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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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.
Damned straight. The Tea Party is going to go into high gear for 2012. I am fine with Cain, Bachmann, Santorum. No to Rino Romney, or amnesty loving Perry.
Great thread. Thanks to all posters.
TEA (Taxed Enough Already) is NEVER over. Witness history. Our history.
—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Liberals report as fact what they hope will come to be. Makes it pretty easy to see what is really upsetting them. Darn those pesky facts, they keep getting in the way of liberal fantasies.
Flyover country peons and peasants keep getting in the way of their betters in the DC RinoCracy....
I don’t think the tea party will be over just because there is not good Presidential candidate.
Just work to get conservatives in Congress, especially the Senate.
I will not vote for Romney, the RNC can stuff it.
If Romney is the nominee, the Republican party is finished IMO
I might (and I stress might) vote for Perry depending on running mate. Don’t like Perry much either, but at least it doesn’t seem like he is the RNC freeze dried candidate.
Most likely I’ll skip voting for President and just focus on Congressional, State and local races and try to get as many conservatives in as possible (and as many status quo Republican out as possible).
Indeed, they do wish. Sorry to inform the NY Times, but we’re busy trying to vet candidates and find replacements for those 23 soon to be vacant Democratic Senate seats.
Frigging NYSlimes trying to pick out candidate again. FU NYT!
Nailed it Jim. The Tea Party is for restoration of the Constitution.
Nah....they are just brewing!
Just my thought but it seems as though the Democrat and MSM are itching for any sort of Tea Party protest that can bump up against the OWS and the ensuing violence can be blamed in the Tea Party. They also long to unleash the pent up violence of the union / Marxist coalition behind OWS.