This Is Mainstream?

Candidates backed by the Tea Party are hailed by some conservatives as outsiders who will bring reform to Washington – regular folks who are in touch with mainstream America. But the things these candidates say and do are way outside the mainstream.

Of course, high on the list is Carl Palodino, the Tea Party-backed candidate for governor of New York, who does not deny sending racist and pornographic e-mails. In a display of hypocrisy that is noteworthy even for a politician, he recently said homosexual are a bad influence on children.

Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul voiced disapproval of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because he said businesses should have been allowed to deny service to blacks without fear of federal interference. And in Nevada, Senate candidate Sharron Angle has said doesn't believe the Constitution requires the separation of church and state.

In the not-evil-but weird category, we have Rich Iott, the Republican nominee for Congress from Ohio who dresses like a Nazi for war reenactments. I support his right to dress how he likes, but I would call this a questionable lifestyle choice.

Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party Senate candidate for the Senate in Delaware, has made more crazy statements than I care to list (take your pick from “evolution is a myth,” dabbling in witchcraft, school shootings happening “every week,” etc.), but her actions speak louder than her words: she is being investigated for using campaign funds for personal living expenses.

These candidates seem more like the lunatic fringe than the mainstream.

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