~Ralph Waldo Emerson
We all know about Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell but who are the rest of the Tea Party radical loonies running for office. Here are ten courtesy of Politico. It is finally the time of the crazies and they are being supported by the billionaire Koch brothers and big business. In a better economy they would be seen as they are, fringe nut cases who appeal to the baser instincts of people and their greatest fears. The Tea Party movement is all about defending white rights, and getting rid of anyone in the white house that would threaten their perceived white superiority and privilege. In truth they are throwbacks to the bad old days of the fifties, if you were not white you were a second class citizen in America. It was a white man's America and everyone knew his place, especially the Negro. So now we have lunatic fringe politicians running for office that history will judge to be extreme radical conservatives. The Tea Party will sell the country to the big corporations and they will work against their own self interest with the distorted view of winning back American for middle American white people. The myth that Obama is a socialist and will take away their rights is a canard perpetuated by a carefully crafted propaganda message supported by the stooges at Fox "white man" News and corporate, and right wing think tank supporters. A message designed to protect the rich, and powerful corporate interests. Who will it hurt, all working Americans and the middle class and especially minorities who the Tea Party sees as unworthy and unwelcome. So my friends here we are, the Tea Party folk who would join government together with big business to rule America. Opps, isn't that what Fascism is, "a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and the economy."
"Joe Miller, Alaska Senate nominee
Miller is the Sarah Palin-backed candidate who flew under the radar until he surfaced to defeat Murkowski in late August. A Yale-educated lawyer who has never held political office, he had hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of TV advertising from the Tea Party Express, a California-based independent group led by a longtime Republican consultant. He faces Democratic nominee Scott McAdams, mayor of a small Alaska town — and in this Republican state, that makes him the favorite to win in November. Since Murkowski has decided to run a write-in campaign, however, the race will be scrambled.
Jesse Kelly, Arizona 8th District nominee
Jesse Kelly is a towering former Marine — he’s 6 feet, 8 inches tall — who is so conservative that he’s slammed Palin for endorsing candidates who are too moderate. He soundly beat state Sen. Jonathan Paton, the National Republican Congressional Committee’s preferred candidate, in the August primary and will face Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords this fall. Kelly is a competitive candidate, but Paton was a highly touted national recruit, and his defeat left many Republicans with diminished hopes that they can knock off Giffords.
Ken Buck, Colorado Senate nominee
In the primary, national Republicans backed Norton, not Buck, Weld County district attorney. Norton had early money and staff — and hammered Buck for his gaffes, giving special attention to his remark that Coloradans should back him because he “doesn’t wear high heels.” Buck won a narrow victory, and he’ll face Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in November. Polls show the race is extremely close.
Dan Maes, Colorado gubernatorial nominee
He called the Denver bike-sharing program a socialist plot organized by the U.N. — and the tea party loved it. Few expected Dan Maes, a long shot in Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial primary, to end up as the nominee, but a plagiarism scandal sank establishment favorite Scott McInnis and left Maes with the GOP nod. Maes’s win has all but handed a once competitive race to Democratic Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who has been airing cheerful ads as Maes and his now third-party challenger, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, attack each other.
Marco Rubio, Florida Senate nominee
At the outset of the campaign, few thought former state House Speaker Marco Rubio had a chance against Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, a prolific fundraiser who once rode high in the polls. But Rubio tapped into deep grass-roots conservative antipathy toward Crist; in April, the governor announced he was quitting the Republican Party to run as an independent. The move made it a three-way race between Crist, Rubio and the Democratic nominee, Rep. Kendrick Meek, with Rubio holding a slight lead in some polls.
Rick Scott, Florida gubernatorial nominee
ormer Rep. Bill McCollum was the soft-spoken attorney general and establishment favorite in line to become the Republican nominee for governor. Then health care executive Rick Scott, backed by personal millions, crashed in with the tea party and crushed McCollum in the primary. Scott’s win sets up a race with Democratic nominee Alex Sink, the state’s chief financial officer, who has a slight lead in recent polls.
Raul Labrador, Idaho 1st District nominee
State Rep. Raul Labrador has never really gotten along with the NRCC. First, the NRCC aggressively backed Marine Corps veteran and Palin favorite Vaughn Ward. After Labrador beat Ward in the primary, his relations with the GOP establishment remained cool: He’s still not in the top tier of the NRCC’s Young Guns program. Labrador doesn’t appear to have gained much traction against freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, who has received significant support from the business community, making the congressman the slight favorite even in this overwhelmingly Republican district.
Rand Paul, Kentucky Senate nominee
Rand Paul’s tea-party-backed upset victory in the GOP Senate primary was a repudiation of Washington’s highest-ranking elected Republican, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the state’s GOP godfather, who backed Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Paul, an ophthalmologist and son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is in a close race with the Democratic nominee, state Attorney General Jack Conway, to replace retiring Republican Sen. Jim Bunning.
Sharron Angle, Nevada Senate nominee
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the quintessential Washington insider in a state hit unusually hard by the recession, was thought to be a dead man walking — until former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle emerged as the nominee. Angle took down establishment-backed Republican Sue Lowden, a former state senator and chairwoman of the state Republican Party. Polls show Angle and Reid neck and neck, but even that’s a remarkable accomplishment for Reid, who trailed Lowden by double digits in early polls.
Mike Lee, Utah Senate nominee
Sen. Bennett was the first casualty of the tea party: He didn’t even make the GOP primary ballot after businessman Tim Bridgewater drew the most support at the state party’s convention. Lee, who clerked for now-Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and was a lawyer for former Gov. Jon Huntsman, came in second at the convention but beat Bridgewater in the primary after they split tea party support. In solidly Republican Utah, Lee is almost certain to win in November."
A Wacky World and here are the wackos.
Guess Glenn Beck is getting his message out
A man of little character