Skip to comments.Tea party: Warming or resigned to Mitt Romney? [Uh...no.]
Posted on 02/06/2012 6:55:14 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
DENVER (AP) Long skeptical of Mitt Romney, tea party activists are either warming up to the GOP presidential front-runner or reluctantly backing him after abandoning hope of finding a nominee they like better.
Whatever the reason, the former Massachusetts governor who is coming off of back-to-back victories in Florida and Nevada now is picking up larger shares of the tea party vote than he did when the Republican nomination fight began. And that fact alone illuminates the struggles of the nearly three-year-old movement to greatly influence its first presidential race.
"We haven't gone away," insisted Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the national Tea Party Express. But, in the same breath, she acknowledged lower expectations and a shift in focus to Senate races over the White House campaign. She also pleaded for patience, saying: "Anybody that thinks we are going to change things in one cycle or two cycles is fooling themselves."
Tea party activists across the country entered their first presidential contest this year expecting to hold major sway over the Republican race following a 2010 congressional election year in which their favored candidates successfully knocked off a string of insiders in GOP primaries in Colorado and elsewhere.
The movement influenced the presidential race early on, with candidates from Romney on down parroting the movement's language and promoting its agenda of restrained spending to curry favor with its adherents.
But the coalition was greatly fractured and plagued by infighting. It also watched as one favored candidate after another lost standing or quit the race, among them Georgia businessman Herman Cain and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. The remaining candidates Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul have attributes that tea party backers like but they face huge hurdles in knocking Romney off his stride.
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Advocacy masquerading as journalism.
Pure BS, no one I know in the Tea Party wants the Kerry Clone that is Romney.
This crap by the MSM continues to get worse, with no end in sight!
I will NEVER support Romney.
I am with you. NO Romney! he is the type of rino the Tea Party folks worked hard to kick out of DC! he is buying the election and Faux News is helping him.
The MSM and the country-club GOP are in a de-facto collaboration to foist Mittens on us. I only hope that they go so over-the-top that it backfires on them; e.g., the Paul Wellstone funer-rally.
Willie Mitty... who is coming off of back-to-back victories in Florida and Nevada now is picking up larger shares of the tea party vote than he did when the Republican nomination fight began.
No hes not...
Mormons polled after they voted in their Nevada caucuses said
Yes they voted for Romney
Yes they were Conservatives...
Yes they were members of the TEA Party
The fact they voted for liberal big govt Romney rules them out as Conservatives and/or TEA Party...
But HEY !!!
Dont let facts stop ya...
If they “warm up to” Mittens, the Tea Party will effectively cease to exist and with it, any relevance they once had.
Doesn't mean we need any facts ~ if you want some second hand stories you've got me to depend on if you need them, and there are others of course.
Right now I see some serious softening at the Washington Post. They allowed cross referencing to the Newsweek stories about Obama's Billion Dollar Campaign War Chest ~ which is new ~ right there on Ezra Klein's blog in fact. He's the guy who invented JOURNOLIST ~ and when he goes soft, they all go soft.
I have my doubts, Romney is going right along with a Democrat set point for the ‘rich’ $200,000. He may improve the economy some over Obama, but Romney misses the underlying problem the TEA Party solves in 3 points, low tax rates for all, follow the Constitution, and smaller government.
As president,Romney will seek to eliminate taxation on capital gains, dividends, and interest or any taxpayer with an adjusted gross income of under $200,000,
Countryclubbers simply provide structure to the party. You have to worry if the Young Republicans start jumping for Romney. So far there’s no sign at all that such a thing is happening.
I cannot believe I am saying this. I am staying home if Romney is the nominee and I used to say I would crawl over broken glass to vote for my mail man against Obama. The GOP needs to learn to only nominate conservatives or we need a third party. It will get ugly and the nation may break apart, but let’s get the fight over with.
This self proclaimed Tea Party Patriot will be caucusing in Colorado tomorrow night. And I can guarantee you that neither JoSixChip nor JaneSixChip will be voting for mitt. We’ll be for Newt and plan to persuade others to our way of thinking.
If anyone warms to Romney it’ll be disaster and the conservative movement will be basically dead. The fact is that since 1996, the GOP has nominated a moderate each time. 9/11 cast Bush as a conservative for a time, but his moderate tendencies bubbled up.
Remember that although defeat came in 1964, the conservative movement transformed the GOP and in a little more than a decade ensured a moderate Republican was defeated (Ford in 1976), clearing the path for a true conservative to be elected (Reagan in 1980).
If we simply surrender the field to not only a moderate, but a true Liberal in Romney, we surrender the GOP to moderate/liberals from this day forward.
Even if he is the nominee, it will be worth going to the polls to vote the down-ticket candidates and issues.
(I won't be voting for Romney either.)
I respectfully disagree - we need a second party.
In a de facto two-party system, third parties can only be spoilers. However, there’s no requirement that the two parties always have to be the same two parties - seen many Whigs lately? IMO, we need to either rebuild or replace the GOP.
I will NOT vote for Romney, period.
As I said, advocacy masquerading as journalism.
Why haven’t we seen much of that yet? Why aren’t state or city Tea Parties joining together to endorse someone over Romney? Santorum, Gingrich..at this point, I don’t care which one they choose, but one has to be chosen otherwise mitt is the nominee.
” - - - Even if he is the nominee, it will be worth going to the polls to vote the down-ticket candidates and issues.
(I won’t be voting for Romney either.) “
That is called casting an “Abstain” vote for POTUS, or to use the vernacular, “None of the Above.”
Eventually the RINO Party will receive more “Abstain” votes than votes for their Milk-Toast Moderates. By then the Bolsheviks will have eliminated voting in the USSA.
If Mitt is the nominee, I’m not voting.
Even if I voted, it wouldn’t matter.
Please see post #19.
That’s a load of crap. The only ones who have warmed to Romney are the yankee liberal democrats who have migrated to Florida and the Mormons In Nevada. Lets see how he fares between now and the convention.
As if any group as principled in Conservatism as the TEA Party would ever warm to a candidate who believes in government mandates, government run health care systems, raising taxes ($700 Million in tax increases as governor); perpetually increasing the minimum wage, restriction on gun rights, un-restrictions on abortions, class identification politics, votes for and gives money to Democrats, eschews the Reagan Legacy, eschews the Republican Party by branding himself a “Progressive Independent”, and taking any position in front of any audience for the sake of political expediency.
If that were the case the TEA Party might as well support Nancy Pelosi. It’s the same thing. Can anyone name 1 single conservative cause Mitt RomneyCare has ever openly and vociferously fought for in his political career?
please!! If you are sincere about persuading others, make calls into Colorado tomorrow from Newt’s national phone banks... Right now, they have been through the undecideds, and now calling pledged supporters to get out to the voting places tomorrow... Tomorrow is the last big pitch and an effort not to let of the millions of things of daily life interfere with voting tomorrow...
You, and others here on FR, are especially passionate and persuasive, and could encourage people in a meaningful way how important it is to support Newt.
Please think about it. It is easy. You get a simple script. 150,000 national calls were made into SC, which freed up the boots there to do the local face-to-face.
Ask others you know, also.
God bless you, and GODSPEED, Newt.
Newt’s national phone banks:
OH, I’m sorry, I meant my post for the person previous to you, Mr. SixChip, but at least let me say thank you for supporting and persuading others for Newt in CO!!
There is also a WAPO story, I don’t know if it’s the one you are referring to, about one of barack’s big donors being a bigtime Mexico cartel head... do you think this means the lamestream is getting integrity or balance? Nah. They just took a minute to catch their breath between sucks... This campaign is making me so jaded...
Thanks SixChip patriots!
You’re on the front lines with alotta GOP-E Rinos out there. Stay strong and GO NEWT!
Grow up. A third party is a non starter and to think Romney would be worse than the purple lipped poseur shows you are letting your emotions get in the way of critical thinking. This place is starting to sound like a haven for Ralph Naderites.
I just got transferred into a RINO congress critter’s district. That ain’t happening either.
Grow up? I am taking a stand. I go no further. You go ahead and grovel to the GOP. Not me. I am extremely practical and realize politics equals compromise. If they lost me, you cannot fathom how many they truly lost. It is showing up in lower vote totals despite what is at stake. I am far from alone.
I will NEVER, EVER vote for Romney, however we must all vote!!!!!
House & Senate are going to be more important that ever. Also local
judges, council, school boards ect. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT STAY
Could you please start a thread with that information????
The MSM will gleefully end this crap the minute he's knocked out of the race; or (Heaven forbid) becomes the confirmed nominee.
Obama Clone— Romney can’t dodge his provision as a State
Governor for Obama Care— for Obama’s anti-second Amendment
policy— for Obama’s policy on same sex “marriage” —on Obama’s policy on abortion—On Obama’s misunderstanding of our Constitution and or founding principles. Only difference I see between Obama and Romney is the color of the skin.The politics seems the same.Even down to Judges appointed.