STILLWATER, Okla., April 8, 2013 ― The November 2012 election, 2013 CPAC and the recent budget and gun debate have brought major scrutiny to the Republican Party, not just from the left, but from within the Party itself, most notably the tea party.
Ever since the 2010 mid-term election, the tea party has been on a vendetta to oust any Republican who does not share the tea party values, such as hard right stance on abortion, marriage and gun rights.
The tea party has placed the image of the Republican Party so far to the right of the political spectrum that newcomers into the political voting booths, such as Hispanics, young people and single women, will not even discuss being Republicans, let alone vote for a Republican.
The tea party should realize that their rhetoric is only damaging the Party, not improving it. We can applaud the tea partyers for their 2010 mid-term election efforts, but ever since that moment they have gone on a rampage to place extreme right values into the entire Republican Party.
To tea party aficionados all Republican elected officials should forget about the word compromise and do not even mention that a deal can be made with President Obama because it would cause headaches for the Republican official in their upcoming election.
When the tea party felt that their voices were not being heard by the entire Party they threatened to become a third party. Several Republican leaders were concerned about the possibility of the tea party leaving the Republican Party, thus taking their campaign money with them and forming their own third party.
Well I say let the tea party form a third party. Several states throughout the country, for example Oklahoma, have state laws that make it difficult for third parties to be on the voting ballot. Also media coverage for third parties is minuscule to none existent. When was the last time you heard of the Green Party National Convention being covered by CNN let alone MSNBC?
If the tea party formed their own party then coverage of the tea party National Convention won’t be covered on TV, current state laws would make it difficult for them to be placed on the ballots and their candidates would have a tough time getting elected, especially in states like Illinois, California, New York and Texas.
The tea party should become a third party and let the Republican Party focus on the issues that will help win the next upcoming elections and embrace with open arms Hispanic, single women and young voters.
If the tea party does not like the changes occurring in the U.S. well tough luck because change is happening whether the tea party likes it or not and the Republican Party must capitalize on the up and coming voters before it is too late.