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Tea Party Doesn't Need Votes to Win U.S. Elections
The New York Times ^ | September 26, 2010 | Albert R. Hunt

Posted on 09/26/2010 5:02:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

With the U.S. midterm elections five weeks away, the Tea Party movement is already the big winner of 2010.

This anti-government, grass-roots Republican offshoot has rattled the party establishment — making the former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, the party’s most prominent 2012 presidential possibility — and has dominated the debate this campaign season.

The Tea Partiers believe they are on the cutting edge of a revolution: the “future of politics,” as Ms. Palin says. More likely, they are a short-term catalyst for Republicans and a long-term problem.

Nevertheless, their victories are impressive — toppling the Republican Party’s choices in Senate primary races from Alaska to Delaware, with Nevada, Colorado and Kentucky in between. Scores of candidates for the House of Representatives around the United States have embraced the Tea Party agenda.

The effect on non-Tea Party Republicans is palpable. The party’s 2008 presidential nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona, has shifted right on issues like immigration and tax cuts after being challenged by a Tea Party-type candidate. The former maverick is going to the Tea Party’s rally in Tucson, Arizona, on Oct. 9.

Mitt Romney, a presidential hopeful and former governor of Massachusetts who is always a good weather vane, is assiduously courting the group. Immediately after the Tea Party candidates Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware won upset victories in Senate primaries, Mr. Romney embraced them with campaign contributions.

The governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, a non-movement conservative, has embraced the Tea Party’s general anti-immigration posture; he actually endorsed changing the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to bar citizenship for children born in the United States to undocumented immigrants.

Karl Rove, once an arbiter of conservative sentiment, in a moment of serious analysis on Fox News, criticized Ms. O’Donnell...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; State and Local; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 14thamendment; 2010; alaska; arizona; christineodonnell; colorado; delaware; immigration; johnmccain; karlrove; kentucky; massachusetts; minnesota; mittromney; nevada; palin; romney; sarahpalin; sharronangle; teaparty; teapartyexpress; teapartyrebellion; timpawlenty; unemployment
Always with this garbage about the Tea Party hurting the Republican Party.
1 posted on 09/26/2010 5:02:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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2 posted on 09/26/2010 5:03:59 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Don't listen to what they say, watch what they do.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

****has embraced the Tea Party’s general anti-immigration posture****

Here you go again AL HUNT!!!!!

This is libelous - can someone sue this idiot??????


3 posted on 09/26/2010 5:06:34 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God's redemption.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This guys is obviously trying to present propaganda as analysis.


4 posted on 09/26/2010 5:07:40 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners, no mercy. 2010 is here...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah, the JounoLista types just keep trying to spread the theme that us crazy Tea Party supporters are going to fracture the Republican Party. How about this gag worthy part FTFA: And one 2012 Republican presidential hopeful may well seize an opportunity and run as the anti-Tea Party candidate; that used to be called a “big tent” Republican.

Talk about not getting it. An anti-Tea Party Republican would be called a "Democrat" or "RINO", for crying out loud. The Tea Party IS the big tent. These guys just don't GET IT - a whole lot of people from all incomes, races, etc., etc. don't want an unaccountable, unlimited federal government.
5 posted on 09/26/2010 5:08:25 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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This movement is not tolerant of dissent within the ranks, which may cause some other Republican politicians indigestion. For example, this year, the Tea Party took over the Maine Republican Party convention and adopted a platform that called for imposing a 12-year term limit for senators, ending the congressional health care plan, opposing abortion and abolishing the Federal Reserve Board.

(Yes, the RINO’s do have indigestion.)

None of this is supported by the state’s three-term Republican senator, Olympia J. Snowe, who is up for re-election in 2012. She could be vulnerable to a challenge from the right in a small-turnout primary. If she became an independent, she would probably be safe for life.

(LOL! She is precisely what NORMAL people want to get rid of. The NYT does not accept the will of the people.)

And one 2012 Republican presidential hopeful may well seize an opportunity and run as the anti-Tea Party candidate; that used to be called a “big tent” Republican.

(The NYT still doesn’t understand that you cannot be all things to ALL people. It didn’t work. We are slowly but surely getting back to PRINCIPLES. Principles should never be compromised on. This is one of the largest problems with the FAILED “big tent” idea. It is the Deomcrats that compromise on NOTHING. But the NYT times is blind as usual to their Demoncrat bias.)


6 posted on 09/26/2010 5:08:58 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: sodpoodle

If the TEA Party was “anti-immigrant”, we would have tossed Hunt’s @$$ out a long time ago. Since we’re “a nation of immigrants”, we could have done that.


7 posted on 09/26/2010 5:09:12 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Don't listen to what they say, watch what they do.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mitt Romney, a presidential hopeful and former governor of Massachusetts who is always a good weather vane, is assiduously courting the group. Immediately after the Tea Party candidates Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware won upset victories in Senate primaries, Mr. Romney embraced them with campaign contributions.

Finger to the wind Romney posturing for a 2012 POTUS run.

8 posted on 09/26/2010 5:09:28 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They endanger the RINO establishment.
The NYT spends all of it’s time beating up on Republicans, but then when the voters turn around and throw the old GOP bums out, suddenly they become posterchildren for “reasonable” Republicans the NYT can work with.


9 posted on 09/26/2010 5:10:08 PM PDT by counterpunch (Life in Prison: The RINO compromise to "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“This anti-government, grass-roots Republican offshoot . . .”

Ask Bennet, Crist, Murkowski and Castle how lockstep Republican the Tea Party movement really is.


10 posted on 09/26/2010 5:10:56 PM PDT by Psalm 144
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When Al CNN T-oadie stops drinking the Soetoro Koolaid, ya know it’s ovah for the Kenyan.


11 posted on 09/26/2010 5:13:49 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: sodpoodle

It’s the NY Slimes..


12 posted on 09/26/2010 5:14:17 PM PDT by max americana (Hoax and Chains, Dopeychangey)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I met Al Hunt in person years ago at a CPAC. He is a nice, personable guy.

But as usual, he is drinking the Liberal Kool-Aid. Heck, he is serving it up.

13 posted on 09/26/2010 5:14:55 PM PDT by Lysandru
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Born: 1-Jan-1942. Birthplace: Charlottesville, VA.

Virginia was not part of the US in 1942??????

LOL!!!


14 posted on 09/26/2010 5:16:25 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God's redemption.)
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To: EGPWS
Mr. Romney embraced them with campaign contributions.
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Wow! Have Angle and O'Donnell decided what to do with that $25.00?
15 posted on 09/26/2010 5:19:01 PM PDT by no dems (DeMINT / PALIN 2012 or PALIN / DeMINT 2012.......Either is fine with me!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mitt Romney, a presidential hopeful and former governor of Massachusetts who is always a good weather vane, is assiduously courting the group.

How can Mitt possibly think that the journalists love him? They see through him as easily and readily as the tea partiers do.

Regards,

TS

16 posted on 09/26/2010 5:21:59 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Always with this garbage about the Tea Party hurting the Republican Party."

Well it was your post! lol

17 posted on 09/26/2010 5:22:42 PM PDT by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: sodpoodle

Hunt is the one who says we’re “a nation of immigrants”, not me. That means we can toss his ass out anytime we want to.


18 posted on 09/26/2010 5:23:14 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Don't listen to what they say, watch what they do.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The Tea Party is NOT anti-immigrant, but is anti-illegal-immigrant.....


19 posted on 09/26/2010 5:24:14 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Where in the world does Hunt get the gaul to act so authoritatively about the Tea Party movement? When was the last time in modern history that a movement like this existed?
All these predictions about short term and long term. In essence his conclusion is, the effectiveness is pretty good short term, not so effective for the long term but a thorn in the side of the Republicans. With that kind of simplified biased analysis I think Hunt is nothing more than a Progressive Democrat hack!


20 posted on 09/26/2010 5:25:51 PM PDT by orinoco
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; penelopesire; hoosiermama

ROFL.

Albert wet his pants, but by golly, he managed to include almost all the players and almost all of the notable rinos up for reelection in 2012 too.

Hello Orrin Hatch. Be careful about reaching across the aisle...LOL. Even Albert Hunt has warned ya. HAR!


21 posted on 09/26/2010 5:28:03 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Notice that the NYT reprinted the article from Bloomberg News. The out-of-work RINO strategists are positioning Bloomberg as an anti-Tea Party leader.

http://mobile.latimes.com/wap/news/text.jsp?sid=294&nid=22998670&cid=16686&scid=-1&ith=2&title=Nation


22 posted on 09/26/2010 5:28:59 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Exactly. That was my point. And the ‘RATS keep saying that we’re all immigrants. That’s bull****! Anyone who wants to believe that needs to get the hell out and turn this continent back to the dinosaurs. That includes the native Americans. The ‘RATS’ argument is nothing but stupidity.


23 posted on 09/26/2010 5:29:47 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Don't listen to what they say, watch what they do.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

OK - it’s late - now I think I’ve got it;) LOL!


24 posted on 09/26/2010 5:31:00 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God's redemption.)
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To: Lysandru

What the heck was Albert Hunt doing at CPAC?


25 posted on 09/26/2010 5:34:15 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Illegals aren’t immigrants anyway. They are trespassers.


26 posted on 09/26/2010 5:38:13 PM PDT by csmusaret (If the Bush recession ended in June 2009, did the Obama economy begin in July 2009?)
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To: csmusaret

The first thing they do when they come to America is break the law.


27 posted on 09/26/2010 5:39:46 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Don't listen to what they say, watch what they do.)
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To: onyx

LOL..makes me think of the Times’s ‘Year in Pictures’..where they didn’t include any mention of this ‘vast conservative conspiracy’ called the Tea Party...ROTFLOL!!

How did we go from not even existing, to the most influential political movement in the history of mankind?

Gads...the media in this country is such an utter joke!


28 posted on 09/26/2010 5:39:53 PM PDT by penelopesire ('Obama's Wars' are with our own military..Bush's Wars were with our enemies!)
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To: penelopesire
Post of the day or maybe the week!

You are so right!

From nonexistence to most influential!

Gotta be “witchcraft”!

29 posted on 09/26/2010 5:45:09 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx

“Gotta be “witchcraft”!”

ROTFLOL!!


30 posted on 09/26/2010 5:55:20 PM PDT by penelopesire ('Obama's Wars' are with our own military..Bush's Wars were with our enemies!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is just a tiny sampling of the MSM FUD that will arrive after the election.


31 posted on 09/26/2010 5:59:20 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Free Vulcan

You usually see these sorts of articles under the heading “Analysis”.


32 posted on 09/26/2010 6:00:10 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Bloomberg?! Hahahahaha! How does that work? What states does he take away from the GOP? He’d hurt the Dem’s nominee, if anyone.


33 posted on 09/26/2010 6:07:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Palin/Bolton 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I know you post a lot of article but do you actually read them? This one is not “garbage” even though it did come from the NYtimes. It was a pretty straight forward, articulate article on the tea party’s grand efforts this year.


34 posted on 09/26/2010 6:08:01 PM PDT by Boxsford (God Is.)
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To: Boxsford

I didn’t call the whole thing “garbage”, just the part about the Tea Party hurting the GOP. And yes, I do read them.


35 posted on 09/26/2010 6:09:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Palin/Bolton 2012)
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To: nmh
This movement is not tolerant of dissent within the ranks, which may cause some other Republican politicians indigestion. For example, this year, the Tea Party took over the Maine Republican Party convention and adopted a platform that called for imposing a 12-year term limit for senators..

Thank you God!! It is about time; Snowe and Collins days numbered-- Knowing their voting record they will just switch to (D). Good Riddance to rubbish!!

36 posted on 09/26/2010 6:14:56 PM PDT by Boxsford (God Is.)
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To: EGPWS

Myth Romney.


37 posted on 09/26/2010 6:19:06 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You don't think the tea party is hurting the republican party? Of course it is! Isn't this the point? Taking down GOP statists? Taking down the republican establishment? Getting rid of RINO's.
Of course the Tea Party is hurting the Republican party.
38 posted on 09/26/2010 6:19:46 PM PDT by Boxsford (God Is.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
With the U.S. midterm elections five weeks away, the Tea Party movement is already the big winner of 2010.

Yeah!!!
And, from the new york times.

39 posted on 09/26/2010 6:21:37 PM PDT by Boxsford (God Is.)
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To: Boxsford

The rinos like mccain gramahm snow collins et al are as bad as rats.


40 posted on 09/26/2010 6:23:23 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote
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To: counterpunch

The NYT has been working with many of these RINOs all along.


41 posted on 09/26/2010 6:28:52 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Rules will never work for radicals (liberals) because they seek chaos. And don't even know it.)
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To: Boxsford

Cleaning out the Republican party sounds like its helping it to me. Sure it hurts the statists but the party itself is made better.


42 posted on 09/26/2010 7:18:38 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Tea Party Doesn’t Need Votes to Win U.S. Elections”

BU!! SH!T

Vote
VOTE
VOTE!
drive your neighbors, drag your friends to the polls and VOTE VOTE VOTE!


43 posted on 09/26/2010 7:33:38 PM PDT by lack-of-trust
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Without reading this (I can’t believe Al Hunt is still alive, sad), and not to be a bummer, but I gotta say, WE NEED TO WIN IN NOVEMBER!

Ok, maybe we won’t win them all, but we need to win a bunch.

That is all.


44 posted on 09/26/2010 8:22:18 PM PDT by jocon307 (Loser Merjerksi broke my tagline.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Al Hunt is still alive? This idiot has yet to be right on anything in his political life.


45 posted on 09/27/2010 7:51:22 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run out of other people's money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The New York Times is hereby invited to go ‘bleep’ themselves whenever they want. They have no idea, they don’t know what or who they are talking about, they have not spent a ocllective 10 minutes in the company of tea party patriots, and they are just making it up as they want it to be.

And by the way—they are projecting when they say the tea party movement will flame out and be a big problem for the Republican party even before it does. Because it is OBAMA who has already flamed out and become a MONSTER PROBLEM for the New York Times’ political party of choice.

Re-Elect Palin 2016


46 posted on 10/16/2010 8:26:38 PM PDT by PaleoBob
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