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We’ve Lost Some More Battles: What Now?

The TEA Party and conservative activists have a difficult mission in 2015: to attempt to influence a political establishment which you’ve waged war upon and lost. I don’t think it requires any great feat of honesty to admit that we have lost in almost every way imaginable. ObamaCare is law, the debt ceiling climbs and climbs, we’ve more regulations than before, and the Republicans continue to work with Congressional Democrats and the White House to explore strange new worlds of “revenue enhancement”.

There are a small, but powerless, group of patriots in the Senate and the House, who will fight for us and represent us, and they will continue to lose for the time being. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell run the show. There’s nothing we can do about that now. The next two years are lost in that regard. That doesn’t mean we stop fighting, but let’s at least admit that we’re up against Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Harry Reid. That is a united front and formidable force unlikely defeated by phone calls, letters, and Tea Party meetings.

So we’ll fight, but we’ll fight because we need to see which Republicans will stand up and fight with us, on his or her road to the Republican Nomination for President of the United States. We also need to know just how deep into the establishment our congressmen and women really are. Just how tight are Congressmen Wittman and Goodlatte with John Boehner? We know Congressmen Brat and Rigell are independent. We need to keep pushing our representatives and force them to make public statements on important votes, statements we can use to defeat them if they should go in a direction we don’t like.

2016 is just around the corner and the Establishment is riding high. We’ve got to gear up for the Republican Nomination if we have any chance of stopping this Republican Congress, which, if we’re honest with ourselves, is likely just a slightly less awful Congress than the one we just threw out. I would be interested in hearing what Republican activists expect from the 2016 Presidential Race:

Who should run and who should be supported? Who has a chance and who doesn’t? What criteria will the TEA Parties use in deciding who they’ll support?

We’ve fought some battles and won some battles, we defeated Eric Cantor, we’ve forced the Establishment to spend a ridiculous amount of their capital fending off more qualified and professional candidates. We’re still losing the war. A President won’t win a war for us, but as battles go, winning that one would be a great victory.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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