Last Thursday evening, the Sussex County Democrats endorsed a solidly liberal ticket for the Legislature -- a Senate candidate and two Assembly candidates. One of the Assembly candidates took the microphone to express their ideology and purpose in no uncertain terms:
(Assembly candidate Gina) Trish received a huge applause prior to the vote when she told the gathered crowd of roughly 100 Democrats that the current 24th District legislators had something in common with former Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, who lost his reelection bid in November to U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th Dist.
"It's clear that our current local leadership is just right in alignment with this right-wing, pro-corporate agenda," she said. "All the local leadership is voting just like Scott Garrett did. There's one more thing they have in common with Scott Garrett and that is that their time in our district is limited."
The Democrat followed that up with this interesting observation:
"...we actually have more than just the Democratic party behind us. We have unaffiliated voters, we have Republicans who have pledged their support for us as well."
And sure enough, within 48 hours, those "anti-right wing" Democrat candidates had an invitation to speak before the Skylands Tea Party group. Yep. No kidding.
Douglas Amedeo is a New York City lawyer and the President of the Skylands Tea Party group. The political contributions that come out of Amedeo's two-attorney law firm all go to Left/Liberal Democrats, beginning with Barack Obama. Here is the list from the Federal Elections Commission website:
So it should come as no surprise that Douglas Amedeo is inviting liberal Democrats to speak somewhere -- but at a Tea Party meeting? And how did this joker get to be President?
After they took over the Tea Party in Sussex County, Amedeo and a character named Bill Hayden were the administrators of something called the "Draft Gail Phoebus for NJ Senate" committee:
According to sources, the funds to set-up this group, create a website to attack the Sussex County GOP and its candidates, and to infiltrate and takeover the Skylands Tea Party largely came from Democrat candidate Phil Murphy, a Goldman Sachs multi-millionaire and former Democrat National Committee (DNC) finance chairman, who got an ambassador appointment from President Barack Obama. This follows the pattern that Murphy has used to get involved in GOP internal politics in Passaic ad Bergen counties.
Pheobus' political attorney and sometime consultant, Dan Perez, announced that he had switched back to Democrat and he joined the ticket with Senate candidate Jennifer Hamilton that same day -- last Thursday -- as the Democrat candidate for Sussex County Freeholder. The same day.
What!!! We know what you are thinking -- is this the same Dan Perez who Freeholder George Graham appointed to the SCMUA board? The same guy who professed his Republican bonafides when seeking appointment after appointment from the Sussex County GOP? Yep. That's him. The mask is off because the Democrats-- fueled by Phil Murphy's money -- think they have an opportunity to flip the GOP out of power in Northwest New Jersey.
They know that it won't be easy, but last year they defeated the Republican Congressman who represented Northwest New Jersey -- Scott Garrett -- and how they did so is instructive. This is what the Democrats are basing their hopes on.
In 2010 and 2012 and 2014, the Democrats were able to find a disgruntled "conservative" to run against Scott Garrett. Despite Garrett's 99.38% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union, these challengers would scream about how Garrett wasn't conservative enough. Sometimes, the challenger, as in the case of Mark D. Quick, would go so far as to endorse a Democrat in the race just to damage Garrett.
The point was to make Garrett defend himself with Republicans and spend valuable resources that he needed for the campaign against the liberal Democrat. To soften Garrett up for his 2016 takedown, they found two Tea Party candidates (both with connections to Amedeo's group) to damage Garrett in the primary and suppress his base vote in the General Election. They claimed that Garrett wasn't conservative enough and look at the result. Look at the votes those Tea Partiers cost conservative Scott Garrett:
They turned-off nearly one-in-five Republican primary voters. Garrett lost to a Clinton Democrat last November on a swing of a few thousand votes.
Curiously, the same people who told us that Scott Garrett wasn't conservative enough have been silent or have even defended Garrett's replacement, liberal Clinton Democrat Josh Gottheimer. During his career, Scott Garrett had a lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union of 99.38%. The next highest Republican in New Jersey has a rating of 69% and the lowest Republican 46%. The best New Jersey Democrat was 10.42% and the worst has 0%. Now there is a liberal Clinton Democrat were once there was Scott Garrett. Way to go Tea Party! Way to go!
And here is the latest.
Leftist Phil Murphy-backed Jennifer Hamilton and her running mates are seeking to defeat conservatives Steve Oroho, Parker Space, and Hal Wirths. At the same time they were inviting Hamilton to their Tea Party meeting, the Skylands Tea Party found someone to run in the primary to "soften up" Oroho (they already recruited candidates to go after Space and Wirths) for November.
Bill Hayden is the Vice President of the Skylands Tea Party group, who got involved with Dan Perez and others. He is a state worker and part of the CWA public employees union. In a revealing moment, Hayden "liked' the Tea Party inviting Democrat Hamilton to speak, despite the fact that it makes as much sense as inviting Hillary Clinton to address a Pro-Life meeting.
Or it should.
Why are some Tea Party groups climbing into bed with the far left? Why are they facilitating the campaigns of Democrats over those of Republicans?
Part of it is need. The Left/Liberal Democrats are smart when they target and recruit Tea Party candidates to disrupt the GOP. A quick search on PACER, the federal court database, reveals a pattern of financial issues and bankruptcy. Some of these candidates are so hard up that we can imagine they will take a helping hand wherever they can find it.
The other part of it is the politics of personality.
Once upon a time, the Tea Party supported conservative Republicans. Just like AFP did. Everybody knew that.
Now AFP and other groups funded by the Koch brothers are fighting the agenda of President Trump at every turn. You've read the stories in the newspapers -- the Kochs stopped the reform of ObamaCare so now we are left with. . . ObamaCare for the foreseeable future. Now AFP and other Koch groups are fighting Trump on illegal immigration and the border wall.
America has a Republican President, Senate, and House of Representatives -- so why isn't anything getting done?
What we are watching is the great morphing of groups that were once "conservative" into groups that serve a particular "personality." Traditionally, these groups looked without for their inspiration -- to the American constitution, a party platform, a political ideology. Now they are looking within -- to the private worldview of the personalities who fund or lead them.
We should have seen this coming.
Just yesterday -- or the day before yesterday -- we lived in a world of men and women/ boys and girls. Then suddenly, we are in a world where Facebook offers 71 gender "options".
It's the same in politics. The binary world of conservative and liberal is over. Of course, it doesn't have to be. Just as it is pretty darn plain 99 percent of the time who is a she and who is a he, we have a rich body of work by which to distinguish a conservative from a liberal. We have our party platforms, we have the actions of conservative leaders, and their writings -- as well as the academic work of our ideological brethren.
But people like Bill Hayden and those many, many like him -- they don't read. What they do is feel. And if they "feel" like a girl. Then that makes them a girl.
So we have all these people bloviating on Facebook about how much they hate this one or that one and how this is "conservative" and that isn't. . . and they don't know a damned thing about it. Because they don't read. They feel.
And that is why some Tea Party folks have now gone to the Democrats. They "feel" so it must be so. It makes for easy infiltration by the Left/Liberal Democrats.
We could sure use a real Tea Party. A conservative Tea Party. Maybe someone will start one? Soon? Do Sussex County first and then branch out.