Take our poll: Did the tea party force the GOP too far to the right, resulting in a 2012 Democratic victory?

Last weekend, tea party leaders and other conservative activists from around the state assembled in Orlando for the first time since the November election.

BizPac Review writer Tom Tillison reported on the “Florida Summit,” adding his own insight and opinion.

He had this to say when describing the less-than-peachy relationship between the tea party and the Republican Party:

There were also no representatives of the Republican Party present — a stark reality that should resonate with everyone sitting in that room, although I sense many are still unsure about whether they’re conservative or Republican. These days, it’s hard to be both.

I suspect the GOP has moved on from the tea party. The “smartest guys in the room” are in need of a scapegoat for yet another dismal election performance, and the “yahoos” in the tea party make for a rather convenient scapegoat.

And you know what? The movement is all the better for it.

In a later comment, Tillison said, “it’s critical to the success of the conservative cause that the tea party and the GOP find common ground and cause for mutual respect, the alternative is a continuation of the ongoing advantage Democrats currently have.”

We want to know what you think.

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Read Tillison’s entire post : Statewide tea party gathering looks to the future

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28 thoughts on “Take our poll: Did the tea party force the GOP too far to the right, resulting in a 2012 Democratic victory?

  1. Peterl says:

    The problem is the GOP does not stand strong on conservative values. They are afraid to speak their minds. You can't tell me that Romney was the most conservative candidate they could find. Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney are not examples of conservative standard bearers.

  2. Jim says:

    Mo said, "The problems for decent Americans who still believe in self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, liberty, freedom and the Constitution are…."

    The problem for decent Americans who still believe in self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, liberty, freedom and the Constitution is that we have no candidate.

  3. Mary Jabouri says:

    It seemed like every time Mr. Romney spoke, something embarrassing came out. I believe the undecided voters swayed the election to President Obama.

  4. Linda Hoskinson says:

    2/1/13 A Small Bumper Sticker on the side panel of my van was spammed this day. No Damage. They used 3M blue masking tape with a nasty message to a tea party bagger using that infamus 4 letter word. You know. Probably a functional illiterate.

  5. wanda jones says:

    Repubicans are like Charlie Brown and the Democrats are like Lucy w/ the football. Really, I'm tired of watching the same old routine. Seems like Repubs are always playing catch-up or defense. Prob is if you spend all your time defending yourself from stuff when will anyone find out what/ if you believe anything! So what's a Republican to do? Well, learn to connive and politic. Stop being so polite. Fight back on events like the Benghazi embassy murders that Romney left on the table at one of the Presidential debates; fight back with a will to win at all times on every issue. Watch your back because Dems are not your friends. They don't believe the thngs you beileve; if this isn't true for you then please resign. You either fight w/ tools that win, or you play Mr. Nice Guy and you lose. Politics is not a pretty game as any community organizer or Chicago mayor knows. Politics is not for sissies, but for those who believe in the art of the possible. I think most people don't have respect for Republicans; they don't like a person who accepts being victimized. And Republicans have lost so many of their battles by being caught offguard, like Charlie falling for the old football trick. Politics is not nice, ever, and it's never a good game for someone who doesn't know how to handle himself/herself, think on their feet, etc. Obama is a successful politician because he is first of all a politician. Little else, it's true, but he charms his followers, and leads them wherever he wants to. Trouble is he's leading all of us over the cliff, the literal cliff!

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