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.