On September 12, 2011, The Tea Party co-sponsored a G.O.P. Presidential Debate in Tampa, Florida. Though there have been and will be many more opportunities to see the G.O.P. presidential hopefuls duke it out for the top spot as the Party nominee, tonight’s debate bares particular importance. The Republican party has not had to gauge the temperature of constituents so disgusted and so organized. If any Republican hopeful wants to make it into the Whitehouse in 2012, they will have to go through the tea party.
Nothing made this more evident than the mid-term elections of 2010. After the disappointing passage of Obama’s healthcare bill, the Tea Party started to swell. Understanding there would be more power staying in the Republican Party than leaving to become a third-party (as shown by the Libertarian Party), the Tea Party hand-picked and back candidates all over the country to run for congress, state, and local elections all over the nation. They did so successfully, particularly in the South (which matters because of the importance of the South Carolina primary). Several incumbent, career politicians found out they were going to become unemployed during state primaries all summer of 2010. It was a reminder to all of a great political-insider mantra: all politics is local. Primary winners for the Republican Party spanned the gambit. Sarah Palin became the unsung superhero for the Tea Party movement; endorsing candidates all over the country with Tea Party power in her utility belt. From dark horse Christine O’ Donnell with The Wicca scandal, to new comer Allen West becoming the first black Florida congressman since reconstruction, the Tea Party voters made the difference in these political contests. In primaries, they were the deciding factor. If a candidate can’t strategize past a primary, strategizing for a general election is in vain.
Why is this so? Essentially, the Tea Party vote is significant enough to hijack primaries. With Republicans winning majority in The House of Representatives in the last election cycle, crypt-keeper reminiscent, RINO Republicans and the status quo took note. With the corruption perceived corruption of campaign finance and lobbyist, the equalizer is still our constitutional right which equates one man to one vote without regard to socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity or creed. The 2012 primaries will be referendums by Tea Party supporters on who would best serve as the next POTUS. The Tea Party can no longer be dismissed. They are the voice of reckoning. No matter what one’s sentiment is toward tea party issues, activists or voters, the truth of the matter will be this: the candidate that can garner and sustain Tea Party support throughout the primary will most likely be the candidate that meets Obama in the general election. Debates that tout tea party connections and involvement will serve as the litmus test for all the contenders.
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