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Old 08-24-2011, 02:27 AM
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Default The Death of the Tea Party Movement (Re-re-redux)

I'm reminded of people who who carry signs with "The world is coming to an end soon"...

January 21, 2010

Is The Tea Party Over?

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What is going on here? Why are the tea partyers turning on their own? Like any nascent populist movement, the tea party was born of deep skepticism and dissatisfaction with the status quo. As it turns out, many of its most passionate and vocal members seem just as mistrusting of each other as they are of the federal government. This is one reason we have been stuck with two dominant political parties for so long: creating durable political institutions is hard. Most—like Perot's populist wave in the 1990s—fail in their infancy. Riven with internal conflicts and lacking a coherent structure, the tea party's biggest challenge may be trying to deal with its own success.
February 22, 2010

The End of the Tea Party

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But the most reliable lesson of recent American politics is that movements dependent on that level of heat eventually—or, actually, quite quickly—burn themselves out. The tea-party movement cannot be sustained at the level of anger that’s currently fueling it. It may leave a permanent impact on the Republican Party, giving it some new faces and new language, and most important, allowing the party to divorce itself from the legacy of that squishy moderate, George W. Bush. But regardless of the economic times or the political mood, hot populism of both the left and right varieties has never had a very long run.
May 6th, 2010

The Death of the Tea Party Movement

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Farewell to the Tea Party. It was fun while it lasted. It certainly got a lot of undue media attention. But it died a premature, yet welcome, death.
June 20, 2010

Tea party' candidates hurt by lack of organization in movement

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The national tea party movement has never had a central organization or single leader; in fact, it has boasted the opposite. But Tuesday's primary results provided fresh evidence of the amorphous network's struggle to convert activist anger and energy into winning results. Frustrated and lacking agreement on what to do next, self-identified tea party leaders say the movement may be in danger of breaking apart before it ever really comes together.
January 7, 2011


Reid: Tea party's days are numbered


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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid believes the tea party’s days are numbered.

“The tea party will disappear as soon as the economy gets better. And the economy's getting better all the time,” Reid said in a pre-recorded interview with NBC’s "Meet the Press," scheduled to air Sunday.
March 31, 2011

Turn out the lights, the tea party is over

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“The growing unpopularity of the tea party with the public puts Republicans in a tough political spot,” writes Rachel Weiner in the Washington Post.

Speaker of the House John Boehner may be seeing the handwriting on the wall as he courts moderate Democrats in an effort to craft a budget compromise and avert a government shutdown before the current temporary spending bill expires on April 9.

Tea party advocate Sen. JIm DeMint (R-S.C.) admits his party is in trouble without the tea baggers.

“Unless the tea party stays active, we will wilt,” he said Tuesday.

Around the country, prominent Republicans show a shift away from the rabid right-wing rhetoric of the Tea Party. Barbara Bush supports gay marriage, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says the GOP should spend more time on budget and economic issues and less time on social agendas and Sarah Palin’s poll numbers are plummeting.

Tea party supporters plan to rally in Washington today and some Republicans plan to stay away from the event, fearing that aligning themselves with the increasingly unpopular movement will hurt them in the next election.
April 22, 2011

Party’s Over

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The tea party’s antiestablishment posture helped propel it to power. That same posture will cost the movement some congressional seats.

...Tea party activists are not naive about the importance of redistricting, Mark Meckler of the Tea Party Patriots contends. “They know this is a critical fight for the tea party groups and the movement,” he says. But getting in the game has proven a difficult challenge for a movement defined by its outsider status and its preference for public protests over backroom deals. In this case, the last place anyone wants to be is on the outside, but that’s where many tea party favorites may soon wind up
July 28, 2011

The Tea Party Is Dead; Long Live the Tea Party

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The Tea Party movement, which was so heralded in 2009 and 2010 and played a large role in motivating voters and candidates to move to the right, is dead. It’s chief accomplishment was to elect enough Republicans to the US House of Representatives that John Boehner was elected Speaker. But make no mistake, the movement—as it was known then—is dead. And it is becoming painfully embarrassing to watch groups prop up the corpse and parade around like it was still alive—an electoral version of Weekend at Bernie’s.
August 7, 2011

Is the tea party over?

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Has the tea party peaked? Republican lawmakers affiliated with the upstart anti-tax movement scored big in the nerve-racking debt-ceiling debacle, but the victory left enough hard feelings to feed the movement's ultimate defeat."
I envision a Chicago Cubs fan predicting a Cubs' World Series ring in 1930 and every year after...

Maybe one day, pal....Maybe one day...
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I was hopeful they would produce a third party. But from what I can see the individuals with some leftward views are quickly dispatched.
The teaparty will be around for awhile just like the Christian right. Some members are the same people, though the teaparty can embrace all (except Muslim) spiritual philosophies I suppose.
I had also hoped they would revolutionize us away from Reganomics, but looks like they embrace nostalgia.
One thing the teaparty has done that the OP mentions is they have brought the GOP back to its focus. Other than that nothing has changed about the Republican party. It has however become more motivated.
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Based on the source of most of those articles I have to say the premise of the thread should read "Wishful Thinking of the Left.


On the other hand I do see issues with the my local (NJ) Tea Party organizations. Such as: composed mostly of people over 55; infighting among the active organizers; wishy-washyness; same speakers over and over at rallies; etc
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yeah. Wishful thinking. Where does all this hatred toward people who want responsible gov't, end of corruption and a return to the constitution. Too many laws make criminals of all of us as the political elite

Shows a total lack of comprehension when some say that tea partiers are republicans. They aren't. Some WERE, but they aren't anymore. The republican party is almost as corrupt and self protective as the Democrat party.
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The Tea Party isn't going away. The left wishes they would.
They won't make a third party either. They'll make the R party more fiscally conservative. Already have.
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I wish the Tea Party would go away. I hate seeing the Republican Party undermined by a bunch of mouthfoaming, perpetually angry knuckledragging fuktards. I think the average person that identifies themselves as a tea party is little more than an ignorant tool who hasn't seriously considered the consequences of this unfocused agenda of bending over and taking it, no lube or reach around, for corporatism. I certainly don't believe in a lot of restrictions on the markets, but I also don't hold the kneejerk belief that all restrictions on the market are inherently bad. With the tea partiers, it seems like they have this all or nothing attitude and it's just not going to work.

I think they are going to die out. Eventually, they'll all get tired of being pissed off about things they clearly don't understand anyway and they'll wander back to their trailer parks and the only thing they will have left behind is a few hacks in congress like Mad-eye Michelle Bachmann. And even those will fall into obscurity as "that one time, that crazy chick tried to run for president...what was her name?"
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Seems like the R party has more libertarian elements in it now than it used to...
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yeah. Wishful thinking. Where does all this hatred toward people who want responsible gov't, end of corruption and a return to the constitution. Too many laws make criminals of all of us as the political elite

Shows a total lack of comprehension when some say that tea partiers are republicans. They aren't. Some WERE, but they aren't anymore. The republican party is almost as corrupt and self protective as the Democrat party.
What Democrat can you see them voting for?
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I truly hope the Tea Party sticks around.

In fact, I wish the Dem's would come up with their own equivalent.

It makes it much easier to identify the extremists...... at both ends of the political spectrum.
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I think the Tea Party is undermining the GOP and making them unelectable; that said, I don't mind at all if they stick around and keep doing that.
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