Almost immediately after the Tea Party began in 2009, the left, particularly the left wing media, began to announce the death of the Tea Party.  Those articles in the left wing media have become almost a regular feature.

But recently, one left wing site posted a story about the death of the Tea Party.  This story is radically different because, for once, they may be right.

What was the story and are they right?

The story ran in Politico. It was called, “How we killed the Tea Party.” It was not written by a left wing hack. It was written by a campaign finance lawyer who had worked for groups that scammed conservatives out of millions of dollars.

These groups created what can only be termed as “scampaigns.”  You’ve seen them. Petitions to demand that John Boehner be fired as House Speaker and now Paul Ryan be fired. Petitions to demand that Trey Gowdy or Ben Carson be drafted to be President.  The petitions are followed by a legion of emails or direct mails asking for money.  These scampaigns also went into candidate campaigns.

The most recent of these scampaigns was Paul Nehlen’s campaign against Paul Ryan.  Any sane person, who knew anything about the race, knew Nehlen’s campaign was a scam and Ryan would get somewhere north of 80% of the vote in his district.  Ryan received 84%.

Nehlen’s reaction to defeat? He is forming a PAC!   The scampaign must continue!

In 2014, some of these groups sponsored candidates running for the Senate. These included Milton Wolf, whose primary claim to fame was being Barack Obama’s cousin.  He ran against Pat Roberts, an older but generally conservative Senator in Kansas. Wolf was crushed.  They supported Greg Brannon in North Carolina. Again, another candidate with no chance who may well be a 9/11 truther, based on some of his comments.

And they supported Matt Bevin in Kentucky. Bevin has turned out to be a fantastic governor but anyone who knew anything about that race in 2014, knew that Mitch McConnell was going to crush him.

Meanwhile in Tennessee, then State Representative Joe Carr was running against Lamar Alexander.  Alexander is one of the most liberal Republicans in the Senate, who can always be counted on to cross the aisle.  This race was very competitive. Carr reached out to these Washington groups for help.  None of them did.  Carr ended up losing by 9 points but held Alexander, who is a political legend in Tennessee with almost universal name recognition, to under 50% for the first time in his political career.

In 2014, an unknown candidate named Dave Brat challenged then House Speaker Eric Cantor.  Tea Party Nation told you about Brat and told you Brat would win.  None of the Washington groups came into help Dave Brat, until the day after he beat Eric Cantor.  Suddenly all of these groups were supporting Dave Brat. They endorsed him.  Huckster Sarah Palin listed Dave Brat as one of the people she endorsed in 2014, implying that she helped him win.

Her endorsement came the day after he beat Cantor.

There is a reason you don’t get emails from Tea Party Nation asking for money.  We are run by volunteers. No one gets a salary from Tea Party Nation.

The Tea Party movement is not dead. But it is badly hurt by these scampaigners.  Had the millions they scammed gone to help move a conservative agenda forward and help candidates, we might have a completely different America today.

If you have not read the article in Politico, it is well worth the read.

Meanwhile, it is up to the people. Either we push forward with the Tea Party ideals of smaller government and freedom and make the leaders in Washington listen or we let the Tea Party die.

If the Tea Party dies, it is not because of the ideas of the Tea Party failed. It will be because the Tea Party was murdered in a robbery.

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  1. MUG

    Thank you Judson, well said. I still wonder whether the Trump campaign is a scampaign. He is now admitting that he might lose to Hillary, but has vowed never to change how he campaigns because he is who he is.

    1. Larry Wallenmeyer

      MUG, Trampo’s “campaign” IS 100% a full-fledged SCAMpaign, nothing more, nothing less, NOTHING ELSE. It is a mirror reflection of Little Lying, Liberal Donnie El Trampo himself: a corrupt, lying, hard-Left, child-molesting/raping, adulterer, Liberal thug and bully.
      Trampo met with the Clinton’s in the spring of 2015, Bill talked him (rather easily, they ARE CLOSE FRIENDS aster all) into running as a (faux) Conservative/Republican to do EXACTLY what he did, lay a scorched earth policy to the other 16 Candidates, each far more (Really) Conservative than El Trampo ever even pretended to be.
      The R.I.N.O. GOP establishment supported El Trampo because they thought they could control him…could the Reishstag control Hitler? Could the Politboro control Stalin?
      We got what 20,000,000 cross-over DEMOCRAT primary voters and deluded R.I.N.O.s wanted- another New York, Hard-Left, Egomaniac, Lying, Corrupt, Liberal, aka Donnie El Trampo.

      Truth, good and what is right NEVER LOSE, and can NEVER lose- only when we we abandon it do WE lose.

      -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

  2. Paul B.

    Of course the Tea Party has been in decline since 2009. Many leaders have spent too much time in Washington, D.C. and got corrupted by the system.

    You have Jenny Beth Martin and many others lining their own filthy pockets. She now has a $450,000 salary and recently bought a 1.5 million dollar home! Not bad for someone who used to clean houses for a living! All that Tea Party.org does now is try to solicit money!
    When was the last time they had a major rally in D.C.? They are shameless and despicable traitors!

  3. Lynn Bryant DeSpain

    The reduction of power and effect of the ‘Tea Party’ came from within, and not from without, as evidenced by all the diverse responses to all articles placed before its members.
    As a ‘Political Force,’ we have forgotten that we have but one opponent, and that is the ‘Socialistic, Progressive, over burdening taxers of both Political Partys’, whose numbers are small in comparrison to the hundreds of millions of citizens they fail to represent!
    We had but one winner in the Republican Primary, and instead of backing Mr. Trump, we have done nothing but offer support to others to replace him as our nominee. In and of itself a foolish endevour, done on an idiots errand.
    We look for the weakness in our own, rather than the opponents, and basically do their work for them.
    We are not alone in this, many other, so called, conservative groups have been doing the same!
    When Trump says Obama and Hillary head the ISIS, explain to others what he meant! When Trump comments include the NRA, explain the purpose for the Second Amendment, and its reason to assure that ‘We, the People’ can replace our own government when they no longer represent our will.
    If we treat him as a fool, how else can we, but blame ourselves for lack of effect. Our Constitution made no protection for us from Political Partys, and they have taken advantage of us, “The People, since John Adams, and Tomas Jefferson. Trump is not you typical Political Party Candidate, and for this, I applaud him.

    1. MUG

      Lynn, we all know our opponent is Socialist Progressive Liberalism, and that makes Trump one of the enemy, no matter how badly you want to pretend otherwise. Rhetoric does not make a Conservative, a track-record is necessary, and Trump’s track-record is Socialist Progressive Liberal! Wanting to defeat the “anointed” Socialist Progressive Liberal with a Socialist Progressive Liberal who is pretending to be Conservative is insane.

      If Trump were a true Conservative, he would be fighting to win instead of conducting himself like a doofus that scares more people into intending to vote for Hillary to stop Trump. He actually posted on Twitter that he will never change his campaign tactic because “I am who I am.”

      I know you blame the Conservatives who won’t vote for him, but the real blame lies with Trump who is doing a fantastic job of recruiting voters for Hillary. There are not enough of us to make up the difference if we would vote for Trump.

    2. Larry Wallenmeyer

      Lynn,
      You’re observations and conclusions thereof, as usual, are wrong.
      Trampo is NOT the answer.
      Trampo is NOT the solution.

      Here is who and what Trampo has and IS funding, voting for, and supporting:
      JIMMY CARTER- TWICE!
      WALTER MONDALE
      BILL CLINTON- TWICE!
      NANCY PELOSI
      BARBARA BOXER
      DIANE FEINSTEIN
      CHARLIE RANGEL
      CHUCK SCHUMER
      HARRY REID
      AL GORE
      JOHN KERRY
      BILL DE BLASIO- ADMITTED COMMUNIST!
      HILLARY CLINTON
      THE CLINTON FOUNDATION
      GEORGE SOROS!!!
      MITCH MCCONNELL
      JOHN BOEHNER
      JOHN MCCAIN
      ANTHONY WEINER
      MAXINE WATTERS
      OBAMARXIST- TWICE!
      PLANNED PARENTHOOD
      CODE PINK
      9/11 TRUTHERS
      ALEX JONES/PRISON PLANET/ INFOWARS…

      ALL HARD LEFT, MARXIST, CONSPIRACY WING-NUTS!!

      I challenge, AGAIN, any Trampo supporter to show me using reliable and verifiable PROOF that:
      1) the above is NOT true, (you wont be able to),
      2) how ANY of the above is real, genuine Conservatism, (you wont because it’s NOT).

      Trampo’s “campaign” IS 100% a full-fledged SCAMpaign, nothing more, nothing less, NOTHING ELSE. It is a mirror reflection of Little Lying, Liberal Donnie El Trampo himself: a corrupt, lying, hard-Left, child-molesting/raping, adulterer, Liberal thug and bully.
      Trampo met with the Clinton’s in the spring of 2015, Bill talked him (rather easily, they ARE CLOSE FRIENDS aster all) into running as a (faux) Conservative/Republican to do EXACTLY what he did, lay a scorched earth policy to the other 16 Candidates, each far more (Really) Conservative than El Trampo ever even pretended to be.
      The R.I.N.O. GOP establishment supported El Trampo because they thought they could control him…could the Reishstag control Hitler? Could the Politboro control Stalin?
      We got what 20,000,000 cross-over DEMOCRAT primary voters and deluded R.I.N.O.s wanted- another New York, Hard-Left, Egomaniac, Lying, Corrupt, Liberal, aka Donnie El Trampo.

      Truth, good and what is right NEVER LOSE, and can NEVER lose- only when we we abandon it do WE lose.

      -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

    3. Jo Anne Garside

      Lynn you are correct. This Republican Party will suffer a greater loss than a presidency if Trump loses. There will be a massive move out of the party to Independent Conservatives status. The Republicans like Bush, Romney, Mc Cain, and those with a death grip on their jobs who are supporting this dark horse will hold the “knife” that yields the fatal blows. The whiney fools will be without the means to continue their dishonored careers. As ICs we could manage quite well. The unions are facing the same dilemmas. Who needs the……

  4. Jane Wulle

    I have become disenchanted with the Tea Party due to the bashing of TRUMP…. It’s insulting to me as I support his run for president. Perhaps many don’t like him but a whole lot of people do. I am disappointed that The Tea Party & Republicans do not support the peoples choice. If the peoples choice had the conservative backing they deserve we could have walked away with the presidency.
    J:)

    1. MUG

      Trump is not the people’s choice by any stretch of the imagination. Only if Trump were a Conservative, which he is not, would he deserve Conservative backing. If Trump would mount an effective campaign, which he hasn’t and which he won’t, he could walk away with the presidency.

      1. Catherine

        Thanks, MUG. Absolutely correct. Not sure entirely what Judson was calling scampaigners though. Was Dave Brat a result of a scampaigner? If not, why was he mentioned? Thanks.

      2. Kenny Sono

        Mug, two things (I’m sure you can predict by now)……
        1. Taint’ over till ‘ it’s over.
        2. If I only had a quarter left, and I was walking through a Trump casino……. I could keep it, walk out, maybe make a call ……maybe find a cup and start shaking the quarter to see if it reproduces……BUT:
        Most likely I would put it in a slot machine.
        Starting over with almost NOTHING seems way worse than the RISK of losing everything / to me.

        1. Agi Yaeger

          Mug you are spot on. We tend to forget that we did not leave Trump, Trump left us behind by openly refusing the tea party platform, the conservative belief in small government, lower taxes and the most egregious act of all not conserving our Constitution. After all, he isn’t even familiar with its content.
          I’m tired of defending my conservative values and principles to the wanna-be conservatives, who really follow progressive ideology and may not even know it.
          I do agree with Trump’s immigration reform plans, but that’s where it ends. A person cannot run on one point and abandon all the rest of our principles.
          He does not a unify the republican party. By his actions he is handing the presidency to Hillary on a silver platter. He is unifying the democrats to stand with Hillary.
          We, conservatives will not take the blame, so don’t even try!

          1. MUG

            Agi, I agree that we need to control our border with Mexico and stop all traffic except at controlled points of entry. I would like to see a complete ban on immigration from the Middle East including refugees. Jordan has offered to allow refugee camps if we foot the bill, where refugees could wait until it is safe to return to their homes. They don’t want to immigrate to the US to become Americans, they just want to be where they are safe, but they support the concept of a Caliphate. I spent time in the Middle East and hatred of the US is universal. Americans are tolerated if the Muslims are benefiting from them. They are expedient people. As for illegal Mexican “immigrants” it’s not their fault we don’t control our border and enforce immigration laws. We cannot have another amnesty unless the border is totally controlled first. Even after the border is closed, if we have another amnesty it must be very conditional and controlled.

  5. Larry Wallenmeyer

    Excellent, spot-on correct observation and article!

    Truth, good and what is right can NOT be defeated- BUT those who ABANDON it can and WILL be defeated.

    My exhortation?
    HOLD ON TO truth, good and what is right and PREVAIL!

    -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

    1. MUG

      Reverend Larry. If we as a nation are being judged by God, and I believe we are, then the Prophet Amos’ description of the time of judgement by God fits our situation exactly. It’s like turning to run from a lion and running into a bear, or like thinking you are safe in the dark in your house and put out your hand to lean on the wall and get bit by a poisonous serpent.

      “It will be as though a man fled from a lion,
      And a bear met him!
      Or as though he went into the house,
      Leaned his hand on the wall,
      And a serpent bit him!”
      Amos 5:19 (NKJV)

      Running from Hillary to Trump is like running from a lion and running into a bear.
      Voting secretly in the dark for Trump will come back to bite you with a fatal bite.

  6. Elaine Morris

    “Politicians” who are owned” vs. what they would like to act upon are the problem.
    The Tea Party is alive and well!!

  7. Jeff Waller

    There has not been a “death” for the Tea Party, but a realignment, or even a division. Most of their members have moved over to Trump as Sites like this one failed to recognize the growing divide. We can see by the abysmal membership numbers (going in one year from a staggering 53,000 to a mere 59), a drop of 99.9%, that the majority of the original members agree with my analysis.

    Jeff Waller – Former TPN Moderator

  8. Michael Thayer

    I fell out of “love” with the Tea Party when I couldn’t find anyone to say what “we” should, as a group, support. It was all about why Obama and the democrats were so bad for America. Ok, we KNOW THAT! Now what? How are we, as a party, going to get America back to the E. Pluribus Unum, In God We Trust republican country of small government and individual freedom that we all want? Are YOU willing to support such liberty stealing laws as helmet laws?

  9. Richard Thornton

    Yes I feel the Tea Party is about over! Became a anti-Trump party. Well, I used to love to read and comment on articles. Now it just raises my blood pressure to see the foolish attempts to live in a false world of there is some choice other than Trump. THERE IS HILLARY OR TRUMP!

  10. Teresa Saldivar

    I don’t know what the Tea Party stands for anymore. Where they supporting Boehner? Or not? Do that support Paul Ryan or not? There is no Tea Party voice. And all these never Trump people should just get signs saying, “I’m with her”. No voice, no movement, all confusion.

  11. Teresa Saldivar

    The Tea Party supported Matt Bevin in Kentucky. Bevin has turned out to be a fantastic governor but anyone who knew anything about that race in 2014, knew that Mitch McConnell was going to crush him. Where was the Tea Party voice / support? Without a voice and a leader I don’t see much happening here. If we couldn’t get behind getting rid of Boehner and McConnell, what can we get behind?

  12. Luis522

    The organized, like minded, movement faded away shortly after the 2010 midterms.

    Yesterday Trump introduced what U call his “Affordable Day Care” plan. Where Trump would further expand the reach of govt power, as well as the national Debt, w/ his plan.

    I have yet to read a single opposition to his plan.

    But, then again, when the great Trump flip-flopped on amnesty, having taken the identical position which got Marco Rubio tarred and feathered for, the majority of the “tp” members across the internet didn’t even say “boo”!

    Trump’s Affordable Day Care Act…

    and I didn’t even need to wait till the Trump’s First 100 Daze to start using my trainload of I-TOLD-YOU-SOs.

    1. Lisa Ann Dulles

      Luis! Is it really you?? I have missed you so much!! I couldn’t sleep the last few days thinking about you….I have missed you tremendously…. you have know idea!!