Even Tea Party candidates identify as "Republican" for now.
I disagree. If we “support” GOP candidates because that’s all there is, we are not being given a voice of our own. IOW, it becomes a form of suppression against conservatives.
I am currently working to try to get the Tea Party to raise their profile as a replacement for the GOP. If we all push them, the Tea Party may have to re-evaluate their current position and their current operations. In ‘08, there was general acknowledgement that the GOP had shifted too far to the left and abandoned the conservatives who supported them.
Despite a number of people witholding donations pending a lurch back to the right, the GOP-E has proven intransigent and is satisfied to abandon their base.
So, I don’t have to support the GOP simply because that’s what there is. I deserve better, conservatives deserve better and America deserves better.