How Should The Tea Party Movement Treat the GOP?

by Sal on October 12, 2009

in Blogs,Election 2010,Election 2012,Politics,Uncategorized

Conservatives have been frustrated with the GOP for years, and rightly so.  Conservatism is an ideology of freedom and limited government, and the GOP has many elements in it that are basically conservative but bigger government conservative (witness compassionate conservatism).  Conservatives are rightly frustrated with the GOPs endorsement and support of RINOs over viable Conservatives in primaries, in their capitulation to Democrats oon major policies (stimulus, Cap and Trade), and their eagerness to support liberal-lite policies.  With the rise of the Tea Party movement, the Conservative movement now has a means to effect change in the GOP way of doing things, a real mobilized movement of hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people willing to take action.

The question floating around the blogosphere is what role the Tea Party movement should play, and how closely it should align itself with the GOP?  Some, like RedState’s Erick Erickson think that the Tea Party movement should infiltrate the GOP at the grassroots, staging takeovers of their own local GOP, to then put pressure on the national party.  Others such as Mark Noonan at Blogs for Victory argue that the Tea Party movement should stay independent of the GOP, and lobby the GOP to support its agenda. Still others think that the Tea Party movement needs to morph into a third party, independent of the GOP and fielding its own candidates by 2012.

The third party option would be an electoral disaster.  No matter who the GOP gets as its nominee in 2012, that nominee will be better than Obama.  That being said, I tend to take the middle ground between Noonan and Erickson.  I think that the Tea Party needs to remain a separate entity, but should infiltrate the GOP and push for more conservative candidates and adherence to Constitutional principles and our founding beliefs in the limited role of government.  It is an ideology that can be supported, is distinguishable from the left, and it works.  The tricky balance is that the Tea Party’s have to effect change on the GOP while not appearing to be simply an arm of the GOP.  Its most valuable asset is its independence.  It should stay independent, but push capable members into running for office under the GOP umbrella, and provide financing and campaign funding to Conservative candidates that are shunned by the NRSC, NRCC, and RNC in the elections of 2010 and 2012, so that when the Republican majority returns, it is a true Conservative Republican party that gains power.

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