Tuesday, June 21, 2011


The South Florida Tea Party is getting nervous about how they might fare in the next election.

South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson thinks the GOP budget — and in particular its call to phase out Medicare and replace it with a marketplace for private insurance — is a total disaster. He’s saying that Republicans, including members in his sphere of influence like Rep. Allen West (R-FL), should back away from it.

In an email to fellow Tea Partiers last week, obtained by The Palm Beach Post, Wilkinson called the GOP plan a “public policy nightmare” that could trigger “huge Democratic wins in 2012,” and prompt Republicans to blame the Tea Party for their losses.

“Republicans will lose if they support the Ryan Medicare plan. Americans do not support the [Paul] Ryan plan,” he wrote. “Expect the GOP to then blame the Tea Party for losses.”

I can hear it now: “But it seemed like a good idea at the time….”

Of course the GOP is going to blame the Tea Party for any bad news, ignoring the fact that they embraced them from the start, promoted them as the “real voice of the people,” only to find out that they were a bunch of cranky white folks that reeked of entitlement, privilege, and anti-everybody-else bigotry.

Oh, wait; that describes the GOP of the last thirty years.