Marco Rubio, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Florida, is now beginning to understand there are two sides to the Tea Party knife. While he certainly wanted their support to get the Republican nomination he is now realizing that their support comes with a price and a stigma.
When Rubio was running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Florida, the former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives aggressively sought out the support of the state’s conservative Tea Party activists.
However, times have changed and the senate race is more complicated, with Rubio competing in a three-way election battle against the Independent Crist (the former Republican candidate) and the Democratic nominee, South Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek.
Therefore, Rubio finds himself having to backtrack and distance himself in some measure from the Tea Party. In an interview with CNN, Rubio attempted to change his skin and sound like the independent Crist by blaming both parties for the nation’s problems. Rubio, of Cuban decent, as well finds himself attempting to distance himself from the Arizona law on immigration in a culturally diverse state. He has also begun saying he plans to be his own man if elected to the Senate. “I represent the things I stand for,” Rubio said.
All of this certainly now has Tea Partiers worried as they are reminded of Scott Brown. The Massachusetts Republican who received the backing of the Tea Party in his race to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy but has since needed to adjust his thinking. As a senator, Brown has shown his own independent streak and has voted on occasion with the Democrats, which has caused great anger amongst the Tea party.
In the Florida race, Rubio has tried and would love to be able to nail down Crist somewhere on the political spectrum but has yet to be able to make anything stick. Thus, his message has been to try to make the case that independents have a shelf life while saying he is independent and not apt to vote with either party but instead vote his own mind. Neither has Tea Partiers very pleased.
Republicans complaining about being labeled “racist”. Why is the question? Not all or even a majority of Republicans are racist. That is just a fact. However, the party does have far more than its share of racist candidates and members.
Many GOP officials and Tea Partiers want to call on the memories of Washington and Lincoln in their attempt to rid the party of the label. However, they have two problems. One they made a deal with the devil back as far as 1964 with Goldwater/Nixon and the wooing of racist Southerners to win the White House. Secondly, they ignored the guidance and wishes of the founding fathers and clearly combined politics and religion. By accepting both of these changes their party changed forever and has since been hijacked at the highest levels by their own minority.
For further proof, see the Tea party signs, Rand Paul’s stands, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and so on and so on.
Some days the funder is deeper than others are.