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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Like Hercules’ task of cleaning the stables – we’re in it for the long haul. We’re not gone and we won’t be forgetting who and what we’re up against. Those Congress critters getting sweetheart earmarks published in the WaPo – do you think the WaPo would have bothered digging around on that if the Tea Parties hadn’t shouted “Enough, is ‘ffing enough!” Not hardly. Can’t wait to see what WaPo publishes tomorrow. Heck, even CBS is doing a number on Obama’s green jobs fiascos.

Bob in VA on February 7, 2012 at 4:07 PM

The MSM dedicates several hours of valuable air time per month to the brain wash that the Tea Party is dead. Soros and his ilk just spent billions on the OWS movement as a means to counter the already dead Tea Party.

Yep, pretty sure these honest fact speaking folks are telling us the truth… (sarc)

Keemo on February 7, 2012 at 4:08 PM

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

Aw, thay said the same thing about Lazarus, and how did that work out?

timberline on February 7, 2012 at 4:08 PM

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I agree with you about the ideals of the tea party, they’re definitely not dead because it is bigger than just a person or a group of people.

I hope I’m wrong about November, I really do. It’s our last chance to get this right before it’s too late. This country won’t make it through another term of Obomba in one piece.

Meople on February 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I have read, from several sources, that Romney has more tea party votes than anyone so far this primary.

hanzblinx on February 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM

onlineanalyst on February 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

The demonstrators said their ultimate mission will be to “occupy” CPAC and “create as much non-violent resistance as possible, and make this a conference the attendees will never forget.”

You know what I’d never forget? The sight of that rabble fleeing from teargas and full-on firehoses…

affenhauer on February 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM

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.

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

Take the House in 2010.

Take the Senate & White House in 2012.

Purge the Republican Party in 2014.

MichaelGabriel on February 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Sweeeet!

Bmore on February 7, 2012 at 4:11 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 guess that explains why he’s so miserable he needs to come here and spew.

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I live in Montana, home of a Democrat Governor and two Democrat Senators… In the mid terms (2010) our State legislature turned bright RED. In November Montana will have a new Republican (Tea Party member) Governor and a RINO State Senator (Rehberg) as the socialist Schweitzer and Tester will be sent packing. Republicans are also favored to make gains once again on their already huge majority in the State legislature. Most every candidate elected to office in 2010 was a TP member, and with the exception of Rehberg, the majority of newbies this year will also be TP members. We’ll have to deal with Rehberg in 2018; we simply couldn’t risk getting rid of Tester this cycle and had to go with the establishment critter.

But hey, the TP is dead….

Keemo on February 7, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Someone left the irony on!

Dexter_Alarius on February 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Subliminal reference to Jim Moran, maybe? Moran, moron: to-may-to, to-mah-to…

affenhauer on February 7, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I just don’t know.

Where do you go when you begin to realize that the whole game is rigged against you?

Cleombrotus on February 7, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Well, at least he like girls.

Cleombrotus on February 7, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM
Well, at least he like girls.

Cleombrotus on February 7, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Yeah, but did you see? He got no clicks.

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM
Well, at least he like girls.

Cleombrotus on February 7, 2012 at 4:19 PM
Yeah, but did you see? He got no clicks.

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Oh, and I wouldn’t be mean, except he was up in the Catholic thread in the headlines telling people to come up with a new fake outrage, or something like that. He just pops in, spews some garbage and leaves.

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I fear the Tea Party was co-opted by the social conservatives (ie Bachmann) and that has changed the message from fiscal conservatism and responsibility in government. Some on the right want a purity test that no Republican can pass, not even the revered Reagan.

bopbottle on February 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Ruh roh. Hope he stays the course.

Cleombrotus on February 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM

The Tea Party is not dead. We got smart. We are pushing to keep the House and win the Senate. We will back the winner of the Primary and our motto is ….ABO….Anyone But Obama. Once we get Obama out of office we will start weeding out Rhino’s. Baby Steps work better. Just ask Liberals, they have been doing it for years.

BoomBoomCoombs on February 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

bopbottle on February 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM

You know, I’m what you would call a social conservative but you might be right.

Cleombrotus on February 7, 2012 at 4:32 PM

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.

I wonder how many of the Romney conservatives, are the same ones screaming that everyone else, sold out.

It’d seem that you can argue electablity, not credably, but you can try.. but don’t insult anyones intelligence by trying to call Romney a conservative. I’m torn between the “he’ll smell so bad by November, anyone can beat him” line, and the nobody is going to have a chance after the billion dollar nuclear war Obama intends to wage.. that’s not counting the hundreds of millions in free advertising he gets from a pro-liberal media waging jihad against conservatives..

It’s probably going to be as close to an open civil war as anything we’ll ever see without actual fighting. They intend to be brutal and savage, and the media has shown “fair” is something where you show prize pumpkins and cows.. What they sell is progressive politics and they don’t allow that there ever could be, another side, a differing opinion… unless it’s racist.

We need to be ready..

We can’t afford to loose.. because there may not be much left to save if Obama rides the car off the cliff.. I’m sure he’s got offshore accounts.. the rest of us.. not so much.

mark81150 on February 7, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Here in my county in CA, we’re opposing high-speed rail and solar power plants. So I’ve kind of gone underground, since many libs are involved, especially in opposing the solar project. Kind of funny.

We’re still here…

jodetoad on February 7, 2012 at 4:37 PM

I fear the Tea Party was co-opted by the social conservatives (ie Bachmann) and that has changed the message from fiscal conservatism and responsibility in government. Some on the right want a purity test that no Republican can pass, not even the revered Reagan.

bopbottle on February 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I fear you are right. I said earlier in this thread we are really hard to please. Social issues are important, but if we get a reasonable conservative I doubt there is anything to fear in that area in the next four years. But on the other hand, things like what Obama is doing to religious groups come up and people have strong feelings. It’s probably hard to keep the two separate with people who are both fiscal and social conservatives.

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I wonder if the guy has snagged any 46 year old “girls” yet?

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I wonder if the guy has snagged any 46 year old “girls” yet?

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

He’s been a member for a year, I think, and if you look on the right hand side, there are a bunch of zero’s. No clicks at all. Maybe you are helping him out, and he can find someone here! Someone who is bitter and angry and immature. Is csdeven a man or woman?

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

What the Tea Party should do is not make the mistake of conservatives, that hang their success, or lack thereof, on the Republican party. A political movement must first and foremost be a philosophical movement, not a political party movement.

rickv404 on February 7, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Our town’s Tea Party meets the last Saturday of every month. We’re hearing a presentation by David Horowitz this Feb. 25.

A lot of activity for a dead movement.

hachiban on February 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

For the Tea Party movement, the 2012 presidential primaries have been a bust.

No, they’ve been a bust for the conservative movement.

As for Ron Paul, don’t even associate Ross Perot Jr with the Tea Party.

GarandFan on February 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Someone who is bitter and angry and immature. Is csdeven a man or woman?

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

If they both move to CA, it doesn’t look like it’s going to matter anymore.

Although give it time, it’ll be that way everywhere. Well maybe not Texas, but probably everywhere else.

Meople on February 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

We need to be ready..

mark81150 on February 7, 2012 at 4:33 PM

To do what?

Invest in one more futile attempt to correct what may be irretrievably corrupted, using a thoroughly corrupted mechanism as a means of affecting real change? I’m just about at the point where I’ve given up on the normal political process as a vehicle for correcting this mess.

Cleombrotus on February 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I believe sesquipedalian felt a little something going up his/her/it’s leg.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I wonder if the guy has snagged any 46 year old “girls” yet?

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Says the flyover patriot who hangs out at “It’s About Liberty!”. I bet the ladies flock there like Sarah Palin to a basketball game.

Undefeated!

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Someone who is bitter and angry and immature. Is csdeven a man or woman?

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

If they both move to CA, it doesn’t look like it’s going to matter anymore.

Although give it time, it’ll be that way everywhere. Well maybe not Texas, but probably everywhere else.

Meople on February 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Your response is kind of funny, considering my question, but I suspect you didn’t mean to respond to me, did you?

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM
I believe sesquipedalian felt a little something going up his/her/it’s leg.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I wasn’t even going to click on it till he/she/it became outraged, and then I got curious. Maybe introductions are in order?

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Where’s crr6 when you need her…?

affenhauer on February 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Says the flyover patriot who hangs out at “It’s About Liberty!”. I bet the ladies flock there like Sarah Palin to a basketball game.

Undefeated!

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Says the guy who has his dating website picture actually taken in his mom’s basement.

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Unlike liberal causes the Tea Party doesn’t need never ending rage to subsist on.

The principles may not be in your face this instant but they haven’t gone away either, as the liberal hate machine gears up, when election day nears, the Tea Party will join the battle for America.

Speakup on February 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

To do what?

Invest in one more futile attempt to correct what may be irretrievably corrupted, using a thoroughly corrupted mechanism as a means of affecting real change? I’m just about at the point where I’ve given up on the normal political process as a vehicle for correcting this mess.

Cleombrotus on February 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Yep, I’m with you. I’ve lost every bit of faith I used to have in folks in Washington to do the right thing. I don’t think the system, as corrupt as it now is, will allow that now. The entire place needs to be cleared out, fumigated, and sterilized.

Two things need to happen in order to set Washington on the right path again:

1) We need to go back to the way it was long ago, where elected politicians get paid NOTHING. The whole practice of career politicians becoming millionaires several times over on the taxpayer’s dime HAS to stop.

2) Congressional Term Limits, enough said there.

Meople on February 7, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Well, if sesquipedalian is a “girl” between the ages of 26 and 46, likes chick flicks, and is “the one” by all means!

Number 7,889 in popularity, and as Flo & Eddie would say, with a bullet!

Heh, sesquipedalian isn’t the only nerve that’s been stuck.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 5:09 PM

1) We need to go back to the way it was long ago, where elected politicians get paid NOTHING. The whole practice of career politicians becoming millionaires several times over on the taxpayer’s dime HAS to stop.

Meople on February 7, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Naww – pay them, but make them employees of their respective states rather than Fed employees that can vote on their own pay raises. Get back to the practice of appointing Senators, too, and give the governors the option of ‘disappointing’ them if they don’t come through…

affenhauer on February 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Number 7,889 in popularity, and as Flo & Eddie would say, with a bullet!

Heh, sesquipedalian isn’t the only nerve that’s been stuck.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Wow, a Flo and Eddie reference. Time for your Flomax and a nap, patriot.

KeninCT on February 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Where’s crr6 when you need her…?

affenhauer on February 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM

A match made in heaven!

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Well, if sesquipedalian is a “girl” between the ages of 26 and 46, likes chick flicks, and is “the one” by all means!

Number 7,889 in popularity, and as Flo & Eddie would say, with a bullet!

Heh, sesquipedalian isn’t the only nerve that’s been stuck.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 5:09 PM

But 7,889 out of how many? That number was not available, and would be quite interesting to know.

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Where’s crr6 when you need her…?

affenhauer on February 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM

or AnninCA?

Lost in Jersey on February 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I disagree. The Tea Party was always a faceless energy that wants to conserve an American government and a way of life. It cannot go forward by hitching up to one of the candidates running. I don’t see how it needs leader to suck the oxygen out of the room (like an Obama) and to let it wither and die once the shine comes off that leader-as it always does. The foundations and principles of The Tea Party message transcend any standard bearer.(read- mere mortal)

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 5:33 PM

or AnninCA?

Lost in Jersey on February 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

You guys are going to get that ranking north of 7,000 in no time.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM
Where’s crr6 when you need her…?

affenhauer on February 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM
or AnninCA?

Lost in Jersey on February 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Okay! So there is no shortage of bitter, angry, immature women. They have to be between 26 and 46, and that is really hard to tie down on the internet. And since the guy is such a jerk, I feel I’ve spent enough time trying to fix him up!

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM

You guys are going to get that ranking north of 7,000 in no time.

MNHawk on February 7, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I did not actually click on anything that would spoil his perfect score of zero interest, but we do what we can otherwise!

As I mentioned before, I’m curious, so I wondered what “It’s about Liberty” was, and I was wondering if he was doing internet snooping on you, but then I clicked your name. That looks like an interesting site, and if you don’t mind I’m going to snoop around there later.

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 5:48 PM

or AnninCA?

Lost in Jersey on February 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Hmmm….. AnninCA…. KeninCT…. naww – couldn’t be…

affenhauer on February 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Hmmm….. AnninCA…. KeninCT…. naww – couldn’t be…

affenhauer on February 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

On the other hand, liberals aren’t really known for being very original.

Lost in Jersey on February 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Take the House in 2010.

Take the Senate & White House in 2012.

Purge the Republican Party in 2014.

ChrisL on February 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I’ve been telling the “national coordinators” of the Tea Party Patriots, and the leaders of any other grass roots conservative group that will listen, that the tea partiers & grass roots conservatives need to “pivot” from “tea partying” into local “political party partying” — they need to UNITE and ORGANIZE where they can actually achieve control of a political party. They need to invade the Republican Party at the local committee level and become precinct committeemen (PCs). The Republican Party is there for the taking: about half of its estimated 400,000 local precinct committeeman slots are currently vacant.

Per good, old-fashioned basic American civic involvement, which I call The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy, conservatives could invade and take over the Republican Party, as precinct committeemen elect the officers of the Party, directly or indirectly, at the local, county, state and RNC levels. The Strategy works: in AZ and other states conservatives have filled up many of the vacant PC slots, created conservative majorities, and are replacing moderates with conservatives in the elected officer ranks.

PCs also are in the BEST position to help Get Out The Vote in their precincts for the best conservative candidates in the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary elections.

Keep in mind: about half of the PC slots in the Party are vacant and the filled slots are currently split about 50-50 between conservatives and moderates. Do the math. Fill up the 200,000 vacancies with conservatives and instead of a 50-50 split, conservatives would enjoy a 75% majority. Plus, we’d have full-strength, solidly conservative Party where it really matters for GOTV: in the precincts.

Go here for more info: http://www.thepreinctproject.wordpress.com
http://www.redstate.com/coldwarrior
precinctproject.us
concordproject.org

Thank you.
Cold Warrior

Cold Warrior on February 7, 2012 at 6:36 PM

we’ll see how dead the Tea Party is when the GOP gives this election to Obama. winning at the local level (Senators and Reps) is the only way to fight the political machines for the time being…

burserker on February 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I disagree. The Tea Party was always a faceless energy that wants to conserve an American government and a way of life. It cannot go forward by hitching up to one of the candidates running. I don’t see how it needs leader to suck the oxygen out of the room (like an Obama) and to let it wither and die once the shine comes off that leader-as it always does. The foundations and principles of The Tea Party message transcend any standard bearer.(read- mere mortal)

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 5:33 PM

+1

burserker on February 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Several of my fellow Tea Party members are now serving as County Commissioners, City Council members, and School Board members. Whilst the Democrats were resting on their laurels, we overtook 80% of the legislature in one of the bluest cities in the nation. We haven’t gone anywhere, except to positions of power.

sybilll on February 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM

The simple fact that most of the commenters here on this thread have no idea what is taking place with the Tea Party in their own community is very disappointing indeed. I’m involved in the TP in my community; we talk and coordinate with other TP affiliates in Montana. We have little to no knowledge about TP operations in other states, which is the way this movement works and has always worked following the first year when national coverage was available.

If you’re not involved in your own local TP, how can you offer anything of substance to this thread…

Keemo on February 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

sybilll on February 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Exactly sybilll…. Well stated and congratulations! Keep up the good work while the good folks around the country make believe we have some how died off. Jeez….

Keemo on February 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Cold Warrior on February 7, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Good to see you old friend… I don’t get around here much anymore. My highly educated and talented wife has not worked much for the past 3-years, therefore I have doubled up on my work. Two sons in college and my Architect wife is fighting to land a simple addition. Architects and engineers are getting outed from this economy.

Hope all is well with you Cold Warrior.

Keemo on February 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Someone who is bitter and angry and immature. Is csdeven a man or woman?

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

If they both move to CA, it doesn’t look like it’s going to matter anymore.

Although give it time, it’ll be that way everywhere. Well maybe not Texas, but probably everywhere else.

Meople on February 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Your response is kind of funny, considering my question, but I suspect you didn’t mean to respond to me, did you?

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Actually, I was replying to your post, really just the man or woman part. Yeah, was just trying to make a quip about the 9th Circus ruling today. Was a little bit of a stretch, I’ll admit. :)

Meople on February 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM

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.

Um, “strike back” how, exactly? I think if you name yourselves “Minutemen” and don’t specify non-violent forms of reaction, you’re laying yourself open to misinterpretation.

I say this as a Tea Partier who thinks we are making incremental change as we go along. That’s how it’s done here, folks. Obama’s the one who wants to pivot the whole country in 4 years through threats of violence.

YehuditTX on February 7, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Go here for more info: http://www.thepreinctproject.wordpress.com
http://www.redstate.com/coldwarrior
precinctproject.us
concordproject.org

Thank you.
Cold Warrior

Cold Warrior on February 7, 2012 at 6:36 PM

winning at the local level (Senators and Reps) is the only way to fight the political machines for the time being…

burserker on February 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

We should be doing this no matter who the presidential candidates are. Thank you for the reminders.

YehuditTX on February 7, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Night Owl on February 7, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Welcome to it. One warning…I probably wouldn’t call the women, “girls” if ya know what I mean.

It’s a bunch of Powerline refugee, from when Powerline got rid of their boards. Now most are registered here, also.

MNHawk on February 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

There are two reasons why liberal-leaning outlets are promoting the idea that the Tea Party is “dead”:
1. Those same outlets wanted the OWS mob to be received as a liberal response to the tea party. Now that the OWS folks have evaporated (and crawled back to their parents basements) without achieving anything, they want to have that failure equated with the tea party’s current dormancy.
2. Floating this idea initiates discord between serious tea partiers and conservatives of other stripes (which is evidenced by the variety of posts on this item.)

I fully expect that the outrage that prompted the emergence of the tea party in 2010 still exists and will re-emerge as November approaches. This will take care of item #1 above. Let’s not fall into the trap of #2, however.

OneArmPaperHanger on February 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM

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