The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): Tea Party-aligned candidates made major advances in Tuesday’s Republican primary, ousting some experienced incumbents and leading some other races going into runoffs. What are the most important things some people fail to understand about the Tea Party movement?
Just how much like the Taliban they truly are. Terry Bradley
That it has nothing to do with race or gender, and everything to do with restoring manageable (by “We the People”), responsible government. And that the press is culpable in those misconceptions. Phil Hoskins
They claim to be the upholders of the Constitution, but they ignore the fact that minorities, non-Christians and women are also a part of “We the people.” Pat Perkins
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I applaud the Libertarian fiscal views of the Tea Party, but they do need to control the extremists on hot-button social issues. For every 10 valid points made by the Tea Party, it only takes one “Obama is a Kenyan” comment to drive away more moderate voters. Michael Hathood
The actual point of it? Aside from achieving theocracy I mean. Gina Watson Heitland
That it’s not even a real party. If it was, they would be running on the TeaBagger ballot rather than the Republican ballot. John MacFarlane
Clever, John. Did you come up with TeaBagger all by yourself? Usually when people who have no clue what they are talking about use that term — it’s followed by racist, homophobic or women haters. You might also throw in redneck, or my personal favorite, “gun-toting.” Ron Glover
Their economic philosophy will put America on the fast track to becoming a third world nation. When someone says they want “smaller government” in a nation of over 317 million people, what they’re really advocating is eliminating every remaining barrier between scoundrels and your wallet. Mark Alan Rush