Skip to comments.TEA PARTY CONVENTION?
Posted on 01/24/2014 12:06:11 PM PST by Hostage
The Tea Party should hold their own convention one month prior to the GOP.
At first glance this seems symbolic only. But upon further reflection, some united statement coming out of a "Tea Party Convention" about who conservatives should vote for could have a chance to affect the eventual nominee. If we could at least get all conservatives voting for he same guy, it might reduce the dilution of votes that always get the establishment and media "their guy".
Thanks to Tenacious 1 for the above:
It can be done and I believe more easily than most would at first think.
For example, the Tea Party Convention could be a hybrid virtual convention where state TP delegations attend state convention centers with all conventions tied together in live video. No need to make one city the epicenter.
In addition to nominating a TP conservative a TP convention could adopt a platform.
Heres why I think its a feasible and potent proposal:
The loose assemblage of Tea Party organizations has in the past and can again represent nearly 70 million Americans comprising conservatives, independents, libertarians, the blue collar Perot Bloc (more than 6 million) and Reagan democrats (more than 7 million). There will also be a significant bloc of voters that go with their perception of who will be a winner.
These numbers are possible and even probable given the grievances that most Americans have with both political parties today.
Republicans such as Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and other recent TP champions can attend both conventions. But their presence at the TP Convention one month before that of the GOP will empower them to be movers and shakers in the latter.
My own view above:
Ive been floating the same idea for about a month now.
Tea party gets behind one in the beginning. Much easier to beat the GOPe that way.
maybe even send a GOPe ringer in too.
Thanks to cableguymn for the above:
Can someone post a picture of a convention floor overflowing with cats? Then need to add picture of a self-appointed “herder” attempting to herd the cats.
I’ve thought this, too. Except I think a convention (or meeting of the minds of conservatives) would be more helpful very early in the primary process. It seems to me that the conservative candidates in the primaries compete against each other for the majority of the votes from the base, while the “moderate” always ends up being the last one standing. If we could come together earlier during the primaries and vote for the best, agreed upon conservative candidate they may come out ahead of the moderate for once.
It’s a good idea, but has a myriad of hurdles to cross, after which the mainstream media will try their best to ignore it.
I absolutely agree that we need a way for Tea Partiers to organize around one single candidate for the primaries.
The only problem I see is how do you restrict voting to actual Tea Partiers?
There’s not even an actual Tea Party political organization, so what’s to stop every Democrat and GOPe supporter from voting for Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton or whomever.
It would be like one big open Republican primary.
The only way I could see Tea Partiers voting for the same candidate would be if Ted Cruz threw his hat in the ring, or Sarah Palin.
Excellent thought. In the case of South Carolina there is a runoff primary between the top two if no candidate garners more than 50% in the primary. That effectively accomplishes what you propose.
However, for states that don’t hold runoffs, your idea has merit.
Almost every state has a Tea Party convention ..SC’s was just a few days ago, widely covered by Breitbart.
Would probably be more effective than a march. Well, make it a twofer.
Just as is done for the emerging Article V Convention of States, Tea Party organizations can reach out to each other to select Tea Party delegates to participate in a national convention. I think the processing of selecting Tea Party delegates would impede RINO infiltration, don’t you agree?
Would prefer it be held on a week-end so I don’t have to miss more work.
But this would be a national convention that ties all the state conventions together.
First thing I’d recommend is to stop using TP as an acronym.
I would propose that the national TP convention be done by live video tying everything together with state delegates attending convention centers or town halls in their own states (cut down on travel, time and expenses).
Ok but why? Redskins type contraoversy?
Excellent idea, but much much sooner than a month before the GOP convention.
It might be best to tie the date to a scheduled CPAC conference to maximize attendence
you are trying to heard cats ..the tea party is a leaderless (by design) movement I mean, I’d support the idea I guess, but it almost flies in the face of the individualism of the tea party to over organize.
TPs come in many flavors. Some are very libertine. Some are very social oriented. Neither is really the zeitgeist that launched the movement, which was more anti big govt than pure libertine and certainly not social oriented...
Yes, details are important. But the result of the convention needs to carry forward an effect up to the time of the national GOP convention.
splain please ..
Cool, how about some links? Thanks.
You’ve never heard of toilet paper?
TPM is the standard, for Tea Party Movement.
The convention should be one month AFTER the GOPe has their show.
The minor parties in NY were very influential when I was a kid, especially the Liberal Party, based on whether they would accept or reject the major parties’ nominees.
Maybe that's just me
I appreciate the concern and thanks for bringing awareness to the loose knit structure of Tea Party groups.
The amorphous structure of the Tea Party is what prevents the state run media from unleashing Alinsky style tactics in the manner of fixing on a person, freezing that person and proceeding to destroy the person.
It helps that many Tea Party champions have the ‘R’ besides their name because state run media can’t pin them down so easily to the Tea Party when they can counter they are republicans.
We need ideas. I envision videos of each state’s Tea Party delegations waving flags of their state and waiting for the moment to announce who they nominate to represent the Tea Party platform. I see these delegates as having been selected by the loose knit Tea Party organizations inside their states.
I think the convention organizers can for all intents and purposes remain pretty much anonymous.
But I do share you concern that we don’t want to give rise to a rigid political party hierarchy that will be tempted to fold in with the DC corrupted ruling class.
Need more ideas and views on this.
Wouldn’t putting a conservative candidate up against the GOP nominee (from the GOP convention) and the Democrat nominee just result in splitting the Republican vote two ways and make it easier for the Democrat candidate to win?
With house parties for people to watch online.
Live Streaming Video on the internet.
Announcement and location advertising for ‘house parties’.
The main reporter there was Matt Boyle: here are his archives. If you go down, you’ll see that many of them are related to SC TP event.
I have, but in an adult conversation, which might preclude you now that I think of it, most folks will understand that’s not what is meant.
What other states that you know of have had or are going to have Tea Party Conventions?
the quintessential TPM idea????
comingsoon .it’s GONNA BE BIG!
and as a talk show host in Wisconsin called it recently, it’s “instant tea” as a killer issue.
Interesting....website still not up yet.
As another poster said it’s an exercise in herding cats but cats always run to the food bowl when they’re hungry.
So the Tea Party delegate cats can run to a one-time semi-virtual convention to get their candidate of choice on record.
Depending on date, I should be able to make it.
I would love to get conservatives on the same page. No Rinos!!!
I would think if Ted Cruz were to show up that picture would change substantially.
Love it. Please ping me if you start a list of those interested in participating or updates. Thanks.
What a great idea — conservatives finally getting assertive, and doing something other than whine about how bad the other guys are.
but I do own the needed URLs .and working this idea behind the scenes ..
I believe its a good idea—lets put fome teeth in the Tea Party movement—That means money and unity. A Convention could do the trick—speakers, rallies, and a chance for US to pick the GOP standard bearer rather than the Vichy-Republicans and RINOs—NO more Mittens! No More McCains! No more Bushes! We need a new standards. Who should speak? That is easy: Sarah Palin #1, Rand Paul #2, Donald Trump #3, Col. West #4, Who should they rally behind? Lets see what washes out. Cruz? Newt? Lee? Trey? Walker? Hannity?
I second that.
Yes, yes, yes!!!
I’ve been advocating this for about a year now.
There should be state-level conventions in advance of the primaries as well.
The idea: to get united behind a single candidate in each situation.
Yes, that is the challenge.
But resolving that and going this route is IMO critical.
With early, coordinated endorsement of a real conservative through the primaries—and having at least some level of national vote before the primaries to further ensure cohesive backing—key for 2016.
Then, if that doesn’t work, the tea party apparatus will be in place to challenge and replace the GOP in 2020.
2016 is the GOP’s last chance, and we owe it to give our coordinated best to take it back if we can. Given how the GOP is handcuffed when it comes to defending the sanctity of the voting booth, it may be just as well if it is replaced even if the tea party strategy manages to prevail in 2016. (How much better can it get for replacing the GOP than having a GOP/tea party president, senate and house at the time?)
No. It’s not just you. Tone deafness is rampant on FR.
Then in Aug of that year, Glenn Beck had his rally on the Wash Mall in DC and it drew a very large crowd of TPs, and Palin also attended
Do you understand the problem?
It is relatively easy to organize people or movements to be against something, but it is very difficult to organize people or movements to be for something. And since the Tea Party is a diverse group, it is easy even order to organize the tea partiers to be for something.
I can think of many many many things that the Tea party is for. I don’t even see a limit to the positive things the Tea party is for.
A Tea Party National Convention can certainly illuminate the positive things the Tea Party is for.
I will be back to start a list (have to pick up a child from school).
Right on. The MSM has denigrated term tea party. Instead of spending thousands of dollars and hours on a convention, use that money to get out the vote.....the conservative vote.
I wish I could.
I am already overextended this year and it is only Jan.
have a state convention here in California. There is a lot more support that is evident. Lot of us just kind of keep quiet, sort of. Need leaders and spokepersons of integrity.