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Tea Party Shaping 2012 Race
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-25-10 | PETER WALLSTEN

Posted on 10/24/2010 5:30:44 PM PDT by GOP_Lady

The tea-party phenomenon is forcing possible Republican presidential candidates in 2012 to make early and potentially high-risk strategic gambles over how to harness the movement.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is traveling the country to build alliances with local tea-party activists in key presidential primary and caucus states.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is solidifying ties with traditional party leaders and organizations by helping them with fund raising and candidate endorsements.

The two potential rivals are acting on opposing assumptions about the newly energized but volatile tea party-infused Republican base. The results of their decisions will show the impact that tea-party supporters will have on the 2012 presidential race, and on the new political scene to emerge after the Nov. 2 midterm elections.

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A very, very insightful article. Good job by the WSJ.
1 posted on 10/24/2010 5:30:52 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: 506Lake; AdvisorB; afraidfortherepublic; antivenom; angry elephant; Bernard; Blonde; ...


To be added or removed from the
"The Wall Street Journal" Ping List,
FReepmail
GOP_Lady.

2 posted on 10/24/2010 5:31:55 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

F Romney. Wouldn’t vote for that scumbag if he was the last Republican on earth.


3 posted on 10/24/2010 5:32:17 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Just vote them OUT!!)
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To: GOP_Lady

I suppose I’ll have to click through and see how long it took them to notice Sarah Palin.


4 posted on 10/24/2010 5:33:40 PM PDT by Genoa
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To: GOP_Lady

Hope you’re lining up a new home on the Internet. We will not be supporting Romney on FR. Period.


5 posted on 10/24/2010 5:33:49 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Just vote them OUT!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Roger That!!


6 posted on 10/24/2010 5:34:02 PM PDT by mongo141
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To: Jim Robinson

Romney’s team is making a mistake. The Tea Party has not peaked yet. Insiders need to join the stampede or get trampled underfoot.


7 posted on 10/24/2010 5:34:41 PM PDT by Lysandru
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To: GOP_Lady

Watch Marine at Tea Party...

http://www.thefoxnation.com/culture/2010/06/07/watch-marine-stuns-crowd-tea-party


8 posted on 10/24/2010 5:35:39 PM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: GOP_Lady
I think this sums it up:

"According to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, one third of Republicans say they don't back the tea party. Among this group, a slight plurality says Mr. Romney is the GOP's "most important leader."

One third of Republicans support the tea party so strongly that they describe themselves as part of the movement more than they identify as Republicans. Among this group, Mr. Gingrich is considered the GOP's "most important leader"—ahead of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has tied herself closely to tea-party candidates this year.

The final third supports the tea party but identifies more as Republicans. Ms. Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are cited as top leaders most often among this group.

And that's why I say it's a good job by the WSJ.

9 posted on 10/24/2010 5:37:06 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Genoa

It looks to me like everyone who is contributing is noticed.


10 posted on 10/24/2010 5:39:09 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: toldyou

Semper Fi!


11 posted on 10/24/2010 5:39:52 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Just vote them OUT!!)
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To: GOP_Lady

Take it elsewhere. That big government abortionist whore of a politician is not wanted on FR. KMA if you don’t like it.


12 posted on 10/24/2010 5:41:45 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Just vote them OUT!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

........Thank You Jim.......


13 posted on 10/24/2010 5:45:35 PM PDT by GitmoSailor (AZ Cold War Veteran -Will the NOV election only be LOST under MARTIAL LAW?)
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To: Jim Robinson

MSM will push McMitt like they did McCain.


14 posted on 10/24/2010 5:53:41 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (the way to win this game is not to play)
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To: GOP_Lady

...tick...tick...tick...


15 posted on 10/24/2010 5:55:32 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: GOP_Lady

romneycare
obamacare

no diff.

whats the use of rino romney?


16 posted on 10/24/2010 5:56:46 PM PDT by So Circumstanced
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To: screaminsunshine

Mitt Romney is not now and will never be a Tea Party candidate. Just the opposite, he’s a Big Government statist political whore!!


17 posted on 10/24/2010 5:57:09 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Just vote them OUT!!)
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To: GOP_Lady

A week from Wednesday, we’ll be discussing the victories at the polls. Will we be talking about how Mitt Romney energized the party and brought them out in force? Will we talk about how Newt drew thousands to rallies and invigorated the electorate. I don’t think so.

We will probably be talking about Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Mark Levin, and Tea Party Express and how they used the Republican Party as the vehicle for bringing conservatives back into government.

The left will be talking about them too, saying that if Sarah hadn’t gotten involved, the Republicans would have won bigger. It will be her fault for every Republican loss. It took courage to get involved and lesser politicians, like Romney, waited on the sidelines until the victors were known.

We have a week left and lots of work to do, but after the election, we won’t forget who brought us to the party.


18 posted on 10/24/2010 5:57:34 PM PDT by excopconservative
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To: GOP_Lady

“how to harness the movement.”??

WRONG. We are harnessing them.


19 posted on 10/24/2010 5:57:58 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: GOP_Lady

RINO Romney sucks. I wouldn’t vote for him EVER.


20 posted on 10/24/2010 6:02:06 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: ViLaLuz
“how to harness the movement.”

FUMR and the RINO you rode in on!!

21 posted on 10/24/2010 6:02:06 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Just vote them OUT!!)
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To: GOP_Lady
Thanks, 001.
002
22 posted on 10/24/2010 6:02:42 PM PDT by MaggieCarta (What are we here for but to provide sport for our neighbors, and to laugh at them in our turn?Austen)
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To: Jim Robinson
Thanks Jim. The Mitt bots kneed to know We Ain't Goin' Away
23 posted on 10/24/2010 6:06:52 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Woo hoo!! Great video!!


24 posted on 10/24/2010 6:11:28 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Just vote them OUT!!)
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To: GOP_Lady

Go away Newt, go away Mitt, we’re not interested in what you’re peddling.


25 posted on 10/24/2010 6:13:42 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Jim Robinson
Myth ‘Mittens’ Romney is a zero on a 1-10. If America doesn't get strong conservative leadership, and soon, then turn out the lights ‘cause the party is over.
26 posted on 10/24/2010 6:14:55 PM PDT by JPG (Sarah Palin says: "Buck-up or get out of the truck.")
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To: Jim Robinson

Yeah! It should be the FReeper anthem song!


27 posted on 10/24/2010 6:17:28 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Jim Robinson

The Man has spoken, listen to his words.
There wont be a Romney love fest here.

Remember he put the Romney in Romneycare.
Total disgrace to the Republican brand.
I’ll go third party before I vote for Mittens.


28 posted on 10/24/2010 6:18:34 PM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
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To: Lysandru
Romney’s team is making a mistake. The Tea Party has not peaked yet. Insiders need to join the stampede or get trampled underfoot.

I agree. The nation was shocked the night of January 19th when Scott Brown won the "Kennedy" senate seat by a solid margin here in Massachusetts. Yes, it is true that Brown does not represent the Tea Party and he's a bit of a RINO, but it did send a clear message to Democrats that things were about to start changing.

Well that was only a shot across the bow and a week from Tuesday, the nation will be rocked to the core when they see just how strong this movement is. When the dust settles from this upcoming election, I predict that nobody will be talking about Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich for president any longer. The Republican party will no longer belong to them.

Over the next two years, the Tea Party movement will continue to build and by the summer of 2012, it will have taken over the infrastructure of the GOP and very likely, Sarah Palin will be making her acceptance speech as the Republican nominee for President of the United States and whatever we gain a week from Tuesday in terms of House and Senate seats, add another 100+ two years from now.

The light at the end of the tunnel is about to get so bright that we are going to have to get our sunglasses out.

29 posted on 10/24/2010 6:19:54 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 38 days away from outliving Curly Howard)
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To: MaggieCarta

You’re welcome, my dear. :-)


30 posted on 10/24/2010 6:20:28 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Jim Robinson

Neither Romney nor Newt should have their hands on the Tea Party movement. This is a grass roots thing, and it should stay a grass roots movement.


31 posted on 10/24/2010 6:28:53 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Man the pitchforks and torches.......let the revolution begin)
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To: GOP_Lady

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32 posted on 10/24/2010 6:33:04 PM PDT by PMAS
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To: Jim Robinson

“Semper Fi!”

Wasn’t he awesome? He would respond to you with, “OOH-RAH!”

Thanks, Jim! xo


33 posted on 10/24/2010 6:36:56 PM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Can someone please post the Slick Mitt “used car salesman” image? LOL...


34 posted on 10/24/2010 6:47:15 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: GOP_Lady
Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Romney plan to decide their 2012 plans early next year.

Both of them can forget about it.

Newt needs to understand that the American people will never elect to the presidency a man with a feminine, female voice. It may seem unfair, but that's the way it is.

Mitt cannot get the nomination, even if he renounces his present religion, which he will readily do if he gets the idea that it will work.

Both should announce their support for Sarah Palin now. It's not too early.

35 posted on 10/24/2010 7:12:20 PM PDT by Walts Ice Pick
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To: GOP_Lady
The TEA Party of Lafayette, Louisiana, has demonstrations every week. It was initially at the corner of Pinhook and Kaliste Saloome Road.

That only lasted a couple of weeks.

Then the site for demonstrations/placards changed to the intersection of Johnston Street and South College/North College Intersection.

I am not sure how early they get there, but it is every Friday morning. They are normally there by 8am, so I imagine they come out earlier than this.

This is definitely a TEA Party event, and not a TEA Party Express event.

Note that Sarah Palin's tour of the country is a TEA Party Express event.

There are both TEA Party and TEA Party Express candidates forecast to win come November 2nd...

36 posted on 10/24/2010 7:12:51 PM PDT by topher (For handmade rosaries -- http://www.louisiana.edu/~cmh5722/rosaries4u)
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"...Mitt Romney is solidifying ties with traditional party leaders and organizations..."

The WSJ needs to speak plain English.

Plainly speaking, Mitt is a phony who would be thrown out of any honest Tea Party meeting. The patriotic right thoroughly rejects him, so he's making alliances with the old guard, RINO establishment.

Lotta good that's gonna do him. The rebellion won't vote for him, and anyone who's stupid enough to publicly align themselves with him, will instantly be branded as a RINO for life. The man's going to be radioactive in 2012.

37 posted on 10/24/2010 7:40:40 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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Big 10-4, boss. If Romney showed up at any Tea Party meeting, he’d be escorted off the premises with extreme prejudice.

He’s an establishment RINO who’s going nowhere in 2012. The rebellion will not support him.


38 posted on 10/24/2010 7:45:47 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Conservative4Ever
If I'm not mistaken, wasn't the ‘Tea Party’ started as a backlash against the economic fraud that has taken over Wall street, Washington DC (both parties), and many of the State houses? Wasn't this movement started as an outcry against the bailouts, the stock market manipulation, the excessive debt both private and public that was and still is being encouraged by both Wall St and DC? Wasn't this movement asking for the rule of law to be applied not just to Main St but to DC and Wall St equally? I find it sad that no pol is talking about the economic looting of this country that has and is occurring. No talk of bringing economic perps to justice. The Tea Party was not started to address the social issues of the day but the economic ones cuz if the economic issues are not taken care of, the social issues won't really manner much to a hungry population....so yes, I find it sad that the Romneys and the Newts and even the Palins have apparently taken over the movement while not addressing the core issues of the movement.
39 posted on 10/24/2010 7:45:57 PM PDT by yadent
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To: GOP_Lady

Thanks for the ping - a Tea-nami’s coming...


40 posted on 10/24/2010 7:50:25 PM PDT by GOPJ ('Power abdicates only under the stress of counter-power." Martin Buber /a Tea-nami's coming...)
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To: GOP_Lady
One third of Republicans support the tea party so strongly that they describe themselves as part of the movement more than they identify as Republicans. Among this group, Mr. Gingrich is considered the GOP's "most important leader"—ahead of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has tied herself closely to tea-party candidates this year.

The article lost me right there.

Who in their right mind goes to TEA parties and supports Newt (or Mitt for that matter)? I never saw a Newt or Mitt sign there, not once. They are both late to the party, and simply trying to shapeshift to use all this new energy. It's not gong to work, the author is very wrong and slightly nuts to write such an idea.

41 posted on 10/24/2010 7:54:23 PM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: yadent
The Tea Party was not started to address the social issues of the day but the economic ones

The explosion of fury and anger that is the Tea Party didn't come into being only as a reaction to specific economic issues. It came into being because Americans had finally had enough of the whole Socialist/Statist/Democrat/Leftist agenda of the last 70+ years.

The Tea Party is the release of a lifetime's worth of pent-up frustration and anger over the loss of everything precious, valued, and cherished about our beloved America. And ALL of those losses can be laid squarely at the feet of the left.

What you're witnessing is a citizen rebellion, the likes of which has not been seen in this country since perhaps its inception. We are at war with a pernicious ideology that seeks to transform our constitutional republic into a Socialist/Marxist totalitarian state.

Yes, we want to reverse the damage of our government's out-of-control spending, but the well of our anger is much deeper than that. Much deeper.

42 posted on 10/24/2010 8:03:33 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
The Tea Party is attracting the angry because neither major political party has addressed the issues that are driving the population's fury. I have yet to hear any politician talk about the economic fraud that is occurring. The blatant manipulation of the markets, the purposeful housing bubble, the transfer of Main St wealth to a select few on Wall St(think Goldman). Where is the outrage from either political party?? I detest the progressive agenda, but am sorely disappointed with the present ‘conservatives’ in power who have sat on their collective hands while the pillaging has been going on. Remember, the Pubbies were in total power when alot of this crap started and did nothing. Will the ‘new’ Pubbies that take over be different than the old ones who had control? Time will tell but I'm not holding out much hope. No one has leveled with the American people about the deep economic crap this country is in and the pain that will be required to reverse the slide. After all, the pols want to get reelected.....
43 posted on 10/24/2010 8:27:23 PM PDT by yadent
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To: GOP_Lady

It looks like Governor Palin is the top dog in those three break downs, she ties for first in one category, and comes in second in the other two, giving her the top total percentage as most important leader/spokesman for the Republican party.


44 posted on 10/24/2010 10:17:55 PM PDT by ansel12
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Re: Tea Party Shaping 2012 Race
From GOP_Lady | 10/25/2010 7:11:24 PM PDT read

Keep your smart-mouth comments to yourself.


Why are you sending me unsolicited harrassing FReepmails out of the blue, GOP_Lady ? Has JimRob not warned you about your behavior on this website ? Shilling for Slick Willard will NOT be tolerated. Attacking me privately because you don’t like this position won’t help your cause.


45 posted on 10/25/2010 7:28:02 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I remember when I fist met you here years ago.

You were having a literal spasm.

I tried to calm you down and help.

Since then, you’ve stabbed me in the back.

I feel sorry for you.


46 posted on 10/25/2010 7:37:04 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

You’re a very strange and highly disturbed person. Get some help and stop sending me harrassing emails.


47 posted on 10/25/2010 7:40:38 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Start acting like an adult.


48 posted on 10/25/2010 7:41:15 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

Hope you’re lining up a new home on the Internet. We will not be supporting Romney on FR. Period.

5 posted on Sunday, October 24, 2010 7:33:49 PM by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Just vote them OUT!!)
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49 posted on 10/25/2010 7:47:17 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Tick tick tick...

All the psychosis “conservatives” and “dream date” girl fans of the worthless Romney have forsaken every Conservative effort, word and deed and wiped them all away have, negated every single good they have done for the movement and done it all for nothing, which is the definition of Mitt.

50 posted on 10/25/2010 7:55:18 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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