By Nick Fortune
I think we in the Tea Party have to understand that we’re dealing with establishment Republicans who have their own agenda. These may or may not be conservative, but certainly include those considered to be RINOS. These establishment Republicans will work with us only to the degree that it’s in their best interest.
It was these same establishment Republicans who initially resented, denounced, and resisted the Tea-Party movement. If you recall, it was Michael Steele, National Chairman of the Republican party, and Karl Rove in the hierarchy of the Republican party who both criticized Sarah Palin (who at that time was the most popular Republican) for stepping down as governor of Alaska. They both violated Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment; “do not speak ill of another Republican.”
I think that the Republican party is coming to realize that without the Tea-Party people, they are but an empty shell. It’s in our interest to try to work with them as best we can making them aware that our loyalty is to conservative/libertarian issues and candidates, and we need to understand that the Republican party is just a means to an end. We might do well to play one party against the other; (the Republicans vs. The Democrats), giving both the opportunity to obtain our support. Whichever party brings forth the best candidate, by our standard, is the one we will back. If neither brings forth a suitable candidate, by our standard, then we should consider bringing forth our own candidate to primary against their candidates. I don’t think it wise to compete as a third party candidate.
The “big tent” concept is meant to include, or not exclude RINOS.
Do not be misled in thinking that the Republican party is interested in bringing forth the best quality candidate. From my experience, their first priorities are 1 –Can they win? 2 –How much money can they raise? And THEN they might consider how good the candidate is regarding the public’s interest.
We should not alienate the Republican party, but neither should we conform to or be absorbed by the party; we must remain a separate entity, trying to work both within and without the party.