Uh… Yeah Like Whatever…
SCHotline Opinion by Jeffrey Sewell
To its credit, the South Carolina Republican Party is not falling for the usual leftist scare tactic currently employed by Meghan McCain, to wit, that the Party is racist for embracing the Tea Party movement.
McCain, on “The View” opined about the Tea Party movement, that “It’s innate racism, and I think it’s why young people are turned off by this movement….And I’m sorry — revolutions start with young people, not with 65-year-old people talking about literacy tests and people who can’t say the word vote in English.” Like uh whatever’ that means.
I don’t think she has a clue about the Tea Party Movement, she’s just a typical Washington pol, if you don’t like what your opponent is doing, call him a racist, ditto is you don’t like a group.
But, even though the Republican Party, bless its heart, is standing up bravely to this kind of ad hominem, stupid, mindless attack, doesn’t have a clue either.
The Republican Party, especially the officials in the Greenville County Party, was warned over and over about the dangers of embracing too overtly, the Tea Party Movement. The Tea Parties do not want to be embraced by the Republican Party and it is very foolish of them to continue down this path, especially after announcing that they will not go this route, that they get it, and they understand the Tea Party movement and other Patriot groups wish to remain independent of the Party.
While we realize that State Party Chair, Karen Floyd, on Fox News last night, was refuting McCain, but at the same time, she was also turning off the Tea Partiers. Instead of reassuring and showing respect to the Tea Partiers, she showed she still doesn’t get it. The number one issue tea partiers have with the Republican Party and its officials is this: “They don’t listen to us.” Democrats aren’t any better, but they don’t run South Carolina.
Floyd and the Greenville Republican Party are showing that they are disconnected from this movement, no matter how much they want to be Tea Partiers themselves.
Our message to Karen, the State Party and the Greenville Party, is this: Listen to the People! Show respect by letting them be independent. Your goal should be to reform the Party and be an attractive Party for these conservative tea partiers. Invite by ATTRACTION, not by apparent co-optation. They will join precinct organizations and they will get involved with candidates of their choice. They will vote in the primaries, unless you continue in your apparent efforts to upstage them and manipulate their movement.
In South Carolina, only 12-17 percent of registered voters participate in Republican primaries. The Tea Party Movement is a conservative movement. They say over and over that they are NOT interested in forming a third party, but every organization has power mad individuals who want to be the head of something…do not give ammo to these folks.
Let the Tea Parties be Tea Parties and do your job to reform the Republican Party so that it gives the people conservative candidates. The Tea Party people want conservative government, show them you can advance the GOP in that direction, but don’t undermine the independence of the Tea Parties in so doing.
Yes, we know there is a tea party in Greenville that agrees with the GOP, but you, Karen, have a Public Relations Firm in Spartanburg. Use your PR skills and do some market research. You will find that, with the exception of the leadership of the Greenville Tea Party (which btw, has never had a tea party) and is viewed with suspicion, we are told, by other Tea Party leaders, you are alienating the new blood that is pouring into your Party, and that is not good PR for the GOP.