Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
It's obviously good for the tea party people to have an influence on the republican party. Third parties don't matter. Is it good for the republican party to be under the influence of the tea party? If the tea party ever ends up a third party, it won't be because they choose to be. It'll be because they were forced to be.
Yes, then maybe the Republican Party will finally move toward center after decades of moving ridiculously far to the right. Let the Tea Party be the ridiculous fringe group that it is.
One, there's not a strong enough national message for the Tea Party. The message coming out of the tea Party of South Carolina is unlikely to be the same message coming out of the Tea Party of New Hampshire. Why? Because while they likely will agree on fiscal and some governmental issues, the reality is to be a POLITICAL PARTY you need a broad platform...and on the social issues the various segments of the Tea Party will not agree.
Two, there will still be a whole heap of people attached to the Republican name. What you'll do is basically fragment the voting base and assure that both the Republican Party and the Tea Party Party would have no shot at winning a national election.
Their best bet is to continue and attempt to produce change from within.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
The essence of genuine conservatism is elitism, and an opposition to democracy. As Fiddytree said, the Tea Partiers are democratic populists who rail against "elitists".
I dip my forefinger in the watery blood of your impotent mad-redeemer (your Divine Democrat your Hebrew Madman) and write over his thorn-torn brow, The true prince of Evil the king of the Slaves!
- Ragnar Redbeard, Might Is Right, 1890
Oh, yes. It would kill two birds with one stone: split the American right and break open the political field for third party candidates. I shudder to think what they might do in power, but with the demographic shifts of the nation, that won't be an issue for long.
yes that way they could get out of the GOP's way and the GOP may actually get something done.
"Those who do not learn from history and condemned to relive it".
"There are those who will debate the necessity of wilderness, I will not, either you know it in your bones or you are very very old". Aldo Leopold - Sand County Almanac