Is the Tea Party helping or hurting the GOP?
If so, why or why not?
- LibraryannaLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Hurting. They represent the worst of right wing extremism, and often racism, and big government interference in women's lives, and laws that hurt minorities. They push a religious agenda. THe refuse to budget off their agenda or compromise on anything - which means the GOP is the do nothing party.
What happens when they cater to those people is they alienate the moderate republican. If they can't abide the extremist laws, then they are more likely to vote democratic. They also tend to put the nuttier candidates into office, which affects the public view of the entire party.
That's why it's absurd to the think Obama would target the tea party through the IRS when the democrats benefit by their existence. (And of course, the IRS targeted progressive groups and blue groups as well.)
- 7 years ago
Probably hurting the GOP as it stands, but most conservatives who support the Tea Party don't like the establishment Republicans any more than the Democrats. The Tea Party represents a shift towards more Libertarian ideologies.
It's a very good thing that it's hurting the GOP...hopefully we can get back to having a proper Conservative party in this country.
- pipeLv 43 years ago
I say this as an ex Republican now self reliant... The Tea occasion is at odds with the GOP. the undertaking lies with expert politicians serving the occasion first particularly than the persons. it relatively is likewise actual with the Democrats. those politicians do no longer, for the main section, mirror the occasion systems that they supposedly represent. The Democratic occasion has shifted so a approaches to the left that many self proclaimed socialist are at a loss for words on whether to sign up with america Socialist occasion or the Democratic occasion. The GOP seem basically reasonable suitable of the "New" Democratic occasion for the main section. Am I being extreme right here? seem at distinctive systems and then learn their strikes.
- SocratesLv 77 years ago
It can vary depending on your point of view. The Republican Party started changing after 1998. Mild Progressivism started taking hold of it. Even before 9/11, Bush got the reputation of never meeting a spending bill he didn't like. The spending sprees were, in part, a gesture to Democrats to make them "like" Republicans. The addition of $5 trillion in debt during Bush and the Republican contribution to the mortgage meltdown (and subsequent recession) was all due to a LACK of Conservatism being practiced by Republicans, not because of it. Also, after 2008, Republicans started being governed by their own fears. They started trying to second guess what they think voters wanted, even letting Democrats tell them what they need to do and pandering for votes, instead of standing up for their principles, practicing leadership in explaining why those principles are important and attracting voters.
The Tea Parties are just an activist tip of an iceberg of resurgent Conservatism. Conservatives got fed up with the fiscal irresponsibility of the Republican Party and started protesting policies. This started under Bush. It's Conservatives dragging the Republican Party back to it's Conservative roots.
I consider this fixing the Republican Party, not hurting it.
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- jeffrey fLv 77 years ago
The Tea Party has done the GOP more harm than good. In the last election, Obama was reelected partly because the Republicans were so badly divided. If the Republicans had been united, they could have defeated Obama.
- Anonymous7 years ago
They have already destroyed the GOP. The Tea Party gets their way and it is not popular with most Americans.
- GeorgeLv 57 years ago
Well, they almost rigged the last election enough to win the white house. Since they are taking advantage of the destruction of the Voting Rights Act, they are sure to rig (I mean "win") more elections than ever before.
Arizona GOP Senate Candidate Robocalls Democrats And Tells Them To Vote In The Wrong Place - Rep. Jeff Flake's (R-AZ) U.S. Senate campaign called Democratic voters telling them to vote in the wrong precinct - in some cases as much as 11 miles away from their actual polling place. After telling the Democratic voters to vote in the wrong place, the calls also encourage the voter to "vote Flake for U.S. Senate." - See more at: http://www.cps-news.com/wp-content/misc_html/voter...
- 7 years ago
- Chewy Ivan 2Lv 77 years ago
Hurting the GOP. Their refusal to compromise makes the GOP look totalitarian and unAmerican.
- Philip McCreviceLv 77 years ago
The Tea Party is helping to bring the GOP back to its stated idealsSource(s): Www.Gop.com