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Tea Party Candidates: For real or on the bandwagon?

April 5, 2010

Are these candidates just on a temporary bandwagon?

Well, if one thing is for sure in the political landscape of 2010, it is that it is popular to be a tea party candidate. In fact, the “TEA Party” gets higher rankings than the GOP as of now with 23% preferring a generic TEA party candidate while the generic Republican candidate garners 18% (the generic democratic candidate grabs 36%).

Because of this, we have seen TEA PArty candidates pop up all over America. I recently found a list online of over 30 candidates who are running for either Governor, Senate or Congress that identify themselves as Tea Party Candidates. So the questions arises: is there really more candidates who fall under the TEA party platform or are these regular politicians who will do anything to get elected?

First, it’s clear to note that the TEA Party platform is actually similar to that of the Republican party. They support limited government, limited spending, lower taxes and personal liberty. Of course, the main reason this uprising has happened is because of a failure on the part of Republicans to adhere to that platform. So I think there were already “TEA Party” Candidates out there–strong conservatives who are principled. These people have simply lacked a following as of late due to the swing to the middle of the Republican Party.

However, we have seen politicians who have been in politics for years who are trying to swing to the right now to tap into this base. These politicians are all over the country and relatively easy to spot. Here are some keys to look for when talking about the Tea Party phonies.

A) What is their political history? It is important to know how long they have been in politics and what issues they have stood for in the past. Have they voted to increase spending and for more government programs, but now tout their conservatism? If so, they’re probably not genuine Tea Party potential. There are plenty candidates out there who have served in political office for years and are real TEA Party candidates. On the other hand, you know a Tea Party candidate is legit if they have another profession and leave that profession to help reform the government.

B) Where do they get their funds? Are they funded by the Republican party and do they have special fundraisers for RINO Senators and Congressman? This is not a good sign for a person trying to win the Tea Party vote. If they are reeling in small donations and have a massive grassroots movement? That’s a true tea party candidate.

C) What’s their website say? What do they say? In most cases, if the candidate is afraid to mention the words “tea party” but talk often about their “conservative principles”, it is likely they are trying to “double dip”. They are using that “conservative” to court the tea party vote while staying away from the phrase “Tea Party” to show the moderate Republicans that they aren’t with “that crazy movement.” If the candidate is proudly showing about them attending a “Tea Party”, you’ve probably got a legit candidate on your hands.

There are plenty of bandwagon candidates out there, so be careful. You don’t want to donate your hard earned money and give your time to volunteer for a candidate who will completely forget the Tea Party and your principles once he is in office.

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