Democrats and the Tea Party

By Ken Feltman

Democrats seem to think that candidates nominated in Republican primaries with the help of the Tea Parties will be easier to defeat in November. Many of those candidates hold extreme views, out of the GOP mainstream and divorced from the prevailing views of the electorate.

The Democrats need to take another look at those candidates. They are doing better than expected in the polls. In response to that, many Democrats say that when the voters learn how extreme these candidates are, things will change.

Perhaps the voters already know that however radical the Tea Party-endorsed candidates might be, they are not incumbents. Period.

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About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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5 Responses to Democrats and the Tea Party

  1. J.P. Douglas says:

    “Perhaps the voters already know that however radical the Tea Party-endorsed candidates might be, they are not incumbents.”-

    That is a very good statement as the incumbents have NOTHING to hold their hats on. I think the most important thing that drives voters now a days is the fact that they “have nothing left to lose”. What is a Tea Party candidate gonna do that a “legitimate” candidate didn’t do? Bankrupt our country? That’s being done. Destroy our Constitution? Been done by Bush and Obama. Take away our rights? Happening everyday for the last 10 years. Get us into expensive pointless wars? Happening as we speak. Destroy Social Security? A program that cannot legitimately be funded in any way, shape, or form except with Draconian tax regulations. People have nothing left to lose. So why not reach out of the comfort zone and take a chance on something that isn’t “mainstream”. What could possibly go wrong?

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I think the voters have given up on insanity. And they may take a shot on “crazy”.

    • Padilla says:

      agree, especially with some sclifoadfng to help them. I was surprised how long it took me to work out the perfect five-frame story though – maybe I needed sclifoadfng too! With junior primary kids, you could try: One day…for the first frame. And get the kids thinking about what happened next (3x). Then the resolution. “Until finally…” or “At last…” can introduce the final frame. Of course, they don’t need to actually write the story, either. But the thinking is important so they will come up with a recognizable (by the viewer) plot line. Contact me if you want to discuss this further as I may not be being coherent here!

  2. DLM says:

    That is a very good statement as the incumbents have NOTHING to hold their hats on. I think the most important thing that drives voters now a days is the fact that they “have nothing left to lose”. What is a Tea Party candidate gonna do that a “legitimate” candidate didn’t do? Bankrupt our country? That’s being done. Destroy our Constitution? Been done by Bush and Obama. Take away our rights? Happening everyday for the last 10 years. Get us into expensive pointless wars? Happening as we speak. Destroy Social Security? A program that cannot legitimately be funded in any way, shape, or form except with Draconian tax regulations. People have nothing left to lose. So why not reach out of the comfort zone and take a chance on something that isn’t “mainstream”. What could possibly go wrong?
    +1

  3. TR says:

    The Tea Party gives me hope that the Democrats can keep control.

    • Peggy says:

      Why can’t people be aacluntcboe for your their own actions? If you don’t agree to the charges and terms and conditions that ARE published on the website then don’t sign up! It’s as simple as that. By giving your personal details and sending back the PIN code you are entering a legally binding contract which you have the option to opt-out of should you chose.Grow up, take responsibility for your actions and read the fine print. If it was your juvenile, impressionable child that has signed up to the service because they didn’t know any better’ then as a parent you should be paying more attention to your kids and educating them.

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