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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:59 AM

Triumph of the Tea Party mindset


Don't be fooled by those who say it's dying: The fiscal cliff impasse proves its spirit dominates the GOP

BY STEVE KORNACKI

Two stories that might seem to contradict each other ran in the New York Times this week. One declared the Tea Party movement “significantly weakened” in the wake of November’s elections and on its way to becoming “just another political faction.” The other noted that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell might be concerned about a potential 2014 primary challenge – enough to filibuster any fiscal cliff plan that President Obama and Democrats draw up, no matter how modest.

The problem, of course, is that the Tea Party’s power resides in Republican primaries, where conservative purists wreaked considerable havoc in the past two election cycles. This included, famously, McConnell’s home state of Kentucky, where the minority leader’s protégé was crushed in a 2010 GOP Senate primary by Rand Paul. Now McConnell has to worry about suffering a similar fate in two years, especially if his handling of the current fiscal impasse evokes cries of treason from the base. How could this square with claims of fading clout for the Tea Party?

Actually, there’s a way. It just depends on how you understand the Tea Party.

Defined as a literal movement, with an active membership pressing a specific set of demands, the Tea Party absolutely is in decline. Tea Party events have become less crowded, less visible, and less relevant to the national political conversation. As the Times story notes, the movement’s die-hards are embracing increasingly niche pet issues. The term “Tea Party” has come to feel very 2010.

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more:
http://www.salon.com/2012/12/27/triumph_of_the_tea_party_mindset/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:21 AM

1. Nice article

Thanks for sharing,,,,,I agree that the power of the Tea Baggers on the general population has faded, but they still control the nutjobs on the far right

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:38 AM

2. The mindset may not be growing in terms of new converts

But it is the kind of fanatic zeal that does not fade within the minds it has persuaded. And though you won't get the gop party leaders to echo its most outrageous positions, the influence goes straight to the top, keeping a no brainer deal on the fiscal cliff dragging out until the last minute if it happens at all.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 03:33 AM

3. The Ritchie Rich class made a fortune in the last recession...

Like they barely can't wait 'til the next ones...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 09:18 AM

4. They seem to also control some Dems....

notice all the 'fiscal cliff' negotiations revolve around tax hikes and shrinking social programs. Nothing about shrinking defense spending which has oodles of waste, but they know how to kickback to politicians.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:33 PM

5. They still have power even though their numbers have diminished.

I would go that it is the mindset of the Republicans that because of the teabaggers and other wackos who were in office before the teabaggers arrived they feel they need to be more conservative.

It is ludicrous that the likes of Santorum and others that feel that their nominee wasn't conservative enough. And the reason they lost. Really? Romney was more conservative than Obama. How would having someone more conservative help them win? As long as they think that way so much the better for us.

As long as Republicans fail to use any semblance of logic they will be ruled by the likes of the teabaggers. Because it is a primary system consisting of a smaller pool of voters that make that decision it makes it easier for teabaggers to help determine the outcome. Here in Indiana soon to be former Senator Lugar was ousted in the primary. He should had been the primary winner. Teabagger Mourdock won the primary and he had major support among the county parties. County Republican leaders provided that support through their endorsements.

If we want to win more elections we need to put it out there that when good policies (ours) are enacted their lives are better. We need to stress that when Republicans have control of the government they suffer the consequences.

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