Then Obama crashed and the Tea Party happened.
Yet, despite pushing the party to the right, the Tea Party has not been able to produce a solid candidate. The GOP is about to do what it always does: pick the relatively moderate, establishment candidate. The Tea Party's best shot at a winner was Rick Perry until it was seen that he was not so good at speaking in complete sentences. I think that one pundit captured my sentiments when he said that Perry's debate performance last night was like "watching a thoroughbred get euthanized on the track. It was shocking, grisly and impossible to look away.”
The Tea Party vote will likely divide between Cain, Perry, Bachmann, and Gingrich. Romney will win. And the only thing that talk radio/Tea Party leaders will be able to do about it is to encourage their people to stay home in hopes that Romney will lose so that they can blame it all on the establishment/media/insert bogeyman.
Now I have some ideas why 75% of the conservative movement can't galvanize behind a candidate to defeat somebody who only gets 25% of the vote. However, let's consider this an open forum on the subject. I would particularly be interested to hear our Tea Party readers explain their failure. Self-reflection is good for the soul.
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