That is their base! Tea Party = Majority GOP base.
What we are seeing here is the establishment pulling their hand back from the host stove after getting burned for real. Enabling these people won elections, but now they have some real power.
And they have used it. Not good.
Of course, most of us watching from the cheap seats saw this coming a LONG time ago, have said as much, and now are highly entertained by watching these idiots attempt to put the toothpaste back in the tube.
Personally, I think they will see enough success to rub the sharp edge off the whole mess, but they really won't be successful enough to push it all back, leaving the Tea Party bloc there to continue what it has been doing all along.
My guess is another rebranding is coming. Tea Party was a rebranding of the Republican brand after Bush got done rubbing shit in his hair for 8 years. Notice how he's NEVER discussed. Not even a little, as in "man, we really could learn a few things from that mess and improve" kinds of perfectly healthy, rational discussions?
Yeah, me too.
So, we went through a little phase Maddow had a lot of fun with. "Prefers GOP Party" and other not-Republican, Republican kinds of messaging went out there for a while. Some of us just kind of thinking, "But you are Republicans! Be proud! Shout it out!"
Enter the Tea Party!
SWEET! It's all shiny and new! And it worked. The same tired people, plus some independents all gathered around some decidedly populist messaging. Cut taxes, too much spending, big government, and so on.
But the ugly underbelly was revealed in the priority of things. Once these people got power, they went right for the really ugly social issues and were not exactly rational in their ability to actually impact the populist economic issues in a positive way, instead pissing almost everybody else off somehow.
Big business gets shaky at the idea of instability. Tea Party shut Uncle Sam down big. Fail.
Brown people! Fuck 'em. Tea Party pissed all over civil rights. Fail.
Women! Bitches. Tea Party is STILL getting after the women, who just don't know their real place. EPIC Fail!
Low income, down on their luck Americans. BLAME YOURSELF! Fail there too. Big fail, and that's with a lot of white people, which are really the target demo of hope for these guys. Too bad many are married. LMAO!
Notably, they find a more moderate, business minded candidate winning to be a GOOD THING relative to the Tea Party majority base they've enabled and now have to live with. And while we hear that message, we also hear the Tea Party cranking it all up big, JUST GETTING STARTED FOLKS!
Anybody have popcorn? We have a lot of potential here. Years.
...and they know it, so this has to go away. Now.
Any bets on the branding?
Republican is still beat up. Talk too much about that classic branding and Bush is gonna come up. Can't have that. The nation in general knows who is who, so GOP is out too. Tea Party was sexy. Actually a nice brand, totally botched now. Fucked.
So we've got "constitution party" -- but that actually reinforces the Left more than it does the Right at present. Popular with the Ron Paul dead end crowd, and hard line Libertarians too. No go.
Patriot Party? Maybe. Could have legs and it just reeks of nationalism.
LOL Conservative, Conservatives?
Or, the Real Conservatives as opposed to what? Idiots?
And Herman Cain is back!! I absolutely LOVE Cain. Seriously. He's not my kind of politician, but he is a stellar communicator with a quirky personality, who can get on the stage and just glow people. Pure magic. Can't wait to see what he comes up with.
Posted on January 11, 2014 - 02:01 PM