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Tea Party Winning
Conservative HQ ^ | May 7 2014 | Richard A. Viguerie

Posted on 05/07/2014 12:32:43 PM PDT by PoloSec

he inside the Beltway establishment news media will be quick to take the nomination of Thom Tillis, the Republican establishment’s favored candidate in the North Carolina senate primary, as proof that this time the Tea Party really is dead.

But as Dan Balz of The Washington Post wrote in the May 5 edition of the paper, “Another big reason the establishment-vs.-tea-party theme may be overdrawn is the degree to which the establishment has adapted to the new world by embracing tea party ideas and sometimes the movement’s confrontational posture. Slate’s David Weigel noted this in a piece about North Carolina recently. He observed that the establishment candidate in the GOP primary, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, has one of the most conservative legislative records in the country.”

So, is it a big disappointment that our CHQ endorsed candidate, Dr. Greg Brannon, came in second in the North Carolina senate primary, and Tillis made it past the 40 percent threshold to avoid a runoff?

Of course it is, but it should not be taken as a sign that the Tea Party is dead, far from it.

The AP’s David Espo reports that “Tillis ran as a conservative with the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Right to Life Committee and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. American Crossroads, a group founded by Karl Rove, aired television commercials supporting him.” Rove’s group put over $1.6 million into ads in the closing phase of the campaign.

So does this mean that to win all Washington’s GOP establishment has to do is drown insurgent Tea Party and limited government constitutional conservative candidates in a sea of money?

Not at all.

Former New York Times election guru Nate Silver showed that in 2012 insurgent candidates running grassroots campaigns can, and did win. Silver analyzed Republican insurgent campaigns in 2012 and found that the grassroots challengers were able to win nearly half of the primary races against the GOP establishment candidates despite being massively outspent five to one or even ten to one.

What’s more, our issues are winning.

There is “gridlock” in Washington not because Big Government establishment Republicans and Big Government establishment Democrats can’t agree; there is gridlock because the GOP has been pushed to the right by limited government constitutional conservative members of Congress on practically every issue from spending to appointing a Select Committee to investigate Benghazi.

As Dan Balz of The Washington Post noted, “On the basis of substance, the Republican establishment has drawn few boundaries between itself and the tea party. They may differ on tactics and procedures at times, and party leaders have disparaged some of the outside groups that have backed tea party challengers in primaries. But on the issues, the GOP is quite united and more conservative than it was a decade ago. The real test of the movement’s influence is likely to come in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.”

As I set out in my new book TAKEOVER, what made the New Right different from the Old Right was not ideology; what distinguished the New Right from the Old Right was that we were operationally different, and this applies to the Tea Party today.

The Old Right had become defeatist; they were used to showing up and getting beat two to one and then retiring from the fight until the next vote.

However, in the same situation, those in the New Right (and the Tea Party) would cinch up their belts, organize, call meetings, develop plans, and send out a couple million letters explaining why the way to win the next battle was to defeat those who voted wrong—be they Democrats or Republicans—and keep pushing forward toward our goal of having conservatives govern America.

The late Margaret Thatcher allegedly said, “First win the argument and then win the vote.”

As I point out in TAKEOVER, for over twenty years polls have shown that Americans, by a two-to-one margin, self-identify as conservatives. Today, a record number of Americans—60 percent according to the Gallup Organization’s governance poll—say that the federal government has too much power. This follows on an earlier Gallup poll in which 64 percent of those responding said the greatest threat to freedom is Big Government—and the biggest jump in that fear is among Democrats – we conservatives can fairly take that as a sign we are winning the argument.

In TAKEOVER I outline a plan of how conservatives can take over the Republican Party and govern America according to conservative principles by 2017. The results in North Carolina show that our issues are driving the agenda, now we must cinch up our belts, organize, call meetings and use the plan I outline in TAKEOVER to win the vote.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; teaparty; winning

1 posted on 05/07/2014 12:32:43 PM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

Very interesting that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz declared the very thing mentioned in the article title.

2 posted on 05/07/2014 12:35:02 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: PoloSec
"Maybe they'll lay off if we just tell them they've won."

3 posted on 05/07/2014 12:42:01 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: PoloSec

His argument falls flat because it doesn’t matter what the GOP-e *says*, it matters what they *do*, especially in the clinch with Democrats. Mumbling more conservative talking points don’t matter one bit if they *always* fold in the fight.

It’s called “spine”, “core values”, and it represents *not* compromising when to do so means that what you value fails.

Not just single issues, but America itself. It’s no longer a case of some minor argument with Democrats, but their willingness to literally destroy the country.

What in blazes would “compromise” with that amount to? Agreeing that they can “half-destroy” the country?

Please don’t brag that you “saved” half the country! You have failed miserably.

The big Tea Party loss here is not to Democrats, but to Republicans who don’t quite seem to grasp who their constituents are.

Is Thom Tillis representing North Carolina, or does he fully plan to only support the multinational corporations that run the Chamber of Commerce? Congratulations, NC Republicans, you just elected someone to *not* represent you.

And *that* is a Tea Party loss.

4 posted on 05/07/2014 1:40:04 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News:
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To: PoloSec
it should not be taken as a sign that the Tea Party is dead

It's just, well as long as I'm an outlaw anyways... maybe I can do somethin'... maybe I can just find out somethin', just scrounge around and maybe find out what it is that's wrong and see if they ain't somethin' that can be done about it.

5 posted on 05/07/2014 1:45:48 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: PoloSec

Glenn Beck mentioned on his radio show today (Wednesday) that the TEA party did very well at the STATE level yesterday, in both North Carolina and Ohio.

He (Glenn) said that in the recent Texas primary, the TEA party did well at the state level in The Lone Star State.

Beck speculated that the GOPe concentrated all of their assets on the federal offices in these states.

6 posted on 05/07/2014 2:13:09 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: PoloSec

Brannon’s jury verdict(whether it was a set up) could have hurt Rand Paul and Mike Lee had Brannon been pounded in runoff or against Hagan on that issue.

Brannon could run for congress (against Ellmers or for Burr’s seat) again once the jury verdict clears.

7 posted on 05/07/2014 2:35:43 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: PoloSec

” “Tillis ran as a conservative with the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce...”

“American Crossroads, a group founded by Karl Rove, aired television commercials supporting him.”

Those two sentences alone tell me this guy is not a conservative. Both Rove and the C of C are huge supporters of amnesty. The NC people who voted for Tillis and Ellmers are ignorant and/or apathetic.

There is still time to fight the GOP Establishment. We can support Matt Bevin over Mitch McConnell.

Donate if ya can folks:

8 posted on 05/07/2014 2:55:02 PM PDT by Falcon28
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