“The Tea Parties have a choice to make. They can remain the much maligned conservative wing of the Republican Party, they can wither and die, or they can fight back.” Dr. Donald Mellon, “Texas Tea Party, Texas Third Party,” December 27, 2014
Dr. Mellon is right. And the stakes are every bit as high as he states in his recent TeaParty911.com article:
“The establishment Republican Party has declared war on the Tea Party. But the fate of the Tea Party and the country are intertwined such that the destruction of the Tea Party will also ensure the continued march toward the economic collapse of the country and the loss of liberty and property to follow.”
The GOP Establishment and the legacy liberal media are collaborating, for different motives, to promote Jeb Bush to be the next McRomney-like GOP Presidential candidate.
If Jeb Bush decides not to run, the Establishment mantel will fall on another “moderate” Republican McRomney look-a-like. And the number of conservative voters who abstain on November 8, 2016 will far eclipse those absent from the 2012 polling booths.
In the meantime, the GOP Establishment, supported by their major donors, and the legacy liberal media are shilling for Bush III.
Here’s just one example of the hype underway, in this case driven by CNN’s Alexandra Jaffe’s recent article entitled “CNN/ORC Poll: Bush surges to 2016 GOP frontrunner.”She opens breathlessly with:
The scope of the poll is defined in the final paragraph: “The survey was conducted by live interview among 1,011 adults nationwide from Dec. 18-21, with a subsample of 453 Republicans and 469 Democrats, via landline and cell phone.”
When we crack open the internals of the poll, we learn more:
“BASED ON 244 RESPONDENTS WHO DESCRIBE THEMSELVES AS REPUBLICANS AND 209 WHO DESCRIBE THEMSELVES AS INDEPENDENTS WHO LEAN REPUBLICAN, FOR A TOTAL OF 453 REPUBLICANS — SAMPLING ERROR: +/- 4.5 PERCENTAGE PTS.
34. I’m going to read a list of people who may be running in the Republican primaries for president in 2016. After I read all the names, please tell me which of those candidates you would be most likely to support for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, or if you would support someone else. Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Mike Pence, Rick Perry, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, or Scott Walker. (RANDOM ORDER)
Dec. 18-21, 2014 Nov. 21-23 2014
Bush 23% 14%
Christie 13% 9%
Carson 7% 11%
None/No one 5% 2%
No opinion 3% 4%
The candidate list goes on, but it means nothing at this point.
So, 63 (26%) of the 244 self-described Republicans chose Jeb Bush? Well, no – 26% of the 244 self-described GOP’ers + 209 independents “leaning Republican” chose Bush III. How many of them (26% of 453 = 118) were among the “leaning” versus how many were self-described Republicans? We don’t know.
And, from what part of the country were the respondents chosen? A Republican in Maine is categorically different than a Republican in Oklahoma.
Of those 453 polled on the GOP side, 74% (335) chose a candidate other than Jeb.
At this point, it all means nothing, but it does signal that the Jebster Hype Machine is up and running, and not likely to abate until/unless Jeb withdraws from the race.
Where does that leave the Tea Party movement in Texas, and in the nation? In Limbo – if it doesn’t plan – starting soon – to impact the 2016 Presidential election.
Dr. Mellon writes, “Jeb Bush has announced he favors amnesty and common core so how different would he be than Hillary? If he owes no allegiance to conservatives why would he rule as one?…[I]t is becoming necessary to put Texas Tea Parties and therefore all Tea Parties in a position to influence American thought before it is too late.”
Because Donald Mellon is right, the question Tea Party leaders must address early in 2015 is:
How does the Texas Tea Party prepare for the General Election in 2016, and with what goal in mind?
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