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Media Continues Blaming Republican Losses on Tea Party

By Javier Manjarres

tea-party-protestThe Democrat party and the Mainstream Media (MSM) are continuing to push the notion that ‘The Tea Party’ is to blame for the recent losses the Republican party sustained in the 2012 general election cycle.

An article published on the CNN.com authored by Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University professor who’s also penned a book about former President Jimmy Carter, asserts that the Republican party needs to distance itself from the ‘Tea Party’ if intends to remain viable in future elections.

Zelizer states that “Besides the Senate, the electoral costs were also evident in the Republican presidential primaries, when Mitt Romney felt the need to make the kinds of “severely conservative” statements that cost him enormously in the election.”

What the professor fails to understand is that the Republican establishment played a strong role in pushing Mitt Romney’s candidacy from the very beginning, likely believing that most of the other Republican presidential candidates were either “not safe” or too closely associated with the conservative grassroots/’Tea Party movement.

Remember that during the 2012 GOP presidential primary, all of the “other” candidates- Cain, Bachmann, Perry, Santorum took leads in the primary polls because the sentiment at the time was that it had to be “anyone but Romney.”

Romney and the GOP- who many are saying struck a deal after 2008- waited it out because ‘his turn’ would come.  Lets’ not forget that Romney stepped aside during the 2008 Republican primary for the Republican establishment’s preferred candidate, Senator John McCain- we all know how that turned out.

Here’s an excerpt from the Zelizer’s article-

 The demand to remain ideologically pure has consistently pushed Republican leaders to move to avoid saying yes to almost anything, preventing House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from cutting deals.

 The inaction of the GOP and the ideologically charged rhetoric from its members have played directly into arguments by scholars such as Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein that the GOP is moving far to the right and is responsible for the dysfunctional state of politics in Washington.

 Finally, the tea party is making it increasingly difficult for Republicans to win over hugely important voting blocs that can play a major role in 2016 and 2020.

 In 2012, the Republicans paid dearly among Latino voters for the rising power of hard-line anti-immigration advocates. The tea party helped to drown out voices such as those of Bush who believed the party needed to broaden its appeal and reach out to new constituencies, not shrink its electoral map. They have also turned off many younger millennial voters, another key constituency finding less to like about the Republican Party.-CNN


House Speaker John Boehner is busy compromising with Obama on the looming ‘Fiscal Cliff’ dilemma and is now willing to consider a tax hike for Americans that make over one million dollars a year, something that grassroots activists oppose.

Plan A was shot down, and now Boehner’s Plan B is not going to be considered. What is the author’s excuse now that President Obama is pushing back on Speaker Boehner’s ‘Fiscal Cliff’ proposals?  Who’s the one taking a “hard line” and not negotiating in good faith here?

The most preposterous accusation that the author makes in his post is that because of the Tea Party, Republicans lost the coveted Hispanic voting bloc.

The Tea Party came into existence in 2009- who’s to blame for the Republican party’s dismal support in 2008 from Hispanics?  Back in 2008, 72% of the Hispanics that voted in the general election voted for Barack Obama, while only 25% voted for Republican John McCain. (Latino Decisions)

 What the Democrats and the media do not want to harp on- and neither do the Republicans, for that matter- is that turn out, or the lack of turnout for Republicans was the reason for Obama and Democrats’ 2012 success.

Inexplicably, fewer Republicans and Independents came out to vote against Obama than expected, causing many Republicans across the country to lose their respective state or federal races.

One such case, and probably the most visible nation race that was determined by turnout was that of Congressman Allen West, who lost his seat to an empty-suit of a candidate, Democrat Patrick Murphy by a of couple thousand votes. If Republicans and Independents were to have turned out as they did in 2010, West would have easily won his race.

Other races that Zelizer cites, like the Senate races in Indiana and Missouri that were considered to be ‘locks’ for Republicans were ultimately lost because of the poor judgment and lack of political discipline of the Republican candidates in those races. It happens to both sides, loose-lipped ideologues who embarrass themselves and their political party.

Credit does has to be given to the Democrats, as they out-hustled Republicans and were able to get more of their people to the polls- it’s too bad they have don’t have a clue how to actually govern in a manner that is befitting a free and prosperous people.  But Zelizer’s piece is way off base in many regards- these days, it’s Democrats, not Republicans, who are remaining “ideologically pure” and using “ideologically charged” rhetoric- even as its never identified as such.

At the heart of the “red to blue” trend that Zelizer describes rests an increasing amount of historical illiteracy, ignorance, and a lack of understanding about the principles which enabled this country to rise to its place of prominence in the first place- it’s certainly not any form of “enlightenment of reason” that is driving Democrats’ electoral success today.  As we’ve just witnessed, Democrats know that it’s far easier to herd huge numbers of low-information voters to the polls once every four years than it is to cultivate and educate a truly informed electorate that can discern accountable leadership and demand that its constitutional liberties and national interests are safeguarded.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  • Bill Ewing

    And the Republican ‘elites’ are eating it up as Gospel.

    I’ve heard Rence Priebus (How’s that for a clench-jawed speaking, Ivy League name?) is complaining about the lack of donations and wondering WHY? Poor back eastie baby doesn’t have a friggin’ clue.

    I’ve formally renounced my Life Membership (from the 1981 Reagan Revolution) and all correspondence begging for donations have gone into the ‘circular’ file is located prominently next to the apartment’s mail boxes since the Bush bailout!

    A third, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE and CONSTITUTIONAL, party is greatly in need. The T#EA Party seems to fill that bill. The Republicans started with less in 1854.

    • Paul In Orlando

      I am with on this, Bill!

      The stupidity of the liberals and so called conservatives are nothing less than unbelievable. Let me see if I understand the issue;

      The Tea Party STRONGLY believes in our Constitution; smaller government, less taxes, freedom from government, less Feds (to minimize corruption), more power to the State and local government, citizens controlling government instead of government controlling us, etc…

      The Tea Party’s resistance to raising more taxes is simply because the Feds WILL NOT use the money to pay off our debt. They will spend it on other crap and continued government grouth. So the question remain; what is so bad about that? There are TRULY alot of stupid people out there. By the time they wake up and realize what happened, it will be too late. As of right now, I have no faith in our government nor their ability to save our nation. They will destroy us as they’ve done in our past history. It is that simple people. We either unite and save our nation or face complete destruction.

  • Whats_Up

    “Blame the other guy” is all part of the Saul Alinsky Playbook – the Socialist Leftist Progressives have this one down cold. Is why they set up the secret JournOlist site to keep everyone on the same page, same talking points, same verbage …very successful.

    The current RNC establishment is anti-Tea Party. Thus, they will continue to lose despite their nose. They don’t want true, fiscal conservatives who want to gut and cut the Fed budget, let alone have a “Balanced Budget”. Nor do they want peeps like TX Ted Cruz, who knows Congress has stepped way over the line re: the US Constitution.

    How ANYONE in their right mind can agree that so many agencies are “Constitutional” is, well …uneducated and downright out STUPID.

    How much would taxpayers save if the following agencies were put to rest? EPA, DoE, Education, DHS – for starters. Many (overlapping) parts of Commerce, Interior, Transportation, ETC.

  • Lightweight

    The Tea Party idea was discredied by the face of the Republican Party Nationalizing it like the Republican’s did with Roe-v-Wade.

  • Whats_Up

    Yum Yum …drinking that Kool Aid by the buckets now – aren’t ya?

    It has been the Socialist Leftists and MSM that continually howls how Republicans will shut down the abortion clinics and reverse Roe v Wade by USING their “Pro-Life” stance…which happens to be a MORAL Issue …of which Leftists have NONE.

    The LEFT is soooo concerned about banning guns thinking it will stop all homicides …ROFL. NOPE – it is the politicians who want the guns from law-abiding citizens as they want TOTAL control of the law-abiding citizens and hope that law enforcement will take care of the criminals who will still have their illegal guns.

    And BTW – murders in Chicago PER WEEK: 40 PLUS.
    Abortions (aka murders, depending on whom you talk to): 300 PLUS per week.

  • http://DodgeCountyNews.com MM from Georgia

    ” Anything called a ‘program’ is unconstitutional.”
    – Joseph Sobran Sobran.com
    Joe was probably the best political analyst of all. Exactly – the left wants all the guns from law-abiding folks, thus total control. Amazingly, many are willing to vote for these creeps.

  • interloper

    Are the political parties in this country so STUPID???????? What is so hard to understand????? Why dont you listen to what the people want???????? WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WANT A POLITICAL PARTY the protects the poor and people under $260000 a year and PROTECTS OUR BILL OF RIGHTS!!!!! Is that so HARD?????? The “tea party” has done more harm then Richard Nixon!