Skip to comments.Tea party leader warns Romney: Donít expect us to campaign for you (Iced Tea)
Posted on 04/13/2012 6:21:47 AM PDT by Mozilla
The leader of the Tea Party Nation organization has a blunt message for likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: Tea partiers will likely vote for you, but dont expect them to get energized and campaign for you.
The tea party is not going to coalesce around Romney, Judson Phillips told The Daily Caller on Thursday. Most of us will vote for Romney, but we will not be out there with signs for him or in his campaign.
Phillips said that surveys conducted on the Tea Party Nation website have shown that about 25 percent of tea party activists say they wont vote for Romney in the general election.
-snip- Another conservative leader, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, struck a similar note after former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race this week.
Its difficult for us to back a candidate our constituents dont believe in and arent excited about, Perkins told CNN
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...
I don't think this country will survive another four years of big political machine dominated government, whether it's Obama or Romney and the GOP-e makes little difference.
Principled Conservatives are the RAT Party's favorite tools!
You better hope he does. Besides before you rush to condemn maybe you should wait and see if the man becomes a leader of conservatives before you contemn him as a liberal from a leftist state.
We ain’t got a lot of options here, we might as well run with the horse we got and hope its better than the horse trying to enslave us to a socialist state.
Agreed with post 17. I’m not voting for Romney. He’s anti-gun, supports initiatives similiar to Obamacare, and stands for much that I find repulsive. I’m not voting for a libtard. I’ll leave that section of the ballot blank.
If the Republican Party can’t pick a Conservative candidate, they don’t need my support or my vote. Instead of fixing the sucking chest wound our nation has with the Romney bandaid, we need major surgery to fix it. Romney will only keep us down this failed path. I won’t support that by voting for him.
Let the RINO apparatchiks campaign for Romney — he’s their guy.
Exactly. Anyone pimping Romney in any way is actively voting for Obama.
Romney is not the candidate yet and the Tea party is telling the GOP party the consequences of selecting a statist lite (Romney) against a statist (Obama). We are influencing the primaries that way. It is our message that is getting out and getting coverage in the press. If Romney can be denied the delegates he requires to win the nomination, then the Tea Party would have acheived an important victory. That also happens to be the only way a conservative has a chance via a brokered convention.
You are making the assumption that conservatives will just stay home. Not a single conservative I have talked to said that is what they are going to do. In fact, most of us who will not vote for Romney will vote GOP down ticket and write in a protest vote for president.
There is little difference between the horse trying to enslave us to a socialist state and the horse trying to enslave us to a socialist state, who says he isn’t. Oh wait, they both say that. Does it just come down to who is the better liar?
Romney the Cheating Backstabber has no chance.
No matter how many votes he bought.
No matter how many people BAIN and Marriott hatchet out
Romney lost always and fled Massachusetts.
Can YOU guess why?
I wonder why the GOP elite didn’t think of it before pushing the lying, etch-a-sketch, liberal down our throats.
When are FReepers on here going to quit blaming the GOP elite for the Conservative demise of the 2012 Primary Season? It’s our, The Conservatives, fault. We have to take most of the blame for ONCE AGAIN, ending up with a RINO nominee. Let me explain why?
Where are the “good” Conservative Candidates? We don’t have that many to begin with, but: Where was Jim DeMint, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, et. al...... I’ll cut Sarah some slack because her family has already pulled a hitch in hell. But, why did none of the “good” Conservatives, who would have been electable, even get into the race? And the wack jobs we did get, had such friggin’ egos, they could not coalesce around one Conservative and the RINO ended up wining, Primary after Primary, by a plurality. Finally it winnows down to the Final Four: Kook-Daddy and the Three Stooges.
Why did the friggin’ Tea Party not ENDORSE one Conservative candidate? Because they’re as splintered as the rest of the Conservatives are. Hell, look how divisive the people on this website are: Many hate Romney, many hate Newt, many hate Santorum. People called for Newt to drop out. Well, Rick had RINO-Rom practically all to himself in MI, IL, OH, and Puerto Rico and got his butt handed to him.
So, when are we gonna quit blaming the GOP Elite because we haven’t learned a friggin’ thing from past Primary Seasons. We keep running the same cycle.... over and over and over and over....... Just damn!!!
So who is more to blame? The GOP elite who force an lame candidate or the voter who will not support a lame candidate.
There is hope, hope, hard work, and money can produce results. We just re-routed our twice used Newt signs that were going to Arkansas and Texas to North Carolina. I’m sure most of them will end up in Texas but may miss Arkansas. Newt’s right, don’t give up until someone has the real 1144 comitted. Even talking about voting for Romney agaist obama gives the rinos reason to take our vote for granted.
It’s a funny thing about some conservatives. They don’t seem to grasp that not everyone everywhere is by their own choices worthy of liberty. Yes its a noble thought, but some people such as the people of Massachusetts are not worthy of being free men & women.
What Mitt did there to help them get what they wanted, a further enslavement to the Socialist state was perhaps deserving of the people who choose to live & vote in Massachusetts. I have no problem with leftist robing each other of their individual rights and thus by extension individual life choices.
I am not going to spend my money and resources saving them from themselves. I think at some point theses people need to be allowed to try their socialist schemes so that they can demonstrate to all the world what a foolish failure they are.
We conservatives on the other hand need to watch carefully and keep track of the accounting to make sure all the world sees the true costs both in money & liberty.
I had not thought about your idea that the GOP elites wanted to shrink the tent and get the Tea Party out. But now that you mention it, it makes a lot of sense.
First thing is the Tea Party has been taken over by politicians, their ideas are still better than the alternatives. Where the Tea Party will make a difference is in the halls of congress! The presidential spot will probably never be won by the Tea Party. What they are setting up for the coming election is another Perot moment so we will end up with the same scumbags that we have had for the last 3+ years. Sorry, I will not do this. We have to take the medicine that will make us less sick. Face it, we will have 2 choices for the next election, republican or democrat. A vote for any other candidate is as good as not voting, but you will feel like you have voiced your opinion, good job, feel better. Guess what? You lost.
I would think that unprincipled Republicans are the RAT party's favorite tools. You know... conservatives in name only...
I don’t believe this. I am a tea party member. I will vote for Romney and I will maybe get a yard sign or a bumper sticker.
Obama has given us fair warning (although inadvertently) that if elected he will double down on his destructive policies.
There will be no drilling, no tax cuts, no cutting of destructive agencies like the EPA. The NEA (both of them) will have free reign to indoctrinate our kids.
Our foreign enemies will have no respect for us at all, toothless pussy cats as we will be.
I won’t risk it. I’ll work for Romney.
And by your logic, conservatives can never win.
Sorry dude, free societies are messy, and folks don't agree. That's reality.
I think and speak "fly-over country" American interests and values and have a deep love for my country and the universal values expressed in our founding documents.
I want to hear a similar, from the head and heart, love and understanding being expressed from the person I vote for or I don't vote for them and will join the campaign against them.
I don't hear "American" from the demonrats/progressives. I hear the exact opposite.
What they are saying scares the hell out of me and demands someone to fight what they've done!
And, unfortunately, we don't get someone like that from the GOPe.
In fact, Romney sounds more like a former accountant from the UN who is trying out for a used car sales job.
“Romney has NO shot....zero.....zilch.....nada.”
Romney has no shot because he is all over the map and lies about it. He is attacking Obamacare these days after running on a platform of supporting his Romneycare in 2008 and wanting it implemented on a national level. Plus, he still supports his plans and sees nothing wrong with it. In his view, the two plans are vastly different. Yet they both were crafted by the same people and Romneycare is a model for Obamacare. The individual mandate is in both and that is what the supreme court is looking at to decide if Obamacare should end.
Basically the tea party has every reason to be cold towards Slick Willard. Some videos.
Liberal Mitt’s Greatest Hits
The Real Mitt Romney - More like a Liberal
Bill O’Reilly Interviews Mitt Romney on RomneyCare
Mitt Romney Flip flopper
Romney flip-flops & abortion. - Romney investigation
Mitt Romney: Big money - Romney investigation
Gun grabber Mitt Romney exposed. - Romney investigation
Mark Levin: Who Is Mitt Romney?
I would like to blame the GOP-e for putting us in the pickle we are in, but the non-mitts failed when they needed to succeed. Perry failed, Cain failed, Newt failed, and Santorum failed. It was one big bucket of fail for the non mitts. The GOP-e certainly helped, but a good candidate could have overcome them, as Reagan did so succesfully.
I’m not convinced we are talking about the same set of horses.
Because of the nature of Mitt’s past Governorship and the nessity of his political positioning thereto it is impossible to accurately judge his true positioning now with respect to the present position he is now running for.
I cannot reiterate enough the need to distinguished between state level politics & policy’s and that of Federal Politics & policy’s. We must Never allow ourselves to fall into the trap of believing the 2 should be fully equable. To do so leads us down the dark path too many of our politicians have taken in treading Washington like a 2nd usurper State government.
You STFU. You GOP-e types have a lot of nerve commenting on a conservative website with your commie crap. You can take your favorite socialist and shove him where the sun don’t shine.
There is a reason it is called the TEA “Party.” The GOP has joined the marxists in the dems party in trying to destroy this country. The TEA parties want to stop all of you commies and socialists from taking things over. Conservatives can join together in TEA parties to get away from all of you marxists.
By the way, one of Alinsky’s biggest tricks is Mitt Romney. If the dems want to use Alinsky tricks on anyone, I can’t think of any more deserving candidate than Mitt Romney son of an Alinsky acolyte. His dad bowed to Alinsky and the son is even worse than the father.
If I were you, I’d tone the Mitt drool down a bit. Last night a few Mittbugs got zapped good and they weren’t half as obnoxious as you.
Why don’t you go join your friends at the HuffPo if you want to STFU conservatives?
Osama Obama & Friends rejoice every time they read a story like this.They fire up their crack pipes and celebrate by ******* each other up the ***,as today's "progressives" so often do.
I'm making my assumptions based only on electoral history. The best measure of voter intensity in a Presidential election year is the strength of the Presidential candidates themselves. If Obama cruises to reelection, as many FReepers assume he will, history shows that there is a great likelihood of Democrat candidates being elected as well.
My point is not to be fooled into thinking that denying Romney office to send a message to the GOP establishment is free of down-ballot consequences; punishing the establishment may turn out to be punishing overselves.
You may be angry that Romney will probably get the nomination. You may dislike Romney’s politics. But to say he is a dummy is not only wrong, it weakens your message.
They should realize that Newt is running to save America. He is not running for husband and none of us are going to marry him!
I don’t even have to hold my nose because I respect what newt accomplished before—the actual changing of America for the better—and we NEED him to do it again!!!
Ah, but you are spending your money doing just that, if you pay Federal income tax. And, if Obama is given free reign to implement more of his Socialist ides in a second term, you'll be paying for even more of it.
Replay the debates. All you have to do is listen to Romney’s words now. His first instinct is always to provide a solution to a problem from a stance of big powerful central government, instead of trying to get govt out of the way, limit it, and let the people solve problems and retain their freedom. That is the heart and core of socialism.
For some Washington men victory at all cost is a simple career choice. Others and i think, most Washington men that is, have a genuine interest in the power of their Government as that directly impacts the power of their insider influence.
The nature of both lawyers and lobbiest being the overwhelming bulk of the former, future, and present politicians seems to only further reinforce the notion that not only as a presently composed group but as individuals these people have a vested interest in the power of their respective governments. Power that directly translates in to both their present(in office) and future(out of office) influence.
Unfortunately we cannot hope to fight this corruption directly. Human nature is a funny thing in that it is so consistent and predominate in driving the minds of men, men we as a group can never hope to replace before their replacements too become pawns of the same game. Our path to victory must therefore heng upon a completely different plan of attack. One that utilizes the self-interest and greed of men against them. In short one that pits 1 group against the other and favors the group we as individuals can most control.(the more local due to individual feet vote)
Now I am not for Romney by any stretch of imagination, my preference this time went Palin, Perry, Cain, Newt, (Sometimes it was Newt then Cain) then it was Newt, I tried to like Santorum be wouldn't let me (but he is preferable to Romney!) now its Arggh! So please no name calling!
Too many people here do that and sometimes this place sounds as rational as DemoRat Underground!
There are two driving principles behind my vote, it would be ideal if both principles could satisfied then great. Hasn't happened since 1980 & 1984. But only one is a sufficient condition to vote, this time again I will be voting to deny power to the most dangerous candidate. Romney mostly has foolish views, he is not an enemy of American prestige and power. Even if we think of him as Gordon Gecko, a Zimbabwe version of the USA does him no good. (And don't say he would go off shore! Where to Europe hah! Look at Europe! Can you say PIIGS! We fall, they fall, all fall!) Zero and his ilk are too much the ideologue to see that! They actually want that Zimbabwe America. With Zero we go off the cliff at high speed and accelerating, with Romney we still head for the cliff but are decelerating. So there maybe time to turn things around so that Greece or Zimbabwe is not our future.
Strong GOP majorities in place can check any Romney accesses, it would be much harder to check a 2nd term Zero. First Zero would try to govern like Chavez because a) He is an arrogant ass, b) No political cost! He would dare the GOP to impeach him. If we could not impeach Clinton we aren't going to impeach the firs black president. Look we can't even get a handle in Zero's actual origins and story. So impeach? Impossible!
No, it isn’t “functionally” a vote for Obama, and mincing words and posting long-winded analysis won’t change that. Your vote only goes to the person you pull the lever for - it doesn’t magically equate to an Obama vote, and it doesn’t “take votes away” from anyone, either.
Clintons impeachment conviction failed in the GOP-e controlled Senate because they believed it would be politically better to have a wounded Clinton still in office leading up to the next election. If they had voted simply on the facts, they would have convicted him.
“If I can’t have a BMW I’d rather walk.” I would go with a Chevette instead of walking.
I'm so tired of GOP-e apologists and their frantic scare tactics.
They are like the girlfriend who doesn't understand that IT'S OVER. I won't vote for anyone not conservative. Ever again.
Romney is a stupid dummy.
He did not have the guts to defend his own wife in
the last 24 hours.
Romney is stupid and ruined the MASS economy.
Romney is so stupid he has to pay for votes
and cheat and import his congregation to help
his cheating over state lines.
And his comment about trees in Michigan being
the “perfect size”?
Without FOX “News” and his loyal troops who
pimp him, Romney would not even make it to
his fake “30%”.
I wish that wasn't that case, but it will be.
I seem to recall how most news anchors & debate moderators today will not accept any non-government policy based answer as an answer. They want to know how he will wield power not how he will not wield power.
You are of course right this breads not only statism but ultimately & inevitably socialism. The state is not the center of any civilization and certiantly not the center of the solution to every problem.
And both Romney and Obama represent the communist state.
Brevity. Brevity is my “thing”.
“Ah, but you are spending your money doing just that, if you pay Federal income tax. And, if Obama is given free reign to implement more of his Socialist ides in a second term, you’ll be paying for even more of it.”
That is the Federal government lawlessly taking my money and spending it on an un-enumerated functions almost all of which have nothing to do with saving any socialist fool any socialist experiment. Quite the opposition it is the lawless imposition that experiment upon our population by a lawless Government from which there is no escape.
This obviously makes me quite angry. But Massachusetts being a very distant state composed of a very disgusting and irresponsible population doing this to themselves does not bother me. Their vote & acts to impose it upon the rest of us, is what bothers me. The people of Massachusetts deserve to live in a communist hellhole of their own creation. We should not be holding them back from the fire. They want to be Marxist fools and jump in, I say let em. The sooner we are rid of them the better off we will be.
You have to ask that question after seeing what the Romney/GOP hit machine did to those conservative who did enter the race?
Romney and his super-pac buds have run the dirtiest primary advertising, filled with half-truths and falsehoods, I can recall in my lifetime.
So you are willing to go communist faster? Stomping your feet on the sidelines doesn’t accomplish anything.
LOL - you sound like a liberal.
I tend to view this as not so much failed but rather they were unsupported at the top and occationally sabotaged. The GOP has been taken over by moderates who refuse to look at history and see that when we run moderate candidates, the GOP loses elections.
Nope, I prefer to let the GOP-e know that they can't force a RINO on me, so that eventually the idiots may get a clue. And work to keep the RINO from getting elected. And educate people on conservativism versus go-along-to-get-along GOP bullcrap.
You are spot on in your assessment that we won’t survive another four years of either.
Government spending as a percentage of GDP has been averaging 10-12% for the past few years and it’s unsustainable when you start to look at it exponentially. The problem is, when that money spigot is turned off, the contraction will be painful, and I can’t think of a single politician who is willing to do the right thing, fall on their sword, and get our spending under control.
Mitt sure isn’t going to do that.