Debating the Tea Party


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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…….

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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.

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4 responses to “Debating the Tea Party”

  1. Tea Party Slayer says :

    Tea Party is relevant because they’ve won the debate with low-information voters in recent years, empowering them to maintain an imbalanced allocation of resources to the top. Romney is running on their platform, which even Bush 1, Bush 2, and Reagan would never run on. All this after a financial disaster their policies caused. The Tea Party influence is relevant and killing America.

  2. stephenpruis says :

    If you will recall right after the 2008 election the number of people willing to call themselves Republicans dipped down to about 20% of the electorate. At that point the base of the party constituted a majority of the GOP which it never had because the GOP was forever trying to expand their base and appeal to moderates. Just like a stream whose flow diminished exposes the bedrock, thus was the Tea Party born.

    Whether it is relevant or not is a question all political parties have to ask, as the changes in the finance laws have made all political parties close to being irrelevant (their funding of candidates is limited, that of corporations and billionaires is not). Since the GOP and Dems are locked into the electoral laws (at the moment) they will be relevant for a time, but how relevant can a body be in which the individual members of which select themselves? If I say I am a Republican, I am! So, what does being a REpub, DEM, or Tea Bagger mean … pretty much nothing.

  3. Jueseppi B. says :

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Is The Tea Party dead?

  4. storiesbywilliams says :

    This is an interesting read and it did make me wonder what has happened to the Tea Party of late. I remember hearing their inexorable tirades back in 2010 and saw how it was making an appearance at the candidates debates back in 2011 and 12. My thoughts at the time were that they were on the wain simply because they are and always have been a fringe movement that was mobilized by Republicans to try and channel discontent towards the government simply because they were no longer in charge of it. Since they made some gains on behalf of the GOP in 2010,

    I still think that’s true. I figure they are no longer considered relevant by the conservative base mainly because their fringe policies and mindset are a catch 22 to any Republican. Can’t bring down the government without bankrupting it and damning the American economy permanently, can’t resist the Tea Party platform without appearing “too liberal” and hence alienating the fringe vote and looking like a total flip-flopper. But the majority of Americans want reform, medical care, and seem to believe that the best way to balance the budget and end the debt crisis is to restore taxes to the rich.

    If you’re Mitt, you gotta take this seriously, but doing so only makes it look like your hedging your bets and it alienates conservative voters. You get a reputation for doing “anything for votes”, but no one else can represent the party because they are sure to lose. In short, I’d say Obama virtually gauranteed a win in 2012. Don’t want to jinx that though so… nothing guaranteed, we’ll see what happens, and fingers crossed!

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