| Recently, Boycott Watch reported
how the Tea Party movement gave the omen of immanent collapse when it declared
a one-day boycott of everything, as
one-day boycotts have
always preceded the collapse of organizations and how the recent
Tea Party boycott
In response to a Boycott Watch
article on this topic, Greta Van Susteren of Fox News issued a poll which
showed 90% of her viewers disagreed with our prediction. Recent events,
however, indicate Boycott Watch is right despite what Tea Party fans may think.
Here are the facts:
- 1) The recent Tea Party convention was a failure.
Despite unification efforts, it is still a fractured organization with various
groups rejecting the convention and no desire for actual unified
- 2) While Gov. Palin spoke at the Tea Party
convention, she embarrassed herself by writing on her hand. Meanwhile, the CPAC
convention had much more prominent Republicans speaking, including Rush
Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.
- 3) The Tea Party convention ended with no new or
expanded direction or vision for the organization. This is partly because the
Tea Party has attracted fringe conservatives who previously had no home in the
Right now, Tea Party activists are meeting
with republican candidates, including the very incumbents they publicly reject,
to reconcile their differences and work with the only people they can. The Tea
Party people are not alone though. Their message parallels the plan Republicans
are developing anyhow to win back Congress, a plan that was influenced more as
a response to Democratic Party politics than the Tea Party, thus Republican
incumbents will inherently win Tea Party votes anyhow. When a Tea Party
organizer was on Fox News recently, and I will leave the name out since the
guest was completely inarticulate, she could only come up with one Republican
she was unhappy with, and that was a Governor, not a Congressman. If the Tea
Party "leadership" can only complain about one Republican, there is not much
else to talk about.
The fact is the Tea Party is
failing and they know it. The Tea Party activists have no viable candidates to
speak of. While Gov. Palin accepted a $100,000 speaking fee for the Tea Party
convention claiming she is giving it back to "the cause," the question becomes
what is that cause since the Tea Party is not organized anyhow. If that really
was the case, she should have spoken for free. Plus, by stating she is giving
the money back to the Tea Party, Gov. Palin may have separated herself from the
Republican mainstream, explaining why she as the recent VP candidate did not
speak at the CPAC convention.
I could comment about why Gov.
Palin chose to speak at the Tea Party convention and its implications, but this
article is neither about Gov. Palin nor about the Republican Party. The fact is
the Tea Party is continuing to fall apart despite what its own activists and
supporters say. That is the point.