Tea Party toughens up Republican Party – Gingrich

May 18, 2010

The Tea Party movement is a good thing for the Republican Party, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says. It toughens up the GOP.

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Rather than fragment the Republican Party in the coming November elections, the conservative anti-tax, small-government Tea Party movement will rev it up,  says Gingrich, who helped orchestrate the 1994 Republican Revolution when the party won control of both houses of Congress in the midterm elections.

And wins by Tea Party-supported candidates in the primaries leading up to the November midterms will benefit the Republican Party, “if the Tea Party movement and the Republicans stay together to defeat Obamaism,” Gingrich said on NBC’s “Today” show.

“The Tea Party movement adds energy, it adds drive, it adds a toughness that the Republican Party needs,” he said.

The Kentucky Republican primary for Senate today will be one test of how well a Tea Party supported candidate (Rand Paul) can fare against a party establishment supported candidate (Trey Grayson) at the ballot box. USA-POLITICS/TEAPARTY

Gingrich would not pick a candidate in the Kentucky primary, saying he had friends on both sides but had a hunch that Paul has the edge.

Gingrich’s comments that the Tea Party could strengthen the Republican Party come against other measures that point to it as a potentially divisive force for Republicans and thus a possible benefit for Democrats.

Sweeping conclusions about the effect of the Tea Party on the 2010 elections at this stage risk turning out to be wrong, given not all Tea Partiers are Republicans and it will be the first election since the movement was established.

Will 2010 be the year of another Republican Revolution?

Photo credit: Reuters/Rick Wilking (protester waiting for Tea Party Express bus to arrive in Denver), Reuters/Rebecca Cook (West Michigan Tea Party logo)


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I read this article looking for insight and it commences with a snide jab. So much for neutrality from an organization that refers to terrorists as ‘militants’.

Posted by Gotthardbahn | Report as abusive

No more tax’s.

Idiots with misspelled signs, this is the future of conservatism in America.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive

“What we have in common, and what holds us together, is a very deep love for the uniqueness of the United States of America, a desire for the limited government that our Founding Fathers created, a fairly “strict” interpretation of the Constitution, a belief in capitalism and free enterprise and a strong sense of personal responsibility.”

Simple message. Republicans and democrats alike should embrace, not belittle, it.

Posted by Avatar666 | Report as abusive

The Republican Party turned into a political comic book 35 years ago. Now the Tea Party wants it to turn into political pornography. If Newt’s OK with that, he’s welcome to all the outcome he can eat.

Posted by HBC | Report as abusive

The “tea party” is simply the ultra-conservative voice of the far right in the republican party. Its rhetoric is intended to deceive the NASCAR, WalMart and WWE loving segment of society to win votes. The policies supported by this wing of the republican party will push the members of the targeted segment of society out of their middle class status into poverty. By the current definition of “conservative” as defined by politics, Ronald Reagan would be considered a liberal.

Posted by indieinfla | Report as abusive

Who pays attention to that has-been loser Gingrich these days? The rednecks don’t like him because he has intellectual pretentions, and the actual intellectuals dismiss him as a blowhard who has sunken to the point of desparation in attention-seeking publicity mongering. He’s just another hypocrite who loves the limelight and will do anything to get on TV. One look at the average “Tea Party” will tell you everything you need to know about this rabble. “Tax’s” indeed.

Posted by Quatermass | Report as abusive

“One look at the average “Tea Party” will tell you everything you need to know about this rabble.” That reminds me of something… oh yeah! Brits in 1770s used to say the same thing about Americans. Funny, isn’t it, how things work out sometimes? Those who don’t know history are bound to repeat it.

Posted by lonesail | Report as abusive

(Anyone else thinking biker jackets?) Yeah, I’ve been seeing the Diva of the wingers wearing a leather jacket with lots of zippers and xtian bling lately. Typically tacky. And indieinfla is right, the Tea Baggers are nothing but the successfully relabeled Dubyanauts that the GOP recognized as a lead weight around their ankles after eight long years of retrograde motion.

Posted by borisjimbo | Report as abusive