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Tea party down but not out
McClatchy Newspapers, by Mary Sanchez

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/9/2012 5:54:29 AM

Reports of the death of the tea party are greatly exaggerated. For about two years now, certain observers have been declaring the demise of this insurgent tendency within the Republican Party. However, despite recent headlines, we should expect to hear more from the tricorn-hat crowd, especially if they continue to raise money. The news of late suggests that establishment Republicans are staging a counterinsurgency. Speaker of the House John Boehner has removed four tea party darlings in the House from prominent committee positions. It´s punishment, pundits say, for their lack of loyalty to GOP establishment positions.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 12/9/2012 7:24:12 AM     (No. 9056109)

Punishment ? Sorry that doesn´t apply. The real problem is that too many of the newly elected TP candidates were no more experienced than than the won and weren´t ready to achieve the goals they were elected to achieve. They got carried away with social nattering instead of concentrating on the state of the union.
They made the so called establishment the enemy instead of countering the liberal agenda with thought not knee-jerk reactions.
Is the movement dead? Heck no if they drop their arrogance and tackle the real issues
they will learn how to operate a government.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: nevernaught, 12/9/2012 7:36:43 AM     (No. 9056120)

Would Boehner prefer that the Tea Party run as a separate organized party and be seated in Congress as such or as plain Independents. Something needs to be done, because the Democrat and Republican Parties no longer reflect the standards of the producers in this Republic.

Any money I give in any political campaign in the future won´t go to the sell outs who lead Congress now, but to people who are not members of the political groups who have run up over 16 trillion dollars in debt and put this country in historic financial jeopardy . Remember, there are those who have done it, and those who let them do harm just to just get along.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tulipwood, 12/9/2012 7:47:55 AM     (No. 9056133)

Without the Tea Party, the GOP is kaput, period. Boehner, et. al are going to have to deal with this reality.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 12/9/2012 8:06:19 AM     (No. 9056164)

By all means we should get some experience ( you know, like a Harvard education), knock off the desire to return to our constitution and learn how to ´operate government´. Somehow, I don´t think that´s what the founders had in mind. But I´ve never held office before - so what would I know?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: suziannr, 12/9/2012 8:22:28 AM     (No. 9056192)

agreed, #4, what could ignorant, uneducated citizens know about our system of government or the Constitution. We should all put on our tri-corn hats, sit down and shut up and let the "elite" and "establishment" do their thing. It´s worked out well for us up to now.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chillijilli, 12/9/2012 8:24:08 AM     (No. 9056194)

The Tea Party just needs to be REBRANDED and ORGANIZED on a national level---with an appealing mission statement, and a well-thought out plan to achieve it´s goals. It cannot continue to run in the background as some sort of vague entity, sometimes surfacing to offer support and other times turning it´s back on those who need it´s support the most. Right now it is meaningless bc nobody KNOWS exactly what it is--it´s something different to everyone. How can such an organization be taken seriously, when it appears to be a private club whose members all believe in some secret agenda that can´t be articulated on a national level?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Pros7767, 12/9/2012 9:01:49 AM     (No. 9056260)

Agree #6. The Tea Party needs a recognizable National leader. Jim DeMint would have been a good choice.

They also need Bo build a "get out the vote" organization that is bigger than the Dems have. Until it does, it will remain ineffective.

I was at the DC march so I know how many like minded people are out ther. As far as re-branding, the MSM will never allow it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GomerShabazz, 12/9/2012 9:04:43 AM     (No. 9056264)

Who is this Boehner guy, and why do we need his stuttering agg anyways?....ok...his hair is perfectly combed...but why do I get the impression he would sell his mother for second place?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: M2, 12/9/2012 9:43:40 AM     (No. 9056315)

We need Tea Party people who understand that serving in Congress is exactly that -- serving. One term, then go back to your real job. Congressmen have become careerists and that was never the intent of the Founders.

Passionate Constitutionalists who articulate conservatism will serve America best and have a fine chance of getting elected. But they need to organize, form a mission statement, then go for the jugular.

The Establishment GOP doesn´t fight hard or dirty enough. They´re afraid to speak out for fear of alienating this or that group instead of welcoming all groups by saying, "This is what we stand for. If you agree, we want you, no matter your color."

In short, we need to grow a pair of clankers.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: curious1, 12/9/2012 10:05:48 AM     (No. 9056340)

#9 & 10, Bravo! Well put!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Susannah, 12/9/2012 10:11:30 AM     (No. 9056349)

#6 and #7 are right. The Tea Party needs to be a unified movement with a defined set of goals. When people talk about the Tea Party now, which one do they mean? The Tea Party Nation? The Tea Party Patriots? The Tea Party Express? Or one of the other multitudinous splinter groups claiming to be the REAL Tea Party?

And lose the Ben Franklin outfits and tricorne hats. Unless you want it to be known as The Costume Party.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Wendybird, 12/9/2012 10:15:51 AM     (No. 9056353)

There is nothing wrong with the Tea Party founding philosophy. It was stupid of the republican party to distance itself based of fictitious criticism and charges of racism, stupid and foolish rubes comprising the movement, including Sarah Palin. If she had been supported rather than ousted, the last election would have had a different outcome. Without the fundamentals of “Tea Party”, there is little left of the republican party. Certainly the present republican Leaders are a joke, and the media is busy making the potential next leaders a joke also. Just as they did Palin.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: nonsense, 12/9/2012 10:32:52 AM     (No. 9056371)

If the Tea Party is of no account, why do dingy Harry and Piglosi fear them? The bashing is done out of fear. Heaven forbid, any citizen should leave the Big Government, High Tax, dependency serfdoms currently ruled by the power hungry lot in D.C.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: enuf8, 12/9/2012 11:48:22 AM     (No. 9056496)

An item most people seem to forget is the T.E.A. movement was not only Republicans who were disgusted with taxing the American people to death, expanding the employment of government employees and foolishly spending money which has to be borrowed, but also Democrats, Independents and non-affiliated voting public.
The movement is not dead and 2014 is headed this way before long. Cleaning out the Republican party of the Insider Trading faction and go along to get along crowd is one of the main goals. And, I see no need to ´organize´ nationally. Each movement is much more familiar with their "locals" than would be a national movement. Sure, some mistakes are made, but continued endeavors by the smaller, individual movements will prevail. As Peter Schweizer´s book title "Throw Them All Out" should be the theme of Taxed Enough Already! What has been done to the Insider Trading----is anyone following that? That´s how Boehner and lots of others have enhanced and filled their pockets. That´s what the T.E.A. is trying to stop in addition to limiting the unrealistic spending by Congress----and especially this Fraud of a White House occupant.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 12/9/2012 12:33:11 PM     (No. 9056549)

So who has a plan to deal with the MSM? Unless they are minimized the GOP and or the Tea Party simply has no chance of survival.

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