Skip to comments.Has the tea party 'sold out' to the mainstream GOP?
Posted on 08/28/2012 5:23:35 PM PDT by upchuck
Is the tea party changing the Republican Party from the inside -- or selling out to the GOP?
As Republicans prepare to officially roll out Mitt Romney as their party's presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention this week, major tea party groups and figures have descended on Tampa, Florida, to schmooze with party bigwigs and rally for Romney.
But Romney's conservative credentials have long been viewed with suspicion by the movement. So it came as a surprise when, before at least one event, tea party organizers committed what some activists would consider heresy: seeking approval from establishment Republicans to rally.
All of it has opened up a once unthinkable charge: the movement that's rabble-roused and rocked the GOP establishment since 2009 is now too cozy with it.
"The top national groups have already sold out," said Judd Saul, a prominent Iowa activist associated with the Cedar Valley Tea Party. "They don't truly represent the grassroots."
"Even before the caucuses, these guys were all pushing for Romney even when the primaries were going on," Saul added.
"It's a pretty widespread (sentiment). A lot of activists have noticed that."
But presidential historian Douglas Brinkley doesn't see this phenomenon as anything new.
"I think it happens all the time in politics," said Brinkley, a political analyst and professor at Rice University. "The grassroots people are the people who are hypermotivated. They are people willing to go to rallies and hold bake sales and ... and they're always later kind of seen as auxiliary players once it gets to the main game when the elections come in the fall."
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I was just about ready to hold my nose and vote for Mitt instead of writing in Sarah....
Then the “conservatives” joined with the liberals in the lynching of Akin.
Such people deserve four more years of Obama.
People sympathetic to TEAPARTY goals will not be baited by the likes of the DNC or it’s child, CNN.
Tell THAT to Mr. RomneyCARE and Tokyo Rove.
Ooooppps. Too late. Should have told them in 2008 as
they attacked Gov Palin for their Obama and Soros.
“Im not voting for Romney. The Grand Old Whig Party doesnt own my vote and they failed to earn it. Obama will bring about a revolution in this country, and I have no problem with that”
Please keep telling yourself that, general Washington. I’m sure you will be right there on the front line ready to die, right?
Has CNN sold out to the global communist party? It sure appears as if they did.
NO! But I am not going to kow tow to Ron Paul bots.
So who made you in charge about what is and is not important enough to fight?
Most of us can multi task, I am sorry you are unable apparently to do that.
My war is with liberalism, if that’s not important to you fine, you are free to fight your own battles.
The GOPe has declared war on conservatism, like I said there are some on FR, who don’t take issue with that but instead have capitulated to the GOPe’s liberalism.
Tea Partiers were willing to hold their noses and vote for Romney/Ryan. Not any more. Mittens f’ed that up today with his power grab.
No. Romney sold out to Obama and the Communists and one world government.
the Tea Party has impacted the GOP and the country of conservatives are getting stronger and they will impact the GOP. the older RINO’s will fall away.
But we can’t go onward in this direction by eating our own...but instead keep supporting Ryan, West, Kasich, christie, Walker etc!
Maybe "conservatives" will think twice about shooting their allies in the back when the bullets are real.
Johnnie I know, but who are you?
“they focus on .....the most dangerous for first.”
Not necessarily. Sgt. York picked them off from the rear like ducks. We have a lot of ducks in closer range than the most dangerous one.
The way you talk, Obama Lite wins and gets no obstruction whatsoever from a Republican capitol building. Socialism on down hill sled.
Obama wins and the purse strings slam shut, the majorities in both houses freeze him in place.
Cooperating with the guys who just kicked you to the curb doesn’t sound all that smart to me, but hey if the curb works for ya’...........(trails off......)
Run, and you'll live. At least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that, for one chance -- just one chance! -- to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they'll never take our freedom.
I know why the first revolution was fought. It was fought because it was worth fighting for. Perhaps you have forgotten.