The TEA Party Nation’s endorsement of Julianne Ortman just shrinks TPN’s credibility. Here’s why:

She is running and has racked up an impressive series of endorsements. She has been endorsed by our friends at Tea Party Express, the Conservative Campaign Committee, Citizens United and most recently she was endorsed by Sarah Palin.

She is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-low taxes and perhaps most importantly in favor of a complete repeal of Obamacare.

Julianne “I’m in my comfort zone” Ortman isn’t pro-low taxes:
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The TPN is entitled to their opinion. They aren’t entitled to their own facts. Saying that Ms. Ortman is pro-low tax is making up their own facts. Here’s the transcript to the video:

Sen. Tom Bakk: “Senator Ortman.”
Sen. Ortman: “Good morning Mr. Chair and members. Thank you for hearing this bill. This bill proposes a new tax. It’s the first time I’ve ever proposed a new tax, and so-“
Sen. Bakk: “How’s it feel?”
[LAUGHTER]
Sen. Ortman: “I definitely feel like I’m in the hot seat, but that’s alright. I’ve been a lightening rod before and I probably will be again. I’m back in a zone of comfort.”

What’s more important is that Ms. Ortman doesn’t believe in the free market:

But let’s be honest, 15% should be more than enough interest in an economy when banks can borrow at the federal funds rate (0.25%), and the prime lending rate hovers at 3%.

Who made Ms. Ortman the arbiter of free markets? The TEA Party activists I know and agree with would recoil if they heard Ms. Ortman’s statement.

Andy Parrish can brag about the endorsements but what he can’t do is honestly say that his candidate is a principled conservative. That’s because she isn’t a conservative. She’s a career politician with a moderate bent.

UPDATE: Just minutes ago, TEA Party Nation attacked me because I correctly stated that they aren’t intellectually honest. Here’s the text of their tweet:

@LFRGary If I had a nickel for every time a liberal told us we were losing credibility, we’d be rich.

If I had $1,000,000 for each time someone called me a liberal, I’d be worth $1,000,000.

Apparently, TPN isn’t interested in doing their homework. Calling me a liberal, which is what they just did, just isn’t credible. If TEA Party Nation had done their homework, they’d know I’m a rock solid conservative. Then again, if they’d done their homework and if they were intellectually honest, they’d know that Julianne Ortman selectively believes in free markets and low taxes.

TEA Party Nation is a high profile organization. In this instance, however, they aren’t intellectually honest.

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One Response to “TEA Party Nation losing credibility”

  • walter hanson says:

    Gary:

    I think I know what is going on. When Sarah Palin made her endorsement for Ortman I was on a different blog and got into two heated debates with two people.

    One person who was happy to show Ortman speeches in 2010 on Obamacare and refused to acknowledge the March 2014 interview was quite happy to say many times that Mitch M. had endorsed McFadden and couldn’t be trusted.

    A second person thought McFadden was for amnesty even though I pointed out that McFadden on his website had said he was for border security and Ortman had no position.

    The sense I get is that there are people who instantly want to run away from McFadden because he has been endorsed by Republican Senators people don’t trust, Mitch M, John C, and former Senator Coleman.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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