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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:36 AM

Tea Party Seeks to Regroup

From the WSJ

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In Virginia, organizations that canvassed aggressively for Mr. Romney are now girding for next year's election for governor. Many are moving to support Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in his GOP primary contest against Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. Conservative groups also are considering potential challenges to GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham in South Carolina, Lamar Alexander in Tennessee and Saxby Chambliss in Georgia, whom some activists view as not conservative enough.

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One of the movement's most outspoken advocates, Rep. Allen West of Florida, lost his first bid for re-election, while Rep. Michele Bachmann, a founder of the congressional Tea Party Caucus, barely scraped by to keep her Minnesota seat. Still, many House freshmen backed by the tea party in 2010 survived this year, and Republicans retained their House majority.

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In their post mortems of the 2012 election, activists put much of the blame for Mr. Romney's defeat squarely on the candidate... Others feel disillusioned with the movement itself. Allen Olson, founder of a tea-party group in Columbia, S.C., describes the movement's members as "fractured" and "living in a bubble."

Many are in denial about the demographic realities that powered Mr. Obama's win, Mr. Olson said, and the movement has taken up a set of issues beyond its core mission. "It was supposed to be fiscal responsibility, and that was it,'' Mr. Olson said. "They've branched out to things like immigration reform and voter-ID laws. Those are Republican issues, and I don't think they should be tea-party issues."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324712504578133473519800756.html

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question everything Nov 2012 OP
Dubster Nov 2012 #1
TlalocW Nov 2012 #2
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #3
PSPS Nov 2012 #4
haikugal Nov 2012 #5
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #6
Kahuna Nov 2012 #7
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #9
Arctic Dave Nov 2012 #10
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #12
hexola Nov 2012 #8
spin Nov 2012 #11

Response to question everything (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:42 AM

1. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:47 AM

2. Here's some advice that will of course be ignored by them

When you base a political movement on lies and anger, you're going to flame out pretty quickly.

TlalocW

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:47 AM

3. Many Tea Party chapters are already targeting 2014

when 20 Sen Democrats will be up for reelection. If the Dems don't organize a GOTV comparable to 2012, we are in for an even worse drubbing than we took in 2010.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:36 PM

4. Even massive GOTV won't help if Obama doesn't straighten up and fly right this time.

The 2010 fiasco was solely the fault of Obama and his milquetoast and worse behavior in his first two years.

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Response to PSPS (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:44 PM

5. I agree...people were incredibly turned off.

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Response to PSPS (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:44 PM

6. I do hope those who didn't vote in 2010 have had the good sense

to refrain from complaining about the current Do-Nothing congress...for which they are entirely responsible.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:49 PM

7. EXACTLY!!! Thank you!

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Response to Kahuna (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:55 PM

9. You're welcome!

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:04 PM

10. +1000

 

Of course this part of the lesson will be ignored by Democrats as usual.

Hoping your enemy kills himself instead of actively fighting them is not a winning strategy.

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:35 PM

12. Very well said.

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:53 PM

8. Pick a new name!!!

The TEA acronym and historic reference creates the impression of a revolutionary group - and they are NONE of that.

As soon as Occupy started with real social disobedience...they recoiled to their establishment roots...

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:49 PM

11. I think that the Republicans biggest problem was their candidate and the way he ran his campaign.

He struck me as a member of the 1% who was mainly interested in insuring that the rich did not have to pay a higher share of taxes.


7/17/12 at 9:56 AM
Why Obama Runs on Taxing the Rich

By Jonathan Chait

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Pew’s survey also shows, yet again, that even Republicans are only lukewarm on holding down tax rates for the rich. A mere 36 percent of Republicans say raising taxes on the rich would make the tax code less fair, as opposed to 25 percent who say more fair and 30 percent who say it would make no difference. It is remarkable how tepidly the GOP base buys into the overwhelming top priority of the GOP. The GOP has spent twenty years staking its entire strategy around minimizing effective tax rates on the rich, and relentlessly advocating the moral and economic value of doing so, but it remains a cause that’s still popular only with a small number of conservative elites.
http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/07/why-obama-runs-on-taxing-the-rich.html


Romney also made a serious mistake by refusing to release his tax returns when challenged to do so. Perhaps he had a damn good reason, who knows? He also alienated many Hispanics and minorities with his comments during the primaries.

The ultra conservative Tea Party pushed Republicans further to the right and Romney felt it was necessary to pander to them in order to become a Presidential candidate. Consequently he lost the support of many moderate voters. He had a long record of changing his position on almost all important issues and many voters (including me) had no idea about who is was and what he really stood for.

Romney may have been the best choice of a very weak field of Republican candidates but he lacked charisma and his message lacked inspiration.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, Romney was a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

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