It has gone beyond referring to the rabidly self-righteous group as the Tea Party. This is something out of Lewis Carroll. Call it the Mad Republican Tea Party.
Just when some believed that things could not get anymore weird, along comes Republican Mad Tea Party congressional candidate Rich Iott of Ohio. This challenger who, like other Mad Tea Party candidates, is running for office on the premise that he can help fix a broken political system, has an egregious hobby.
Iott explains that he is a history buff. This is his reason for dressing up in a uniform from the 5th SS Wiking Panzer Division of Adolf Hitler's German Nazi Army from World War Two. It was pointed out that this division was responsible for helping execute Hungarian Jews during World War Two.
Iott, displaying typical Mad Tea Party self-righteousness, blames critics for attacking him unfairly over a practice he can explain. Given his fervent interest in history, Iott often dresses up in uniform relative to historical battle re-creations that are harmless. In this case he earlier stated an admiration for Germany having demonstrated exemplary military expertise sufficient to almost achieve world conquest.
As for his practice of wearing uniforms for these historical recreations, Iott has news for his detractors. He has also dressed up for mock Civil War conflict and worn a Union Army uniform.
The Mad Tea Party has once more furnished a less then exemplary candidate for national office in a nation it plans to clean up. Given the past economic track record of the Republican Party for which it shills the result, if given the chance, will be more likely to clean out, meaning taxpayers.
When this story surfaced about the Mad Tea Party's Ohio congressional candidate and his hobby, which bears examination of both values and mental underpinnings, there was a tragic silence through Republican ranks. The silence was especially troubling in the case of the Republican Party's sole Jewish member of Congress, Eric Cantor of Virginia.
Cantor ultimately conceded that this was a practice he condemned, but look at what it took. Cantor, looking sheepish and thoroughly embarrassed, stated his disapproval in a joint interview involving another Jewish Member of Congress, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, after she had metaphorically pushed him against a wall.