The Tea Party Is [Saving] the Republican Party
Last week, I stumbled upon this beauty (note my sarcasm) over on ThinkProgress—the liberal, Democratic counterpart to RedState. Its author, John Halpin, cites what to him is a troubling study from The College of William & Mary, in which almost 12,000 FreedomWorks members offered their position on a variety of issues.
Halpin offers a few facts I found rather encouraging. First, the Tea Party now constitutes a majority in the Republican party—i.e., those who believe in conservative values as the path to freedom and prosperity for America, are no longer a minority in the Republican party. And secondly, the Tea Party was three-and-a-half times more active in 2012 than non-Tea Party Republicans.
Finally, the reason Halpin finds the study so troubling, is that what he calls Tea Party Republicans are much more conservative than our Republican counterparts. He then went on to regurgitate the liberal rallying cry that the Tea Party is killing the Republican party and that if the party really wants to succeed, we’ll have to moderate ourselves.
I beg to differ.
The Tea Party is pissing liberals off. Why? Because the growing conservative faction in the Republican party is active, passionate, and doing a damn good job at thwarting Barack Obama’s liberal, progressivist agenda. Take the recent gun control bill as an example. Liberals shouted ’til they were blue in the face that 90% of Americans support universal background checks. And yet the bill failed, and Republicans really won’t face a lot of fallout for it. Why? Because thanks in large part to the Tea Party, almost half the country doesn’t like Obama. In other words, as long as the President touts a bill, Republicans should feel free to oppose it without worrying about any serious fallout. This drives liberals insane! And it’s all thanks to the Tea Party, who have remained active in exposing the truths about this president that his lapdog of a media would rather just sweep under the rug.
Now, it doesn’t mean that conservatives in the Republican party should feel free to kick back and relax. We still have one hell of an uphill battle ahead of us, especially come 2014. We simply cannot afford to lose the House. I don’t think it will happen, so long as the Tea Party and conservatives like you and me remain as active as we has been. In fact, I think with a little polish on how we deliver our message to the American people, avoiding some of the mishaps we had in 2012, we could maybe even take back the Senate—maybe—and Barack Obama’s agenda would be toast.
All that being said, I do not at all think the Tea Party is killing the Republican party. I think it’s saving it. If it weren’t for the Tea Party, the Republican party wouldn’t be gaining as much traction as it is. And just so we’re clear: we lost the White House in 2012 not because of the Tea Party. We lost the White House in 2012 because Mitt Romney was a hack of a conservative who sucked at relating to the majority of Americans. He was socially awkward, lacked any real charisma, and just couldn’t relate to everyday Americans.
The Tea Party (and the conservative movement as a whole) is not killing the Republican party; it’s saving the party, much to the dismay of the liberals who would rather see conservatism die out altogether.