There are a number of reasons why a sizable group of conservatives in the Virginia Republican Party are uncomfortable with those who raise the tea party banner high and identify themselves as such primarily. Sometimes proudly. ‘I’m not a Republican’ they will say, ‘I’m a member of the tea party.’
Yet these same folks show up to Republican meetings and Republican conventions — not usually to Republican fundraisers — and seemingly want to participate in the GOP. Fantastic. Welcome. We certainly agree on some issues.
Still the discomfort exists.
Ultimately, many of those anecdotal reasons boil down to judgment. Good judgment. Sound judgment.
That’s where Larry Nordvig head of the Richmond Tea Party and Vice Chairman of the Powhatan Republican Committee comes in.
At Dave Brat’s rally on Tuesday, Nordvig told the following joke:
“A politician, a Muslim and an illegal alien walk into a bar, and you know what the bartender said? Good evening, Mr. President.”
Here are the questions that immediately come to mind:
1) Is this an appropriate joke to tell?
2) If so, in front of what groups?
3) Did Dave Brat find this joke funny?
4) How do you expect this joke to attract people to the Republican party?
5) Does this joke help us win elections?
6) Do you have a filter between your brain and your mouth?
7) Could we have adjusted the joke to insult other groups of people besides immigrants and Muslims and people of fair mind?
This is an unfortunate example of why some so-called tea party leaders cannot be trusted to do the right thing.
And it is why no matter how hard Dave Brat runs, he will hit a ceiling of support.
This is not something to be proud of.