From Andy Ostroy at OpEd News:
It’s the hottest band in politics: Sarah & the GOPettes. Ya got Palin, Michelle Bachman [sic], Nikki Haley and Christine O’Donnell. They’re young, personable and attractive, and are out there on the 2010 Tea Party Tour whipping the radical right-wing fringe base into a veritable frenzy. O’Donnell’s the latest addition, with her stunning defeat of 42-year Delaware Republican career-politician Mike Castle in Tuesday’s Senate primary. Heck, I’ll even throw the 61-year-old Sharon Angle [sic] into this group.
(From far right to even more far right: Little Chrissie O’Donnell, Princess Sarah Palin, Batshit Michele Bachmann)
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Palin, her GOPettes and all the other Tea Baggers like Newt Gingrich, Rand Paul and Joe Miller speak in racist code language (“restoring America,” “taking the country back”), portray themselves as grass-roots revolutionaries, but lack any real qualifications commensurate with one of the most important jobs in the world. What they’re expert at is throwing around irresponsible, incendiary rhetoric at every turn while claiming to be part of America’s diverse fabric.
Yet during O’Donnell’s victory speech there appeared to be just one black person in the entire room. In a pathetic attempt to prove the Tea Party’s ‘big tent’ claim, he was quickly ushered to the stage and very noticeably and awkwardly pushed right beside her as she began to speak. But then O’Donnell introduced him as the campaign’s lawyer.
To be sure, O’Donnell knows how to fire up voters. But in a virtually all-Democratic state like Delaware, she’s gonna fire up more Democrats and Independents against her, which is why she’s unelectable in the general election, and which is why iconic Republican operative Karl Rove gave a delicious smackdown to Fox‘s Sean Hannity Tuesday night in telling him how utterly wrong he was about her chances of winning in November against Democrat Chris Coons.
Rove also spoke of O’Donnell’s questionable character, and that she owes $12,000 in taxes; foreclosed on her home; lied about her education; and has made very bizarre claims that her opponents “Follow me home at night. I make sure that I come back to the townhouse and then we have our team come out and check all the bushes and check all the cars to make sure that — they follow me….They’re hiding in the bushes.”
The emergence and success of the Tea Party is a direct result of the Bush/Cheney/Rove dumbing-down of the Republican electorate. For eight years they lied to them about the Iraq war, fear-mongered over terrorism, distracted them with gay marriage and veered them so far away from their own economic self-interests to the point where they were well-primed for Sarah & the GOPettes’ ignorant, empty-suited populist rhetoric. They literally dumbed ‘em down so far that it didn’t take much for Mama Grizzly’s even dumber Tea Bag minions to steal them away from Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and the mainstream GOP leadership. I guess you reap what you sow. The Tea Party fanatics are Rove’s chickens coming home to roost.
With O’Donnell’s victory, Tea Baggers are sending the same kind of naive, misguided, anger-fueled message to the Republican Party that the Naderites sent to Democrats in the 2000 presidential election. Syphoning precious votes away from then-vice president Al Gore, these foolish voters’ real message soon became quite clear: “Welcome to the White House, Mr Bush.” And for eight miserable years they got in return the exact opposite of everything they stood for. Now with nominees O’Donnell and Angle, for example, this same sort of Tea-Party-poured message will not only cost Republicans key seats, but could very well be the thing that keeps Democrats at the controls.