Tea Partier Throws Hat in Ring Against Senator Webb


    This should be fun!

    The 2012 Senate campaign has its first tea party candidate.

    Jamie Radtke, head of the Virginia Federation of Tea Party Patriots, has filed federal papers to run for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat now held by Virginia Democrat James Webb.

    The race is expected to be a crowded one. Former Sen. George Allen, who lost to Mr. Webb in 2006, looks increasingly likely to jump into the fray, as does Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County board of supervisors. Mr. Webb hasn’t made it clear whether he will run for re-election.

    But why, you ask, would all these candidates run against former governor and former Senator George Allen, who is obviously conservative as he voted with George W. Bush 97% of the time? According to this article over the weekend, many Virginia Republicans now see Allen as “too moderate,” as “part of the establishment,” as “partly to blame for the record spending and ballooning deficit in Washington.” Actually, they’re right about the “establishment” part, and they’re definitely right about the “record spending and ballooning deficit,” as his party turned large Clinton-era surpluses into massive, Bush/Cheney deficits “as far as they eye could see” the last time they were in charge. As to the “moderate” part, that says more about where the Teapublican Party is right now – lurched far to the right – than anything else. Today, could Dwight Eisenhower make it as a Republican? Richard Nixon? Gerald Ford? George HW Bush? Bob Dole? Jack Kemp? Heck, if George Allen’s too “moderate” because there were large deficits when his party was in power, then you can forget about Ronald Reagan (who raised taxes multiple times while presiding over an increase in the debt of nearly $2 trillion), George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich as well. What a party! 🙂

    • . . .  beaten severely with an ugly stick as a child??

    • She’s apparently a Ron Paul Republican who wants to repeal the 17th amendment. She’s blatantly wrong on the “stimulus” – most serious economists believe the package was too small not too large (as Radtke erroneously believes) to provide the necessary counter-cyclical spending in the midst of a nasty recession (which began under Bush/Cheney). Then, she’s fundamentally confused, comparing the state governments (have to balance their budgets, can’t print money) federal government (doesn’t have to balance its budget – whether it SHOULD or not is a different issue – and can print money). She’s also on highly shaky ground when it comes to the states and their “sovereign prerogatives,” although she might get some pointers from her pal Cooch on that one. Ugh.  

    • VADEM

      don’t put anything past the citizens of Virginia voting in another whack job. Look what we have in Richmond now.

    • Allen too moderate for today’s Republican party?  It’s just hard to type that sentence. There is jumping in the deep end, and their is doing a swan dive.  

    • Steve Vaughan

      … Allen is hoping somebody else from the Tea Party wing gets in to fragment that vote. If he has to go  one on one with the Tea Party lady in a primary, an upset is not out of the question. Some of the Republicans see him as yesterday’s news.

    • weigh in.

      Stewart, who said he had sat down with Radtke a few weeks ago to talk about the race, stressed that conservatives needed ultimately to unite around one candidate to oppose Allen in order to have a legitimate chance at defeating him.

      “I have nothing but good things to say about her. She did a great job in leading the Tea Party Federation in Virginia and an excellent job in putting together the Tea Party convention. She’s a good conservative. At the end of the day, though, the field is going to have to narrow to one conservative challenger to George Allen, otherwise he’s going to walk away with a plurality,” Stewart noted.

      Virginia Del. Bob Marshall, another potential GOP challenger, was more circumspect about Radtke, calling her “a blank slate.”

      “I don’t know what she thinks of the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’  I don’t know anything else she’s done,” he said Tuesday. “There’s an experience factor here as well,” he added, noting her candidacy would not dissuade him from running.

    • AnonymousIsAWoman

      We need to stop calling some of these people “conservatives” because they are not. I am not a fan of name calling and I’m not suggesting that we hurl insulting labels at them. But they are truly radical reactionaries and don’t deserve a pass at that as opposed to legitimate conservatives.

      As Lowell has pointed out, Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, and Dwight Eisenhower would not be welcome in today’s Republican Party. And we simply cannot allow the current extremists to continue to drive the so called center so far to the right that it becomes an unrecognizable joke.

      Language matters. Labels matter. And allowing radical reactionaries to define conservatism and moderates is folly.  They need to be challenged consistently. They need to be refuted by definitions of what real conservatism means and looks like.

      We need to remind them of who their role models and heroes used to be and show them how so many of this group of Glenn Becks and Sarah Palins make a mockery of that legacy.