The Tea Party is dead. Long live the Tea Party.

posted at 2:30 pm on February 7, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

It’s been at least ten minutes since our last Breaking News Story about the imminent (or already past) demise of the Tea Party, so we may as well trot out another one. Excuses for holding this particular wake vary from a general sense of dissatisfaction with the current crop of presidential candidates to perceived failures by the freshman GOP class of 2010 to consistently live up to their promises. The liberal leaning Daily Beast offers up the latest dissection of the Tea Party’s corpse this week, with the following bits of “insight.”

But after months of wondering how the Tea Party would change the primary game, leaders inside the movement admit they never came in off the sidelines. For the Tea Party movement, the 2012 presidential primaries have been a bust.

“The Tea Party movement is dead. It’s gone,” says Chris Littleton, the cofounder of the Ohio Liberty Council, a statewide coalition of Tea Party groups in Ohio. “I think largely the Tea Party is irrelevant in the primaries. They aren’t passionate about any of the candidates, and if they are passionate, they’re for Ron Paul.”

Littleton is one of the many who have endorsed the Texas congressman; he blames the other GOP candidates for the lackluster energy they have generated in the grassroots that hosted a revolution two years ago.

Perhaps a different view from a more conservative viewpoint is in order. Does the Tea Party have organizational problems when facing down more entrenched, establishment forces in the Republican Party? It’s certainly a common argument we’ve been hearing. But to put it all in context, let’s take a look at the latest video from Ben Shapiro. In it, he calls on each of you to adopt a far older model and become Minutemen for the cause. (The text of the comments follow the video and you are invited to comment.)

This week, Laura Ingraham and George Will had a fascinating conversation in the green room of ABC’s This Week. “The tea party,” Ingraham said, “doesn’t have the great strength that the old media believe.” Will disagreed slightly, stating, “It’s too soon to say that.”

Ingraham is right. Will is wrong. Mitt Romney’s victory proves it. Romney is no conservative. His record isn’t conservative; his rhetoric isn’t conservative; his unwillingness to embrace the Tea Party isn’t conservative. His nomination proves that moderate to liberal forces inside the Republican Party – and a large group of conservatives who have been wooed to back Romney based on the bizarre notion that he is most electable – now control the direction of conservatism in the country.

As a committed Tea Partier, it breaks my heart to say this: we have lost our direction. Sure, we flexed our muscle in 2010, when we elected the largest class of new Congress members since 1948. We handed an opportunity to great Americans like Allen West and Marco Rubio. We struck fear into the hearts of the media. Hell, they were so scared they were pulling out the old racist card.

And then we were betrayed. We were betrayed by our own members of Congress, who proceeded to cave on the budget battle to avoid the dreaded government shutdown – a shutdown that would impact virtually nobody except those on government benefits – and on the debt ceiling, too. What did our legislators get in return for betraying us? They achieved a $352 million cut to the 2010 baseline budget – that’s was about .009% of the 2010 budget, in case you’re wondering, and we were promised cuts of $7 billion in the 2012 budget authority, or about .2%. This wasn’t a drop in the bucket. It was a molecule in the ocean.

The establishment treated us like Old Yeller. They loved us while we were hunting for them; as soon as we stopped being useful, they took us out back with a shotgun.

So what should the Tea Party do next? We should take a lesson from the real Tea Partiers. When they dumped chests of tea into the water of Boston Harbor, they didn’t stop there. They ended up forming up into small bands of Minutemen. Those Minutemen drilled to fight the British. Most of the Minutemen had to equip themselves. They didn’t have uniforms. They used old weapons. Rapid mobilization was their byword; they were known as the Minutemen because they were supposedly ready in a Minute.

It’s time to move beyond the Tea Party. We’ve had our party, we’ve dumped our tea in the harbor. The forces of big government and big media fought back. Now is the time to get active. Now is the time to become Minutemen. Whenever we see a violation of conservative principles – by anybody, Democrat or Republican – we must strike as hard and as fast as possible. We must not be bound by personal loyalty to candidates, but by loyalty to the principles of our founding fathers. It’s our job to hold our elected officials’ feet to the fire. Milton Friedman once said, “It’s nice to elect the right people but that isn’t the way you solve things. The way you solve things is by making it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing.” That’s our job. And now is the time for us to answer the call.


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that ben shapiro guy is hella annoying.. what a drama queen

gatorboy on February 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM

The Tea Party died the day after the 2010 elections. That was it. Gone. Kaput.

Any hope of it being a force in 2012 would require that the Tea Party be a movement that crowned a leader. However, the Tea Party prided itself on being a leaderless movements. Leaderless movements don’t have leaders, and thus can’t crown nominees. It’s as simple as that.

Stoic Patriot on February 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Gee, I suppose our Tea Party meeting last week was just a ruse?

Kini on February 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

You can only do so much with a vote if the people you vote for simply ignore you after being elected.

Bishop on February 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

It had a good run.

Roymunson on February 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The TEA Party is dead…?

… I don’t even feel sick!

Seven Percent Solution on February 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM

The real-life actions of the Minutemen would either get you lost in HA’s filters or get you banned, outright.

trigon on February 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Yep, totally gone. Democrats and statist Republicans have nothing to worry about. Seriously, don’t worry about it at all, it’s gone.

forest on February 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The sooner Ron Paul drops out the sooner we can stop hearing from his crazy followers. That’ll be a good day.

BKeyser on February 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

..let Obama get re-elected and I’ll show you un-moribund. Those who have railed against Romney, etc., keep it up! It is your constitutional right and I respect you for it.

There’s far too many folks in the “conservative farm system” (Tea Party members of the House, the upcoming Senate wins, red state legislatures and un-gerrymandering efforts) to write this effort off this soon.

Anyone who does, is in for a very big disappointment.

The War Planner on February 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I don’t think anybody in the political business today has a f’n clue who or what the ‘Tea Party’ is. They’ve all been so busy lying about it, trying to co-opt or impersonate it or trying to wish it into the cornfield that they never understood what it was. Or what the greater implications were.

And I think the next time the ‘tea party’ marches on DC en masse, it will be armed.

rayra on February 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM

The Federal Budget Deficit seems to be dead as an issue.

There was not a single question on the topic in the last several republican debates. Instead, we needed to learn the pros and cons of a progressive tax rates.

Deafdog on February 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I’d have a lot more respect for committed Tea Party folks if they picked their candidates by any other method than the first one who panders to them, and defended them by any other method than demonizing other Republicans as know-nothing puppetmasters.

KingGold on February 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

We’re not dead … we just ran low on vacation days.

Lost in Jersey on February 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

It took 40 years for the hard left to take over the Democrat party and get a fully aligned pol even on the ballot as a serious candidate (he won in 2008). So now We’re expected to do the same in two?

These “death of the Tea Party” screeches are woefully premature.

JeffWeimer on February 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

OT: It took three years, but I am finally able to use the TAX CHEAT rubber stamp… Timmy G has finally put his signature to the $20 bill. I got to stamp two of them today.

Dasher on February 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Well if the media turns their enemies names into dirty words, perhaps its best to have no name at all.

bernverdnardo1 on February 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

The sooner Ron Paul drops out the sooner we can stop hearing from his crazy followers. That’ll be a good day.

BKeyser on February 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

The sooner we can be assimilated into the collective.

aryeung on February 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Rumors of its demise are exaggerated.

John the Libertarian on February 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

We’re reloading….

idesign on February 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

The change to the party requires an effort at the local level, specifically, at the precinct level. Get involved and many Tea Party folks have and are changing the landscape. This takes time and is a long term effort and it must be continual.

There is a large GOP regime of party faithful moderates you cannot change that with one election cycle. Clean up from the bottom up and not the top down. That is how this has to work.

Do I think that the Candidates are Conservative Pure? No, not a one of them truly is and those lying to themselves can try to post their proof all they want. Do I think that if we keep the change going from the bottom up (Congress Critters to Senate Slugs) we can move a moderate to the Right, you’re darn straight I think this.

I am for Romney, I make no qualms about it, but do not sit and tell me how he is more liberal than Santorum or Gingrich, I ain’t buyin’ that bull. But, do I think he can be moved to the right, sure shootin’, do I think Santy and Newt can, nope. Because of their legislative nature and not their Governing nature. I am looking for someone who has governed not legislated. My decision was based on this fact alone.

See, if I want to change the landscape of the legislature,which is the point, why would I vote for someone who came from that culture? Especially, someone who had been there for 30+ years? Doesn’t make sense to me logically.

uhangtight on February 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

We’re not dead. We’re pining for the fjords.

HeckOnWheels on February 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Do I look dead to you?

Turtle317 on February 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

We’ll see how dead we are come November.

Christian Conservative on February 7, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Well. That was interesting.

I understood where Ben was going with the Minutemen analogy, but I believe that we had better use our labels a bit carefully as we progress further into 2012.

itzWicks on February 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM

For all the freakin’ windbags experts in the media know, cuz they speculate and speculate and speculate about nothing and really know nothing, maybe the Tea Partiers are working on grass roots issues, lying in the weeds getting ready to strike.

stukinIL4now on February 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I just called my life insurance comp. and told them to pay up right now.You see i was at a tea party meeting on Saturday and now i am told the tea party is dead so i guess i am also dead.So i,m sitting by the mail box with baited breath waiting for that large check.

logman1 on February 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

The reason HotAir just had to put up this article was probably because of the following quote.

“I think largely the Tea Party is irrelevant in the primaries. They aren’t passionate about any of the candidates, and if they are passionate, they’re for Ron Paul.”

You just lurv you some Ron Paul, don’t you at HotAir?!?

The Nerve on February 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

In some small defense of the people who were elected in 2010, back then, the main job was to stop Obama from passing any more of his crap, like cap and trade, etc. In that way I think they have done the best they could, nothing giant like health care has been passed (except for what Obama has done by EO and Czars). Some of them caved on things, but some of them didn’t. We are very hard to please. My congressman is doing a good job, has voted the right way, and has actually gotten on some important committees. He owns a GM dealership and has been on Cavuto talking about getting rid of that subsidy. Nothing happens overnight.

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

logman1 on February 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Proper formatting is your friend.

KingGold on February 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Still kicking!

tinkerthinker on February 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM

FINE….stay dead and onto the chocolate party.

Falz on February 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM

The Tea Party detractors don’t realize that the bulk of TPers work for a living and have families which take up a lot of their time. Unlike the rabble rousers on the left, the TPers don’t blather on 24/7. When the election nears, the TPers will rise up again. The worst part of the TP movement is those self-appointed leaders who pretend to speak for the masses. FreedomWorks, Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Patriots, and the Tea Party Express are pretenders. Their leaders are in it for the power.

NoNails on February 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Real conservatives cannot be herded, not by politicians, not by talk show hosts, not by some national movement that claims to speak for all of us.

Being herded is for the liberal sheep.

I am an American. Period.

And no, you’re not the minutemen either. Nominating crappy candidates (e.g. O’Donnell and Angle) is not the equivelent of taking up a musket and fighting the British.

Grow up.

NoDonkey on February 7, 2012 at 2:57 PM

We’re not dead … we just ran low on vacation days.

Lost in Jersey on February 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

LOL

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Jazz is right about the wienies that the TP sent to Washington.
The silent majority that woke up in 2010…I think, is just taking an anger nap at the moment!
The local politicians, where all these different TP chapters are located…should not think the local folk’s are drinking from the same decaffeinted politics, seen on the national level. Ground up!

KOOLAID2 on February 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I just called my life insurance comp. and told them to pay up right now.You see i was at a tea party meeting on Saturday and now i am told the tea party is dead so i guess i am also dead.So i,m sitting by the mail box with baited breath waiting for that large check.

logman1 on February 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Life insurance doesn’t pay out for suicides.

Hollowpoint on February 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Is Politico the PR arm of the Occupy groups that plan to attack CPAC? Look at the phrasing in this piece. Were TEA party ideals ever promoted this way?
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72567.html

onlineanalyst on February 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Lost in Jersey on February 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

This! So true. Most folks that would be involved in the tea party are busy trying to keep their jobs. Unlike the maggot infested, dope smoking Occupiers that probably haven’t had a job in decades.

The problem we have with the tea party now is that it may all be too late. Obomba has been racing to try to get enough people on the government dole to ensure his re-election and unfortunately, he may have gotten close enough. There may very well be too many folks unwilling to vote out the people supporting their government handout habit for the rest of us to overcome.

Couple that with the very real possibility that the repubican party can’t even nominate someone the entire party can get behind and support, even against someone like Obomba. It’s truly sad and depressing to think he may actually get another 4 years to finish us off.

Meople on February 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM

We’re reloading….

idesign on February 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

..oh cool! As I said on the Perry thread this morning, I am selling some Lee .222 dies over on eBay if you need them.

;-)

The War Planner on February 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM

That means leftist garbage can now run on what they actually believe in, and win elections doing it.

Right?

Uh huh.

Didn’t think so.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Any hope of it being a force in 2012 would require that the Tea Party be a movement that crowned a leader. However, the Tea Party prided itself on being a leaderless movements. Leaderless movements don’t have leaders, and thus can’t crown nominees. It’s as simple as that.

Stoic Patriot on February 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

No, we had several potential leaders. The Republicans worked in close concert with the MSM to demolish them all while working with Obama to pass his agenda.

The Federal Budget Deficit seems to be dead as an issue.

There was not a single question on the topic in the last several republican debates. Instead, we needed to learn the pros and cons of a progressive tax rates.

Deafdog on February 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

The Federal Budget is dead as an issue because the Republicans and their frontrunners want to increase spending too and have no plans to repeal Obamacare or cut any spending. There is a reason Romney supporters never, ever discuss his record.

In fact, Mitch Daniels, the only serious establishment opponent Romney faced, favored a VAT tax, so the current establishment wants to increase taxes AND spending.

Doomberg on February 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

What has happened to the tea party is, we put all our effort into getting a Republican majority in the House and take seats in the Senate, and what did we get for it? We’ve got a wimpy House leadership that refuses to stand on principle. If nothing else, the House could have forced the Senate to produce a budget and they did not. They could have, instead of passing a 2nd continuing resolution, told Harry Reid, they sent their continuing resolution in the form of a budget and until the Senate produced one and there was a conference committee to resolve the differences, they were going to do nothing. It’s a battle they could have won but Boehner refused and he ended up settling for typical Democrat diversions that accomplished nothing but kicking the can down the road.

bflat879 on February 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The Tea Party movement is dead. It’s gone,” says Chris Littleton, the cofounder of the Ohio Liberty Council, a statewide coalition of Tea Party groups in Ohio. “I think largely the Tea Party is irrelevant in the primaries. They aren’t passionate about any of the candidates, and if they are passionate, they’re for Ron Paul.”

Littleton is a big time Ron Paul supporter. This is just his campaigning for the Doctor. He hopes that everyone will believe him and jump on the Paul bandwagon.
Well, he and the Ohio Liberty Council can go pound salt. They don’t speak for anyone but themselves. Just like the Tea Party Express and Freedom Works, they co-opted the Tea Party name. They don’t represent this Tea Partier or any of the ones in Ohio that I know.

Deanna on February 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I don’t feel tardy dead.

Bishop on February 7, 2012 at 3:13 PM

That means leftist garbage can now run on what they actually believe in, and win elections doing it.

Right?

Uh huh.

Didn’t think so.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Hmm, ordinarily I would agree with you. But in today’s election world, I don’t really see Obomba or anyone else on the left hiding their intentions. They’re out in the open, clearly stating their intentions because they think there isn’t a damn thing we can do about it. Sad thing is, they may be right.

If America stands up for itself in November and puts an end to the current regime, I’ll take back what I’ve said here, I hope I’m wrong.

Meople on February 7, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I attend meetings here in Seattle. Actually, the first Tea Party “meeting” after Santelli lit the fuse was right here and was led by a woman: Liberty Belle, who is still going strong.

We have not in the least “gone away’ and come 2012, Romney, the RINO’s and all the other elites in the GOP will see it first hand when we stay home and Romney loses.

It is going to take 8 years of Obama to suffice for a realized “statute of limitations” to run out on “blame”.

It takes a Romney type loss to have a Reagan emerge.

Opposite Day on February 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM

lying in the weeds getting ready to strike.

stukinIL4now on February 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM

NOVEMBER 6th!

Carnac on February 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Is there merit to this claim about Boehner cutting a deal re Fast and Furious? If so, it is time to contact your representative.
http://www.coachisright.com/john-boehner-to-halt-fast-and-furious-investigation-sell-out-to-eric-holder-and-white-house/

onlineanalyst on February 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM

no worries, they’ll be back. its a bottom up movement, anyhow, not top down.

maineconservative on February 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Geez you know, the more I think about it, this really ticks me off! Who the hell is Littleton, the Paul campaigner, to say the Tea Party is dead?! I hope everyone who reads his comments realize this is nothing more than a promotion of Ron Paul.

Deanna on February 7, 2012 at 3:16 PM

This is a great article. However, it is focused on negative reinforcement: “Whenever we see a violation of conservative principles – by anybody, Democrat or Republican – we must strike as hard and as fast as possible.”

PJ Media published an article of mine last year, called “Here’s How to Manage Our Politicians.” (link) Commenters on the article got hung up on the specific goal I used as examples, but few substantial objections were offered to the methodology I recommended: using tried-and-true management principles to get the desired results from our politicians, who are our employees.

We must find a way to use positive reinforcement as well, in order to get our politicians to be responsive to the needs of the people.

Vik_R on February 7, 2012 at 3:16 PM

This is sad. I’ll miss their misspelled signs.

Get a brain, morans!

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I don’t feel tardy dead.

Bishop on February 7, 2012 at 3:13 PM

nice! are you spinning up the new VH cd Bishop?

maineconservative on February 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

I believe that we had better use our labels a bit carefully as we progress further into 2012.

Conservative Flash Mobs?

Dexter_Alarius on February 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I’ll miss their misspelled signs.

Get a brain, morans!

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Someone left the irony on!

Dexter_Alarius on February 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Maybe it would have lived longer if it weren’t dominated by wide eyed socialcons like Ben Shapiro.

Pablo Honey on February 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

I guess it hasn’t occurred to any of the pundits that the Tea Party put their heart and soul into the 2010 mid-terms…then has been constantly berated for making a stand by the Party Leadership…

Anyone remember the “hobbit” “purist” episodes of this depressing movie?

For a bunch of Free Market Capitalists…our party sure is failing to understand the most fundemental and basic weaknesses of socialism…

The weakness is this: No matter how much you put in, you get the same little moldy piece of bread in the soup lines…

For those of you in Washington: It’s this simple…they got involved and got you elected…and NOW especially with you pushing Romney on them…they just don’t want to work for you anymore.

WL on February 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Is there merit to this claim about Boehner cutting a deal re Fast and Furious? If so, it is time to contact your representative.
http://www.coachisright.com/john-boehner-to-halt-fast-and-furious-investigation-sell-out-to-eric-holder-and-white-house/

onlineanalyst on February 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM

If this is true and happens, Boehner and everyone that backs him on this needs to be run out of office on a rail!

Seriously, can we PLEASE elect some folks for the House and Senate that are true conservatives AND might actually stand up for their principles and not sell the country out in the middle of the night for some BS political deal? Yeah, probably not.

Meople on February 7, 2012 at 3:23 PM

The Tea Party was only ever given REAL air to breath because the Republicans needed and opposition movement to dampen the Present Dent’s ability to govern and to save their electoral lives in 2010 so they might not go the way of the dodo. As soon as the got what they wanted they started suffocating back down right away, lest the fire lick their feet as well. It was always a ruse. It was always just for use. You may still go to a local tea party gathering but where’s the FoxNews promoting anymore, the pledges by hopeful candidates and elected ones alike that we should be “listening to the people”, where’s any of it?

Gone. Cause it never existed anyway and was just a whole bunch of well meaning people buying into the establishment scam to save their electoral skins.

It IS dead.

Boomer_Sooner on February 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Tea party is dead. You cannot have the godfather of Obamacare as your nominee and tell me the tea party is alive

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Someone left the irony on!

Dexter_Alarius on February 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Look it up in the google machine, Real American.

Sigh…

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Tea Party is dead. I’m dead. How am I typing this? I must be dead. No, wait, its just a nap. Not dead. A little tune to celebrate? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k4ja6yqiPw

Bmore on February 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

tea party, how quaint.

sesquipedalian on February 7, 2012 at 3:26 PM

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Chicago public school’s finest back in the comfort zone of Romney trolling.

There really wasn’t a future in being a Margaret Sanger groupee anyway.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Maybe the Tea Party isn’t dead – maybe the Tea Partiers are just waiting for the batteries in their Little Rascals to recharge.

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 3:28 PM

The Tea Party is dead when it unfailingly attacks Obama for his budget busting practices but turns a deaf ear to the cowardice of John Boehner and the so-called Tea Party Republicans with regards to the budget. Unlike 2010, I don’t see a single march on Washington scheduled for 2012 just like in 2011, and not a word on getting John Boehnor primaried out of his job.

love2rumba on February 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Any hope of it being a force in 2012 would require that the Tea Party be a movement that crowned a leader.

Wouldn’t that be Sarah? ….just say’n

Tomolena1 on February 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Get a brain, morans!

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Take this particular piece of garbage. The dumb@$$ knows how much shame there is in peddling leftist doctrine so all he can do is misdirect and bring up red herrings, such as the infamous sign that has nothing to do with any tea parties.

Then again, this is the piece of trash that has nothing more to bring to the table, than flexing his little e-peen on the internets, claiming some kind of income superiority.

What I said stands. The garbage that is today’s left, personified by this little pu$$y, still are too ashamed of their own beliefs, to just run on them.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Is there merit to this claim about Boehner cutting a deal re Fast and Furious? If so, it is time to contact your representative.
http://www.coachisright.com/john-boehner-to-halt-fast-and-furious-investigation-sell-out-to-eric-holder-and-white-house/

onlineanalyst on February 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I’ll wait for confirmation before jumping to conclusions, but this wouldn’t surprise me at all. No doubt the minute a more reliable source confirms it, the usual hacks and shills will be along to insist that us right-wing extremists “True Cons” just can’t understand the brilliant game of ten dimensional chess being played by our betters.

Doomberg on February 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

The “Tea Party” is an idea, not a registered party. People that think that support for the Constitution has faded are dead wrong. It will take more than just one election cycle to get rid of all the liberals, especially those in the Republican party.

search4truth on February 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

rayra on February 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM

HUZZAH!!!!

RedLizard64 on February 7, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Maybe the Tea Party isn’t dead – maybe the Tea Partiers are just waiting for the batteries in their Little Rascals to recharge.

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Well since I didn’t know what a “little Rascal” is and you do…

Deanna on February 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Rumors of its demise are GREATLY exaggerated.

John the Libertarian on February 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

FIFY!

RedLizard64 on February 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

itzWicks on February 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Don’t get faint-hearted just yet!

RedLizard64 on February 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM

The “Tea Party” is an idea, not a registered party. People that think that support for the Constitution has faded are dead wrong. It will take more than just one election cycle to get rid of all the liberals, especially those in the Republican party.
search4truth on February 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Great! So then why is republican voting participation down if it hasn’t faded? Where’s the push THIS election cycle? Face it, you’re right, there will always been and has always been folks who believed in the MSG and point of the Tea Party. But it only got anywhere cause it was taken up and promoted by the establishment for ONE election cycle, now that that support is gone, you’re just another guy posting on a blog about an outcome that isn’t happening. More than one election? Agreed. But we only ever got the first one cause we were being used. Good luck on the next.

Boomer_Sooner on February 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM

What I said stands. The garbage that is today’s left, personified by this little pu$$y, still are too ashamed of their own beliefs, to just run on them.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Uh-oh, looks like I offended a REAL American. Remember- “No Amesty!”

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Where did they bury all the dead Tea Party folks?

Anyone that thinks the TP is finished, is either a fool or a BO loving tool. We came out in droves in 2010 and changed the composition of the congress and the national debate. We have only just begun. Right now those same TP folks are paying attention to the primaries. Recent polls found the TP folks are more willing than other republicans to pick the person that will beat BO, even if he/she isn’t a perfect conservative. We will come out in droves again in 2012. Watch the level of support the TP folks provide the guy that wins the nomination…..it will be impressive. None of us expected to change the republican party overnight…….but the transformation has begun. The next step in this process is to begin replacing the old guard RINO’s with fiscal conservatives.

David in ATL on February 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM

There’s a lot of noise in the background, but 1 thing is clear: the horrible leftist forces that spurred the birth of the tparty are growing stronger and more insidious, not weaker. The t party will survive, and rise with vengeance to become an even greater force.
Look at the serious article in the Atlantic calling for banning both the food industry and all foods deemed unhealthy. Here’s the comment I left:

Get the liberal elitist sanctimonious meddlers out of our lives. Yes, there is an inherent value to freedom, and the freedom to make your own choices. You leftist over-educated over-thinking holier-than-thou know-it-alls are, 1 day, going to get your just comeuppance. Let the backlash take form. Extirpate and eradicate the roots.
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anotherJoe on February 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM

John the Libertarian on February 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I agree..It is still alive and well..:)

Dire Straits on February 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM

http://www.besocial.com/profile/view/keninct

Go get him, ladies. That is if this post makes it past moderation. :-/

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I have no clue who this guy is. None. I’ve attended Tea Party assemblies, including both in Washington, D.C. We had no leaders, except for the few members of Congress who got the permits and the microphones for the assembly. People did this themselves. I met a woman who painted a plate and sat it in the foyer of her church. She collected quarters to buy a ticket on a bus that left from Alabama and rode straight through to Washington. She rallied and then got on the same bus to ride straight back to Alabama.

She was one of hundreds of thousands and not one of us were looking for a “leader”. The issues that brought us together was the Stimulous Bill, the 20% increase in all federal spending and Obamacare. We went home and worked for local and state candidates and we voted.

I’ve listened to establishment Republicans compare us to the occupy movement when there was absolutely nothing we had in common. I did not meet one person who was looking for a hand-out and there was no destruction of public property or trash when we left the rallies.

We ARE the engine of America, and if we’re dead, then America has been transformed into Obama’s dream.

Oh, yes. And there seemed to be a lot of gun owners, particularly the ones from the West. They couldn’t say exactly what would make them take up arms against Washington’s tyranny, but you know it’s there. One SEAL too many prosecuted? One too many little girls with a lemonaid stand arrested? One order too many from Washington that citizens must sign up for killing babies or lose their freedom to worship according to their conscience? One too many children sexually assaulted by the TSA? If the peaceful Tea Party fails, there will be a final straw.

Portia46 on February 7, 2012 at 3:43 PM

The conservative talking heads are about as annoying these days as liberal talking heads. Like their liberal counterparts they don’t know sh**. Keep thinking it, see what happens.

gator70 on February 7, 2012 at 3:43 PM

What I said stands. The garbage that is today’s left, personified by this little pu$$y, still are too ashamed of their own beliefs, to just run on them.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:32 PM

My point is…they may not be open about their true intentions, and may have to be dishonest about their beliefs to get elected, but the point is, they don’t have to be open and honest. The fact that they have a willing propaganda machine in the national media means that they can say whatever they have to say to get elected and they’ll never be questioned on it. Case in point…Obomba1. Stay tuned for Obomba2 – The End of America.

Meople on February 7, 2012 at 3:44 PM

She was one of hundreds of thousands and not one of us were looking for a “leader”. The issues that brought us together was were the Stimulous Bill, the 20% increase in all federal spending and Obamacare.

Portia46 on February 7, 2012 at 3:44 PM

bflat879 on February 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

SPOT ON!

RedLizard64 on February 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

you’re not only a cretin, but a really creepy one, too.

sesquipedalian on February 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Uh-oh, looks like I offended a REAL American. Remember- “No Amesty!”

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM

No, boy, another red herring won’t change what I said…unless you have the name of a Democrat running for national office on the Amnesty platform? No? Didn’t think so.

What I said still stands.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Tea party is dead. You cannot have the godfather of Obamacare as your nominee and tell me the tea party is alive

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

…says lobotomy4life as IT kisses all FOUR CHECKS of ACORN!

KOOLAID2 on February 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

you’re not only a cretin, but a really creepy one, too.

sesquipedalian on February 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Well, Grand Wizard, some of us are just a little better at the intertubes than others.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Go get him, ladies. That is if this post makes it past moderation. :-/

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Who’s that? I can picture angry geezers like you in flag shirts hanging out over at ‘It’s About Liberty!’

How’s the ‘liberty’ thing working out?

Freeedummm!!

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Tea Partiers are not Occupiers. We didn’t go back to school or back to Mommy’s basement in November 2010. We went back to work, back to take care of ourselves and our families. But we didn’t forget.

Many people were awakened to action. We’re just waiting to act again. We’re educated – we know that the real fight is in November. We have the candidates that we have. There is a process which we respect that will choose our candidate. After that, we will vote decisively in millions.

That’s the next step – whining is not.

MikeinPRCA on February 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Like America itself, the Tea Party exists in two forms: (1) primarily, it is an idea — a set of abstract principles, values, and virtues; and (2) secondarily, it is concretely comprised of individuals and their actions.

The political elite only sees the second form. Being collectivists at heart, they only see people as things to be measured, and only measure people as groups — as means to various ends. It’s downright condescending, but such is the inherent attitude and behavior of the “elitist.”

The first form of the Tea Party is still alive, albeit more silent, and growing by the day; it will continue to grow to the extent that government grows (with its inherent oppression, ineffectiveness, and clear-for-all-to-see eventual imploding bankruptcy — moral as well as financial).

We don’t need “minutemen;” we just need people who possess moral courage to act in their own enlightened self-interest. Many more such individuals exist than the political elites can see, because they can at best but extrapolate what the population in general must be like by surveying the group of moral cowards with whom they primarily associate.

ShainS on February 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM

It’s not just the Republican Establishment and leaders in the Party, it is also many of the conservative media that have used the Tea Party for ratings and to buy their books and products. I like the idea of becoming minutemen, but instead of taking up arms in the form of guns, we have a great power in exercising our right to boycot these same people when attack us or tell that if we don’t vote for the Party that we are responsible for re-electing Obama. We should get behind one candidate, and then put pressure on the others to do what’s best for the country. Let’s turn off our TVs and radios and start gathering and brainstorming again, and don’t throw our vote away for someone because we are told to. What better way to make a point than during a crucial election like this one? If they don’t listen to us, we don’t vote for their guy, period. How can we expect them to take a stand when we are not willing to. Are we really a bunch of useful idiots after all?

lea on February 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Meople on February 7, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Someone mentioned above the tea party is an idea, not an organization. They’re right. They’re so right, professional leftist morons are left with nothing to do, except to troll this thread with red herrings.

When the ideas that the tea party represents are dead, moron4life, hawtguyinCT, and Grand Wizard will be here with ideas, and not continuous trolling.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM

When the ideas that the tea party represents are dead, moron4life, hawtguyinCT, and Grand Wizard will be here with ideas, and not continuous trolling.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Wow, that was inspiring! It makes me feel like a regular moran!

Obama – Lier in Chief!

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Tea party is dead. You cannot have the godfather of Obamacare as your nominee and tell me the tea party is alive

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

…says the Valedictorian speaking from Romper Room University, with Gerber stains on IT’S bib!!!
With less than 100 delegates, lobotomy4life has declared Mitt Romney, as the declared Republican nominee!

KOOLAID2 on February 7, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Its only mostly dead.

As soon as Obama beats Romney and Obama hits the nitrous on the road to American socialism, it’ll came back to life in a hurry.

Only question is, is 2014 too late ? My magic 8 ball says yes and my advice would be to save yourselves by bracing for the impact in 2013 of Obama off the chain.

cougar on February 7, 2012 at 4:00 PM

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Did you enjoy the song little one?

Bmore on February 7, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Anyone that thinks the TP is finished, is either a fool or a BO loving tool. The next step in this process is to begin replacing the old guard RINO’s with fiscal conservatives.

David in ATL on February 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Well SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yall hide n WATCH…………(I’ll hold my own beer thanks)

Katfish on February 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM

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