The Tea Party and 2016

Though many in establishment circles within the beltway speak of the Tea Party’s demise, the umbrella of Tea Party groups have morphed from loosely organized gatherings into a host of tax-exempt political action committees around the country. From a high-water mark in the 2010 midterms, the Tea Party has continued to hold influence within GOP primaries from local to national elections though perhaps not on a scale it once did.

Report on the Tea Party and 2016 from Policy Mic:

As the Republican Party continues its autopsy of what went wrong in the 2012 elections, many in the party’s base continue to have their own ideas about how to right the wrongs of 2012, and come back in 2016. Many in the party believe it will be by expanding their base of existing voters, but the party’s base argues that victory can be achieved simply by turning out already-dedicated GOP voters . This is where the Tea Party, long thought to be dead, comes into play. While it is unlikely to have as much impact as it did in the 2010 midterms, the Tea Party is certain to play a pivotal role in the 2016 primary season and general election.

The 2016 Republican primary season is already shaping up to be a crowded field. Among the names of potential candidates, many have achieved power with a certain degree of support from the Tea Party. Potential 2016ers Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker have all gained prominence (or in the case of Scott Walker, who thwarted a recall, retained prominence) with the help of the Tea Party. If the primary season continues with the party infighting seen today, one can expect contentious fiscal and foreign policy issues to be brought up on the debate stage. The Tea Party is currently flexing its muscles in the fight against Obamacare, with Paul, Cruz, and Rubio all pushing to defund it. While defunding Obamacare is the general consensus of the Tea Party, their choice of method for doing so is not going to be an easy one for Cruz and Rubio to overcome should they run. Cruz and Rubio are actively promoting a government shutdown should a continuing resolution (CR) that includes funding for Obamacare be approved by the Senate next month.

Undoubtedly the Tea Party will have a strong voice in the 2016 GOP primaries, maybe stronger than 2012 when it was unable to derail Mitt Romney’s “establishment” candidacy.

The real question within the Tea Party is how far it wades into social issues. Originally spawned by the unbridled growth of government and increasing taxation, some in the socially conservative wing have pulled the group into the fray on abortion and gay marriage.

23 comments to The Tea Party and 2016

  • What went wrong, they put up a proven loser. Gee just look at his dismal track record as governor. Bet even a black politician from Chicago could have given him a run for the WH.

  • thecolonel001@verizon.net

    billymalone …
    As we say here in Texas: ‘Looks like you’re all hat and no horse.’
    thecolonel

    • Tess Trueheart

      Thank you for that very accurate description of what many Texans are thinking and saying. Much of the money, as well as much of the strategy and staffing, to promote the Tea Party was provided by two brothers who run what they call “the biggest company you’ve never heard of”. The brothers are David and Charles Koch. The New Yorker magazine, interviewing a former Koch Brother consultant: “The Koch brothers gave the money that founded [the Tea Party]. It’s like they put the seeds in the ground. Then the rainstorm comes, and the frogs come out of the mud – and they’re our candidates!” You need only to read the official Tea Party Platform to understand the statement.

      The Tea Party is against taxation yet they are eager to benefit from other peoples taxes. Rushing to mind: Bachmann & Associates, the clinic founded by Marcus Bachmann (husband of Michelle Bachmann) collected Medicaid payments totaling over $137,000 for the treatment of patients 2005-2011, The $161,000 in payments from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to her husband’s clinic is in conflict with Michelle Bachmann’s public image. Also,a $24,000.00 state grant to train its employees. A family farm in which Michelle Bachmann is a partner received nearly $260,000 in federal farm subsidies. These figures (and I did not begin to list all of them) were provided to NBC News in response to a Freedom of Information request.

      Ron Paul has become a millionaire from his nonprofit foundations. After two failed Presidential campaigns, he moved millions of unspent campaign funds into non-profit groups like his Campaign for Liberty and evaded disclosure laws that would apply to use of campaign funds. Campaign for Liberty president John Tate received $338,000 in salary from the non-profit in 2009 and 2010. At times, Ron Paul is a Republican, at times, he is of the Tea Party, other times he is just an outlaw. More of this report can be found in Capitol Hill Blue.

      From Forbes: The truth is that the U.S. is a relatively low-tax country no matter how you slice the data

      • Tess – WOW, pretty sure you came straight from http://www.MoveOn.org to write your piece. And you really have a hit out on Bachmann. There are several million other Tea Party past Bachmann. And Koch Brothers, which are Conservative, you would expect to contribute heavily, but they did not “founded” the Tea Party. It was truly grass roots. But of course all your Liberal rags will twist anything to pursue hate against Conservatives. Cherry picking Bachmann can only mean she must really get under your skin.

        BTW why don’t you check out directly on http://www.teaparty.org/about-us/ the “15 Non-negotiable Core Beliefs” and find out how they differ from a Conservative or Libertarian.

        To see how our Total Tax – Corporate, Federal, State, City, sales, gas, etc compares – go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_tax_rates Also tell me why most large companies in the US bailed their HQ’s to other countries.

        I’m not even going to touch on Ron Paul vs all the absolutely corrupt lying thieves of the Democrats party such as the whole Clinton machine.
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      • Surfisher

        Tess Trueheart — you should be ashamed to call yourself an American.

        Oops, you are not — you are nothing but a paid Obama shill that earns his 30 pieces of silver to post what is WORST for our Nation.

        Keep posing your defunct dogma — it only helps all to see what’s wrong with the Criminals In Power you support.

  • Oh the tax here is high because it’s what the government spends. and no government spends more than ours. Depend on where you live but I’d say you owe abound $60 t0 $80 thousand in back taxes for each member of your family.

  • Surfisher

    Rand Paul 2016 US President — or we’ll finally lose our Free Republic forever and become a 3rd World bankrupted Dictatorship.

    All real Americans are aware of this — and there is nothing you Criminals in Power can do to stop us…the word is out!

    • After many decades of having everything the government provides heavily subsidized by debt, I’m not to sure they are going to welcome in any pay as you go plan.

  • Tess Trueheart

    Sam…good to hear you roar. Do I have a hit on Michelle Bachmann? Maybe. Do you have a hit on (your quote) “absolutely corrupt lying thieves of the Democrats party such as the whole Clinton machine”? Maybe yes. What I wrote of the Bachmanns is undeniable public records. Your definition of Democrats maybe be true or maybe false because you gave no facts. Just an opinion. I did read your countries by tax rates. Very questionable. Did you not read the site’s warning sentence “The table is not intended to represent the true tax burden to either the corporation or the individual in the listed country. Note that no distinction is made between “true” taxes, that pay for the government’s general budget, and fees paid for specific social benefits such as health insurance or retirement pay. The ways these benefits are paid and defined vary by country, and the benefits paid for also vary by country”.

    In no way, do I dispute that the Tea Partiers have altered the political landscape. But grass root movements donot sprout up organically, without any forethought. The very first Tea Party movement was founded in 2002 by the Koch Brothers and friends of the Tobacco Industry. Their website July 13, 2002 was http://www.usteaparty.com. It is a proven fact that the Koch’s are the financial force of the present day Tea Party(s). I did go to the Tea Party site you listed. The site is clearly firm on what it is against but there is no mention on how it will constructively correct the “15 Non-negotiable Core Beliefs” into workable forms that would benefit all Americans.

  • Jinsky Jean-Pois

    The field of candidates for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination is large. The debate season will allow duly qualified candidates to participate. People like (1) Chris J. Christie, (2) Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, (3) Bobby P. Jindal, (4) Nikki R. Haley, (5) Rand H. Paul, (6) Marco A. Rubio, (7) Susana Martinez, (8) Brian Sandoval, (9) Scott Walker, (10) Mike Pence, (11) James Richard “Rick” Perry, (12) Rick Santorum.

    • Scratch Rubio as he was in favor of sending the 1.3 billion to Egypt and not all them governors are doing all that well for their states but the voters do tend to lover losers.

  • Aw Tess – Would i really have to go find and list all the questionable deaths, land deals, and bill’s letting his little head make decisions associated with the Clinton’s. And most unforgivable is Hillary’s and B.O.’s “stand down” order or if they try to plead ignorance, Then they are the most irresponsible Admin ever and either way guilty of a capital crime.

    We haven’t quite dropped to a second rate country YET, so among the top countries we still have a tax problem and it associated with Corporate and top 5 percent personal.

    Try as I did, i couldn’t find Koch, TeaParty, & FreedomWorks, (who presently owns the domain without a homepage and is for sale) tied earlier than 2004 when Koch started funding FreedomWorks. And i tried to find negatives on the Koch’s and they are pretty much in line with Libertarians. Plus they will in fact aid in the energy independent goal. So it must simply be your TX envy that someone, especially a conservative, founded an innovative oil refining process. And their FREE MARKET businesses will do more good for America than the present Administration. Actually I’m happy that The Tea Party has funders like the Kochs. There is the money we need to buy the Liberal networks and create a Constitution Party and tell Democrats and GOP to kiss my warm, furry, . . . start us on the path to a great nation once again.

    And exactly what solutions has your beloved Democratic party given us since they have had control since 2006??. And how often has the Party modified their beliefs and goals to broadcast “hope and change” that has actually resulted in any positive change for America?? Do you live in a better America now vs 7 years ago when Democrats took charge??.

  • Tess Trueheart

    Yes, Sam, I do live in a better world than I did 7 years ago. In 2006, we had the disastrous handling of Hurricane Katrina political scandals, and was still bogged down in the Iraq War. In 2007, another troop surge was ordered to Iraq. The collapse of the housing bubble and a recession was underway. The government began enacting large loans and economic stimulus packages were started. In 2008, the government continued to enacted large loans and the economic stimulus packages to big business. In 2009,combat troops were withdrawn from Iraq, and shifted the country’s efforts to Afghanistan. Since that time the elected officials that form our Congress have been at war with one another, Each has forgotten that their purpose is to protect and serve each and every citizen of this country. I did not call out any names because I find them all equally guilty. .

    • Surfisher

      Tess Trueheart — of course you, and your likes, live in a better world….

      Because you are paid to post this Obama garbage propaganda, that makes all the rest of the Real Americans suffer, while shills like you prosper at the citizens’ expense.

      Enjoy your 30 pieces of Silver for now — because, a day of reckoning will eventually catch up with you, and all your likes — The American Traitors that have seized our government, and their supporters.
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      Save the USA — Impeach Obama NOW!

      • Tess Trueheart

        Surfisher…You perpetrate false allegations. A False accuser (you) confuses feelings with facts and become malicious and disturbed. You write in patterns of unwarranted and exaggerated criticisms. The smear campaign that you use, without a grain of truth, on individuals you are adverse to, is a “shout out” that you are engulfed in a swamp of bitterness. Remember: repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.

  • Surfisher

    Reasons to IMPEACH OBAMA — the abomination that has usurped OUR White House!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfB7xihoqVo

    Make this 15 minute video Viral !!!

    1) Lil’ Hussein PERJURED itself when taking the Oath of Office — to defend the US Constitution. It has done nothing else, but trying to DESTROY the US Constitution instead, since day one! And keeps on ticking in this zeal!

    2) Lil’ Hussein said it would veto NADA — if Congress wanted the power to whisk away any American citizen/s to secret military locations without DUE PROCESS and LEGAL REPRESENTATION only on the POSSIBLE (not verified) suspicion they may be connected to “some possible” terrorist activities.

    NOT ONLY DID Lil’ Hussein LIE, but SIGN IT INTO LAW — AND after a lawsuit was WON in a Federal Court by journalists that deemed it UNCONSTITUTIONAL, it — Lil’ Hussein — sicked its lawyers to have that Federal Judge’s ruling stayed! So, till this day — ANY AND ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS CAN DISAPPEAR, on mere suspicion (never to be heard of again) courtesy of Constitutional Breaker… Lil’ Hussein Barack Obama!

    3) Lil’ Hussein PLEDGED transparency in Government, and NO Spying on US Citizens — guess what, it LIED! Breaking a Verbal Contact — one’s word given to the American people — is the same as CHEATING UNDER OATH! And that’s all Lil’ Hussein DID, HAS AND KEEPS ON DOING!
    Now that PRISM and all the NSA Spying on ALL US Citizens has been exposed — what does it do? NOTHING, but lie again, and have its shills like Eric Holden and NSA’s anti-American General LIE on its behalf to cover its tracks!

    4) Lil’ Hussein: Can anyone tell us what is its real name: Barry Sotero, Slick MacCheat, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Destructor of USA — since no-one seems to know where it was born, and what is it exact REAL NAME. It had a FAKE Birth Certificate posted on line — and afterwards total secrecy!

    SHOW US YOUR REAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE — Lil’ Hussein — AFTER ALL, we all need to show ours to get a drivers license, let alone run for President….!!!!

    5) Lil’ Hussein — why are your scholastic records sealed in whatever University you claim to have attended (I have to disclose mine to get a job, WHAT MAKES YOU EXEMPT NOT TO DISCLOSE YOURS — what are you hiding from us… ashamed to show us your grades and the ACTUAL courses you’ve supposedly taken)?!

    6) Lil’ Hussein — if your were born in Hawaii, how come you have a Connecticut Social Security Number (when you’ve never been a resident there, ever)!?

    7) Lil’ Hussein — why won’t you disclose your Actual US Passport, showing where you were born, and you’ve been since acquiring one (I have to show mine every time I travel abroad, but you seem to be ABOVE THE LAW, and have never allowed anyone to show your world travels EVER — what are you hiding)!

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    Time to IMPEACH this wannabe Dictator — Lil’ Hussein.

  • Goethe Behr

    Back on topic. . .

    I was totally amazed by the GOP response to 2012. One would have thought it was a replay of 1964. Truth is, even with the absolute WORST candidate since his Massachusetts buddy, Dukakis, Romney only barely lost. At a time when much of the population is aware of the lack of opportunity for those in low and middle incomes, the GOP picks not only a ONE PERCENTER, but one who embodies all that is wrong about capitalism.

    If they had picked ANY other candidate, the GOP probably would have won–and would be patting themselves on the back about how brilliant they are, how powerful, how popular. . .

    Yes, Obama is still in the White House, but the GOP controls the Supreme Court for future decades, and controls the House of Representatives for the total foreseeable future. The GOP has more than it needs to block ANY initiative coming from the Senate, most of the Governorships, most of the state legislatures.

    In my so-called-Blue-State Michigan, the GOP has the governor, lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the secretary of state, and commanding majorities in the Michigan house and senate.

    The idea that the GOP is somehow “in crisis” is totally ridiculous,

    So, again, back on topic, the GOP will keep the House and probably increase its commanding majority, AND there is a real possibility that they will take the Senate.

    Now then, if the Tea Party is smart, it will emphasize the anti-war message. The reason the Tea Party is losing public support is that they have the image of old white men who are fighting to keep their privileged position in the country. If they demanded that Congress take back its Constitutional responsibility to determine war and peace, they would attract young people, and there, sir, is the majority the GOP is crying in its beer for.

  • Joe R

    I agree Romney was a horrible candidate but do you really think any of the other GOP candidates would have won? Newt Gingrich has his ego, infidelity, and hypocrisy. Rick Santorum had previously lost his senate seat by an historic margin, Ron Paul has a dedicated following but his ideas were pretty far outside the mainstream, Rick Perry couldn’t even count right in the debate. Even Herman Cain himself seemed surprised he was taken seriously. Michelle Bachman couldn’t even win her senate seat back. It was an historically bad field of candidates (I’m still not sure why Huntsman was never taken seriously) in what should have been a winnable election for the GOP.

    I do think the rift between “mainstream” republicans and the tea party is over stated. I think the real divide is between republicans who run in regional elections and those who want to win a national election. Take the members of the house for example. The vast majority were elected in districts that were designed to elect republicans (the democrats don’t protest too much because they have their safe districts as well). Like most politicians they care more about keeping their jobs than helping advance the party’s national brand. Since they have no threat of losing to someone from the left they keep moving further and further to the right so they won’t lose a primary form someone more conservative than them. As a result the party has become whiter, more rural, and older. The national demographics on the other hand have been moving the opposite direction. As a nation we are becoming less white, younger, and more urban. The members of the GOP who want to win national elections know this and desperately want the the party to shift closer to the middle and become more inclusive but the republicans who have to win primaries in conservative districts won’t budge.

    I’m not saying the GOP will never win a national election again. We have a two party system and both parties suck so it is doubtful one will ever have a monopoly on power. The odds have changed though. It used to be that reliably red states added up to more electoral points than reliably blue states so in the past Democrats had to win more swing states than republicans. Now things are reversed. The reliably blue states add up to more electoral points than the red states so now the burden is on republicans to win more swing states.

    The whiter and more rural the party goes the bigger this disadvantage will become. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. They’ve become addicted to their safe districts which in my opinion are hurting them in national elections but no party ever strays far from the center for long. I think at some point the party will shift.

    Emphasizing the anti-war message would be smart. Military action in Syria is historically unpopular and Obama has done a horrible job of communicating his rational for war. But this sets up another conflict between national and regional republicans. The national republicans fear being out hawked by the democrats could hurt them long term but those concerned about winning now know backing a Syria strike is political suicide.

    By 2016 we will have had what I think are 16 consecutive years of mediocre to bad presidential leadership. I hope both parties select good candidates but I’m not holding my breath.

  • Surfisher

    Putin checkmated Obama (and his barking-only dog Kerry)! WOW!!! That was such a simple finesse that any decent Chess Player would have foreseen — but, obviously not the mental defects that are Obama and Kerry.
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    How did these two clowns (Obama and Kerry) embarrass our nation, making us the laughing stock of the world? Here is the chronological order of their stupidities:

    Obama draws a “red line” if Chem weapons are used — and states USA will bomb Syria to stop this.

    Chem weapons are used — Obama declares (without positive proof that it was Assad, and not the terrorists themselves), along with British Prime Minister Cameron’s acceding, that the World’s Opinion must be respected and the USA will start bombing Syria along with the “International Community”….

    Cameron is ready to bomb along with Obama, but then British Parliament says NO!

    Now Obama is IN SHOCK, and on his own — he still pushes for bombing Syria — but is afraid to do it on his own volition (for the obvious political backlash)! So, NOW Obama (who had previously declared that he does not need Congressional approval to start a ‘limited’ War) NOW BACKPEDALS AND asks Congress to approve his war desires, and sends Kerry to Europe to muster some support for his Bombing Syria right away!

    Kerry arrives and makes a fool of himself in France — when asked: “What would stop the US from bombing Syria” he answers: “Assad must turn over all his Chem Weapons”.

    The Russians pounce on it immediately and state they will assure this!

    Then, poor idiot Kerry says it was a “rhetorical answer” and not one he, and Obama, were willing to accept.

    Too late — Obama’s rep, Kerry-the-idiot, opened his mouth and played right into Putin’s hands.

    Now, Putin (the swine) won and Kerry and Obama look like the village idiots that they are!

    Obama, and his toothless barking dog Kerry, have achieved what no other Administration since Jimmy Carter has done — make US look weak and STUPID!

    p.s. forgot to add —

    Impeach Obama, and put Kerry next to Lil’ Hussein’s prison cell…so the two can play the simple game of Chinese Checkers… with each other…..