I read with a raised eyebrow comments on Professor Jacobson’s report that Ashley Judd is no longer considering a run for the US Senate.
As a Tea Party Democrat, I wanted to chime in.
The first point I would like to make is remind everyone that Kentucky’s Senior Senator and Senate Minority Leader Mitch Connell just voted to fund Obamacare.
Hey, remember that awesome CPAC speech by Mitch McConnell?
The one where Mitch McConnell said — and I quote — “Obamacare should be repealed root and branch. And we’re not backing down from this fight.”
And the same speech where Mitch McConnell also said, “This law is a disaster, and anybody who thinks we’ve moved beyond it is dead wrong.”
Well, as I told you, Mitch McConnell excels at saying one thing and doing another. Yesterday, Mitch McConnell voted to fund Obamacare.
To say Obamacare is a disaster would be an insult to disasters. So what’s the benefit of electing a Republican, exactly, if they vote the same as a Democrat?
Actually, most of the still-involved citizen activists I know are angrier with the Republican party now then when the Tea Party movement began in 2009. Tim Daniel of Left Coast Rebel expresses the sentiment of many people who remain in the movement:
I think this underscores that fact that we can’t support the Republican party; rather we have to support individuals (in the US Senate) such as Rand Paul, Mike Lee, etc. that do more than pay lip service to fiscal conservatism and individual rights. The problem with this is that we don’t have the time to spare any more weeding through good and bad candidates and getting enough Rand Pauls/Mike Lees/Justin Amashes in the Capital to save the nation from our self-directed collision course.
Supporting the Republican party by default is tantamount to roasting weenies in the flames engulfing our nation.
And to paraphrase something Judd said during her quasi-campaign: If I have to be screwed, I would rather be it by someone who looked like Judd and was upfront about policies, then by McConnell.
And I am a married, heterosexual woman.
But, I digress. Now for my second point: One of the hallmarks of Tea Party activism is to encourage regular citizens to participate in government.
Instead of Judd, it is likely Kentucky will have as its Democratic challenger the Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes. In fact, it is reported that Bill Clinton, a friend of Grimes’ father (Jerry Lundergan) told the 34-year-old that he and Hillary Clinton would support her candidacy.
It is important to note that papa Lundergan was Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chairman during her Presidential run. So, now instead of potentially getting an “outsider”, Kentucky now gets to choose between Republican and Democratic “insiders”.
After being supportive of Christine O’Donnell’s candidacy for the Delaware Senate in 2010, I feel that it would be hypocritical to mock Judd for her attempt.
I would like to applaud Judd for her efforts, and encourage my Republican friends in Kentucky to find a solid primary opponent to face McConnell.