Skip to comments.Tea Party Doesn't Need Votes to Win U.S. Elections
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 partys 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 Partys 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 partys 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 Partys 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 ODonnell 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 Partys 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. ODonnell...
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
****has embraced the Tea Partys general anti-immigration posture****
Here you go again AL HUNT!!!!!
This is libelous - can someone sue this idiot??????
This guys is obviously trying to present propaganda as analysis.
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 states 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.)
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.
Finger to the wind Romney posturing for a 2012 POTUS run.
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.
“This anti-government, grass-roots Republican offshoot . . .”
Ask Bennet, Crist, Murkowski and Castle how lockstep Republican the Tea Party movement really is.
When Al CNN T-oadie stops drinking the Soetoro Koolaid, ya know it’s ovah for the Kenyan.
It’s the NY Slimes..
But as usual, he is drinking the Liberal Kool-Aid. Heck, he is serving it up.
Born: 1-Jan-1942. Birthplace: Charlottesville, VA.
Virginia was not part of the US in 1942??????
How can Mitt possibly think that the journalists love him? They see through him as easily and readily as the tea partiers do.
Well it was your post! lol
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.
The Tea Party is NOT anti-immigrant, but is anti-illegal-immigrant.....
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!
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!
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.
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.
OK - it’s late - now I think I’ve got it;) LOL!
What the heck was Albert Hunt doing at CPAC?
Illegals aren’t immigrants anyway. They are trespassers.
The first thing they do when they come to America is break the law.
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!
You are so right!
From nonexistence to most influential!
Gotta be “witchcraft”!
“Gotta be witchcraft!”
This is just a tiny sampling of the MSM FUD that will arrive after the election.
You usually see these sorts of articles under the heading “Analysis”.
Bloomberg?! Hahahahaha! How does that work? What states does he take away from the GOP? He’d hurt the Dem’s nominee, if anyone.
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.
I didn’t call the whole thing “garbage”, just the part about the Tea Party hurting the GOP. And yes, I do read them.
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!!
And, from the new york times.
The rinos like mccain gramahm snow collins et al are as bad as rats.
The NYT has been working with many of these RINOs all along.
Cleaning out the Republican party sounds like its helping it to me. Sure it hurts the statists but the party itself is made better.
“Tea Party Doesn’t Need Votes to Win U.S. Elections”
drive your neighbors, drag your friends to the polls and VOTE VOTE VOTE!
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.
Al Hunt is still alive? This idiot has yet to be right on anything in his political life.
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
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