Does Romney’s candidacy mean tea party power has fizzled?
WASHINGTON — It dominated the country’s politics just two years ago, a grassroots rebellion that rolled through the Republican Party, helped seize power in Washington and threatened to upend the established order for years to come.
Now, the tea party is not what it was. As the Republicans wrap up their quest for a 2012 presidential nominee, their choice of Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum signals a shift back to a more traditional approach.
Romney’s victory, sealed with Santorum’s decision Tuesday to suspend his challenge, was a triumph of political pragmatism over ideology, a cool calculation by primary voters and the party establishment that the most important thing was picking someone who could win, not necessarily someone who should win.
In so doing, they set aside some of the passions that roiled the party just two years ago. Fed by a backlash against President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress, those passions helped seize the House of Representatives. But they also led the party to purge moderates in states such as Colorado, Delaware and Nevada who could have won Democratic seats in the Senate.
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Does Romney’s candidacy mean tea party power has fizzled?
A *grass roots rebellion* that was a great idea in its inception, but one that *withered on the vine*, so to speak. I guess it’s OK to say that, since the media insists on using the *grass* metaphor over and over and over in ad infinitum et ad nauseum.
The TEA Party has been about as powerful as a fart in a Wyoming wind storm.
In the 2008 Presidential cycle all we heard was ‘We MUST support the TEA Party and McCain/Palin’.
I had the audacity to ask WHY? I wanted to know WHY we were supporting the strangest ticket the GOP could have come up with. I asked WHY were we supporting a RINO of the 1st Order (McCain) and a fluff piece like Sarah Palin, a person that QUIT, and I don’t give a DAMN about all the weak-assed reasoning she gave, she QUIT half way through her Alaska Governorship because she couldn’t take the heat.
I wanted to know WHY we were supporting that ticket and I stated, in no uncertain terms, that if McCain/Palin was the best the GOP could do, this nation was SCREWED as far as so-called Conservative politics was concerned.
“Oh, but Fred, Palin is a GUN person, she kills moose..”
Big flippin’ deal, is there a huge call for MOOSE BURGERS that I am just not aware of?
We, American Conservatives, had McCain/Palin foisted off on us by the GOP and Palin was touted as being ‘the darling of the TEA Party’. I heard that line so many times I was nearly SICK!
“Oh, but Fred, McCain is a war hero, he was a POW…”
McCain was shot down on a mission over North Vietnam, he was a POW, just like all other POWs. That makes him a WAR HERO in many minds but war hero or not, John McCain was a RINO, he stood with the Democrats as often as he stood with Republicans, he was, at best, a wild card, and the TEA Party told us that this was a good thing.
What else has the TEA Party and it’s *darling* done? lets see;
1. Joe Miller in Alaska, got his head handed to him by Lisa Murkowski, in a *write-in campaign* for crying out loud.
2. Scott Brown, touted by Palin as the right one to replace Ted Kennedy, someone that would offer balance to the John Kerry way of doing business. Scott Brown is the strongest ally Kerry could have. Scott Brown is a RINO.
3. And then there was Christine O’Donnell. Need I say more?
The TEA Party was a great idea, one that needed to be, but the TEA Party self destructed, and that *grass roots* stuff was one of the biggest reasons why. The TEA Party had NO leadership, and without leadership, all you have is unorganized rabble, well, unless you’re an Occupy troll, and Occupy, even with leadership, was STILL just rabble, nasty, smelly rabble.
The TEA Party was simply a cleaner, more polite rabble, one that made VERY certain that you knew, “We will NOT have leaders, we are ALL free thinkers and we are ALL leaders.” THAT was the problem, too many Chiefs and not enough Indians, and everyone running in different directions.
Now, here we are in 2012 and the GOP had their, by God THEIR candidate picked at least as far back as October of 2011.
I posted this on Oct. 6th, and I intend to keep posting it as often as the opportunity presents itself: Romney to be GOP nominee – Elections no longer required.
The TEA Party is about as USELESS as it gets. Many TEA Party groups were co-opted by the GOP, so much for bipartisanship. Many TEA Party groups were taken over by Ron Paultards. So much for sanity. And now the GOP has their *chosen one*, it’s a done deal, and you know what’s really ticking me off? We haven’t had a primary election here in Texas. I guess Texas, and the other states that haven’t held a primary yet just don’t matter to the GOP.
If it weren’t for our own primary elections this year, Texas could just opt out and save a ton of money.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I say this in ALL honesty, the TEA Party was the biggest waste of time we Conservatives ever spent and as of the last couple of presidential elections, the GOP/RNC, Reince Priebus, Georgette Mosbacher et al are an even BIGGER waste of time and money. They do NOT care what Americans want, they only care about what THEY want, and by God, that’s the way it’s going to be.
If anyone from the GOP ever makes a statement about *nanny state* again, they are a fool and a hypocrite. The GOP/RNC fully embrace and represent the *nanny state* way of doing business.
It looks like we’re stuck with Romney this time around, and once again we will vote for the lesser of the evils.
Personally, I am getting VERY tired of voting for the lesser of ANYTHING. I am getting very tired of having others force their will off on the American people.
When do we, the American Conservative say ENOUGH?