Apparently people are waking up to the fact that the tea party participants are on the right track about what's good for America, and I've demanded that people like Limbaugh get behind them and tell Republicans that they'd better get vocal about espousing their principles or they'll be the third party come 2010.
But of course there's a problem: what if the Tea Party becomes a recognized political party? It's not just that they would dilute the right wing vote, it's that the name, Tea Party, would render it DOA. I would never call myself a Tea Party member, and it has nothing to do with the aspersions cast on it by the left. it's all about the name, stupid!
And I think that no one is paying attention to that which would be consistent with conservatives never getting anything right (ha-ha).
Polls show that more people support the tea partiers than they do either Democrats or Republicans. That's a wonderful thing. But Mike Gallagher and some other guy were on He-Who-Needs-Beheading's show just now, and Gallagher was asked if he wanted tea partiers to "overwhelm the moderate Republicans," To which Gallagher responded in typically confused conservative fashion that "overwhelm" is a loaded word and he'd like them to be 'welcomed" by Republicans.
Do you see the problem? Tea partiers are not going to be welcomed by Republicans – ever. Did they welcome Sarah Palin? Why? Because as big a dope as she is, she represents things they abhor – like fiscal responsibility.
Which brings me to the bigger point Gallagher failed to realize – Republicans aren't MODERATE. They're scum! A few of them would likely embrace tea party principles and be embraced back, but there is no place in the tea party movement for 99.8% of Republicans, and what support they have left is due mostly to inertia on the part of their constituency.
So let's hope the tea party movement grows stronger – and smarter. The former seems almost inevitable. The later is doubtful, and we'll know the result if and when the party takes a name. it has to be nothing short of brilliant – like the Brilliant Party maybe!?!