Starting in Tennessee, from the Nashville Post…
This past Saturday, Donn Janes, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Tennessee’s 8th District spoke in Paris, TN, to an estimated 300 Tea Party activists from the West Tennessee area.
“As of today, I am no longer going to run for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican,” Janes announced. “We need to change the way we elect our representatives. We continue to rely on the two-party system to provide us with different choices; but thanks to this corrupt system, there is little difference between the two of them. Both parties voted to increase the size of our government; both parties voted to trade your freedoms for security; and both parties are responsible for our monstrous debt, our failing economy and the exporting of our jobs overseas. I will be running as an independent Tea Party Candidate, a candidate who doesn’t answer to or work for party leadership, but a candidate who will work for the people of West Tennessee.”
This is exactly the crap we’ve been talking about with the so-called Tea Party movement.
Now I’m at least as frustrated with the current crop of “leaders” in the Republican Party as anybody alive. I’ve been howling about the complete lack of leadership and principles since 2005. This, however, is not how the problem gets fixed. This will do nothing but elect Democrats in even bigger numbers.
I think the timing on this particular announcement is interesting, it’s coming from Nashville and as we’ve heard, there is going to be a Tea Party Convention – of sorts – in Nashville. And it appears that Sarah Palin will be the keynote speaker. We may get to find out where she stands on third parties and I can’t wait to see what the theme of the convention really is.