Reclaiming the conservative movement by leaving the fringe where they belong.

Written by R. James Towe  james@sollicitus.us

Representatives Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) campaigned to thwart the re-election of John Boehner (R-OH) as House speaker. Mr Gohmert received three votes while Representative Yoho received one vote. I'm guessing Mr Yoho's vote was his own.

They even secured an endorsement from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. 

I empathize with the contention that Mr. Boehner lacks the conservative fortitude demanded by members of the Tea Party and conservatives at large. Unfortunately, surmounting an anemic campaign with a few TV sound bites only reaffirms the fringe reputation of Tea Party leaders like Mrs Palin.

The Speaker was going to be reelected all along. Sarah Palin further isolated herself by endorsing men with little name recognition and no chance of mounting any serious challenge to Mr Boehner.

The RNC avoided much of this lunacy in the run-up to the 2014 mid-term election by denying the left-leaning news media fodder, with mockery and criticism of Tea Party candidates that made unfortunate remarks sprinkled with grammatical and social unseemliness. It damaged the Republican brand. 

Conservatives have to distance themselves from demagogues that create an environment destined to elevate liberal candidates to mainstream status, simply by ascendency through relativism. In other words, compared to that guy, this guy seems reasonable.

Let's hope that the Tea Party learn to take a more responsible approach to our politics.