Skip to comments.TEA PARTY CONVENTION?
Posted on 01/24/2014 12:06:11 PM PST by Hostage
The Tea Party should hold their own convention one month prior to the GOP.
At first glance this seems symbolic only. But upon further reflection, some united statement coming out of a "Tea Party Convention" about who conservatives should vote for could have a chance to affect the eventual nominee. If we could at least get all conservatives voting for he same guy, it might reduce the dilution of votes that always get the establishment and media "their guy".
Thanks to Tenacious 1 for the above:
It can be done and I believe more easily than most would at first think.
For example, the Tea Party Convention could be a hybrid virtual convention where state TP delegations attend state convention centers with all conventions tied together in live video. No need to make one city the epicenter.
In addition to nominating a TP conservative a TP convention could adopt a platform.
Heres why I think its a feasible and potent proposal:
The loose assemblage of Tea Party organizations has in the past and can again represent nearly 70 million Americans comprising conservatives, independents, libertarians, the blue collar Perot Bloc (more than 6 million) and Reagan democrats (more than 7 million). There will also be a significant bloc of voters that go with their perception of who will be a winner.
These numbers are possible and even probable given the grievances that most Americans have with both political parties today.
Republicans such as Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and other recent TP champions can attend both conventions. But their presence at the TP Convention one month before that of the GOP will empower them to be movers and shakers in the latter.
My own view above:
Ive been floating the same idea for about a month now.
Tea party gets behind one in the beginning. Much easier to beat the GOPe that way.
maybe even send a GOPe ringer in too.
Thanks to cableguymn for the above:
Can someone post a picture of a convention floor overflowing with cats? Then need to add picture of a self-appointed “herder” attempting to herd the cats.
I’ve thought this, too. Except I think a convention (or meeting of the minds of conservatives) would be more helpful very early in the primary process. It seems to me that the conservative candidates in the primaries compete against each other for the majority of the votes from the base, while the “moderate” always ends up being the last one standing. If we could come together earlier during the primaries and vote for the best, agreed upon conservative candidate they may come out ahead of the moderate for once.
It’s a good idea, but has a myriad of hurdles to cross, after which the mainstream media will try their best to ignore it.
I absolutely agree that we need a way for Tea Partiers to organize around one single candidate for the primaries.
The only problem I see is how do you restrict voting to actual Tea Partiers?
There’s not even an actual Tea Party political organization, so what’s to stop every Democrat and GOPe supporter from voting for Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton or whomever.
It would be like one big open Republican primary.
The only way I could see Tea Partiers voting for the same candidate would be if Ted Cruz threw his hat in the ring, or Sarah Palin.
Excellent thought. In the case of South Carolina there is a runoff primary between the top two if no candidate garners more than 50% in the primary. That effectively accomplishes what you propose.
However, for states that don’t hold runoffs, your idea has merit.
Almost every state has a Tea Party convention ..SC’s was just a few days ago, widely covered by Breitbart.
Would probably be more effective than a march. Well, make it a twofer.
Just as is done for the emerging Article V Convention of States, Tea Party organizations can reach out to each other to select Tea Party delegates to participate in a national convention. I think the processing of selecting Tea Party delegates would impede RINO infiltration, don’t you agree?
Would prefer it be held on a week-end so I don’t have to miss more work.
But this would be a national convention that ties all the state conventions together.
First thing I’d recommend is to stop using TP as an acronym.
I would propose that the national TP convention be done by live video tying everything together with state delegates attending convention centers or town halls in their own states (cut down on travel, time and expenses).
Ok but why? Redskins type contraoversy?
Excellent idea, but much much sooner than a month before the GOP convention.
It might be best to tie the date to a scheduled CPAC conference to maximize attendence
you are trying to heard cats ..the tea party is a leaderless (by design) movement I mean, I’d support the idea I guess, but it almost flies in the face of the individualism of the tea party to over organize.
TPs come in many flavors. Some are very libertine. Some are very social oriented. Neither is really the zeitgeist that launched the movement, which was more anti big govt than pure libertine and certainly not social oriented...
Yes, details are important. But the result of the convention needs to carry forward an effect up to the time of the national GOP convention.
splain please ..