Debating the Tea Party
I was reading “Room for Debate” in today’s New York Times (article here) where three people discuss the relevance of the Tea Party. One of the three articles is written by Douglas E. Schoen who makes the case that the Tea Party is not dead, rather, as stated by Schoen:
Make no mistake, the Tea Party movement is not dead. Rather, it is in the process of metamorphosis from mass protests in 2009 into an increasingly sophisticated and coordinated political powerbroker.
Another viewpoint, from Lara M. Brown, argues that The Tea Party’s mission is accomplished. Brown states:
At the grassroots level, it energized conservative voters and helped Republicans win political offices across the country during the 2010 midterm elections. Even though it endured some high-profile losses (for example, the senatorial nominees Sharron Angle in Nevada and Ken Buck in Colorado), the Tea Party also enjoyed some impressive wins (Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Representative Kristi Noem of South Dakota). Furthermore, it managed to elect 28 Republicans to the House. Once there, these representatives, despite public pressure and partisan disputes, became the tail that wagged the dog in last summer’s debt ceiling and budget deal compromise.
Finally, the third argument in this forum is written by Michael Lind who says that the Tea Party Movement has fizzled out. Lind writes:
Far from being an independent movement of swing voters, like those of Ross Perot’s Reform Party in 1992, the Tea Party always represented a segment of the Republican Party base, where it finds its present home.
Read the articles to get more information as I just copied a small piece from each. Basically, they all make valid points as the Tea Party movement has been relevant and has had a few primary wins since the midterm elections. I think Lind is right on, however, when he says that the Tea Party has always represented a segment of the Republican Party base. The question is this…will the dropping popularity of the Tea Party bring about change in November, 2012? Will the real Republican party shift a bit away from the radical right?
I found the article to be an interesting sharing of viewpoints and worth the read. The policies of the Tea Party are not sustainable and their antics have truly only polarized the political parties….oh and lest we forget, we always have to thank the Tea Party for this…….
So is the Tea Party relevant? Yes, unfortunately, I would say that it is relevant as we can’t deny that the U.S. credit rating downgrade was largely due to the Tea Party influence. Their use of the filibuster in the Senate is borderline criminal as they basically have the Senate held hostage. I still can’t believe that some people believe the verbal sewage coming from them. Again, I say, wake up America! You need to see what these people are doing to you.