The best thing about the Tea Party, in my opinion, is that they give a voice to the forgotten, middle class person--the family man or woman that pays his taxes, obeys the law, and treats his family and neighbors right. He or she has common sense and a high degree of self-government. These disenfranchised people are not part of any interest groups or a political class--they have jobs outside of politics and public policy.
So given that the Tea Party movement empowers the average Joe, can anyone explain to me why Christine O'Donnell is a good representative for it?
Unlike your average Joe, O'Donnell spent her entire adult life in activism. While you or I are working at factories, in the service industry, or in an office, she was working for the RNC, Washington-based anti-pornography groups, and anti-abortion groups.
While working for those groups is commendable, they aren't exactly what you would call average. How many people do you know that work for advocacy groups in DC? If you're an average Joe, probably zero.
How many of you have been sued by your college for unpaid tuition? Do you even know anybody who has?
Have any of you dabbled in "witchcraft" as a teenager?
Has the IRS filed a lien on you for back taxes and penalties?
If you answered in the negative to these questions, you might be a normal person. O'Donnell is accused of all of those things. In addition, her house was foreclosed on, proving that she can't manage her own finances let alone the nation's.
While O'Donnell may be good on her policies, the Tea Party movement needs to be careful with the character of the people they send to Washington.
Choose people that represent you--people that think like you and will do what you would do if you were in their shoes.
O'Donnell's life up to this point is nothing like mine or yours--she's a career insider with a sketchy past. Not that Castle is any better. But don't support her wholeheartedly just because she holds the Tea Party banner. Instead, hold the people on your side to an even higher standard.