Dear Tea Party Candidates, Please Shut Up

Republican leaders have one message to Tea Party candidates in the wake of the 2012 election walloping they took: shut up.

The party is split on how to regroup and move forward into the 2014 midterm elections and bridge the gap between the electable, moderate Republican establishment candidates and the social conservatives that the base wants. But while the party may not be able to agree on how to bridge that gap they can agree that their candidates need to do a better job keeping their mouths shut. “We need to do a good job of recruiting; our candidates need more training, keep their foots out of their mouth,” Tea Party Senate Leader Jim DeMint told POLITICO. “There’s a reason why most politicians talk in sanitized sound bites: Once you get out of that, you’re opening yourself up to get attacked.”

The problem for Republicans is not simply that their candidates keep getting caught saying horrific things while holding a microphone. The problem for Republicans is that its extremist base holds beliefs that are horrific to any reasonable person. And even their most sanitized candidates will still make a “legitimate rape” style comment. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the perfect example here. His beliefs do not differ at all from Akin’s yet Paul’s misogyny gets little play in the press. Akin isn’t the exception in the party and he never was.

If Republicans are successful in this strategy and they manage to better groom their candidates to avoid speaking the truth about the party’s platform on women’s rights and the paternalism it endorses then it will be incumbent on women’s rights advocates to not relent in holding the entire party accountable for its platform. The Republicans want to change the subject but we can’t let them.

There is one other possible outcome. In this process Republicans could purge from their ranks the extremists who have taken over the party. Republicans could sway moderate on women’s issues, civil rights and finally join the conversation about how to address some of the very real problems facing this country. They could, in short, reform and catch up with the electorate that is currently leaving the party in droves.


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Duane B.
.6 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Margaret Paddock
M A Paddock6 years ago

The sadness in this is that GOP leadership is really non existent. What they are asking is for those who are in office or will run for it to compromise their values to the socialist in power that are the ones who created the fiscal mess. Yes, they were the senate majority under Bush that chose the path and refused to investigate the housing problems even after they were asked to 24 times. Obama was in the senate at the time and can take the blame along with the others.

Compromise is not the same as finding a workable solution. The democrats don't want to look at the problem. They want their agenda - right or wrong - as that is their goal. Destroying America financially to the point of a socialist country with O in leadership. If it were up to them there would be no presidential term. He would become dictator. They wrote that bill then scrapped it. This along with a left media to twist words and not report on what the democrats say has really influenced people to their way of thinking. Too bad that they have so little regard for the constitution that made this country great.

Amber Martingale
Angela Roquemore6 years ago

I've been saying for years that we should ban political parties at the presidential level and return to the pre party system of the Constitution where it said that the candidate with the SECOND MOST Electoral College votes becomes the VP.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill6 years ago

It's a big mistake to go against your principles.
The economy is too fragile to take a tax increase.

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N6 years ago

GOP-supporting corporations may own much of the media, but the word's getting out via PEOPLE-POWER!

Lol, the Democrats are letting the American public in on what's going on with the obstructionist GOP in Congress, and I've just got a fund-raising letter that made me laugh out loud - no more BS will be tolerated, although Americans who can contribute to spreading the word throughout America are certainly needed:

Speaker Boehner says Obamacare must be on the table in the Fiscal Cliff negotiations… WHAT?!?!

Did he forget what happened in the election? Did he forget that House Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare after voting on it 33 times?

If Boehner and the Republicans need a reminder of what happened on election night, we’re more than happy to give it to them. Help us raise $100,000 before midnight tomorrow so we can pressure Republicans who refuse to budge and call them out in their home districts.

Boehner and Cantor just don’t get it. The American people are done with the Tea Party histrionics that come out every time we need to pass a bill. These guys don’t understand that the Tea Party is over. No more debt-deal showdowns, no more middle-class hostage taking, and no more shutdowns.

Donate $3 or more right now to send a message to Boehner and Cantor: The Tea Party is over.

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Leia P.
Leia P.6 years ago

they are so evil

Trish K.
Trish K6 years ago

If we stopped giving welfare to big oil and other big companies as well as the 2% we could easily balance our budget like it was when Clinton was in the white house, the dog house or wherever he had to stay.

Danielle K.
Danielle K6 years ago

Oh, it's the Republican Party who wants them to shut up. Of course. Everyone else wants them to keep talking until they sink the party of "I got mine, so screw you."

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown6 years ago

Yeah David all of the "commies" at NYU (are you under the impression this is 1955 and we are in the middle of the red scare?)

I mean what kind of man points out injustice and just doesn't realize that wealthy people are just better than everyone else and if they live in absolute luxury while the rest of the world is mired in povery and starvation it is just good ol' capitalism and is just the way god intended it, right?

Teresa B.
Teresa B6 years ago

Jim, David makes up his own facts to suit his la la fantasy world, so don't give him any credibility. Even if you give him links for your references, he'll deny them. He got a hilarious smack-down the other day from Fadi....I can't remember what thread it was in, but I do have the email saved. Other than that, he especially seems to get off by blustering his BS at women (maybe some secret problem there???).