March 7, 2010

YOU NEED ONE BIRTHER, ONE TRUTHER, ONE LAROUCHIE, ONE RANDROID, ONE NATIVIST, ONE 16TH AMENDMENT DENIER....:

Tea party candidates falling short (Alex Isenstadt, March 7, 2010, Politico)

As they seek to dislodge establishment Republican candidates in primaries across the country, tea party-inspired contenders are facing yet another challenge: fractured fields of like-minded, grass-roots conservative hopefuls that result in a splitting of the tea party vote.

On Tuesday, Ralph Hall faced three insurgent-minded opponents who ran under the tea party banner, as did Paul. Rep. Kevin Brady, running for an eighth term in eastern Texas, also prevailed over several tea party-linked hopefuls.

In the Illinois Senate GOP primary, Hughes’s effort to upend Kirk was dashed when his base of conservative support was fractured in a multicandidate field.

And there is looming concern among conservatives that a handful of tea party candidates competing in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District will divide support and hand victory to the establishment GOP favorite, state Sen. Robert Hurt.

Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, who spent years as a GOP operative, explained that the rush of tea party contenders highlighted the organic, decentralized nature of the movement.

“The tea party movement is generally a broad-based conservative movement that celebrates individual liberty and free enterprise. Those characteristics are good for the movement, but it can sometimes make it difficult for conservative candidates to win,” said Phillips. “I think the challenge a lot of tea party candidates around the country will face is that there will be three, four candidates splintering the vote three, four ways against a moderate, establishment candidate who might win with a very small percentage of the overall vote.”

Hughes said his February loss highlighted the need for the tea party to make endorsements in races — a move, he said, that would help to consolidate support behind a consensus candidate.

“If we do this going forward, there has to be one candidate — and that candidate has to have 100 percent support,” said Hughes. “I think, electorally for them to have a political impact, they all have to get behind one candidate.”


No one can be 100% pure to each fringe group with an ax to grind. The cat that crazy don't exist.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2010 8:20 PM
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