Do you know why we have the Tea Party Movement today? - theotas
Because the republican party found their brand very damaged at the end of 2007. The economy was failing, unemployment was increasing and they could no longer hide it, the republic party had just come off of two consecutive elections where they had devastating Congressional losses, repubs had lost the House, the Senate, and were in danger of losing the Presidency. They had to find a way to "rebrand" their party,....the same party, but called something else. Hence, the Tea Baggers.
I was listening to Thom Hartmann one day when a guy called up. He said he had been a professional in the sales and marketing field for over 23 years, and he said:
"I know a case of re-branding when I see it."
He relayed step by step how the repubs did it, and that tea baggers would be almost invisible during non-election times, but that when the repubs need them to energize another election, the tea baggers would be dusted off and fed just enough raw meat to incite them to protest and get in the news.
He said a lure had to be manufactured to attract people to the fake "movement": lower taxes, etc. It works on impressionable people who won't notice that the GOP hasn't really lowered their taxes, they just hike deficits. Macho rhetoric, scary snake flags, faux patriotism, guns and yelling and screaming seem to excite these people. Low information voters.
In Michigan they had the State republican Convention. While Michigan's mainstream republicans spoke inside, the tea party was held outside behind barricades. Rick Snyder took the podium, and the tea baggers went nuts,and stormed the barricades, and knocked them over. They stormed inside and rushed the podium and demanded to have THEIRcandidate be heard too. Snyder pleaded for calm, and party unity. Story was in the front page of the Detroit Free Press.
This is no isolated story. There are others. The moral? The repub party thinks of the Tea Baggy party as the drunk Uncle who is an embarrassment to the family. He gets called when he is needed, but is kept from fancy family gatherings where he could prove an embarrassment.
The repubs don't want you people either. They just trumped you up to exploit you. Trust me. After the 2012 election you will be shoved right back in the box again, and stuffed in the corner of the attic.