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Laura Ingraham: 'Tea party doesn't have the great strength that the old media believe' (Video)
Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2012 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 01/30/2012 9:22:21 AM PST by Rufus2007

On the online “Green Room” segment of Sunday’s “This Week” on ABC, conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham speculated that Romney’s strength in the contest is a sign that the tea party might not be as strong as conventional wisdom would suggest.

“They don’t have the power that they thought they had, perhaps,” Ingraham said. “I mean, Romney is not a tea party candidate, and they’re talking about 27 percent of the Republican Party that still believe it’s 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 that’s just a fact. The tea party doesn’t have the great strength that the old media believe.”

Washington Post columnist George Will didn’t completely agree that the tea party has lost it’s 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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: georgewill; lauraingraham; teaparty
It's way too early to count the tea party out. Come November, it'll be different...
1 posted on 01/30/2012 9:22:34 AM PST by Rufus2007
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To: Rufus2007

Thats right Laura

Williard Mitt Romney is NOT the TEA Party candidate...


2 posted on 01/30/2012 9:25:21 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (Romney a Massachusetts moderate which is a liberal by Republican standards)
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To: Rufus2007
Mitt is propped up by the press, Dems and Dem-leaning independents who crossed party lines to vote for him.
They want either the weakest possible Republican nominee, or one that won't change policies much if elected.
In Mitt they get both.

3 posted on 01/30/2012 9:32:09 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Rufus2007

Tese ‘news people’ need to get out of the studio. They need to stop believeing their own hype!!


4 posted on 01/30/2012 9:33:19 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Rufus2007

Nope, Laura.

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.


5 posted on 01/30/2012 9:35:47 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: Rufus2007
Can we super impose Laura's head on “Da Fonz” water-skiing like they did Coulter?

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...

6 posted on 01/30/2012 9:36:43 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Rufus2007

YUP

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.


7 posted on 01/30/2012 9:38:03 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: Rufus2007

The Tea Party is more of an idea, than an actual movement...it is an attitude. There is no “tea party” leader per se.


8 posted on 01/30/2012 9:38:25 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Rufus2007

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.


9 posted on 01/30/2012 9:40:15 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Rufus2007
Idiot thinking.... Newt plus Santorum beats Romney! Also, the TEA party is so new it is not surprising it does not have a candidate...

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.

10 posted on 01/30/2012 9:40:33 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Rufus2007

Well, we are at work right now.


11 posted on 01/30/2012 9:44:25 AM PST by ABQHispConservative
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To: Rufus2007
ingraham and coulter are two leftist bimbos for romney... and EVERYTHING else that is wrong with America. Putrid, mean and skanky... that is what and who those two counterfeit conservatives truly are.

LLS

12 posted on 01/30/2012 9:44:42 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Recession: You have no job* Depression: I have no job* Recovery: obama has no job!)
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To: Rufus2007

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.


13 posted on 01/30/2012 9:45:36 AM PST by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: Rufus2007

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.


14 posted on 01/30/2012 9:48:54 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Rufus2007
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 that’s just a fact. The tea party doesn’t have the great strength that the old media believe.”

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.

15 posted on 01/30/2012 9:53:51 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: Rufus2007
The tea party is far from down for the count. But it is not the force and influence it was in 09-10.

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.

16 posted on 01/30/2012 9:54:52 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: Rufus2007

I think Laura is trying to get the Tea Party moving


17 posted on 01/30/2012 9:57:09 AM PST by PMAS (Romney = Democrat tested, Soros approved)
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To: dfwgator

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.


18 posted on 01/30/2012 10:04:28 AM PST by Americanexpat (Everytime I see that guy's face ot)
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To: Rufus2007

We have been too quiet, and I think that has to change.


19 posted on 01/30/2012 10:05:40 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Rufus2007

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.


20 posted on 01/30/2012 10:14:05 AM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: Rufus2007

The more Laura Ingraham and her ilk like Ann Coulter open thir pie holes, the more power they had fades away.


21 posted on 01/30/2012 10:15:10 AM PST by Sea Parrot (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss. Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: nhwingut
. Although the argument there is would a RINO nominate conservative judges?

http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/romney-judicial-record-liberals-running-wild/

Romney judicial record: Liberals running wild
When GOP candidate had chance to influence bench, he appointed leftists

22 posted on 01/30/2012 11:17:06 AM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Rufus2007
He suggested that Romney pick a tea party running mate,

That's right, offer the tea party a small token to forget what a damn liberal Romney is. That has been the GOP E's plan the whole time.

23 posted on 01/30/2012 1:56:04 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Rufus2007

The RINO establishment is right! We will never be able to win the general election if we nominate a far-right conservative. All that far-rightism will turn off the independents and make them vote for the far-left Barack Obama instead. Therefore we must nominate a moderate Republican. As the RINO brigade has demonstrated, the choice is clear. The moderate Republican we are looking for to go up against Barack Obama is NEWT GINGRICH! A far-right conservative wacko like Mitt Romney would be absolutely destroyed by Obama in the general election. /sarc


24 posted on 01/30/2012 2:04:48 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: Rufus2007
http://radiopatriot.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/newt-was-tea-before-tea-was-hot/

Newt was tea before tea was hot.

Photo by AP In this April 15, 1994 file photo, House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich of Georgia and 7th District (Ga.) congressional candidate Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, throw mock tea crates into the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, Ga.

25 posted on 01/30/2012 2:17:45 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: dfwgator
"There is no “tea party” leader per se."

What??? You mean I have to change my long-standing tag line?

26 posted on 01/30/2012 6:48:52 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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