Skip to comments.Laura Ingraham: 'Tea party doesn't have the great strength that the old media believe' (Video)
Posted on 01/30/2012 9:22:21 AM PST by Rufus2007
On the online Green Room segment of Sundays This Week on ABC, conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham speculated that Romneys strength in the contest is a sign that the tea party might not be as strong as conventional wisdom would suggest.
They dont have the power that they thought they had, perhaps, Ingraham said. I mean, Romney is not a tea party candidate, and theyre talking about 27 percent of the Republican Party that still believe its tea party infused. The tea party, they have a lot of energy but you know more of a moderate view of conservatism seems to get nominated every time. And thats just a fact. The tea party doesnt have the great strength that the old media believe.
Washington Post columnist George Will didnt completely agree that the tea party has lost its strength. He suggested that Romney pick a tea party running mate, and said the grassroots should focus on winning in the Senate until they have stronger national candidates.
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Thats right Laura
Williard Mitt Romney is NOT the TEA Party candidate...
Tese ‘news people’ need to get out of the studio. They need to stop believeing their own hype!!
What’s happened here is the entire race has now become seen through the prism of electability. Voters know Obama MUST be defeated and they are willing to do what it takes to accomplish that.
And voters instinctively know that that’s a hard call to make, no matter who is running. Part of why they don’t want to trust the professionals on this point is that our party has nominated some huge losers in the past.
But maybe that’s just the nature of politics. It’s not like the field wasn’t wide open when this thing started.
And neither one of the candidates in this now two-man race is emphasizing Tea Party issues: primarily, massive tax reform, leading to entitlement reform. The only candidate who ran pretty much solely on a Tea Party platform was Herman Cain, who had the whole country in an uproar talking about the 999 plan he pushed absolutely incessantly.
Though Gingrich is touted as the Tea Party candidate, again, he is not emphasizing Tea Party issues any more than Romney is. Without the candidates making the case for these issues, the voters have no choice but to put them aside for now and hope they are pursued at another time.
In the meantime, voters are also left with the question of how to defeat Obama. In my view, this is what has allowed Romney to hang in there even though he’s not conservative and not well-liked.
Good G_d almighty what the heck has happened to "our side"?
I am glad I do not listen to her much, sometimes it is like nails on a chalk board...
Nominate the leftist Romney and watch the power Laura as the base sits on it`s hands and refuses to vote for Oromney knowing there is not a dimes worth of difference between the Statist/Socialist and Socialist/Liberal candidates.
The Tea Party is more of an idea, than an actual movement...it is an attitude. There is no “tea party” leader per se.
I think it is possible Romney may attract around 1 in 5 Tea Party voters. I recall seeing a self-surveyed query from the folks in Fort Lauderdale, and Romney had a plurality.
Admittedly, this was several months ago and was not scientific, but it was interesting.
SO, Romney may not need the TEA Party to win the GOP nomination, but he needs it to win the White House. If the GOP rulers continue along this path (and victory dance at the convention), Romney will lose the White House due to upset and disenfractised TEA Voters.
Well, we are at work right now.
Laura’s big thing seems to be the federal courts and with that is to get the most electable Republican in (even a RINO) to stop Obama’s liberal appointees. Although the argument there is would a RINO nominate conservative judges?
I was definitely disappointed when she threw Palin under the bus early on. But it’s a free country. I don’t like her guy. She didn’t like mine.
But I still enjoy listening to her. I probably agree with her 80% of time which is 80% more than the lib media.
You notice the Cain accusers have disappeared now that his campaign is wrecked. Where are the pictures? Where is Monica’s semen stained blue dress? If I had a 12 year affair with a woman, there would be a smoking gun.
The Tea Party does not have the ability to protect its candidates against the smear campaigns.
The problem is the splitting of the TEA party vote and it is shown here on FR.
98% of the folks that come here are conservative and we cannot agree on a single candidate.
Mittens only gets 25-30% which means that 70-75% are TEA party leaners.
I go back to their virtual silence this past fall in Ohio in the defeat of SB5. They were very, very quiet during that whole process.
I think Laura is trying to get the Tea Party moving
I do not think the Tea Party is going to do squat this election otherwise there would already be rallies. Haven’t heard squat. We gotta focus on the house and senate too or we will lose what we won last time.
Also, I believe that if there are TP rallies the OKWS will crash em and hurt some folks. I do not put anything past these communists in the white house.
We have been too quiet, and I think that has to change.
If there was a truly viable ‘tea party’ candidate in this race, they would win overwhelmingly. Right now the tea party voters are more for Newt than Mitt, but Mitt picks up some on perceived electibility. Newt is an imperfect candidate, although conservative and brilliant campaigner, he has his personal flaws and a mixed history both as an outsider and consummate insider. For most tea partiers, beating Obama is the primary objective, and that impacts a split vote. If Perry had been able to campaign effectively, he would have rolled over Mitt. If Palin or Rubio or a number of other effective campaigners had gotten in and been effective, they would have, as well.
The tea party voters are still there, and it will become more evident in the congressional primaries.