The Romney-fication of the Tea Party

Ari David
March 9, 2012 Posted by Ari David ari@hollywoodrepublican.net

Movements and elections are based and happen because of ideas, not because of compromises. In 2009, the greatest, most effective, most civil and the kindest protest movement in the history of the world was born. It is called the Tea Party. It sprung up in response to two political realities. The first was in opposition to the Obama administration lie to cut government spending and deficits when Obama and the democrat congress passed the stimulus bill and the budget plan that quadrupled government spending and debt from where the Bush administration had taken it. The second was in response to an emasculated republican party that just seemed willing to go along to get along with the thuggery and intimidation of the democrats going back some eight years to President George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservative movement” which made the GOP nothing more than a group of eunuchs practicing the same policy ideas as the democrats but on a smaller scale. What most pundits missed in Obama’s 2008 electoral triumph was that the GOP got routed not because Obama was such a magical figure but because the republican party had turned into nothing more than the “democrat lite” party.

The rise of the Tea Party was meteoric because of the integrity of the movement. This integrity was based entirely on ideas and the ideas were quite simple: freedom, responsibility and government accountability. These three principles created a huge tent for the movement to exist under because many of the contradictory positions that usually tear movements apart had room to coexist. Social conservatives and social libertarians could both come together to petition the government to get its spending under control. Fiscal conservatives could join the other groups on spending issues and agree with them on issues of government overreach and taxation. Even socially conservative and libertarian leaning democrats joined the movement in opposition to Obama’s cap and trade and health care reform bills. A fact that is unreported in the main stream media is that four in ten Tea Party people are people who were registered democrats in the 2008 election cycle.

Only a movement based on clear ideas and ideology that has mass appeal could attract such a diversity of political adherents.

After early victories like the defeat of tax and spending bills in California, the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, Chris Christie in New Jersey and Bob MacDonald in Virginia, the movement had its gigantic victory in the 2010 midterm elections. 2010′s election brought to power governors like Scott Walker in of all places Wisconsin, who then, following through with Tea Party ideas and ideology struck a lethal blow to the government spending power of Teacher’s unions by eliminating collective bargaining for health and retirement benefits. The activist unionized left and the democrat party made Madison ground zero for an all out assault on Tea Party activism in response. The lesson of Wisconsin is that Tea Party ideas win elections and defeat the left in almost every part of the United States.

Which brings us to 2012. Having achieved all out victory and proving that real Tea Party conservatism even appeals in some of the bluest states like New Jersey and Wisconsin, the “wise” powers that be in the GOP have aligned behind the one candidate in the republican field who believes in absolutely nothing: Mitt Romney.

To be sure, all of the remaining candidates in the GOP field have their liabilities. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have both committed spending and size-of-government anti-conservative heresies. While of concern, given their overall records of accomplishment for the conservative cause, they are forgivable. Ron Paul, while excellent on fiscal and sound-money issues, is unelectable by Tea Party people and “neo-con” republicans because of his dangerously irresponsible foreign policy and anti-Israel stances but only Mitt Romney presents something that is not only lethal to the GOP electoral chances against Barack Obama in November 2012, but also something lethal to the Tea Party itself: a complete void in the realm of ideas.

Romney is the type of candidate the Tea Party aligned voter had come to loathe by 2008 and became dedicated to defeating in 2010 and into the future: career politicians interested in nothing but getting elected. It’s not just that Romney is a glib, flip-flopping politician, it is that he is just as much of a feckless empty suit as their ever has been in American presidential politics. Romney is so devoid of real belief that he develops a stuttering speech impediment whenever he tries to recite conservative boilerplate talking points but is as smooth as silk when talking about defending the Massachusetts disaster, Romney-Care. As soon as Romney actually has to address tax-spend, foreign or regulation policy points his belief free “poker tell” stutter shows up.

Case and point is what most supporters indicate as Romney’s strongest attribute which is that he is electable. What does that even mean? Electable? Who isn’t electable? Charles Manson? O.J.? Barack Obama was electable. Henry Waxman was electable, Maxine Waters was electable. Even the completely insane sounding Nancy Pelosi was electable! The electability argument means nothing. It does not indicate that a candidate believes anything or that he has any honesty or integrity. When people voted for Obama in 2008, most had no idea what he believed and when they found out, they abandoned supporting his lies for the integrity of the Tea Party. Will we in the Tea Party become so paranoid to beat Obama, that we lose all perspective and abandon our strongest attributes which are our ideas even after we have the evidence in the 2010 victory that proves conservative ideas win everywhere that voters have a real chance to vote for them?

Romney presents two grave dangers to America. One is that Obama will surely be re-elected if he is the GOP nominee because few will be energized to support him but the worse danger is this: If Tea Party members give in to fear and join the establishment GOP in nominating the idea free electable candidate, we will see our movement truly die and it’s our movement which is the last best hope for America to remain the protector of freedom in the world.

I beg my fellow Tea Party members to not commit organizational suicide because Tea Party organizational suicide will lead to the death of the republic. If the American republic is lost, western civilization will soon go with it.

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5 Responses to The Romney-fication of the Tea Party

  1. Juli James on March 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I don’t call a man who is devoted to his church and his family someone who “believes in nothing.” And the only suicide that will take place this election cycle will happen if anyone other than Romney is the GOP nominee. Santorum can’t keep his big fat sanctimonious foot out of his mouth and can’t even win the Catholic vote. Gingrich talks a good game (and talks and talks) but when he’s cornered he becomes vicious, petty and vindictive. Great qualities in a world leader. If you think Newt believes in anything except his grandiose schemes and giant sized ego, just talk to his ex wives and the people that actually worked with him in congress. And just try staying awake during a Santorum speech. Wow, he’s riveting. Keep those great Tea Party candidates like Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle to yourself. This election is about beating Obama, and Romney is our best chance.

  2. Tim Ross on March 9, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Why you are wrong.

    1. The Tea Party likes everything there is about Romney, like these facts: Romney is the only candidate that has not worked one day in Washington D.C. Romney cut 341 government programs, he vetoed the Democrat legislature 877 times in four years, he turned a deficit into a surplus, he did not raise taxes, and he took his state from 50th in unemployment to 11th. That’s a Tea Partier’s dream candidate.

    2. You cite Scott Brown in Massachusetts, Chris Christie in New Jersey and Bob McDonnell (not MacDonald) in Virginia as products of the Tea Party movement… well, they all endorsed Romney.

    3. “but also something lethal to the Tea Party itself: a complete void in the realm of ideas.” – Not true. You haven’t done your Romney homework. Romney put forward a plan that grows the economy by changing the tax code. It is what prompted Santorum to say, “Welcome to the party, Governor. Great to have you along.” In fact, his plan makes permanent, across-the-board 20% cut in marginal rates, eliminates the death tax, cut the corporate rate to 25%, among other proposals. It is considered the most bold tax plan since Reagan… and some say ever. Read it all here: http://www.mittromney.com/jobs

    4. “Romney is the type of candidate the Tea Party aligned voter had come to loathe by 2008″ – What are you talking about?! Every pundit from Mark Levin to Rush Limbaugh endorsed Romney early on because he was “the most conservative candidate” in 2008. Tea Partiers, before there was one, loathed McCain.

    5. And it isn’t that Romney is only electable… it’s that he can beat Obama. And judging by everything I noted here, he is a bold, bold, bold contrast to Obama. Please, you are losing your credibility when you insinuate that Maxine Waters and Henry Waxman have little difference from Romney. Please, spare us all the exaggerated rhetoric we know not to be true.

    6. “One is that Obama will surely be re-elected if he is the GOP nominee because few will be energized to support him but the worse danger is this” – Empirical data says you are wrong. Poll after poll after poll suggests Romney has the best change of beating Obama. Second, Romney has won a great share of Tea Party votes in various states. You can cherry pick a few states he hasn’t, but he’s done very well overall with Tea Partiers… probably because he is the only candidate that reflects their free market values and stances on economic policy.

    7. “I beg my fellow Tea Party members to not commit organizational suicide because Tea Party organizational suicide will lead to the death of the republic. If the American republic is lost, western civilization will soon go with it.” – Seriously? Hyperbole to the max.

    Here is what I think… If you did your homework and looked at his economic record and his plans, it would tell you that there is no better person at no better time for America — especially the Tea Party — than Mitt Romney. That’s it. Plain and simple. End of story.

  3. Spaceghost on March 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

    >>In 2009, the greatest, most effective, most civil and the kindest protest movement in the history of the world was born.

    Holy fuck, are you insane. Even for THIS site.

  4. KK on March 10, 2012 at 6:45 am

    You are so right Ari. I am one of the original Tea Party members and Mitt Romney is a empty suit. He is the least conservative electable candidate so naturally he is the choice of the old line GOP. That reason alone should disqualify him.The true problem today is that the majority of all voters are far too lazy and much too trusting that America can survive the continued attacks on freedom and liberty from both sides. By the time the final freedoms disappear it will be too late to regain them through peaceful means.

    • Tim Ross on March 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      I am original Tea Party too…. and Romney is the only official Tea Party candidate.

      He is the most conservative, endorsed by Santorum in 2008 (not to mention Rush, Hannity, Beck, etc)… and Ann Coulter as well so many Tea Party peeps like Christine O’Donnell, Nikki Haley, Scott Brown, Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, Jan Brewer and so many more.

      Romney has a total of thirty-eight formal endorsements including Tea Party Caucus Reps. Rodney Alexander (La.), Rob Bishop (Utah), Howard Coble (N.C.), Ander Crenshaw (Fla.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Wally Herger (Calif.) and Lamar Smith (Texas). Additionally, tea party-backed Reps. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) and Michael Grimm (N.Y.).

      As well as Tea Parties all over the U.S. like the Michigan Tea Party, New Hampshire Tea Party, Philly Tea Party Endorses Romney, Independence Hall Tea Party, and many more.

      Romney is 100% for the free market. Both Santorum and Newt have criticized Rommey’s work in the free market… attacking the free market. Tea Partiers love the Free Market.

      Romney also has a small government record…. which I have explained above. Tea Partiers love that too.

      People can say all day long Romney is not Tea Party… but I back up the fact that he is Tea Party with facts.

      Beck just said it’s time to unite behind Romney. Lindsey Graham too.

      Romney IS Tea Party!!!!

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