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January 31st, 2013, 20:38
Originally Posted by BillSeurer View Post
The Tea Party "Patriots" deserve whatever scorn is heaped on them. They are the ones who have driven the Republican party into ruin.
Obviously, I would beg to differ. I would say the evangelicals have drug the party further from the mainstream than the Tea Party ever did. That said, part of the problem is that the Tea Party became far too large of an umbrella and suffered for it. The group started as fiscal conservative hawks. Nothing more, nothing less. While they had opinions on many issues, everything they actually talked about tied back to government finances (taxes and spending). In order to gain numbers (and thus, a bigger voice), they started bringing in quite a range of folks from the right fringe—"militia" gun owners, immigration extremists, evangelicals, isolationist libertarians. That cost them their focus and also made it much easier for the media and the lefties to tar the entire group as a bunch of stupid bigots.

Sorry. No pearls of wisdom in this oyster.
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