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Rove came across as an effete sore loser instead of the supposedly brilliant and grounded GOP strategist that he’s supposed to be. Expect more Washington Republicans to start sounding like Tea Party-bashing libs as their entrenched incumbent friends go down.
Originally posted by On the Edge
I would really like for them to be an independant sort of party,after all,we are always complaining about Republicans and Democrats being two sides of the same coin.
I'm not too impressed with politicians of any kind,but it is interesting to watch. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now,since seeing so many ordinary people are jumping on this bandwagon and realizing that what we've had isn't working.
Probably have to wait and see.
Just saying you arent a Republican doesnt make you an alternative.
Originally posted by Rockerchic4God
The TEA PARTY is NOT a political party in the official sense...
According to the official doctrine of the Tea Party:
"We do not endorse candidates - we only stick to the ISSUES and PRINCIPALS.
"We do not raise money for specific candidates as a group. Individual members may do that privately and without affiliation with the Tea Party. We may organize rallies or events where some political candidates may be guest speakers, along with other news or entertainment personalities.
The doctrine of what the Tea Party wants is pretty simple: Follow the constitution!!! All of it, as written, not bits and peices of it. Practice a sound financial system based on real money, not a strictly FIAT currency as we have now. (nothing backed in gold). We are at great risk because of the massive debt about to crush the bond market.
We are sick and tired of a dictatorial centrist government chipping away at our personal liberties and freedoms on a daily basis now all in the name of "security". We thought Bush was Bad? Obama is quickly gaining on him. We are severely concerned about Washington's out of control spending, pork projects, misspent priorities, etc.
Last but not least, I atteded a rally with thousands of people. I saw some afro-Amercians there. I saw absolutely NO racist poeple or signs there. in fact, most of them were hanging out with the white friends! At the meetings I also did not see any racial problems and have heard NOT ONE racial comment spoken AT ALL. So I have no Idea who's making up all this racist crap. All I know is that the Tea Party I went to was peaceful, fun and a sense of comraderie amongst thousands of strangers I'd never felt before. I'm actually a registered libertarian now, and I suppose you could call me a "right wing whacko" or "conservative bimbo" but I don't think that my LIBERAL/Democrat dear friend who marched by my side at the Tea Party would like that very much. She's not a racist either, and yet, we both agree on why we joined the Tea Party...
Because the status quo is SO corrupt, we need lesser known candidates, 3rd party people and independents to run the criminals out of town. We both love our country and want so try and do SOMETHING to save it!
Originally posted by Sibilance
I do a fair amount of reading about political and current affairs and I am not sure exactly who or what the tea party really is. The tea party is basically like aliens -- it is whatever you want it to be in your mind. Some are dead certain that this alien tea party is evil and must be avoided whereas others think it is something that we need to become connected with. The tea party seems to arouse the same kinds of feelings in people that the bogey-man does in children. It is just as real and scary as you want to make it in your mind.
In my mind, the tea party is a loose assembly of people who started associating in reaction to the Stimulus and Health Care measures in the federal government. They didn't like it and wanted their government to stop. I don't think it is a political party. However, it was definitely a political force. There was and is an opportunity for people to make money and gain power from it. It was pretty obvious what was going to happen then. The talking heads and message boards fired up, people started arguing about it, and once again people engrafted their preexisting political beliefs upon it regardless of what it actually is. Such is the American political system. It was too much of a political force. Some will try to harness it, some will try to demonize it, some will try to join it and prop it up. The rest of us will just watch.
Originally posted by sdcigarpig
I would say that at this time frame, the Tea party is not a political party per say as of yet. The movement is growing and gaining more and more support from both the Republicans and the Democrats.
Both of them are starting to recognize that this movement, these people could, if they are not careful, actually become a political force and threat to their power base and establishment. Right now it is the Republicans that are courting the Tea Party and in order to keep that support the Republicans are going to have to work hard and ensure that the canidates are actually toeing the line along with actually listening to what the Tea party movement is saying.
Politics is a fickle item and the voters can and will turn on a canidate if they are not satisfied with what they are seeing. If the republicans, with the backing of the Tea party movement actually do pull off a take over of the congress, making the rest of Obama's time in office to be a lame duck session, you can bet that the Democrats are either going to try to get their own movement going, or will try to gain the support of the Tea party movement.
Now if in 2 years the Tea Party movement gets more of the canidates, that they support into office, then I would say it stops being a movement and then becomes a political party and a political force that both the Republicans and the Democrats will have to worry about.
As the tea party movement is showing, it is no longer how much money a canidate has to spend, but how well they can actually represent their voters.