Not a single mention of the tea party in primetime at the convention so far?

posted at 4:01 pm on August 30, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Doug Mataconis, so says BuzzFeed after studying the transcripts. Dave Weigel had already noticed a conspicuous absence of TP mentions on Tuesday night, when Ted Cruz alluded to a “great awakening” and “national movement” that’s been tossing out incumbents since 2010 … without ever mentioning the name of that movement. Apparently, last night was a goose egg too.

Et tu, Rand Paul?

The “Tea Party” band — which energized and even seemed to overtake the Republican Party in 2010 — has been virtually invisible at this Republican National Convention.

Not a single one of the nearly 40 speakers during the convention’s key prime time hours has even mentioned the phrase, according to an examination of their transcripts — a sign both of Romney’s own distance from the movement and that polls have suggested that voters view the movement negatively.

Senator Rand Paul, another Tea Party favorite, didn’t mention it at all…

The Romney campaign approves all of the remarks ahead of time and oversees the choice of speakers. A Romney spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment about the absence of Tea Party mentions.

There are two things you notice whenever you stumble across a temperature check of the tea party’s favorables buried in the crosstabs of a national poll. One: They’re usually negative on balance, although not dramatically so. Even a pollster like Rasmussen who usually finds encouraging numbers for the GOP has the TP’s favorables at 35/42. Two: The numbers, while negative, have been remarkably consistent over time. Here’s what CBS has found over the past two years, via Polling Report:

People were still making up their minds throughout 2010, then by February 2011 the movement was at net -7 and now, a year and a half later, it’s … still at net -7. Not the sort of thing that’s going to sink Mitt Romney’s campaign if Rand Paul offers a sentence or two in praise of tea partiers everywhere. I assume it’s a simple matter of Team Mitt expecting a 50.1/49.9 election and being hypercautious about anything negative coming out of the convention that might be used against him. The vast majority of people who view the tea party unfavorably are already locked in for Obama, but maybe there’s that decisive .01 percent of undecideds who blame TPers for the debt-ceiling standoff last year and would recoil from a DNC attack ad showcasing tea-party praise from Republican speakers. (On the other hand, the DNC can still produce that ad. Just use tea-party hosannas offered by GOP leaders during interviews since 2010 in place of convention speeches.) From Romney’s perspective, there’s really nothing to be gained by mentioning the tea party: The base is already lining up for him in the name of defeating Obama, as those PPP Missouri numbers demonstrate. Tea partiers themselves seem ambivalent about whether the GOP should formally recognize them this week, with some demanding the right to speak and others, like the heads of the Tea Party Express and Tea Party Patriots, basically shrugging it all off. When you’re dealing with a pol as cautious as Mitt Romney, I guess, don’t expect him to take any unnecessary risk. Even if it’s a very marginal one.


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Good. Adopt the progressive technique of changing the language. Appeal to the independents using moderate language while concealing long range goals of a conservative Marxist transformation buried within the details.

Play the game by the progressives rules.

This is a long game; gentle deception is a requirement in order to make changes over the long term….a la the progressives.

rickyricardo on August 30, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I gurantee you the last thing Romney is for is a Conservative Agenda. Paul Ryan will be ignored day after election. His sister just confirmed that Romney is 100% Pro Choice.

Steveangell on August 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The GOP cannot allow a Tea Party member to speak for the same reason Sarah Palin is not invited to sit at the table . Our MSM overlords have declared them’radicals ‘ for believing in limited government and their right to peaceful assembly . On the other hand the Muzzies , who merely seek to enslave or murder anyone that does not share their vile beliefs, are ‘moderates’ .

A shame we have no alternative to the GOP .

DeweyWins on August 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM

And you still get b1tch-slapped on occasion by your ‘bot masters. Hilarious.

ddrintn on August 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Keep telling yourself that. Some day, you and the other ABR nutballs may believe it.

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 5:31 PM

The Tea party’s ideals are far more popular than its name. Common sense, therefore, says talk about the ideals, not the name.

RINO in Name Only on August 30, 2012 at 5:32 PM

And you still get b1tch-slapped on occasion by your ‘bot masters. Hilarious.

ddrintn on August 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Keep telling yourself that. Some day, you and the other ABR nutballs may believe it.

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Huh? That doesn’t even make sense. That last slap must’ve rattled around those 2 brain cells a bit too much.

A shame we have no alternative to the GOP .

DeweyWins on August 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Oh, it’ll come.

ddrintn on August 30, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Let’s count how many times the Commies use the term, “Communist Party,” at their filthy convention.

In fact, a drinking game – shots even!

;O)

OhEssYouCowboys on August 30, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Now that you mention it, 1. They will never use the phrase Communist Party at all, but 2. They might spend a significant amount of time using the phrase Tea Party. :)

They might not shut up about it. It’s easy to imagine #waronwomen, Tea Party, racism, repeat.

I dunno. I think I would rather hear my enemies hiss and spit my name than my “friends” sing my praises, anyway.

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Huh? That doesn’t even make sense.
ddrintn on August 30, 2012 at 5:33 PM

What part did you not understand?

You ABR nutballs lose every time. Then make stuff up to convince yourselves y’all ain’t losers.

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Just like ninjas! ;)

But seriously, absolutely nothing wrong with flying under the radar. They know we’re here and we know THEY know it.

kim roy on August 30, 2012 at 5:40 PM

GOP – “Sarah, we’ve finally decided to go ahead and let you speak at the convention.”

Palin – “Gee, thanks.”

GOP – “Right? But, here’s the thing. You can’t mention the Tea Party at all.”

Palin – “Wait, what? You can’t be serious.”

GOP – “Yeah. Everyone else has already agreed.”

Palin – “….Go f**k yourselves.”

Dongemaharu on August 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Indeed Communism and Marxist are now taboo to mention in America.

Do not dare mention that after McCarthy the Communist changed their name to Liberal. Later that name became well known to be what Communist so they changed it to Progressive. So far Progressive has stuck even though it is becoming well known that Progressive means Communist Marxism.

Steveangell on August 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM

No, that’s not the issue. The truth is, those managing the convention hate the Tea Parties with a passion. As seen in the Rules committee fight. They consider us the enemy, primarily because we are a more direct threat to their power than even the Democrats.

That’s while I’ll NEVER support the RNC again.

michaelo on August 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Its probably just because the establishment wants to win. Wouldn’t want to associate with the wrong type of individuals.

Bmore on August 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM

May they end up Whigs.

Bmore on August 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I don’t care what they say about the TEA party. It’s a movement. And the movement’s principles are being spoken of very loudly during this convention, thank you very much.

Tennman on August 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Dongemaharu on August 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

This! ! !

It is not possible that it was not mentioned unless it was not allowed to be mentioned.

Freedom of Speech in the Republican Party.

Forget it.

It is now run by Marxist.

Steveangell on August 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM

The Tea Party folk are a fairly big chink of the mainstream in the Republican Party now.

Just like the Socialist and Communist Party folk are a fairly big chink of the mainstream in the Democratic Party.

krome on August 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM

By November Republicans will be referring to the Tea Party as “Those People.”

Dongemaharu on August 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM

The tea party was a lot better than the GOP dictatorship we have now.

FloatingRock on August 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I’m a Tea Party guy and I’m fine with the way the RNC and Romney are handling the convention. Having Rand Paul speak was a nod and a wink to the TP. Defeating Obama is the first order of business and if that means keeping a low key connection with the TP before the election, I’m all for it.

VBMax on August 30, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I dunno. I think I would rather hear my enemies hiss and spit my name than my “friends” sing my praises, anyway.

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

There’s that.

wolfsDad on August 30, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I’m a Tea Party guy and I’m fine with the way the RNC and Romney are handling the convention.

VBMax on August 30, 2012 at 6:26 PM

You are a tea party guy and you don’t care that the establishment has summarily changed the rules to shut out the tea party grassroots?

FloatingRock on August 30, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I was a tea party guy back when it was popular, before the GOP establishment and their media tools essentially took over the tea party and thus destroyed it. After a while it became apparent that most of the “tea party freshmen” were voting in lockstep with the establishment, defeating the purpose of sending them there, and that was that, the tea party crashed in the polls as people like me left because the tea party sold out.

FloatingRock on August 30, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Not a single mention of the tea party in primetime at the convention so far?

Yeah, these clowns really have our backs and are looking out for us now aren’t they.

But, I keep hoping that the bowing to foreign leaders will end, and we’ll hear pro-American talking points coming out of the White House for a change.

And if Romney and Co. try to screw us over, I hope that the Tea Party adherents will protest them as well and work to vote the RINOs out of office.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 30, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Tea Party? Sarah Palin? What? We’re all RINOS here.

We all got the message from Romney/RNC/Rove with the Rules Changes they rammed thru.

All of the RINOS need voted out of office at every opportunity.

We don’t like Dictators no matter which Party they are in.

Those are my thots on this mess.

bluefox on August 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM

There’s that.

wolfsDad on August 30, 2012 at 6:32 PM

At least you’d know you were on the right track, that sort of thing.

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM

There was no mention of RINO Ladyboys but they were there, too.

Blake on August 30, 2012 at 4:07 PM

heh, heh, heh

Sitting here listening to Newt and Co. carefully reading their speech. Newt is a fiery speaker. Did they all get some kind of coaching to speak slowly-and-clearly so the script controls what they say? If Newt fires up, he can wing it, but when you read the lines in slow time you can easily lose track of the context

they got the leg irons on

Which doesnt explain why Chris Krispie was allowed to declaim his entire gentic code

Of course they didn’t mention the TeaParty. Mittens isn’t a Tea Party supporter. Mittens is a freakin establishment republicans.

MoreLiberty on August 30, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Romney took a beating on Romneycare from the Tea and it took the brilliant choice of Ryan to eliminate the issue.

Romney should be grateful to the Tera Party because he might have chosen very diffently if the Tea Party had not hounded him about his weasling attitude to government health care.

Had Romney not staged his intro with Ryan’s alternative to Obama/Romneycare, he would have had to run against Obama by being de facto for the super Nanny Obamacare that is Obama’s wedge to justify his socilist vision.

INHO without the Tea Party, Romney would have laid low, and lost

It aint OK to me he is ignoring the tea party, but I dont need his love. Just need him to obey the Constitution and generally he is closer than most of the Club

Meanwhile, Jeb amnesty Bush gets the star treatment as I type and Rove is talking Jeb for sec state. Dont expect the Tea Party to get the Buttkiss treatment reserved for illegals code named immigrant

wonder if Rubio will give his hurtful routine tonite?

Whooda guessed it was going to be hispanic night? Hey tea party, hows that rubbing ya?

entagor on August 30, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Tea Party? Sarah Palin? What? We’re all RINOS here.

We all got the message from Romney/RNC/Rove with the Rules Changes they rammed thru.

All of the RINOS need voted out of office at every opportunity.

We don’t like Dictators no matter which Party they are in.

Those are my thots on this mess.

bluefox on August 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Ha! As long as the platform stands, we’re the Republicans and the others are the RINOs.

The platform is going to be my standard of determination. It’s quite conservative.

INC on August 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I love this headline. I said this morning I want it on a bumper sticker.

Tea Party To GOP: We Built Your Majority

Irony of Ironies, considering the theme:

Tuesday’s theme at the Republican National Convention was “We Built It,” but the night’s speakers did not reference or mention the Tea Party movement that built the current Republican majority in the House during the 2010 midterm elections and infused a party that seemed all but moribund after the 2008 elections and the latter part of George W. Bush’s presidency with enthusiasm, life, confidence, money, manpower, purpose, and a little swagger….

On Tuesday night, three prominent Tea Party politicians — Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley — addressed the RNC without mentioning or making reference to the Tea Party movement of which they are a part.

Cruz spoke movingly about his father and said that when his dad came to America, “él no tenía nada, pero tenía corazón. He had nothing, but he had heart, a heart for freedom.”

“Something extraordinary is happening, something that has dumbfounded the chattering class,” Cruz said. “What is happening is a Great Awakening.”

The heart (or corazón, as Cruz would say) of this Great Awakening, though, has been the Tea Party movement, and it may be symbolic that the movement’s greatest star — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — is, like any mention or reference to the Tea Party movement, nowhere to be found in Tampa, Florida.

INC on August 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM

No, that’s not the issue. The truth is, those managing the convention hate the Tea Parties with a passion. As seen in the Rules committee fight. They consider us the enemy, primarily because we are a more direct threat to their power than even the Democrats.

That’s while I’ll NEVER support the RNC again.

michaelo on August 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Yep, they don’t mention the Tea Party for the same reason they don’t talk about pond scum or bubonic plague. It’s invidious and evil to them because the TP holds them responsible for the Republican K-Street swine-fest (gleefully embraced by the long standing Mitt-filth here) that led to Obama’s election in the first place.

ebrown2 on August 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

In the end, they are fall in line.

HerneTheHunter on August 31, 2012 at 3:28 AM

Not a single mention of the tea party in primetime at the convention so far?

The TEA Party is speaking at the ballot box and the Republican Party is hearing us.

RJL on August 31, 2012 at 5:27 AM

When IF the GOP Insiders cost us another presidential election they will be blaming it on the TEA Partys this time, thus their silence right now. They know what happens when they play the blame game too soon.

DannoJyd on August 31, 2012 at 5:07 PM

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