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Sat Mar 10, 2012, 09:45 AM

Tea Party Movement Takes the Long View

But as the Republican presidential primary grinds on, Tea Party activists in battleground states say the issue is less whether they would back Mr. Romney if he wins the nomination – by and large, they say they would — as it is whether pouring their energies into winning the White House is the real priority for them now.

Since the movement propelled Republicans to control of the House in 2010, the groups trying to shape it into an enduring force have been focused on building organized grass-roots networks, training local activists and supporting new generations of candidates for local and state offices. With none of the other remaining presidential hopefuls inspiring much more passion in their ranks than Mr. Romney, Tea Party groups are focusing as much on Congress and state and local elections as on the race for the White House, potentially depriving the eventual nominee, whoever it is, of some of the energy that carried the party back to power in Congress in the midterm elections.

“This is the first presidential cycle with a Tea Party movement,” said Brendan Steinhauser, director of federal and state campaigns for FreedomWorks, the conservative group that has been working to turn Tea Party activism into a more organized force. “We understand that in 2016, there will be a better crop of candidates.”

Mr. Steinhauser said the movement had already succeeded to some degree by creating a climate in which Mr. Romney and the rest of the presidential candidates were forced to emphasize commitments to cutting government spending and moving toward a balanced budget.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/tea-party-movement-takes-the-long-view/

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Proud Liberal Dem Mar 2012 #1
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Response to Swede (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 11:01 AM

1. The Tea Party has been one crazy contradiction after another IMHO

They've rail against TARP but they're doing whatever they can to repeal financial reforms put in place in 2010 and have strenuously avoided holding Wall Street accountable for anything. They rail against "Obamacare" but have no plans of their own how to solve problems that lots of people are still dealing with in terms of health care and/or are going to go back to dealing with if PPACA actually gets repealed. They have spent more time trying to simply defund government rather than fix it and make it work better for the people and obstructing economic reforms rather than aiding actual job creation. They have spent more time trying to get government into women's uteruses than they have trying to get government out of people's lives. They have spent more time trying to keep people from being able to vote than doing things that might encourage more civic participation.

The "Tea Party" movement is basically Republicanism on steroids IMHO. Although I still think that they have a limited shelf life due to their extremism in general, as well as the fact that they are basically one long counterattack from the right since the 2008 election of President Obama, as long as they've got backers with deep pockets, they'll continue to be able to keep the crazy cranked up high enough to keep the movement at least somewhat visible, particularly at the local and state levels. As such, we need to avoid the tendency to forget about these other races and be prepared to fight just as hard at the local and state levels as well.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 08:40 PM

4. Couldn't have put it better myself

So I'll save the time typing.

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Response to Swede (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 11:49 AM

2. The Tea Party ascribes to the "We have to destroy the party in order to save it" school of thought


And they are half right.

It is a very long view.

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Response to Swede (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:11 PM

3. The cogent issue liberals are missing in this article

The tea-baggers and teaPIGlicans taking the "long view" and identifying and training new generations of activists. I have not seen any comparable long range goals or actions of the liberals side of the political spectrum. This absence leaves liberals behind and only playing catch-up to these right-wing nuts. I hope that I wrong but we need to be out-smarting and out-working these IDIOTs - IMO.

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