The liberals analysts’ are claiming that the Tea Party candidates’ loses last night are proof that the Tea Party is a radical group and is rejected by the good American voters. I disagree with their results.
Ken T. Cuccinelli II: Cuccinelli was the Tea Party candidate, he is very conservative and was down by double digits early on in the campaign. As the election drew closer more people began looking at the candidates and Cuccinelli began closing the gap. The candidates were Ken T. Cuccinelli and Terry R. McAuliffe. The situation was developing into a potential embarrassment for the Democrats. Enter a liberal PAC to help register and fund the Libertarian candidate Robert C. Sarvis. About 10% of the Republican Party is Libertarian and many vote for a Libertarian candidate without regard for the election outcome. They have a very narrow list of platform issues that differentiate them from the mainstream Republicans and this difference is enough to abandon the conservative candidate. Sarvis drew off 6.5% of the Republican votes. McAuliffe won by 1.5% over Cuccinelli. The Republican candidates had 52% of the votes in Virginia. The Tea Party candidate, Cuccinelli had 45% of the votes in a solid blue state while professing conservative ideals. He had minimal support from the (extablishment) RNC. He is no moderate.
Chris Christie: Christie won handily in New Jersey as a Republican. He started out in 2010 as a Tea Party candidate because he spoke very conservatively and decisively so. He left no doubt where he stood when he spoke. He has since taken decisively liberal stands on some issues and embraced progressive leadership. Christie espoused unwavering commitment to his ideals and showed determination in achieving his goals. He is no moderate.
The non-conservatives insist that constitutional conservatives are the radical far right, the conservatives are radicals and, if the Republicans hope to win an election they need to espouse moderate ideals. The establishment Republicans presented such candidates in the 2008 and 2012 general elections. Being a moderate today is not a winning position.
Constitutional Correctness trumps political correctness where ever the two are in conflict.