Economy

South Florida Tea Party: Don’t Blame Us!

The chairman of the Southern Florida Tea Party is getting a little worried about the next election.

South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson thinks the GOP budget -- and in particular its call to phase out Medicare and replace it with a marketplace for private insurance -- is a total disaster. He's saying that Republicans, including members in his sphere of influence like Rep. Allen West (R-FL), should back away from it.

In an email to fellow Tea Partiers last week, obtained by The Palm Beach Post, Wilkinson called the GOP plan a "public policy nightmare" that could trigger "huge Democratic wins in 2012," and prompt Republicans to blame the Tea Party for their losses.

"Republicans will lose if they support the Ryan Medicare plan. Americans do not support the [Paul] Ryan plan," he wrote. "Expect the GOP to then blame the Tea Party for losses."

Why shouldn't they blame the Tea Party?

It's the ideological Tea Party freshman in the House of Representative who threaten to take their ball and go home anytime it is even suggested that their agenda may not be the best idea for the country. It's the ideological Tea Party freshman in the House who have lead the charge to kill the EPA, kill Medicare, kill Planned Parenthood, and hold the entire economy hostage just so they can cut spending by a few percentage points. Killing jobs in the process.

The Tea Party of Ohio has threatened to primary Speaker of the House John Boehner because he has been unsuccessful at achieving those goals. Goals which a clear majority of Americans do not agree with.

Newt Gingrich's campaign imploded and he was publicly shamed for actually telling the truth about Paul Ryan's Medicare Coupon plan. A Medicare Coupon plan which a majority of Americans do not agree with.

Why then, should they not blame the Tea Party? The entire Republican party is to blame for their enabling of, and pandering to, the lowest common denominator, but that lowest common denominator is the Tea Party.

  • trgahan

    It’s the same old story, storm into power in off presidential election years when everyone else is sleeping (when will we learn) on a “We’re the True Americans; a Repressed Majority verses a small elitist conspiracy!” mantra. Then act surprised when it turns out no one wants “I got mine (and I’m going to keep changing the rules so I get even more), screw you if you missed out (and I’ll make sure you never get what I have too)” government.

  • D_C_Wilson

    So, a tea partier writes a hysterical letter full of fear that republican policies are backfiring and could lead to democratic wins.

    Just out of curiosity, is the tea party still pretending they are anything other than an attempt to rebrand the GOP?

    • holyreality

      Rebranding the GOP into irrelevancy that is.

      After the McCain Palin fiasco, my redneck buddies all claimed that they lost because they were not “conservative” enough.

      The movement began as far as I can remember with Glenn Beck’s Hail Obama cartoon on election night. The TPers tend to see “America” as a large majority of Xtian righties who all hate Obama, Libruls, and socialists.

      They could be right, 1 in 6 are Dems. 🙂

  • Zen Diesel

    It was all fun and games for the Teatards until the Republicans started fucking with Medicare.

  • I expect this will be the first of many CYA statements put out by all manner of Republicans over the next 17 months.

    If it’s even the first.

  • JMKirker

    This is priceless. Thom Hartmann raised a good point on his show earlier today, I don’t recall who he was quoting or citing, but he said how the right loves to spend like crazy, and then when the cycle changes, and the “left” is in charge, they cry about the evils of the deficit; he was referencing a comment about how this enables the right to function as a “dual Santa Claus.” Found it very informative, and relatively in line with your analysis. Just thought I’d share. Keep up the good work.