Polls confirm what has been obvious on Tea Party Nation’s forums and on other conservative websites throughout the country.
If conservative voters are given a choice between the current announced or probable candidates and the choice “someone else,” someone else wins.
There are some conservatives in the race people like. Michele Bachmann remains a Tea Party favorite. Herman Cain, fresh off an impressive performance at the South Carolina debate is also well liked among conservatives. Despite the affection the Tea Party has for them, there is concern about their electability.
There is also the list of bad candidates. These include Romney, Gingrich, Huckabee, Johnson and Huntsman. These are the establishment candidates who if elected, would probably govern right of center, but would offer no conservative blue print for the future. They offer nothing new. They do not want to dismantle socialism, only manage it. Under any of these establishment candidates, socialism would not be reversed; only the growth of socialism would be slowed.
There are the unknowns, such as Pawlenty and Roemer. Pawlenty who supported cap and trade and Roemer who is a conservative but is unknown and offers no real reason for anyone to vote for him.
And there are the conservatives who either are not running or probably will not run. This list includes Allen West and Sarah Palin. While both politicians generate passion, they have not shown the ability to unify the conservative movement, a crucial concern if they were to run and possibly a major reason why neither will likely run.
Among the conservative faithful, there is a restlessness. There is a feeling that we really need a Reagan conservative that is not yet out there.
There is another individual who is starting to pick up buzz and some interest among conservatives and major conservative donors. We have mentioned him before on Tea Party Nation.
McCotter has a solid conservative pedigree. He opposed the Bush bailouts and TARP. McCotter is almost the anti-politician, as he is not interested in celebrity. Fox News talk show host Greg Gutfield said, “In my mind, he’s one of the few pols who seem less interested in impressing celebrities or making cheap points of sentimentality than preserving the freedoms unique to our delightful island nation.”
S.E. Cupp, conservative columnist and author wrote about McCotter, “Amid a sea of slick salesmen vying for the Oval Office, including the man who currently occupies it, McCotter’s disregard for personal glory, his contempt for power grabs and his ability to bring common-sense solutions to some of our most nagging national problems might not make him the darling of the political glitterati. It should, however, make him a candidate for President.”
McCotter has not exactly expressed interest in the job, but he has left the door open.
While it is still early in the political season, we are moving to the point where the conservatives in the GOP need to agree on a candidate and support that candidate. By early fall, this needs to be not an idea but a reality. Almost every poll out there has Romney with a lead. Mitt Romney may be the one Republican who can guarantee Barack Obama a second term. Before we can stop a second Obama term, we must first stop a Romney nomination.
With the unease conservatives look at the current field, perhaps we do need to look outside of the field. Thad McCotter is definitely a rising star and since the conservative movement is not unified behind someone right now, he definitely merits a strong look and perhaps some encouragement to jump in this race!
Don't throw out the baby with the ... Think. Yes the TP has made great strides. It is not the majority yet. We are growing but it takes time to build trust, reputation, and a favorable track record. We are in a coalition with the GOP and have helped them win the house. The TP did not win the house we are not yet strong enough to be a party let alone govern from even a plurality. The GOP candidate must be able to get those 6 seats needed to control the senate and win the White house. If the Tea Party starts "going rouge" now we lose a great opportunity. Don't go the way of other third parties. "Stay the Course" Once we stop the bleeding we can look to healing. Baby steps. The momentum is on the TP side but 2037 is still a way off and the "fence riders" haven't been scared enough yet.
Conservatives are not the answer. Uncompromising Christain conservatives are. See my soon to be posted blog "The Tea Party Two step" for more of my thoughts.
Following are the excellent thoughts of a friend of mine (Teno):
Settling for the lesser evil is exactly why we keep getting worse and worse candidates. If we will settle for someone who appears just one step to the right of liberal Democrats, that's all the Republicans will ever offer us. We will NEVER get any better if we continue to support lesser evils.
If you vote for a pseudo-conservative you actually have voted for a loser. Christians have gotten so far away from God's word that they no longer have a clue of what winning and losing is. Winning is doing RIGHT, no matter what. Compromise is LOSING.
I'm not concerned with being a majority. I'm concerned with being RIGHT. I'd rather be in the minority and be RIGHT. I'd rather vote for a godly "loser" than an ungodly "winner".
We need to SPEAK UP and vote for politicians who will not compromise. I'd rather vote for a loser than vote for a winner who won't deliver on why I voted for him.
bad idea, if Thad wants to be Pres. get elected to Senate or Gov. first
Ron Paul, the only man in D.C. who has consistantly voted with the Constitution and people that call themselves members of the T Party throw him under the bus. Guess this bunch is not for me.
I'm amazed that you are blowing by Herman Cain to promote someone who is even less well know. Herman Cain is genuinely conservative, has outstanding executive experience, and knows how to communicate so that people listen and understand. And as a bonus he takes race off the table.
I'm not looking any further. I'll give him all the support I can