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It’s a Tea Party Train Wreck…


And no, I’m not talking about Christine O’Donnell. I’m talking about the potential for a REAL train wreck.

From The Hill yesterday…

The Tea Party is expected to announce that former Rep. JD Hayworth (R-Ariz.) will become a national spokesperson for the movement, a source close to the matter told The Hill.

JD Hayworth? Tea Party spokesman?

Now let me be clear, I don’t happen to know who the “Tea Party” referenced in the story is. The Tea Party is a loose amalgam of small-government groups around the country and there is, to my knowledge, no hierarchical organization that defines the Tea Party as a whole. For all I know, this could be the guys in MI who were part of the Democratic leadership or the idiots in Nevada who’ve just spent too much time in the sun.

Let’s review JD’s resume just in case this happens to be a legitimate Tea Party group. From the article on The Hill,

Despite Hayworth’s unwavering support of tax cuts enacted by President George W. Bush and seeking to permanently end taxes on capital gains and estates, the Tea Party earlier this year did not back his bid to unseat Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Four of the state’s largest tea party groups refused to endorse him because of his voting record in Congress.

“The tea party is a non-partisan, grassroots movement that stands for limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility,” said Robert Mayer of the Tucson Tea Party, according to new reports from March. “Both McCain and Hayworth’s records during their many years in Washington leave much to be desired on these issues.”

Oh, and let’s not forget that JD was narrowly defeated by John McCain in the AZ Primary by a tad more than 20 points.

Who is JD? Well, there’s the guy who…

  • Never met an earmark he didn’t like…
  • Served 12 years in the House and was known only for his ability to find a FoxNews camera…
  • Lost his House seat to Harry Mitchell because the voters were sick of listening to him whne. Not many sitting Members of Congress can be upside down on their F/U rating…
  • Has made a career out of making a fool out of himself in the media. See “marrying my horse”…
  • Said he was a proponent of reducing government spending while earmarking like crazy and flacking for “Free Money” when he was unemployed…
  • Had a talk radio program on a local Phoenix talk radio station. Ratings were mediocre on a good day and despite a nationally recognized name couldn’t get a syndication deal…
  • Spent months on the radio demanding BO’s birth certificate…
  • Didn’t get the endorsement of a single sitting AZ House Member against McCain…
  • Didn’t get the endorsement of any of the Arizona Tea Party groups. They couldn’t even find it in their hearts to say nice things about him, they just ignored him after their initial “Ahhhhh no thanks…” statement…
  • Didn’t get the endorsement of Jim DeMint…
  • Didn’t get the endorsement of a single prominent politician other than Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who also endorsed Janet Napolitano in her first run for Governor against Matt Salmon, a strong conservative Republican.

And that’s just for starters. JD has pretty much never missed an opportunity to redefine “buffoon” when he gets a shot at national TV exposure, which guarantees him lots of TV time.

The Tea Parties have done an extraordinary job in this cycle of focusing the electorate on small(er) government and the erosion of our liberty. Sarah Palin, while not an official Tea Party spokesperson, has been a star when it comes to highlighting the lowlights of the current Administration as well as raising money and providing high-profile support to marginally known primary candidates. JD has the proven ability to turn that success around on a dime. The more people hear him, the more they really, personally dislike him, see the internals on the June 24th Magellan poll on the AZ Senate primary.

If you need a visual for what JD can do for the Tea Party movement, here it is…

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