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    Who left whom, exactly? A look at “declining” Tea Party numbers from the inside

    Who left whom, exactly? A look at “declining” Tea Party numbers from the inside

    The end of relationships can get real ugly.

    In the wake of a Rasmussen poll showing that only 8% of those questioned identified themselves as members of the “tea party”, I asked our group of San Diego citizen activists for their opinions of the cause.

    Tim Daniel (aka Left Coast Rebel) thinks that the Tea Party activists no longer want to be associated with a movement that is painted as “rebranded Republicanism“.

    The Tea Party is seen as an apparatus of the corrupt Republican Party now, versus a fledgling, spontaneous grassroots movement as it was perceived (and truly was) in 2008 up to 2010.

    Many low- or medium-information voters and citizens likely also succumbed to the incessant drumbeat “tea party is racist” Democrat/media/leftist (one and the same) smear; but nevertheless if the public at large has bought into the meme that John Boehner (and the Republican party in general) is the face of the Tea Party, it’s no wonder that perception is in the basement.

    Losses in several key senatorial battles, as well as President Obama’s re-election, disheartened many stalwarts in groups across the country. The Fiscal Cliff deal was the straw that broke the camel’s back for many of the “tea partiers,” who shared Professor Jacobson’s disdain for how the negotiations were handled when he wrote:

    Their lack of conviction is my liberation theology. Liberation from the Republican leadership. Liberation from the Republican Party as it currently exists.

    Shane Atwell, on the other hand, holds an entirely different view:

    I wonder also whether the Tea Party had a lot of Republican participants who weren’t completely on board with the radical liberty, limited-government thing but liked the fact that the Tea Party was fighting Obama and counted on it helping the GOP win and then letting the GOP run the show after. When we didn’t bring them a win and furthermore didn’t step aside on issues of principle, they got disillusioned and angry.

    I suggest the GOP left when they didn’t get what they wanted from Tea Partiers.

    As a Democratic citizen activist, there is a lot of merit in that argument. I had several experiences with events being manipulated in an attempt to benefit the party.

    As we look to the 2014 election cycle, I suspect more people will reembrace the love of smaller government and fiscal responsibility, and want to more than tweet about amount in their paychecks or joke about trillion dollar coins.

    Yet, like Professor Jacobson, most of us who remain active recognize that creating a Third Party is probably a non-starter. A Left Coast Rebel comment addresses an alternative goal:

    In my view, I’m not certain the Tea Party could pull off a political coup to become a viable third party, if Rand and Ron Paul couldn’t do it as Libertarians, or Ralph Nader with his Green Party. However, there is a very real need for something the Tea Party has to offer. I think that is what made them so dangerous to the liberals then, and scary now, because they are still here, and Not Dead yet!

    I’m not entirely happy with the current finger-pointing after 11/6, as well as the marginalizing of certain Reps during the “Fiscal Cliff” negotiations by the Congress. It’s the same story of the entrenched GOP, grasping at going along to get along. The entire exercise of loading up the House of Reps. was to change the spending orgy by both parties. Evidently the Tea Party members misread what they could alter. Their effort was a successful grassroots effort to make changes in Washington. Maybe it is time to take a good look at the people currently steering the boat, which is rudderless, floating down Old Miss, with no one at the helm.

    Indeed, in some breakups it is necessary to take a look at outside forces to figure out what went wrong.

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    I think you have 5 groups that can all work together to stop the RINO establishment:

    Social Conservative/Evangelical Republicans
    Fiscal Conservative Old School Republicans
    Tea Party Republicans
    Ron/Rand Paul Republicans
    Libertarian Republicans

    With a bonus being Libertarian Party libertarians that may never vote GOP in a national election but will work to have the most Conservative candidate in most local and house elections even if it is someone in the GOP.


     
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    Henry Hawkins | January 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    There will be no improvement in the American political landscape until we have a free press. The current news media machine has abdicated its responsibilities in favor of becoming a political wing of the Democrat Party currently ruled by leftists.

    Let’s start a betting pool. The object is “how deep did you get into it before gagging?” I refer to the Society Of Professional Journalists’ Code Of Ethics. I’ll put $20 on the damn Preamble evoking the gag reflex in most LI-ers:

    “Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society’s principles and standards of practice.”

    LOL. Really? Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggg…

    It goes on to list about 35-40 specific ethical directives split into four categories, each and every one guaranteed to gag you with the absolute hypocrisy when compared to the actual in-the-field reality of American “journalism.” Check it out:

    http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp


     
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    left coast rebel | January 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I think you nailed it; I think most tea-partiers are simply libertarians (that don’t believe in drug legalization and some of the social issue stances libertarians prescribe to) and just now (the last few years especially have “come out of the closet” now that they’ve seen how destructive and worthless the GOP is for the cause of limited government.


     
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    snopercod | January 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Leslie–

    Dead thread, but after several years of pondering why Tea Party groups always seem to blow up, I’ve come to a conclusion: They don’t generate enough money for their chosen candidates. I was a member of two Tea Party groups and after all the discussion and advocacy, the large group with hundreds of members only came up with $4,000 for their U.S. Congressional candidate. He lost. The smaller local group couldn’t come up with even a couple hundred bucks and the candidate they supported dropped out of the primary due to lack of funds.

    It’s all about the money, I’m afraid.


     
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    GadsdenGurl | January 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    The tea party has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GOP.

    The teaparty was started by liberty groups that supported Ron Paul in Dec of 2007. FW was already in existence as a GOP PAC or lobbying group and they allowed the media to lift the name. HOWEVER they had NOTHING to do WHATSOEVER with helping the tea party get started. There was NO money involved then, and none now. The legit tea party remains a movement that is unfunded. Ron Paul is the Father of the movement. The lynchpin issues are Federal Reserve, Anti-War, and Pro-Personal Freedoms.

    Further, the groups mentioned in the article are GOP PACS aligned iwth the GOP and are NOT legit tea party groups..

    The tea party as formed in 2007 remains UNFUNDED and strong as ever.

    http://www.nhteapartycoalition.org/tea/about-join/


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