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Tea party retools as network of field operatives,keeps pushing GOP rightward
The Washington Post ^ | 7/30/12 | Douglas A. Blackmon

Posted on 07/30/2012 6:50:37 PM PDT by mdittmar

FORT WORTH — For much of the past year, things looked bad for the tea party. Polls showed little new interest from voters, and its favorite presidential contenders flopped in the face of Mitt Romney, who was denounced within the movement. But the final days of the Republican Senate runoff in Texas suggest that the tea party may be reshaping itself into a political operation with long-term viability.

On Tuesday, GOP voters will choose between former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, who has benefited from intense tea party support, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, an establishment Republican and protege of Gov. Rick Perry. Dewhurst finished first in the primary in May but did not win a majority, forcing the runoff. According to recent polling, Cruz may be in the lead.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: teaparty; tx2012
Darn Tea Party;)
1 posted on 07/30/2012 6:50:38 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Yep, they are going to have a tough time grappling with the fact that we learn much quicker than they (the left) ever could.


2 posted on 07/30/2012 6:58:18 PM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: mdittmar
The Pansies at the Washington COM-Post have their panties all tied up in knots.

No, the Hobbits have not gone away. Yes, we are going to take a toll in November. No, we don't believe a thing we get from the MSM. Total lies 24/7.

Dewhurst did this to himself.

BUT there are more in the sights for removal.

3 posted on 07/30/2012 7:01:09 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: mdittmar
Isn't this a natural progression? I've always thought of the tea party as the same folks that have been saying "throw the bums out" for my entire life.

They're just getting pragmatic.

4 posted on 07/30/2012 7:02:02 PM PDT by gilor (Pull the wool over your own eyes!)
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To: mdittmar

“But the final days of the Republican Senate runoff in Texas suggest that the tea party may be reshaping itself into a political operation with long-term viability.”

Finally, some good news. I just wished it could become so “viable” as to push Romney off the ballot!


5 posted on 07/30/2012 7:03:00 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sola Veritas
I just wished it could become so “viable” as to push Romney off the ballot!We shall see.
6 posted on 07/30/2012 7:18:34 PM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: mdittmar

“...the final days of the Republican Senate runoff in Texas suggest that the tea party may be reshaping itself into a political operation with long-term viability.”

Duh!


7 posted on 07/30/2012 7:20:53 PM PDT by SatinDoll (Natural Born Citizen - born in the USA of citizen parents.)
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8 posted on 07/30/2012 7:26:16 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Sola Veritas
Finally, some good news. I just wished it could become so “viable” as to push Romney off the ballot!

And replace Romney with who?

9 posted on 07/30/2012 7:39:07 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: upchuck

“And replace Romney with who?” A real conservative and Republican.

Romney should NOT be the nominee for the GOP.


10 posted on 07/30/2012 7:48:57 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: mdittmar
In a more sensible era people who believed in law, order, the Constitution, honor and ethics weren't called names and ridiculed - they were just average people and were the overwhelming majority.

The average American from the 1940's, 50's, 60's would be called a far right ultra-conservative today.

John F. Kennedy remains one of the democrats' patron saints but only because they can use his death to push their agenda. The reality is most modern democrats probably don't have any idea about his political views and would be shocked if they did. His political views were closer to Sarah Palin than to any major democrat politician of today. In the current political climate JFK wouldn't be able to win a democrat primary in his own home state.

11 posted on 07/30/2012 7:55:48 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: tommix2

“We shall see.”

I know this (Romney pushed off) isn’t going to happen, but I cannot help but desire it. The thought of Romney being shown the door by “real conservatives” is a delicious thing.


12 posted on 07/30/2012 7:55:48 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: gilor

You win post of the week.

Given by....ME!


13 posted on 07/30/2012 8:02:00 PM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: mdittmar
For much of the past year, things looked bad for the tea party. Polls showed little new interest from voters...
Whatta crock.
14 posted on 07/30/2012 8:02:20 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Sola Veritas

Give it 20 years, sad but true the whole damned system is broken. This is going to take resolve, and time.

Bless You!


15 posted on 07/30/2012 9:32:07 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our countries principles!)
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To: Sola Veritas
I just wished it could become so “viable” as to push Romney off the ballot!I think it might.A lot of people suspect that Romney doesn't intend to win.
16 posted on 07/31/2012 12:28:47 AM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: Iron Munro
Right,

The average American from the 1940's, 50's, 60's would be called a far right ultra-conservative today. John F. Kennedy remains one of the democrats' patron saints but only because they can use his death to push their agenda. The reality is most modern democrats probably don't have any idea about his political views and would be shocked if they did. His political views were closer to Sarah Palin than to any major democrat politician of today.

The same applies to Franklin Roosevelt. I campaigned for Landon / Knox against FDR. I remember. FDR was opposed to unions for government workers and thought weak banks should be allowed to fail

17 posted on 07/31/2012 12:43:25 AM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: Sola Veritas
“And replace Romney with who?” A real conservative and Republican.

How about a specific, named individual who you think would win? All this "I don't like Romney" accomplishes nothing if you can't specify a replacement who would do better.

18 posted on 07/31/2012 1:11:52 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Iron Munro
In the current political climate JFK wouldn't be able to win a democrat primary in his own home state.

Too true. Talking to liberals today, they loved him because he WAS a 'liberal'. Having lived during that time, I have the pleasure of informing them that comparatively, he wasn't.

Then I get to sit back and watch their heads explode.

LOL!

19 posted on 07/31/2012 5:49:22 AM PDT by MamaTexan (If it works in theory but not in practice, then it is no longer a theory, but a failure)
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To: mdittmar

“But the final days of the Republican Senate runoff in Texas suggest that the tea party may be reshaping itself into a political operation with long-term viability.”

That would be nice if true. Maybe they can organize themselves long enough to attend a town council meeting to balance out the left wing freaks who always show up. It would also be good if they informed themselves with the knowledge to vote out eco-nazis who have infiltrated the county board. That’s probably a bridge too far.


20 posted on 07/31/2012 6:16:49 AM PDT by sergeantdave (Public unions exist to protect the unions from the taxpaying public)
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To: MamaTexan
Talking to liberals today, they loved him [JFK] because he WAS a 'liberal'. Having lived during that time, I have the pleasure of informing them that comparatively, he wasn't. Then I get to sit back and watch their heads explode.

JFK was a liberal back in a time when liberals were still expected to love America and to honor the US Constitution.

Show this to your liberal acquaintances:


21 posted on 07/31/2012 6:59:59 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Iron Munro
Oooh! That ones definitely a keeper, thanks!
22 posted on 07/31/2012 9:17:09 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: Sola Veritas
"Finally, some good news. I just wished it could become so “viable” as to push Romney off the ballot!"

I just heard on the radio that Romney will be naming his running mate very soon!

23 posted on 07/31/2012 10:58:43 AM PDT by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: PapaBear3625

“All this “I don’t like Romney” accomplishes nothing if you can’t specify a replacement who would do better.”

Oh tosh! Anyone even remotely conservative would be a better POTUS than Romney AND would promote conservatism. Romney is NOT a conservative......not remotely.


24 posted on 07/31/2012 3:12:24 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: LADY J

“I just heard on the radio that Romney will be naming his running mate very soon!”

A dubious distinction that no wise person would want.


25 posted on 07/31/2012 3:14:52 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sola Veritas
We had Newt, Santorum, and Romney. The people who liked Newt didn't like Santorum, and the ones who liked Santorum didn't like Newt, so we got Romney.

The field was a bit too divided, all the way to the end.

26 posted on 07/31/2012 4:32:20 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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