Tea party plans to abandon GOP stars
Four years ago, the movement and its potent mix of anger and populism persuaded thousands of costumed and sign-waving conservatives to protest the ballooning deficit and President Obama’s health care law. It swept a crop of no-compromise lawmakers into Congress and governor’s offices and transformed political up-and-comers, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, into household names.
But as many tea party stars seek re-election next year and Rubio considers a 2016 presidential run, conservative activists are finding themselves at a crossroads. Many of their standard-bearers have embraced more moderate positions on bedrock issues such as immigration and health care, broadening their appeal in swing states but dampening grass-roots passion.
“They keep sticking their finger in the eyes of the guys who got them elected,” said Ralph King, a co-founder of the Cleveland Tea Party Patriots. “A lot of people are feeling betrayed.” SOURCE
This post is likely to anger a few readers but quite frankly, I am way past caring about that.
Four years ago I tried to tell people that the TEA Party was a very poor handicapper when it came to the winners of political races and exactly WHO was a good candidate to support and so forth.
Marco Rubio was one that I tried to warn people about.
You hear people talk about having *gaydar*, the ability to spot out a homosexual person almost immediately? Well, I don’t have that. What I do have is an innate ability to spot fakes, faux Conservatives and RINOs. RINO finder maybe?
I don’t know how I do it, I honestly have NO idea, but I can, most of the time, spot out a fake long before he or she makes their RINO self known as such to the community. Marco Rubio was one that I KNEW was a RINO right from the start but the TEA Party and its *shot callers* and members fell for Rubio hook, line and sinker.
The tea party is a loosely knit web of activists, and some are hoping to rekindle the fire with 2014 primary challenges to wayward Republicans. But many more say they plan to sit out high-profile races in some important swing states next year, a move that GOP leaders fear could imperil the re-election prospects of former tea party luminaries, including the governors of Florida and Ohio.
I make no secret of the fact that I was once connected to the TEA Party. I was Vice President of our local TEA Party here in Rowlett and I have to say, that group, and the TEA Party in its original inception was one dandy idea, right up until the train left the station and promptly derailed because of Drama Queens disrupting meetings, no sense of direction and lack of ANY leadership.
That *loose knit web of activists* thing has been the major downfall of the TEA Party.
The TEA Party has been notorious in its efforts to keep themselves *leaderless*. Many in the TEA Party make it a point to tell any and all that will listen, “We have NO leaders, we are ALL leaders”, or some such nonsense, for them it’s a thing to be proud of.
Anyone that has ever been in a position of leadership knows; you either have LEADERS and organization or you have a rabble. That was the primary reason for my leaving the TEA Party; I refuse to be a part of a disorganized rabble that spurns leadership!
Sadly, when leadership did appear it turned out to be hard-core Libertarians and Ron Paul supporters. The Drama Queen disruption continued, the meetings and occasional rallies were an opportunity for the women from the *retirement home* to have an excuse to get out and come to town and the Rowlett TEA Party promptly fell to pieces.
I know that there are efforts afoot to rebuild the TEA Party, locally and on a national scale, and honestly, I do wish them well, but I have to say, far too many of us that consider ourselves to be REAL Conservatives were left with a *bad taste* in their mouths from the original TEA Party and its 2 or 3 rebirths thus far.
One of the biggest issues I have with the TEA Party is their propensity to advocate *sitting out* an election as is called for in the above blockquote.
A couple of elections ago the Rowlett TEA Party called for citizens to *sit out* a particular race here, one for a position on the City Council. It was a 3 way race and it was obvious that there was going to be a run-off election because none of the candidates were exciting enough to garner a clear cut majority in the primary election, so, local TEA Party leaders called on voters to *sit that race out* until a clear cut 2 person race was established.
Once again we hear calls to *sit it out* from the TEA Party, this time on a national scale.
Well folks, here’s how I see it; REAL Conservatives, REAL Patriots don’t *sit out* elections and ANY so-called political group that would call for such is NOT what they claim to be. We may not have the best ticket to pick from sometimes, most times actually, but a REAL Patriot takes the time to get into the study of candidates, and as much as it pains me to do so, sometimes we have to hold our noses and vote for the *lesser of the evils*.
But TRUE Americans don’t sit it out.
The shame of the matter is that we have to even consider *the lesser of the evils* at all, and if the TEA Party had ANY pride at all they would drop the *sit it out* line and start demanding better candidates, maybe even running better candidates.
If the TEA Party had any PRIDE in themselves that is.