Tea Party in disarray, losing ground with voters
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Jan 13, 2013
Tea Party in disarray, losing ground with voters
Kenneth P. Vogel and Katie Glueck, Politico
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 | 2 a.m.
The Tea Party may have been built by the grass roots, but to survive, its going to have to rely on the Beltway political machines and big-money groups it once disparaged.
Tea Party activists always worked alongside like-minded conservative organizations, but they failed to capitalize on the anti-Obama momentum in 2009 and 2010 to build their own infrastructure and war chests. That means national groups like American Majority, the Club for Growth and the Koch brothers-linked Americans for Prosperity essentially are in the position to determine if GOP incumbents face serious primary challenges.
Potential prime Tea Party targets include GOP senators up for re-election in 2014: Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Conservative activists also would love to hit back at the 33 Republican senators and 85 representatives who voted to raise taxes on the wealthy as part of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.
The Tea Party is in disarray, said Erick Erickson, editor of RedState, a blog that helped crystallize the fiscally conservative ethos of the populist movement. Going forward, Tea Partyers will either be within the conservative movement as part of that movement or they wont be effective.
Polls have shown Americans turning away from the Tea Party: 24 percent of likely voters considered themselves Tea Party members in April 2010, according to a Rasmussen survey. Now, only 8 percent say theyre Tea Party members.
Many activists have moved on while others have turned their focus to local and state fights, or become absorbed into the Republican Party. Those who remain are as divided as ever about candidates and strategies. And they mostly lack the cash and the organization to mount serious primary challenges on their own.
Theres not enough money, and I think the movement is a little split right now, said Billy Simons, a member of the board of the Charleston (S.C.) Tea Party.
The grass roots are a lot more cynical than they were in 2010, said Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, a Georgia-based nonprofit that fashioned itself as an umbrella coalition of local Tea Party groups.They only want to take actions that are going to have real impact, and not just something that is going to make noise for the sake of making noise.
Tea Party activists may have missed the moment to build a more enduring structure that could help boost primary challenges to Republican congressional incumbents deemed insufficiently conservative on fiscal issues, said Ned Ryun, president of the grass-roots organizing outfit American Majority, which trained local activists and offered them grants and assistance in setting up their own groups.
The goal was to build a farm team of viable up-and-coming Tea Party candidates and a structure to support them, but many activists bristled because they believed their strength emanated from their organic and leaderless nature, and they distrusted anything that smacked of the Washington establishment.
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Saint Paul, MN
#2 Jan 14, 2013
Don't count the tea party out just yet. They are out circling their mobile homes even as I type this.
#3 Jan 14, 2013
Liberal socialist have short term memory issues
59 million did not vote for a muslim.
we are not going away !!!
Blame all things bad on barry soetoro.
#4 Jan 14, 2013
Yeah, you're "going away", because it's a stupid premise and ALREADY REJECTED....
#5 Jan 14, 2013
I have Googled "TEA Party" to see where the "Party" was on the Register in any polling place in America.
Can one of you Amerika Sheeple from the Demokrat Plantations tell me what to use for a Google Search Term so that I can find our where they "keep losing elections"?
Ignorant Fauching Sheeple!
Saint Paul, MN
#6 Jan 14, 2013
Hey, drunk guy - the latest poll shows that only 8% of Americans identify themselves as tea party members now, and over 50%(!) have a negative opinion of the tea party.
The tea party candidates lost in droves last November. That meathead in Missouri and the idiot in Indiana come to mind immediately.
And Allan West, the goofiest thing to come out of Florida since sponge bob.
#7 Jan 14, 2013
Hey Low IQ Citizen,
I am shocked that as a Happy Inhabitant on the Demokrat Plantations you would avoid the truth that my post pointed out.
You Sheeple drinking the Kool aid are to stupid to vote.
Where is the TEA Party on the Ballot Anywhere in America?
#8 Jan 14, 2013
Oddly, we out voted you ! LMAOROTU~!
#9 Jan 14, 2013
the liberal left wing nut jobs socialist will keep following a boy named barry soetoro, akak MUSLIM - question why would a Christian change his name to ( Barack Hussein Obama II ) if he was NOT a muslim - answer ( HE IS A MUSLIM )- just remember 911 when you follow barry soetoro his brothers tried to destroy America.
#10 Jan 14, 2013
I don't know what Barry Soetoro's Religion is. But whatever it is the Foundational Principles are Narcissism and Hedonism.
Who in Amerika has as many Alias,s as Barry Soetoro?
The answer, "the criminal element"!
Gawd it so embarrassing!
The illegitimate Son of Communists, whose Mother was a Prostitute and whose Baby Daddy was a Black Man practicing his Cultural Roots and Breeding as many Womyn as he could bed down!.
This is Amerika's Best and Brightest!
A man that cannot formulate a sentence, has no original thoughts, was hired by the Chicago Mob, is a Little Boy that surrounds himself with Womyn to control him, that Loves to play games and drink beer like an adolescent!
What the Fauch is wrong with the Idiots that put him in Power for a 2nd term!
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