At last night's Congressional debate, Nan Hayworth refused to denounce the actions of exteme Tea Party group, Tri-State Sons of Liberty, which notoriously brands Democrats as "socialists" and "communists" and brazenly flies the Confederate Flag at their rallies. She also refused the repudiate the Club for Growth, which is dedicated to destroying Social Security, pushes for a 23 percent National Sales Tax, which really means higher taxes for the poor and middle class and greatly reduced taxes for the rich, and refers to President Obama as "Comrade."
But Hayorth's no fool, she knows that in order to win this election, she needs to fool the Tea Party folks into thinking she's one of them while also working as a double agent for one of their objects of ire, the pro-TARP Wall Street interests that nearly destroyed our economy. This is a precarious tight-rope she's walking.
Huffington Post blogger, Jay Michaelson has Nan Hayworth's number:
Her talking points are straight from the national strategy desk: Glenn Beck's rhetoric of patriotism and limited government, Sarah Palin's homey amateurism, and wild exaggerations of the evils of health care reform and other "nationalized" programs. Her platform is cookie-cutter as well: lowering the "oppressive, enterprise-killing taxation" (translation: lower taxes on the richest Americans -- including, in Hayworth's case, eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax), "reform" of social security (i.e., mandatory IRA's, which everyone knows are meant to replace, not reform, the existing system), increasing domestic oil production (read: more BP spills in the gulf, more drilling in Alaska), anti-immigration measures, and so on.
Should she win, it could be hard for Hayworth to remain a Tea Party populist while also trying to be Wall Street's best friend on Capitol Hill. After all, Wall Street has bankrolled a lot of her campaign and Wall Street got a massive bailout from the Federal government. So, Hayworth may be speaking in forked-tongue when addressing Tea Party groups, but her inconsistencies are beginning to show. Is Hayworth the pro-Wall Street, anti-consumer darling of Hedge Fund Kings, or is she the down-to-earth, Christine O'Donnell ("I am you") defending the interests of the 19th Congressional District Tea Partiers?
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