I personally have expressed many times, the ridiculousness of the “tea parties”. The example that I always used and felt described the “tea party” 2010 election year was George Allen.
George Allen who lost his Senate seat to Jim Webb in 2006, due to his Macaca Moment. He lost because he showed an outright racist moment and was punished for it(although I am still amazed he came as close as he did). In 2010, many “tea party” candidates had their own “macaca moments” here, here, and and here among many others and many were rewarded by the voters. I think Allen’s macaca moment would of propelled him to a huge victory in 2010. Now Allen seems to think that since racism is in, he has a chance to get his senate seat back and is trying again. let’s hope that sanity is restored in the next year and a half and the voters send him into obscurity yet again!
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Also on a side note offspring of this story, the 2010 election cycle meant that no(or very few) candidates would release their detailed campaign schedule so that the opposition could not follow them around and film them. No candidate wanted to have to defend their words. Again I hope sanity prevails soon, for the sake of our country.