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    But the presence of Obama in the White House brought a massive influx of new recruits, and they brought centuries of racial hatreds with them.

    It is this latter group that has radicalized and energized the coalition. They changed its character and vision to a laser focus on extinguishing the Obama presidency.

     The Tea Party did not exist prior to Obama's election. Many of the sub-groups that came to affiliate with it did, of course, but Obama didn't "change" the Tea Party motives or focus, his election created it. In addition, they haven't been particularly heavily influenced by the religious and social issue folks. In fact, they actively tried to keep that element out of their announced agenda.

    You are lumping too many interests in there that don't belong. If you don't understand the nature of the beast, you can't really make accurate projections of its future. I agree there is some possibility that the energy will fizzle when the black guy is out of the White House. However, there is also the possibility that it will temper some of its messages and begin to accrete some of the libertarians and populists who would more typically gravitate to the Democrats, and mature into a larger, stronger, and more diverse movement.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 02:22:47 PM PDT

    •  Obama's election may have "activated" it, (0+ / 0-)

      but the Tea Party existed as early as 2002, as a product of the simple ordinary hardworking Americans known as the Brothers Koch.

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      "Elect Republicans, and they will burn the place down. And they will laugh while they do it and have a great time. And then what?" -- Rachel Maddow

      by LumineHall on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 06:40:58 PM PDT

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    •  The make up of the Tea Party is difficult (1+ / 0-)
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      to define, but not the defining point of this Diary. So, I can grant your point about origins, and stand by my conclusions. Your insights, below, are worth a Diary of its own (please consider expanding your thoughts in a Diary).

      However, there is also the possibility that it will temper some of its messages and begin to accrete some of the libertarians and populists who would more typically gravitate to the Democrats, and mature into a larger, stronger, and more diverse movement.
      I think the sudden loss of racial energy from the R-base will be dramatic, and GOP Central's responses will probably surprise us. I have not gone that far in my thinking. What you are saying - and I think accurately - is that GOP Central WILL respond.

      I think they will have to resort to actually defining policy - for the first time in 5 years! Now, wouldn't that be refreshing.

      Thank you for your input.

      A plutocracy (government by the wealthy) is not a democracy.

      by Redmond Ryan on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 04:55:07 PM PDT

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