Candidates in Absentia 0
Teabagger candidates put the lie to the saying, “You can run, but you can’t hide.” Alex Slater, writing at the Guardian, wonders where the yellers went:
These candidates have taken to such tactics as dashing from buildings to unmarked cars in order to avoid the press, using decoy cars to divert the attention of waiting crowds, literally sprinting away from cameras, even asking reporters to submit their questions in writing so they can get neat, perfectly drawn-up answers in return that come not from the candidate, but from press secretaries.
The year of the missing Tea Party candidates has Washington observers scratching their heads for two reasons. First, is this the start of a trend where we’ll see statewide candidates guarded and shielded as much as presidential candidates? And second, how on earth are the Tea Party press handlers going to control their candidates who actually become elected officials?
The Tea Party candidates can run (literally), but they can’t hide forever. And once in the senate or the house chambers, they’re going to be unleashed to say whatever they want – usually, the first racist, bigoted or just idiotic pronouncement that comes into their minds.