Skip to comments.Is the Tea Party Over?
Posted on 10/09/2011 7:25:05 PM PDT by DRey
The latest Fox poll offered Republican voters a menu of 11 candidates and found...not only were voters scattered across the conservative landscape, but 1/4 of the Tea Party adherents sampled were still not impressed with anyone. Its hard to impress a movement that only knows what it is against. Now, barring some wild twist of fate, there are two men standing: Mitt Romney, the methodical, thrill-free, ideologically elastic technocrat from Massachusetts, who has made himself the default nominee; and the last hope of the hard core, the Not Mitt: Rick Perry.
...whatever you think of his deviations from Tea Party purity, they make some sense in the context of Texas. His decision to let children of illegal immigrants attend state colleges at the in-state tuition rate, which so scandalizes the zero-tolerance conservatives, is conventional bipartisan pragmatism in Texas. The logic is: if the federal government cant keep illegals out, its not our fault, but we can at least steer them away from the welfare rolls or jails and into productive lives.
In this race, Rick Perry is the Tea Partys dream candidate, the one remaining figure who could translate a noisy backlash into serious power. If Rick Perry loses, the Tea Party will have missed the opportunity of a lifetime. If he wins, Perry being Perry, its not entirely clear whether he will appease its members, but my guess is hell try. Rick Perry is the only candidate who would actually close down a cabinet department, one longtime admirer told me, when I asked whether a President Perry would disappoint the Tea Party. You would see a very happy base at least for the first term.
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The Tea Party seems to be over. Guess they reverted to the silent majority.
The Tea Party is just getting started. This Tea Party Republican is happy with Cain.
Gotta hand it to Keller - he is certainly unafraid to reveal his utter cluelessness to the entire world.
Keller knows nothing, and he's proud of it.
Consider the source, i.e., New York Slimes.
YA AIN’T SEEN NUTTIN’ YET!
its not astroturf like the Wall Streeters. Bill check Craig’s list.
Idiot leftist can't comprehend the concept of liberty. We're for constitutionally limited government.
This Tea Party Republican is happy with Cain.
Its not what I am against that does not interest me, its that they are not against what I am against or for what I am for. They are... politicians, wanting to be promoted to the Great Gravy Train Washington DC.
The only one that interests me at all is Cain, and there is plenty of time to get excited.
I want an AMERICAN in office. Not some Eurocrap or Marxist, or Muzzi. I want an American, from America that understands the difference between America and Europe, Asia/Russia or the MiddleEast.
You know, one Nation under God stuff.
No liberals it is not over. Your ultimate nightmare is just beginning.
Personally, I think the NY Times is doing what it normally does, trying to make lemonade out of a bad situation.. Make it between Romney and Perry, and send vile towards Perry, and the Republicans will be good boys and girls and gather to defend him, thus making that Cain guy go away.
Did Molly (Barfly) Ives say that? Usually Florence King had to say it first...
This Tea Party republican is happy with Herman Cain.
I am no longer allowing anyone, particularly media to suggest to me whom I should support.
The last thing America needs is another round of the same old sh!t.
In one corner, with great hair is the former governor of Massachusetts who helped pass the state model for ObamaCare.
In the other corner, the challenger, also with great hair is the current governor of Texas who would like to bankrupt the country even faster with amnesty for tens of millions of new socialist voting citizens.
That's just what the Perrywinkles tell us our choices are down to so we have to vote for their guy. No thanks.
Limited government, lower taxes and less regulation, free market solutions, honest government to name a few.
At least they all lean in a similar direction unlike the psycho left.
They want everything from rights for animals to pedophile marriage and free housing. Basically they’re both nuts and stupid.
The cool thing about the Tea Party is it WAS REAL. Liberals can’t pull that off - even their protesters are paid shills... There’s an ad on Craig’s List offering to pay up to $650 a week for “Occupy” protesters.
Cain is dynamite!
He's the next President of the U.S.A.
Abiding by the constitution automatically gives us limited government, lower taxes, less regulation, free market solutions, honest government (if we impeach/remove the crooks), and individual liberty!
The constitution was designed to allow us to do all of that. We have failed to hold their feet to the fire.
It's not over where I live. There are several Tea Party groups, and they still meet on a regular basis.
I think if Romney is the nominee, instead of dying, the Tea Party will become a third party.
First, let us not derive our electoral mood(s) from the NYTimes.
Second, the TP was diluted some time ago, and this is just opportunistic journalganda from the grey lady herself.
What the TP achieved in the 2010 elections was nation-shaking, remarkable. Do we get two in a row? Less likely, IMO.
There is no question that the re-election of 0bama will be simply terrible from any number of standpoints, even if both bodies of Congress go GOP/TP. I don’t suspect anyone is particularly jazzed over Romney, he could easily be Bob Dole redux. I am also disheartened by folks who will not vote for him out of ideological purity. I think that’s a mistake.
Let’s keep our eyes on the prize. Even if it’s tarnished.
Bill Keller ??? Of the New York Times? The people who couldn’t find Chicago on a map so they could vet Obama?
Hey Bill, you’re a joke. Here’s a hot tip for you - something you and your boys wouldn’t be able to find on your own... It’s a Craig’s List link to an ad looking for paid protesters for “Occupy”. Think you ‘suck more’ people will do a story on it? And the people behind it?
If the Tea Party had conservative fat cats HIRING people to ATTEND Tea Parties, YOU WOULD COVER IT. ‘
Do yourself a favor - cover it and win back credibility. Here’s a link to make it easier:
This means they’re really, really SCARED and that they want you not to think of Cain.
Did you have a jerky football big-shot in your high-school? Plenty of them did fine, but did you have one that simply kept hanging around town in his letterman jacket, expecting you YEARS LATER to ooh and ahh at him?
THAT is what these lib NYT writers are like —terminal confidence, and TOTALLY misplaced.
If I ever go nuts, I want to have THIS GUY’S version of crazy.
They act like winners NO MATTER WHAT.
Prediction: Total blow-out for Cain, and no more NYT in 5 years.
The tea party made a helluva difference in 2010 and that will continue in 2012. We the people are pissed off and madder than hell. The Marxist Obama keeps pushing and we’re going to push back. Even if we don’t get a tea party patriot on the presidential ticket, we’re going to continue building on our majorities in the House, the state houses, the local governments and most importantly, we’re going to retake the senate!
Then we start repealing, abolishing, reversing and disbanding the disgraceful, unAmerican, unconstitutional, bloated, overreaching socialist/Marxist government and replace it with... Liberty!
And if a Marxist or RINO president gets in our way, IMPEACH the corrupt liberty-hating bastard!!
Do not need to go public anymore, working behind the scenes.
Gotta love the NYT, trying to rewrite reality to suit itself.
Oh yeah, that is true, I had screen shot it.
Indeed! Been there, done that!
Next time around let's look to Georgia for the next POTUS: HERMAN CAIN!!
That's a keeper!
This person apparently does not understand how the TEA party formed. The letters stand for Taxed Enough Already.
We think if we returned to our Constitution and Founding documents, we can turn ourselves back into the Constitutional Republic our founders envisioned.
IMO, the best man for the job of restoring this nation to it’s founding principals is Herman Cain.
The dying Slimes, like the CommiePost is desperate to make this out to be a two-man race.
They’ll take it down soon - they always do when they get caught... For now it’s still there:
Well its obvious isn’t it?
If the tea party doesn’t want to vote for St Rick its clearly dead. LOL
Bill Keller is a Marxist hack. Nothing he writes is worth reading or discussing.
They’re desperate to kill the Tea Party. Remember, their audience is liberals.
NO, the Tea party is fine. It’s over for the NY Times!
I like peeking behind the liberal curtain from time to time. I find it informative. Sorry if you don’t agree.
To the freeper ‘craig’s list’ story:
Is the NY TIMES still in business? I thought they went out with Zoot suits and raccoon coats.
lol! So says the NYTimes and Perry's supporters.
Who keeps reading this paper?
There is no doubt that Ron Paul will stay in the race, taking 10+% or substantially more. Perry might not even last the year. Romney is a Northern RINO, Perry is a Southern RINO.
Ron Paul invented the tea party.
The hell you say.