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Opinion: Lesson To Future Republican Hopefuls: Ignore The Tea Party At Your Peril

Home - by - November 12, 2012 - 07:36 America/New_York - 13 Comments

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In late 2011, long before the first caucuses and primaries of the 2012 election, I had the opportunity to speak with someone high up in Mitt Romney’s finance world, and warned him that the conservative base wasn’t warming to the party’s presumptive nominee. The longer Romney keeps the Tea Party at arm’s length, I said, the tougher his chances at winning the general election, presuming he can win the Republican nomination first.

Nonsense, I was told. Those people will all come around in the general election. They will vote for Romney to get rid of Obama.

Perhaps, I answered. But don’t be so sure–right now there are some who would rather sit through another four years of Obama than endure a Republican who they imagine will sell them out at the first opportunity. The time for Romney reach out to the conservative base is now, before it is too late.



  1. Freeshiticus

    November 12th, 2012

    Ignore the voter fraud and get four more years of political nightmare hell.

    Are there no real men left to stand up and challenge this criminal act? This is an act of surrender in response to treason and fraud.

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  2. Mr. Happy

    November 12th, 2012

    Have the radical RINOs taken over FOX nation?
    Who knew such an animal even existed?

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  3. MM

    November 12th, 2012

    It’s still hard for me to accept that millions of conservatives(?) sat on their hands because Romney wasn’t ideal. You can’t call yourself part of the Tea Party and not vote.

    It’s like, well are you happy now face?

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  4. CrustyB

    November 12th, 2012

    Romney made the same mistake Kerry did. He assumed people would vote for him just to get the incumbent out.

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  5. Txn4Evr

    November 12th, 2012

    It’s time we kick the Karl Rove faction of old timers out of the Republican Party. You know, those idiots that brought you such Presidential hopefuls as Gerald Ford, Bob Dole and John McCain.

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  6. Xavier

    November 12th, 2012

    They’re not ignoring Conservatives; they’re blaming them.


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  7. jus sayin yo

    November 12th, 2012

    no men left . they all guys like bohner, axelrod, bush, reid

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  8. AbigailAdams

    November 12th, 2012

    Voter fraud carried the day. axelrod, plough, jarrett, obama and the rest are beaming as they watch the right carry on about reaching out to hispanics, embracing gov’t contraception/abortion, raising taxes, not giving the tea party the nod, blah, blah, blah. At this rate, the right will wind itself so tightly around its own axle, it will never figure out what it needs to do.

    Conservatives need to cut themselves loose from the sinking RINO boat now before it’s too late.

    It’s highly unlikely that real tea partiers abandoned Romney. I live in a blue state (WA) and I got tons of emails from Tea Party Patriots, and other TP-affiliated orgs organizing the GOTV effort. We didn’t receive a single robocall or live call from any conservative orgs, not even our district GOP, though. It’s hard to imagine that over the course of a year+-long election time span that no one thought it was a good idea to rouse the right here. We were on our own.

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  9. deli doug

    November 12th, 2012


    [there, that settles that]

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  10. scr_north

    November 12th, 2012

    You have to wait until the final numbers are in but from what I’ve read about 3 million republicans/conservatives sat out the election. It would be interesting to find out what the reasons were particulalry since Obama lost 9 million of his 2008 voters those that sat on their hands may have made a difference in some of the races not the least of which was for President. They may not have liked Romney but did they prefer Obama? The idea of sitting back and watching the Dems immolate themselves then pick up the pieces in 2016 may not work if Obama succeeds in completing his vast welfare constituancy.

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  11. serfer62

    November 12th, 2012

    Txn4ever…Mitts was also The Establishment’s choice, as was failing to back Akin.

    The GOP needs to dissappear. This taking it over from the inside isn’t working…what next jeb bush?

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  12. Blacksmith8✡

    November 12th, 2012


    It’s much worse than the jebbers. It’s a nephew, he’s going to run for AG, or RR commission when we put Abbot in Austin.

    Call me sentimental but I like AG Greg Abbot. I hope he NEVER leaves.

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  13. Blacksmith8✡

    November 12th, 2012

    I was told REPEATEDLY for over 6 months that the TEA Party was dead.


    Tell me this, I voted for Romney just like I was told to. What did I get?
    I voted for McCain. What did I get?
    Hell, I voted for W. What did I get?

    Who knew I was a democrat? Those progs keep winning everytime I vote for the GOP.

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