The Skylands Tea Party claims to be conservative -- and yet, while the most conservative Congressman to represent New Jersey in decades is fighting for his political life, they have been focused on attacking a conservative Republican legislator. That's become the role of the Tea Party. They don't care about defeating Democrats because in a General Election setting, they're a joke.
Remember this Tea Party candidate:
And she's right... she is them.
Yep, Republicans should have taken the United States Senate in 2010. Instead, it took Republicans three election cycles to capture the Senate. In 2010, the GOP was poised to capture both Houses of Congress like they had in 1994, but nobody had factored in the Tea Party (which didn't exist in 1994). The deftness with which the Tea Party regularly shit the bed allowed the Democrats to hang on in 2010 and 2012 -- losing only in 2014, but setting them up for a comeback this November.
And they are doing it in Northwest New Jersey, where solid-conservative Congressman Scott Garrett is in a dogfight with Clintonista Josh Gottheimer. The election is a month away and what is the Tea Party doing? They are trying to screw a conservative legislator who believes debt needs to be addressed and who successfully negotiated the largest tax cut legislation in New Jersey history. They say it isn't the way they wanted it to be and so it's "let's kill our fellow conservative!"
When Tea Party Assemblyperson Gail Phoebus addresses a Tea Party rally in two weeks time, it will not be to help Scott Garrett or even to beat liberal Democrat Gottheimer, it will be to screw the Republican legislator she shares an office with -- the guy who endorsed her and helped her win an election less than a year ago.
Yeah, these people do have darn short memories. The operating principle of the Tea Party is to talk bad about liberals and Democrats but keep the screwings within the family.
Tea partier Phoebus, a sort-of unofficial editor over at the NJ Herald, has been lobbying local mayors to screw her fellow Republicans. Taking her advice, Franklin Mayor Nick Giordano threatened to recall and then run against Senator Oroho -- although he quickly denied doing so. Not so with Vernon Mayor Harry Shortway, who formally endorsed liberal Democrat and former Clinton apparatchik Josh Gottheimer for Congress against conservative incumbent Garrett. This is what happens when you save the screwings for fellow conservatives and Republicans.
Now are you happy, Gail?
Why does the Tea Party focus all its hatred on fellow Republicans? Because that is all they are capable of. The Tea Party has never been known to do a Democrat any harm in New Jersey. What they can do is shit up a primary and, if lucky enough to win, nominate a candidate so bad that even in Northwest New Jersey a Democrat can beat him. What kind of candidate?
This is a recent post from a Tea Party candidate who challenged Congressman Garrett in a primary and claimed that one vote he disagreed with made Garrett "a liberal":
Because of limped dicked conservatives we got the present problem and nobody is willing to vote for liars and thieves in different suits. So our representatives don't get to expand and we remain screwed...... Money whores fucking the working guy.
Yes, that is how they talk.
The great problem with the Tea Party is that they lack humanity, humility, and common decency. Like fascists, they treat those they disagree with like pests to be exterminated, not like people with a different point of view.
Memo to Bill Spadea and others... your armbands are showing.