Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?

Journal Shakrai's Journal: Critics of Tea Party Movement Miss the Big Picture 8

Many commentators seem to believe that the Tea Party represents a net minus for the GOP because of the split between them and the existing establishment. This criticism seems oddly familiar to me. Many people predicted that the drawn out fight between Hillary and Obama would be the death of the Democrats in 2008. As it turned out, that extended fight kept them in the news for months and built up the ground networks that helped Obama carry the day in states that normally be out of reach for a Democrat. Take Indiana, where Obama carried the state by ~28k votes. Does that happen without the ground operation built for the primary and the name recognition/publicity gained from it? Impossible to say, but I think it's clear that the intra-party squabbling was a net positive for the Democrats in the end.

It seems likely to me that the Tea Party will have the same impact on the GOP. They may well prove to be a net minus in selected races (Delaware) but the enthusiasm they've generated and the new people they've brought into the political process will more than balance that out come November.

This discussion was created by Shakrai (717556) for no Foes, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Critics of Tea Party Movement Miss the Big Picture

Comments Filter:
  • It seems like the Republican Party is counting their chickens a little early, expecting their taking over the House to be a given, plus their having been an actual chance of taking over the Senate (if only it weren't for the pesky Tea Party backed candidates). Here's how I think they don't get it.

    They prolly will indeed lose some potential seat gains, as more Conservative primary winners in some cases will lose to more moderate Dems. (I.e. where if only the Conservative base had gone along with the GOP init

    • I.e. people are tired of the spending habits of moderate to solid Left candidates, of either party, and if Conservatives flock into the congress in large numbers now and can't effect much change as far as the economy and pork and spending habits and the debt and deficits go, independents will give up on Conservatives as well, and just go back to voting for whomever, and giving up any hope for America. I'd rather see it start slowly, and come to a head at a more opportune time.

    • by Shakrai ( 717556 ) *

      I think you'll get your wish because it seems like a stretch that the GOP will capture the Senate. Then again, I said the same thing in 2006 about the Democrats and they managed to eek out a win there.

  • The GOP has to recognize that the Tea Partiers are unhappy with GOP business as usual. Hopefully, the movement will help the Republican party get away from the neo-con, borrow-and-spend, big-government agenda that they've been following of late.

    With the policies the GOP leadership has been following it hardly matters whether the Reps or the Dems are in power, because they're about equally anti-liberty. Their differences lie only in which liberties they'd like to take away, and why, and in fiscal respons

  • Might send your post over to my friend doing an O'Donnell story. I am working on something else at the moment.

    The older-guard Republicans, like Rush, are remembering the Reagan Revolution and noticing similarities to the Tea Party Movement. All of this is really before my time and not really seeing the parallel to Obama/Clinton.

    I am sort of amazed at the 'Libertarians' of Reason.Com echoing the talking points (bashing) of the ultra-left towards any candidate related to the Tea Party, especially any o
    • by Shakrai ( 717556 ) *

      and not really seeing the parallel to Obama/Clinton.

      The parallel is with the pundits predicting that the intra-party squabbling will derail the GOP's chances in November.

      The media is missing the point too. Lazio v. Paladino had little to do (IMHO) with the Tea Party. It had everything to do with the fact that Lazio is detested in Upstate NY (he lost almost every Upstate County), did worse with his Long Island base (60-65% of the vote) than Paladino did with his Western NY base (93% of the vote, no that's not a typo) and was too lazy to actually CAMPAIGN a

    • Cosmotarian

      Thanks, that sent me on a lookup spree where I learned of other such terms I hadn't known before, like "liberaltarian" and "conservatarian" and "fusionist". (And apparently in UK politics there is the term "libservative".) Now I just need to write my own manifesto, to figure out how much of what I exactly am.

The intelligence of any discussion diminishes with the square of the number of participants. -- Adam Walinsky