I really do hate to say “I told you so”.
In a previous article Todd Akin, Tea Party Republicans, And The Chance to Reclaim the GOP, I made a rather small observation that if Akin is elected, ” I doubt the GOP will not want his vote in the Senate”.
I also noted that the death of a somewhat more centrist GOP, alive as recently as four years ago, was being sped up by the takeover of the radical right wing of the Tea Party.
However, as I noted then, the GOP could step up and stop this shift from happening.
So imagine my disappointment yesterday when I discovered that Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips was advising his group to hold their noses and support Todd Akin.
In a blog post rather unfortunately titled “Taking One For The Team“, Phillips sets a new standard for hypocrisy and contorts himself like a circus performer to make his point that for the good of the country, Akin should be elected.
Let’s ignore the fact that Mr. Akin thinks a woman’s body will protect her from
legitimate forcible rape. Let’s ignore the fact that GOP leaders disavowed themselves of Mr. Akin, and then went right ahead and passed his abortion language in their 2012 Platform.
Yes, that’s the same platform that, as expected, does not support abortions – even in the cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother. Even John McCain wanted those exceptions included when he was at the top of the ticket four short years ago.
Apparently, Phillips and his Tea Party Nation are quite willing to put winning above ethics and put their ideological priorities above principals. While this is incredibly disappointing it is hardly surprising.
Here is his rationale:
We conservatives, as much as we may not like it, we must support Akin. He may mean the difference between Republican control of the Senate and failure.
We are at a precarious tipping point for our nation. If we do not take the Senate back in November, we will never be able to undo the damage from the Obama, Pelosi, Reid axis of fiscal evil.
If we cannot undo that damage now, we will see the end of America.
This time, we have to take one for the team and go out and support Todd Akin.
Very strong words to support a VERY weak premise. And this sort of fear mongering rhetoric sounds more like a mainstream political party than a grass roots movement. (Oh, and be sure to ask your daughters if they’d want to “take one” for this guy’s team)
If you are a Tea Party member let me ask you this – why did you join the movement?
If it was because you wanted to change things for your country, to change things in Washington, Phillips has just shown you that he and his group are not up to the task.
Because to lead, to really lead, you must stay true to your core convictions and beliefs.
Yes, there is a time for flexibility, but not when it comes to those core principles. And no matter what I think Mr. Phillips really believes in all of this, he has stayed true to nothing – except perhaps winning at any price. And that price may cost the GOP dearly.
Mr. Phillips is talking out both sides of his mouth, like every other selfish, ego driven, unprincipled politician he and his followers claim to dislike.
The saying may be: “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t”, but either way, it is still the devil.
And thanks to Akin, Phillips and Tea Party Nation, the GOP is heading down to pay him a visit.
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