Tea Party R.I.P.? Apparently, I Was Wrong (and Couldn’t Be Happier) … and Now, What’s Next?

May 9, 2012

Not long ago (0n May 3rd), I – reluctantly – wrote a blog to the effect that the Tea Party had passed it’s prime, that it’s day in the sun was over, that it was no longer as influential as it had once been.  I think my views were informed by the lack of Tea Party action here in Nevada, and supported by their non-action in standing back and letting Ron’s Paulistas seize control of the Nevada Republican Party at the recent farce we called a state convention.

I didn’t realize it, but I wasn’t alone in this view.  Glenn Beck reported that Mr. Newt agreed with me:  “Just a few days ago,” Beck wrote today, “Newt Gingrich declared the Tea Party dead, claiming they no longer have any influence. Newt knows a thing or two about having no influence given that he himself has none, but in this case he has been proven wrong. The Tea Party scored a huge primary win as long time Republican Dick Lugar was sent packing.”

That’s right. The Tea Party scored a huge win, sending RINO Lugar to the showers.  They didn’t do it alone. The NRA (note – I’m a life-member) is high-fiving and counting coup over this defeat, because Lugar apparently never met a gun control law he didn’t love.  And Romney’s got to be excited (though if he’s smart, he’ll keep that to himself – Lugar did have supporters), because though many conservatives are somnambulant over a Romney candidacy, in swing-state Indiana, they’ll now have a reason to wake up and go to the polls in November.

So what’s next for the Tea Party and it’s influence in November?  Obamacare is what’s next.  The Supremes are about to decide, one way or another, about this legislative abomination, and that will have an impact on the election, and on the Tea Party.  It was, after all, Obamacare’s pending passage which helped ignite the Tea Party in 2009 and fuel that powerful grass-roots movement in 2010.  But since the law moved from Congress to the courts, there wasn’t much for the Tea Party to get excited about, or to motivate its members to get (or stay) involved.  But …

If the Court rules it Constitutional (God help us), it will become imperative for the GOP to elect a conservative majority in both Houses, as well as to replace Obama with ANYBODY (meaning Romney) who will support the legislative effort to overturn that law, and to remove – by Executive Order, if necessary – the regulations it has already spawned.  This will ignite the Tea Party like nothing we’ve seen since 2010.

However, even if the Court rules Obamacare to be unconstitutional, we’ll still need (and see) a Tea Party re-awakening.  Emperor Barack the First has already shown his passion for ruling by Executive Fiat – he even said recently that, since Congress wasn’t willing to act, he would have to … and that’s one pledge he’s followed through with, signing a blizzard of Executive Orders which (in my opinion both illegally and unconstitutionally) are dramatically reshaping America.  If the Court overturns Obamacare, it won’t take him long to begin restoring it via Executive Order.  That will also re-ignite the Tea Party, pushing them to elect a veto-proof Conservative Congress and to replace Obama with, again, ANYBODY (meaning Romney).

Having seen that the Tea Party is still viable in the midwest – and hoping that same power will help in Wisconsin to keep the union-busting Governor in office – I’m now hoping that whatever the Supreme Court rules about Obamacare within the next month or so will serve to re-energize the Tea Party across the nation, to help us all elect conservative Congressmen, conservative Senators, and a far more conservative President Romney in November.

Ned Barnett – Nevada Conservative

Ned Barnett has worked in campaigns, and as a speechwriter to candidates and elected officials, since he was the “mascot” to the local Young Republicans in 1964 (Goldwater) – he has managed media and strategy for three state-level Presidential campaigns, and worked hand-in-glove with the legendary Lee Atwater in South Carolina in the Ford Campaign.  In 2009-10, as an active Tea Party supporter, he served as both the Clark County/Las Vegas and Nevada Republican Party Communications Director.  He owns Barnett Marketing Communications in Las Vegas, and provides a full range of PR, marketing, issues-management and fund-raising services for clients in Las Vegas, around the country, and in several other countries.  He can be reached at 702-561-1167 or ned@barnettmarcom.com …


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