I’m very disappointed in the federal tea party candidates. The NYT has identified 138 of them and their list appears to be accurate.
I will in the coming weeks be reviewing platforms.
Let’s start with the Senate Candidates.
Joe Miller–Senate–Alaska. His website does not mention the abolition of any federal agency that existed before Obamacare. He is accused of wanting to abolish Education but the evidence for that is sparse.
Ken Buck–Senate–Colorado. His website does not call for the abolition of any federal agency that existed before Obamacare.
Rand Paul–Senate–Kentucky–ditto but there are reports that he favors abolishing the Dept. of Education.
Mike Lee–Senate–Utah–ditto but there is a veiled reference to possibly abolishing Education.
I will follow-up with phone calls to each candidate but I don’t expect these results to change much.
So what the hell is going on? A movement whose core ideology is radical has a bunch of candidates whose vague platforms seem designed not to offend anyone. Experience shows that candidates tend to slipslide away from their bolder promises to cut the size of government after they win. But these people have already slipslided away during the campaign.
We are on target for 1994 again when many voters thought they voted for smaller government but all they got was a change of rulers.
I guess this confirms my last two books that basically said that electoral politics was not the way to change America.
Update: All candidates have been directly contacted to confirm my research. None so far has contradicted my conclusion.