The Pub party will become a minority party if they abandon the middle class, main street Pubs, who are the bulk of the Tea Party. The idea that everything will "settle down" and the base will still vote for the Pubs if we cut a deal that's good for our business interests is not going to work.
The Tea Party was born out of opposition to obamacare. The destruction of individual liberty and tax burdens created by this law will never be acceptable. The Tea Party has been under attack almost from the get go. The Rats refused tax exempt status to Tea Party organizations. The Rats had the IRS audit large contributors. The mainstream media has denigrated the Tea Party organization and members. The Pubs have only reluctantly given them a voice, but not positions of power within the party. Yet the Tea Party is still here!
If the Pubs abandon us in this fight. I know I will respond by only contributing to Tea Party candidates who are running against establishment Pubs in the primaries. If the Tea Party candidate gets the nomination then I will contribute to them in the general election and vote for them if possible. If the Tea Party candidate is not a ballot I won't be voting.
Enough is enough. I'm embarrassed to say I did vote for McCain, Romney and other establishment Pubs. I knew they weren't what I wanted, but I figured the alternative was worse. I don't care anymore.
The tea party movement was initially born out of opposition to TARP the auto bailouts and other sundry bailouts and crony subsidies ad infinitum.
They later focused on opposition to Obamacare, a natural progression since it (Obamacare) is a huge bailout/subsidy to big Insurance, Big Pharma and Big Hospital monopolies.