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Tea Party So Far Fails to Conquer GOP, But Ron Paulites are on the Rise


So indicates an interesting piece over the weekend from Politico, about the sad resistance of entrenched institutions to change. Highlights:

The 2012 meeting of the Republican national command shows just how little has actually changed in the Grand Old Party since the tea-party movement helped Republicans capture the U.S. House majority two years ago and announced that they were a powerful force in American politics.

While tea-party activists have won county chairmanships and seats on state central committees, few (if any) activists have clinched slots on the Republican Party's 168-member governing committee. That's not to say that tea-partiers have disappeared or that they won't get their moment in the sun — but it may take years for them to climb the party ladder the same way as everyone else.

The story goes on to quote various "experienced" people on the overwhelming value of experience, and uses the rise and fall of libertarian-sympathizing Tea Partyer Jack Kimball as New Hampshire state GOP chair as a cautionary tale of eager activists rising above their station.

The next semi-organized ideological force trying to inject themselves into and take control of the GOP are Ron Paul people, who in my experience are well aware the process of shaping the party will be long, arduous, and uncertain. Their story is told in my soon-forthcoming book Ron Paul's Revolution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired. And this Politico story notes they are in some ways a bigger GOP-change story in 2012 than the more hyped Tea Party:

The tea party movement's influence has waned everywhere since its apex in 2010. Most visibly, the Republican Party is poised to nominate the most pragmatic of the men who ran for president this cycle even though many tea-party groups vocally opposed him during the primary. Indeed, Mitt Romney received a coronation of sorts at a unity lunch here Friday, soaking up standing ovations and basking in blessings from 2008 rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

In fact, libertarian supporters of Ron Paul made more successful inroads into the party organization in 2012. A.J. Spiker, the vice chairman of Ron Paul's Iowa campaign, became state party chairman in February. James Smack, a vocal 2008 Paul supporter Nevada, got elevated from vice chair to acting state chair in February after Amy Tarkanian resigned to help her husband run for Congress. Now he's challenging former Nevada Gov. Bob List for Nevada's committeeman slot at next month's state convention.

 My April Reason cover story on the Ron Paul campaign.

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  1. So Politico begins the piece by stating that the “Tea Parties” helped re-capture the House but because they aren’t in any governing committee that somehow this means that they haven’t “conquered” the GOP? Whether they conquer the GOP or not, if people like Hatch are getting so nervous that they lash out I’m perfectly happy with the TP for now.

    Is there any political movement that has been more inaccurately portrayed in modern day than the TP?

    Besides libertarians of course.

    1. Has there ever been a far-right movement that wasn’t inherently centered on its own victimization?

      1. The Spanish Inquisition.

      2. The Brady Bunch.

      3. HAHA! Tony, so cute. You don’t even see the irony of someone like yourself making that statement.

        Self awareness was never one of your stronger characteristics though. It’s common among the delusional left so I understand.

      4. T o n y|4.23.12 @ 7:01PM|#
        “Has there ever been a far-right movement that wasn’t inherently centered on its own victimization?”
        Like the Soviets, shithead?

        1. I can never tell, were the Soviets far right or far left? Is there a substantial difference?

          1. Politics should be divided into human and state, not left and right. That way, it’s clear to everyone that the Nazis and Soviets were the same damned thing.

      5. $

  2. In fact, libertarian supporters of Ron Paul made more successful inroads into the party organization in 2012.

    Serves to each everybody that it is not enough to have a vague idea of what should be the role of government, you must be convinced of it. The Paulians are convinced, Tea Partiers are still not.

    1. Headshot!

  3. the rise and fall of libertarian-sympathizing Tea Partyer Jack Kimball as New Hampshire state GOP

    Is that supposed to say “state GOP chairman” or something similar?

  4. Yes, and now it does.

    1. I don’t know, saying he IS the “state GOP” has a bit more punch to it.

      1. Les GOP, cest moi.

  5. Just as the Whig party was conquered, taken over by what were then the tea-partiers of their day and went on to win election after election……

    Oh, wait. That’s not what happened at all.

    The Whigs had to be destroyed first. And then the anti-slavery party, the Republicans, grew up to replace the hollowed-out, failed, corrupt Whigs.


    The republican party must be destroyed.

    1. +50, cause for some reason +100 is too flamboyant

      1. If wef ever mentioned the democrats must be destroyed, you might have a point.
        He doesn’t.

        1. OK, for the sophomoric:

          The democrat party must be destroyed, too.


          1. wef|4.23.12 @ 7:48PM|#
            “The democrat party must be destroyed, too.”
            A FIRST!

            1. And 100 years from now:


              The libertarian party must be destroyed.”

              1. But it will be a good 99 years.

    2. That’s just stupid. That’s not going to happen. The Left didn’t destroy the Democrats to take them over they just took them over. The GOP is the same thing for us.

  6. When will they ever realize that tea parties are for little girls with invisible friends.

    1. I don’t mind if you mock me, but please don’t be so mean to Mr. Snuffles. It makes him angry, and you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry….

  7. The Ron Paulites have always been on the rise and never gone anywhere. Just let the fucking movement die already, at worst it dies when RP himself does (which should be in a couple years or even twice that!). But the movement is so unrealistic that it ain’t going anywhere, it’s just a fucking distraction from, real solutions.

    1. *barf*

    2. ntnu|4.23.12 @ 8:29PM|#
      …”it’s just a fucking distraction from, real solutions.”
      Would these “real solutions” include more taxes and more spending?

      1. Naw, he must be referring to the Clemens trial.

      2. more taxes and more spending…and vastly more power over every aspect of our lives, no doubt.

      3. Probably something also stupid like ‘vote only for LP’ or ‘don’t vote eva’.

    3. $

  8. Ron Paul is not the Libertarian movement or party. It didnt start with him and wont end with him.

    1. Ron Paul has done more than anyone in recent memory to advance the libertarian philosophy and launch it into the mainstream discussion. Of course it didn’t start and end with him but because of him the modern libertarian movement will be impossible to ignore and cannot be stopped.
      “It’s like a beer truck out of control!” -Regis Philbin

  9. A free agent believes that each person must be allowed to exercise their free will in any matter that does not cause harm to others.

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