I’ve mentioned before, someplace, that I have been a writer for The Patriot Post for over a decade now. In going through some old boxes over the holiday weekend (which it was for me since I took Friday off) I found a thumb drive with several years’ worth of submissions, including one I thought was appropriate for this space. This was written in October, 2009 – before we had our own bylines so it wouldn’t be under my work if you did a search there.
Message to GOP: Don’t count TEA Partiers in yet
It’s the dream of every political strategist: a large and highly motivated group of voters ready to get out, work for, and financially support a slate of candidates who they align with politically. Unfortunately, the national Republican Party may have missed the opportunity to take full advantage of the TEA Party movement because the GOP is backing candidates who don’t always work for lower taxation and less government.
TEA Partiers angered by Republicans supporting the bailouts and Waxman-Markey “cap and tax” bill are also bitter at the GOP establishment – particularly the National Republican Senatorial Committee – backing certain incumbent or anointed candidates who are working with liberals in Congress.
To that end, they are throwing their support behind candidates the GOP establishment shunned, such as Chuck DeVore in California, Marco Rubio in Florida (who is in a primary battle against the moderate outgoing governor Charlie Crist), and Doug Hoffman of New York, who was spurned by local Republican officials for an upcoming special election in the 23rd Congressional District in favor of a moderate, Dede Scozzafava, and opted to run under the Conservative Party banner.
In a year where the political winds and poor performance of Democrats both favor a Republican resurgence, their treatment of this motivated voter bloc shows the national party is not doing itself any favors listening to the wonks and not the people. Beltway insiders may look back after next November and wonder what could have been if they’d realized sooner what Americans truly want.
Obviously this thought definitely didn’t first cross my mind back in 2016 when I started on Rise and Fall, but it illustrates an ongoing frustration I had with the GOP as a whole once you got past the local level. Yet in the near-decade since this piece was published I have learned a lot about the TEA Party and what it really wanted – and so can you by buying the book for which this site was created.