Let me first say that what I’m about to write probably in no way reflects the feelings of Matt, or Mark, or any other contributor to this blog. Hell, I don’t know if it even accurately reflects how I’ll feel a week from now. Call it a stream of consciousness as to what I’m feeling at the moment.
I understand the Democrats played a good ground game. I understand we were rope-a-doped. I understand that the Republicans could have done a better job of conveying why Conservatism affords the most people the most opportunity for prosperity.
My question is thus– how can you overcome an opponent who not only can raise as much as you do, but has the added advantage of literally hundreds of millions of dollars more in free advertising and cover, from a group of people ostensibly charged to serve as watchdogs for the people against the government? The media was clearly, demonstrably, more in the tank for the democrat side than I have seen in my entire lifetime. Fox News tried covering the other side. But they’re one network. Difficult when you’re competing against NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN New York Times, ad nauseum.
How do you overcome those kinds of odds? How do you get a fair shot at selling your message?
Something tells me if we ran Jesus Christ Himself as a candidate, he still would have gotten smeared in wall-to-wall negative ads. His Sermon on the Mount would have been misquoted and taken out of context, The networks would still have dutifully covered for Obama, stating that Jesus is just a poseur Messiah. Obama would promise more largesse, will have claimed to have lowered the rising seas, and would still have won the election yesterday. Seems the kind of world we live in right now. It may take a relatively long time, perhaps a decade, perhaps a decade in a half, until we are so far in the economic gutter that the economic Pridelands will have been picked of every life-giving force by the proverbial hyenas.
Only when the world has gone full Galt and the last of other people’s fruits wrought of productive enterprise have been sucked up and dried, will people understand the damage. By that time, I fear it will be too late. The United States, along with Egypt, Rome, Mesopotamia, Greece, Spain, Great Britain, and other great civilizations, will have been relegated to the books as just another flash in History’s pan.
Call me a negative Nelly, but at least at this point in time, I find it difficult to read the tea leaves any other way. Not that I won’t keep up the good fight, but right now I feel as if I’m taking the last stand at the Alamo.
"We have watched the candidates closely over the past year and are convinced that four more years of an Obama presidency would be disastrous for this country's economy and for the cause of small government," Todd Cefaratti, editor of the Tea Party News Network, said today. "We considered an endorsement of Governor Mitt Romney, but concluded that his record raises too many questions about the level of his commitment to conservative principles and limited government. The Tea Party has been burned too many times by Washington Politicians who promise change but don't deliver once elected. As the voice of Tea Party conservatives across America, we are not comfortable endorsing either major party candidate this year based solely upon hopeful rhetoric. Our approach echoes Ronald Reagan's advice on the Soviet Union: "Trust by verify.'"
"Unlike other media outlets that purport to defend the cause of the tea party, this organization is not going to fall in line behind any candidate simply because they call themselves a conservative," added Scottie Nell Hughes, a member of the editorial board and News Director of TPNN. "We have kept track of the promises made by both President Obama and Mitt Romney. Neither has yet convinced us that they truly will bring the kind of revolutionary changes to Washington that the Tea Party has demanded." Hughes took issue with the return of so-called 'Moderate Mitt' in the campaign's final weeks, a reversal of his stance during the primaries. "We saw what happened during the George W. Bush administration when Constitutional conservatism was confused with the interest of the Republican Party. They are not one and the same."
While praising Romney for articulating the case for smaller government, the News Network also pointed to a number of issues that have raised "concern" about Romney's commitment to the Tea Party agenda. They include his movement away from across the board tax relief, recent refusal to stand behind comments to reform FEMA and return more control to local governments, and a top aides notorious "Etch-A-Sketch" comment in regard to Romney campaign promises. Romney's earlier record as Governor and as a political candidate also provided cause for viewing him with "ambivalence."
Todd Cefaratti today said he understood that a vast majority of Tea Party members will vote for Romney as the best choice among the available alternatives. And he held out hope that the organization might endorse Romney in 2016. But he also vowed to release a list of Romney's campaign promises and to serve as "vigilant watchdog" of the Romney administration should it come into power. "Starting on day one of a Romney administration, as with the Obama administration, we'll be vigilant watchdogs for the Tea Party and for the conservatives across the country," he said.
TPNN is launching its election day coverage on Tuesday with live streaming video. It will be focusing on national and statewide races involving Tea Party candidates with correspondents stationed on the ground with the Ted Cruz campaign in Texas, the Allen West campaign in Florida, Michele Bachmann in Minnesota, Mia Love in Utah, and others.
The nationwide coverage, anchored from Las Vegas, will begin Tuesday, November 6, at 3 PM ET online at http://www.tpnn.com and continue late into the night.
Partnering with the Talk Radio Network, TPNN election night coverage will be anchored by top talk radio host Rusty Humphries and TPNN News Director Scottie Nell Hughes. It will be live streamed on the Talk Radio Network and on over 350 Rusty Humphries Show affiliated radio stations nationwide. Coverage will feature exit poll results, returns as they come in, coverage and interviews from TPNN correspondents around the country, and exclusive live interviews with top candidates for national office.
About TPNN: The Tea Party News Network is the Tea Party's only trusted news source and the antidote to mainstream media bias. Working on behalf of neither candidate nor political party, we cover the stories other outlets ignore, hold politicians of both parties accountable for their promises, and pull no punches in our principled commentaries on the national scene. Our single motivation is to tell readers the truth about the Washington establishment, our elected officials, and the depth of their fidelity to constitutional principles.
I responded thusly:
You GUTLESS, SPINELESS, BRAINLESS wonders.
I hope you have fun throwing your country and your countrymen down the toilet while you smugly sit by and watch Obama be re-elected.
You know DAMNED WELL that there is only one of two people in the United States who will be President on January 20, 2013- Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.
To say that there is not an appreciable difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama is the apex of intellectual dishonesty.
To sit by and say that you cannot endorse Romney because he is not ideologically pure enough, and then let the nation go to hell in a handbasket under another four years of a socialist, murderous, tyrannical pig like Obama is unconscionable.
Very much like Union thugs in Jersey turning away Hurricane Sandy relief workers because they weren't union enough.
A lot of fucking good that does.
You and yours give the TEA PARTY a bad name, and I call upon you to relinquish that brand-
carrying on the TEA PARTY banner does no good if all common sense is left behind.
The TEA Party was not meant to be a suicide pact. .
You are NOT the TEA Party. Neither you nor your organization can lay claim to the name and claim to speak for all in the movement.That is nothing less that wanton piracy. There has been no and there remains no central leadership in the TEA Party. Just because you choose to get up and walk in front of a parade doesn't mean that the people behind you are actually following.