View Poll Results: Should the Tea Party form its own political party?

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  • If Republicans capitulate on the fiscal cliff, then yes.

    3 4.76%
  • Go ahead, make my day and do this!

    19 30.16%
  • No, out of sheer necessity.

    2 3.17%
  • No, not now, not ever.

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  • Badger, Badger, Badger, Mushroom, Mushroom!

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    Should the Tea Party form its own political party?

    The Tea Party, strictly speaking, is not a political party. Should this change? Should the Tea Party establish itself as an official political party?
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    Re: Should the Tea Party form its own political party?

    Probably they should, but they won't. The Republican party is a coalition of factions, of which the Tea Party is one. By itself, the Tea Party lacks the numbers to wield political power as a party in this democracy, as do the various other factions that make up the Republican party. This is why they band together. But the Tea Party has become quite a bully within the party and other Republicans are now suffering by association. Eventually they may do something about this, but unless the Democrats also break up into smaller parties, and even the political playing field, I doubt we will ever see an official Tea Party political party. Our democracy is a two party system, as unfortunate as that is, and as long as it remains such, it isn't in the interests of the Tea Party to break off on their own.

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    Re: Should the Tea Party form its own political party?

    The purpose of the Tea Party is to observe what is happening and present opinions, alternate options and general oversight. It is not a political party and should not become one.

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    Re: Should the Tea Party form its own political party?

    Even old, established parties such as Libertarians can't get a toehold on the system. The only reason to become a party would be to make more money. When you have candidates, you have donors. Politics can be a very high margin business for the founders.

    So, if they are sincere, no. But somehow sincerity and politics seem mutually exclusive (to me).

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    Re: Should the Tea Party form its own political party?

    I hope so... Then they would be come irrelevant (oh wait they already are )


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    Re: Should the Tea Party form its own political party?

    There's an insufficient difference in policy opinions between Tea Partiers and other, more 'generic' fusionist conservatives in the Republican Party to justify a split. The only distinction is in the degree of intensity.

    If they want a separate party, the Constitution Party already exists for that.
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    Re: Should the Tea Party form its own political party?

    No, because the two party winner-takes-all system we have in place will make sure that they cannot compete on a large scale.

    The best thing that can happen is that one of the two major parties attempts to gather votes by limited pandering to the group and a few of their more tolerable ideas.

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    Re: Should the Tea Party form its own political party?

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    Even old, established parties such as Libertarians can't get a toehold on the system. The only reason to become a party would be to make more money. When you have candidates, you have donors. Politics can be a very high margin business for the founders.

    So, if they are sincere, no. But somehow sincerity and politics seem mutually exclusive (to me).
    If the environmentalists and conservationists could somehow meet in the middle they would make a very powerful third party as opposed to the Green Party that has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with wrecking Wall Street. The Tea Party could never stand on its own that way.

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    Re: Should the Tea Party form its own political party?

    If Democrats and Republicans could meet in the middle, we wouldn't even be fantasizing about 3rd parties. They don't and they apparently don't need to. We stagger along blindly.

    You can take all the green people in this country and you couldn't form enough of a party for a high school prom, let alone being a political force. And you see, few as they are and as in need of unity as they are, they don't unite even with a theoretically common cause.


    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    If the environmentalists and conservationists could somehow meet in the middle they would make a very powerful third party as opposed to the Green Party that has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with wrecking Wall Street. The Tea Party could never stand on its own that way.

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    Re: Should the Tea Party form its own political party?

    Why become a third party and deny yourself all the advantages of being part of the Republican Party

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