The Tea Parties are not Republican friendly according to the Wall Street Journal.
The rise of conservative "tea party" activists around the country has created a dilemma for Republicans. They are breathing life into the party's quest to regain power. But they're also waging war on some candidates hand-picked by GOP leaders as the most likely to win.Evidently the current Republican Party is no longer conversant with small government libertarians.
In upstate New York, Dede Scozzafava, 49 years old, is the choice of local party leaders to defend a Republican seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, an abortion-rights candidate who could appeal to independents. Doug Hoffman, 59, is a local accountant backed by tea-party activists who has jumped into the race declaring himself the real conservative.
Mr. Hoffman has siphoned so much support from Ms. Scozzafava that their Democratic rival has vaulted into the lead, according to a poll released Thursday. The election is Nov. 3.
You can see how much trouble Ms. Scozzafava is in by watching this video.
Which brings me to an e-mail I got from The Tea Party Express.
The Tea Party Express is an effort made possible by the support of all sorts of different patriotic Americans coming together with basic, shared, common goals. We are generally "conservative" although some would bristle at that description and prefer to be called 'libertarians' or 'constitutionalists' or students of 'objectivism.' I helped start Our Country Deserves Better Committee, which is the lead sponsor of the Tea Party Express, during the last campaign season to call voters attention to the far-left policies we could expect if Barack Obama were elected President, and to rally Americans to oppose these policies and Obama's candidacy. The Our Country Deserves Better Committee continues to be a thriving project that wouldn't be possible if many different individuals associated with many different other groups didn't all work together to advance the shared cause we believe in.It looks to me like traditional conservatives are making common cause with those of a more libertarian bent. I applaud this. In fact it is about time. Because as one of my favorite politicians has said:
"If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism." Ronald Reagan.
In fact there are far too many Christian Socialists like Mike Huckabee in the Republican Party. They use God Talk to cover for their socialist impulses. They run on a platform of crosses. I'm sorry. It offends me. I have no interest in crosses or bigger government. I'm interested in smaller government and praying to my God in private.
It is good to see the Tea Party Express folks have not fallen for the Christian Democrat brand of conservatism. It is what we have a Democrat Party for.
H/T Instapundit and Instapundit
Cross Posted at Classical Values