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Is the tea party running out of steam?
Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo News ^ | April 12, 2014 | Linda Feldmann

Posted on 04/13/2014 5:01:35 PM PDT by Excellence

Defying the GOP establishment, tea party muscle has sent some of this era's most charismatic Republican politicians to Washington, starting with Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. They have changed the debate in Washington, polarized their own party, and sharpened gridlock. House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio and the tea party are openly at war.

Regardless of what happens in the primaries and in November, the tea party will live on.

"The tea party's hold on the GOP persists beyond each burial ceremony," writes Harvard sociologist and political scientist Theda Skocpol in The Atlantic.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: catholic; rumorsofdemise; teaparty
I have a reason to post this. At Palm Sunday services today, the celebrant noted that at one end of Holy Week people were laying palm branches and cloaks on the ground and hailing Jesus, and at the other end they were yelling "Crucify Him!"

The celebrant noted how the passions of movements can be evanescent, citing this article as an example, i.e. the Tea Party is running out of steam.

I wrote a note to the celebrant that said, as best I can recollect, "How can you disparage the very people who are fighting hard for your freedom of religion? I am the Tea Party, and I am not running out of steam." After the service I put the note in my right hand and extended it as if to shake his right hand, stuffing the note in his hand hard. Then I walked away.

I left furious. I'm still furious. How can anyone think the Tea Party is out of steam when the BLM has been chased off a rancher's land, and confiscated cows released?

I am going to a different church for Easter services, but that still leaves the question; are we running out of steam?

1 posted on 04/13/2014 5:01:35 PM PDT by Excellence
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To: Excellence
When they quit writing articles like this about the Tea Party, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz, then you can start worrying.
2 posted on 04/13/2014 5:03:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Excellence

They publish one or two of these articles every month.

It’s just like when they used to run the daily opinion polls saying that Slick Willy’s impeachment was making him more popular.

They’re trying to peel off the weak sisters.


3 posted on 04/13/2014 5:03:56 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Excellence

4 posted on 04/13/2014 5:04:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Excellence

Running out of steam? I don’t think so.

Look at Nevada last week when thousands of AMERICANS rallied to a Mormon rancher when the government moved against him.


5 posted on 04/13/2014 5:09:14 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Excellence

It ain’t that we’re running out of steam. They only think that because we haven’t been holding the rallies on the Mall in DC lately.

We’ve just graduated to more direct action. We’re influencing the candidates who run, and who win primaries. We’re deluging the congressional switchboards with calls. We’re letting the eGOP know that status quo isn’t cool any more.

And we’re keeping our powder dry in case all that ain’t enough.


6 posted on 04/13/2014 5:09:57 PM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: Excellence

CSM=NYT ‘nuf said.


7 posted on 04/13/2014 5:11:24 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: Excellence

Gee, for the last 6 years not a week goes by without a “Demise of the tea party” article.

Wishful thinking.


8 posted on 04/13/2014 5:13:51 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Excellence

The real question the media is asking is how can we find them to crucify them. The Tea Party is we the freedom loving people of the U.S.

They cannot find us to destroy us.


9 posted on 04/13/2014 5:17:30 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: wolfpat

The tea party is why the democrats are in a panic over the Carl Levin seat in Michigan. Terri Land may not be a firebrand but she’s a well known pro and she’s trusted. The fact that the tea party hasn’t put someone up against her scares the hell out of the democrats.


10 posted on 04/13/2014 5:18:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: wolfpat
They only think that because we haven’t been holding the rallies on the Mall in DC lately.

And even when we do, we are roundly ignored.

11 posted on 04/13/2014 5:23:16 PM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks, I love it.


12 posted on 04/13/2014 5:23:52 PM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: Excellence

Wishful thinking from the establishment


13 posted on 04/13/2014 5:23:58 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Excellence
Christian Science Monitor = Maoist rag
14 posted on 04/13/2014 5:24:47 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Excellence
On November 5th 2014 we will have an answer to that question.

5.56mm

15 posted on 04/13/2014 5:26:12 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Excellence

Oh good Lord. How many times over the past several years have I seen this headline or heard a talking head spout this inane question?


16 posted on 04/13/2014 5:28:36 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Excellence

I’m still here, I just haven’t been attending any meetings lately. I have, however reached the point where the “lesser of two evils” means nothing to me. I have certain fiscal and social red lines. If you try to straddle the lines, you have stepped over it as far as I’m concerned. Write me off a your own peril. I am Tea Party.


17 posted on 04/13/2014 5:30:55 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Excellence

I knew before looking the ethnic religious demographic of the writer

Why does it always have to be like this

“Hush wardaddy...some things best left not spoken of”


18 posted on 04/13/2014 5:31:20 PM PDT by wardaddy (america was lost about the time black thugs appropriated cafe bikes as social status)
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To: Excellence

And Rush Limbaugh doesn’t have anything to talk about anymore... < /sarc >


19 posted on 04/13/2014 5:38:42 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Starstruck

Good answer.


20 posted on 04/13/2014 5:45:59 PM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: Excellence

As long as tea party members participate as if their life depends on it, no it will not run out of power.

If complacency starts to work itself in then yes, it won’t be long before it does start to run out of steam.


21 posted on 04/13/2014 5:50:32 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Excellence
The TEA party ain't a party.

It's people who have come to the realization that unlimited government kills. Everything.

22 posted on 04/13/2014 5:58:21 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: Excellence

I am really confused. Help please.

Christian Science Monitor.

I look at their website. I see nothing specifically Christian about it. It just seems like Salon, or HuffPuff, random and leftist bent.

So, Who the hell are these people?


23 posted on 04/13/2014 6:08:15 PM PDT by bakeneko
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To: Excellence
Good answer.

Additionally, if you have to ask what those red lines are, you are not my candidate.

24 posted on 04/13/2014 6:10:39 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Excellence

The nefarious “Tea Party,” although lacking objective definition, surely generates waves of angst.


25 posted on 04/13/2014 6:30:09 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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