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Tea party displays hypocrisy

Dennis NealBy Dennis Neal

There’s a trend I’m seeing that makes me angry. There are so many military personnel and government employees with the Virginia “Tea Party” vanity license plate. I’m sure there are other states with similar plates, but since I live and work in Norfolk, I’m inundated with the Virginia version.

This goes beyond freedom of expression and crosses into the realm of hypocrisy.

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Glenn Beck: ‘I said stupid things’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Has Glenn Beck realized that anyone who doesn’t walk in lockstep gets turned on? He seems to have regrets about some things he said while at Fox News, according to  Alana Horowitz at Huffington Post (see Glenn Beck: I said ‘stupid things’ while at Fox News):

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Justin Amash combative after primary win

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Michigan Libertarian tea party U.S. House incumbent Justin Amash during his primary night victory speech Tuesday was anything but gracious. You would not see this from George W. Bush. Or George H.W. Bush. Or even Bill Clinton, for that matter. There’s a time and place for everything. This was not it.

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Kansas primary: Roberts defeats tea party challenger Wolf

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The closely-watched Kansas primary between Senator Pat Roberts and his tea party challenger Milton Wolf was called Tuesday night by the Associated Press with 71 percent of precincts reporting. Roberts led Wolf 48 to 41 percent.

Read more about the win at Politico (see Pat Roberts beats Milton Wolf in Kansas primary). Wolf had run into some ethics questions in the medical community of which he was a radiologist.

More info (see In Kansas, tea party challenger under medical ethics investigation).

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Mitt endorsed another winner: Challenger Trott wins over incumbent in Michigan U.S. House race

By Lynn R. Mitchell

While following Tuesday night’s national primaries, this tweet came through from the AP:

In June, Governor Mitt Romney endorsed lawyer Dave Trott over the tea party incumbent U.S. Congressman Kerry Bentivolio for the 11th District in Michigan. Tonight Trott won in the primary.

At the time of the endorsement, Governor Romney said:

“As someone who grew up in Michigan and has family currently living in the 11th District, I am confident that Dave Trott has the honesty, integrity and experience we need in Washington.”

Romney has a string of successful endorsements as he travels the country fundraising and supporting Republican candidates. He is now 7 for 7. Read more about those endorsements at Huffington Post.

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Recent tweets of interest from Practical Politicking

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Recent tweets of interest, thanks to Practical Politicking:

@PRyan: We need to stop listening to the loudest voice in the room and start listening to the smartest voice in the room.

And then there’s this one:

Hey Tea Party – just so ya know, the election is 100 days away and you’re still focusing on Republicans. How about a shift, huh? #JustAnIdea

Amen.

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In Kansas, tea party challenger under medical ethics investigation

By Lynn R. Mitchell

In Kansas, AP political writer John Hanna is following the U.S. Senate Republican primary between incumbent Senator Pat Roberts and tea party challenger Milton Wolf where controversy over Wolf’s postings on Facebook of work X-rays have caused some waves (see Doctors’ PAC helps Roberts in Kansas Senate race). Leading up to a statewide primary on August 5, Hanna writes:

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Virginia delegate touts 100% tea party rating

Mark BergBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Tea party candidate Mark Berg won his election in 2013 for Virginia state delegate to the General Assembly, defeating 20-year incumbent Beverley Sherwood who had voted for Governor Bob McDonnell’s transportation bill that stirred the anger of anti-tax conservatives. McDonnell, who had recognized a need to address a decades-long issue of Virginia’s aging transportation infrastructure that had been passed over by his predecessors, saw four allies challenged by tea partiers and libertarians. Berg was one of two who won. (See 2 GOP delegates ousted in Va. primary.)

Berg proudly announced earlier this week in a press release that he had received a “100% rating” on the Virginia tea party score card. In the email, he wrote:

The VA Tea Party Federation released their scorecard of the 2014 VA General Assembly Session.  Del. Berg was one of only two legislators to score 100% on the VA Tea Party scorecard.  This scorecard measured support for important bills on issues including property rights, taxes, and Medicaid expansion.  While many of the bills, were not the high profile legislation from the session, they had important impacts on personal freedom and keeping government small.

Del. Berg stated, “It is important to analyze every piece of legislation before voting on it, to understand how it impacts our personal freedom.  When I ran for office, I promised to work hard to protect personal liberty.  It is an honor to be recognized by the VA Tea Party Federation this way.  It is important to keep working hard to fight for lower taxes, the protection of personal property, and to stop the expansion of Obamacare in Virginia.”

Berg represents the 29th House District which includes parts of Frederick and Warren counties and the city of Winchester.  He currently serves on the Militia Police and Public Safety Committee, and Science and Technology Committee.

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‘Tea grows more bitter’

tea party flagBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The next year, things began to change. I began to see another side of her.

She began to demand more of me, asking me to adhere to her every demand and questioning our relationship when I didn’t or couldn’t. There were others, she said, if I couldn’t be what she needed me to be. While I always knew that, I never thought she’d turn on me. It was always something different; where I tried to compromise, she called me names. When I made a point in our arguments, her other lovers would shun me. When I talked about my reality and that of those around me, she attacked me.

That’s part of a column from blogger Coby Dillard in the Virginian-Pilot (see Tea grows more bitter) who expresses his changing feelings over the years with tea party politics. It’s a very interesting read … highly recommended.

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Tea party activist posting home/cell phone numbers on Facebook is going too far

tea party flagBy Lynn R. Mitchell

How far are tea party activists willing to go against those they oppose? Obviously, from a post Thursday on Facebook, as far as posting a Republican Committee chairwoman’s home and cell phone numbers publicly on Facebook.

Is that going too far?

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Mississippi … sounds like what Brat did in Virginia

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Thad Cochran’s win in Mississippi Tuesday sounds like Dave Brat’s win in Virginia … courting Democrats and others:

There is no Republican primary in Mississippi.

That’s because state law allows any Democrat who didn’t vote in the Democratic primary (which means most Democrats) to vote in the Republican primary…and they did. In fact, Sen. Thad Cochran vigorously pursued Democrat votes, and if anecdotal turnout figures are correct, he got them in numbers adequate to squelch the insurgent campaign of state Sen. McDaniel.

A big difference in the reactions of the two who lost, however. While Majority Leader Eric Cantor was gracious in losing and threw his support behind Brat, Chris McDaniel is refusing to concede and has threatened a recount. Politico wrote (see Defiant Chris McDaniel declines to concede in speech to reporters):
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Tuesday primaries hand defeat to MS, OK tea party candidates

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Results from the Mississppi and Oklahoma primaries Tuesday night show losses by tea party candidates. Political pundit Gregg Hilton wrote about Mississippi:

SENATOR COCHRAN WINS: In another huge setback for the Tea Party, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) has very narrowly won renomination by defeating State Sen. Chris McDaniel. AP has declared him the victor by a 50.9% to 49.1% margin.

McDaniel was ahead of Cochran in the primary, but that was reversed in tonight’s run-off.

Practically all of the polls were predicting a McDaniel victory. The liberal Daily Kos claims “We will see some real ugliness in the coming days, as the Tea Party realizes that alleged-RINO Cochran pulled out an unexpected victory with a big assist from black voters.”

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Incumbent Thad Cochran wins over tea partier McDaniel in Mississippi

By Lynn R. Mitchell

In a tight race, Republican incumbent Thad Cochran pulled it out Tuesday night for a win with 51 percent over tea party candidate Chris McDaniel’s 49 percent.

From The Hill (see Cochran topples tea party in surprising Mississippi turnaround):

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Sabato Crystal Ball: ‘The House majority leader’s shocking loss is more an outlier than a harbinger’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Majority Leader Eric Cantor was dealt a surprising defeat Tuesday. The rise of the tea party? The fall of establishment?

No, say Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley at the Crystal Ball, headquarters of Dr. Larry Sabato, the University of Virginia’s resident politico (see Cantor’s Fall: The House majority leader’s shocking loss is more an outlier than a harbinger):

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Democratic reaction to Eric Cantor’s loss inspires Dem candidate

By Lynn R. Mitchell

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement Tuesday on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary defeat:

“Tonight’s result in Virginia settles the debate once and for all – the Tea Party has taken control of the Republican Party. Period. When Eric Cantor, who time and again has blocked common sense legislation to grow the middle class, can’t earn the Republican nomination, it’s clear the GOP has redefined ‘far right.’ Democrats on the other hand have nominated a mainstream candidate who will proudly represent this district and I look forward to his victory in November.”

Democrats are dancing in the streets over Cantor’s loss and have now fielded a candidate who will run in the general election in November.

John “Jack” Trammell is a professor at Randolph-Macon College and was nominated Monday to represent the Democratic Party. He has already set up a Facebook page and a website. His resume is on the website — political science undergraduate, advanced degrees or certificates in education, special education, history education, and research methodology. His bio says he has been a prolific writer in many diverse areas including two dozen books or book chapters, and he was a regular contributor to the Washington Times.

If Democrats win in November, what has been gained? If Democrats win, an awfully lot has been lost for the GOP.

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