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Is There a Candidate? April 13, 2010

Posted by Conrad Hubbard in : The Chip , trackback

One of the things that I wonder about the so-called Tea Party is: Do they actually have any real candidates? I don’t mean Republican Party candidates or Libertarian Party candidates. I mean actual Tea Party candidates. If they do have such candidates, are they really going to vote for them? Seriously, this is entirely anecdotal, but most Libertarians that I know, who tell me how they vote, historically have voted Republican. However often they proclaim Libertarians philosophies, they don’t actually vote that way when the chips are down. To be fair, some of them voted for Obama in 2008, but that was shocking given prior self-professed records. It seems that Sarah Palin scared them, too. Usually, though, election after election, most of them ultimately decide that a vote for a Libertarian is a vote for a Democrat, and so they vote Republican.

And so, I am serious. How many teabaggers are going to vote for a Tea Party candidate? I suspect there won’t be many. Is there even such a thing as a Tea Party candidate? As an outsider watching them on TV, it sure looks to me like they are being played by the Republicans, who seem to be their primary event speakers. Or maybe they aren’t being played by the Republicans. Maybe they are playing themselves, pretending to be something new and different while actually just continuing to be the same old Republican grassroots they have always been.

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1. Mike - April 14, 2010

Heh, teabaggers.

And I wasn’t aware that the Tea Party was an actual party — I’d thought it was just a group of people who proclaim to be a grass-roots movement that are actually sponsored by the Republican party, Fox News, etc. In other words, I just assumed they were a sub-group of Republicans.

As a side-note, the more I live the less I agree with Libertarian policies in practice. Like socialism, it’s good in theory, but I think it breaks down when you add real-life people. I liken people in general to children, for the most part. They are short-sighted, and really don’t know what’s best for themselves in many circumstances. So while I agree with personal freedom in most things, I do think that there needs to be a central organizing force.

2. Anonymous - February 2, 2011

People vote for a third-party candidate because they don’t want to continue routine support of the two parties that can’t ever seem to prioritize our nation’s welfare above their own political power grabs and consequently do so much damage to our country. If votes for a third-party candidate spoil the chances of a Republican’s or Democrat’s win then it’s because that candidate didn’t have the kind of popular support they needed in order to prevail.

3. Conrad Hubbard - February 7, 2011

I understand there are reasons that some people vote for 3rd party candidates. I am suggesting that it doesn’t seem like very many people actually do so, even when they self-identify as part of such a party.