Monday, December 07, 2009

TEA Party Tops Republican Party

It is not organized as a political party yet, but the TEA Party movement is still getting strong support. This seems to indicate there is more division in the Republican Party than their leadership wants to acknowledge.

It all started with Karl Rove and George W. Bush selling the party on a hard swing left into what they called "compassionate conservatism", but which was really liberal extremism on domestic issues. Bush also persuaded Christian groups to embrace accepting government handouts to fund their efforts rather than depending on tithing. This has harmed these groups as they sought to reconcile their religious goals with political goals.

Though there is big gap between getting positive response to some emotion filled rallies... versus organizing political volunteers to create a party which exercises discipline and accepts the inevitable compromises that are required... as the Rasmussen Poll indicates, the Republican Party is clearly not serving the interests of most of its base.


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