During the primary season, many progressive voters were lulled into a false sense of security as Tea Party candidates were defeated by their more mainstream Republican opponents. It seemed that perhaps the party was regaining its sanity — until some of those “more mainstream” candidates were looked at a bit more closely. Upon a closer look it becomes obvious that the entire party has moved further to the right to accommodate the radical agenda of the Tea Party.
At the Heritage Foundation last week in her last speech as a member of Congress, Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said that she was leaving Congress confident that “even the establishment moved toward embracing the Tea Party’s messaging.”
Right Wing Watch has identified 5 Republican candidates who seem to bear out Bachmann’s assessment of where the party stands today — candidates who are likely to be headed for Washington in January if Democrats stay home tomorrow instead of getting out to vote.
The first of these is Joni Ernst who holds a slight edge on her opponent, Democrat Bruce Braley for an open Senate seat from Iowa.
Ernst has advocated a “personhood” amendment to the Constitution which would outlaw not only abortion but many popular forms of birth control. She has been endorsed by such “mainstream” Republicans as John McCain, Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio, two former presidential nominees and another who is considered a prospect for the nomination in 2016.
As a state senator Ernst supported “legislation to nullify ObamaCare and authorize state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health care scheme known as ObamaCare.”
She spoke to a Religious Right group in 2012 endorsing “nullification.”
Like Ernst, he supports a “personhood” amendment and as Speaker of the House led the charge to defund Planned Parenthood and to tack abortion restrictions on a motorcycle safety bill which would have closed all but one of the state’s 16 abortion clinics.
He wants to abolish the minimum wage and attempted to pass legislation that would have cut unemployment benefits so severely that the state would have become ineligible for federal compensation.
He has called for a “divide and conquer” approach to public assistance programs.
He has called judges who have ruled against government endorsement of Christianity “judicial terrorists” and said that the founding fathers were in favor of mixing religion, Christianity of course, with government.
He also believes that we are living in the “end times” citing bad science as evidence.
He calls Rick Santorum his “soul mate” and labor union activists “slobs.” He wants to end not only the minimum wage but weekends and paid sick leave and called for the elimination of municipal water disinfection, calling it “big government.”
He opposes abortion for any reason and wants to make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion even to save the life of the mother.
He has said that the “gals” are running the nation and ruining it and that the “country is not going to survive if we continue this war on men.”
Grothman has called Planned Parenthood “the most racist organization” in the country while supporting the Ugandan law that makes homosexuality a crime.
Dasher shares his uncle Phil’s views and has said:
“My platform begins with God. That’s really what this whole thing is about. In Washington, when we look at what’s going on, we see an erosion away from that platform.”
He has said that the Sandy Hook shootings were the fault of atheists who have “brainwashed a generation” with rap music and that schools should be arming teachers to prevent such incidents.
He also believes that the federal government is planning to repeal the second amendment so that they can take away all our other freedoms.