and force them to come to grips to what has happened to their once honorable party."
magnifco1000 said, "The Tea Partiers need to realize Obama has not turned the USA into a Socialist Country. America is not Germany, France, Canada, or Sweden. Most of the US federal budget, minus Social Security, is for her military and national security. Very little actually goes into any real programs for the people. It's Fox News and right-wing shock jocks that have brainwashed people and created the "Tea Party." That's the way it really is."
We'll close with John1263 said, "The very same republicon establishment that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past month explaining why this woman is a dangerous unqualified extremist fanatic nut case now has the task of convincing everyone except the crazies who cast primary ballots for her that they did not mean it. They did mean it. They were right. They should have the integrity to stand by their convictions..."
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