The Tea Party Evolution

May 24, 2015

FreedomWorks, often considered the ideological brains behind the 2010 Tea Party wave, is trying to reinvent itself for the 2016 elections and beyond, even borrowing from the progressive playbook.

Chief Executive Officer Adam Brandon said Friday the group is refocusing its strategy — from expanding its digital outreach and getting more involved in such torch-bearing issues as civil asset forfeitures and mandatory-sentencing reform to providing more financial support for conservative Capitol Hill lawmakers so they can keep challenging the Washington establishment.

“As the battle moves, we need to be able to participate in different ways,” Brandon said recently from the group’s Washington headquarters.

23 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • A Crying Shame says:

    The IRS targeting of Conservatives apparently did much damage to the TEA Party and silenced their voices. They should never have been target by the Big Government’s weapon the IRS, that is a shame and a disgrace but even more shameful is the IRS got away with it.
    Many Americans supported and loved TEA when it was a grass root format and they could get involved. But that part of TEA died and now Americans are informed by emails and money funding is the most they want from us. You never hear of the meetings or anything anymore. I hope they rethink this as their only technique of interacting with the American people.

    1. Margaretha Zelle says:

      The Tea Party is alive and well. There are meetings everywhere! You must not be looking.

      1. A Crying Shame says:

        No they are NOT.

      2. A Crying Shame says:

        The original roots of the TEA Party were grassroots, it is not alive and well. The Gov attacked and shut those voices down. We now have Internet fund raisers.

    2. S.J. Jolly says:

      The IRS “targeting” of the Tea Party, and a whole range of other political groups claiming to be educational and / or charitable groups, for tax exempt purposes, silenced ZERO groups. If anything, the IRS was too lenient on them. But that wouldn’t play into a claim of victimhood, no?
      Where the IRS did wrong, was, in a few cases, inquiring about the names of donators to the Tea Party groups, which IS illegal.
      The Tea Party was organized and funded by right-wing oligarchs, as a political front. Not surprising that the businesspeople behind it are trying to run it as a wing of their organizations, and not for the amusement of political zealots and crazies.

    3. Carol Burkhardt says:

      And the original roots of the Tea Party were about less spending & smaller gov’t. When did the embarrassing religious extremism change the fiscally conservative principles??? The now Bible-thumping “proofs” belong in the Southern Baptist churches…not the PREVIOUSLY wonderful Tea Party.

  • Gnowark says:

    Sad that Tea Party would have to resort to “progressive playbook” tactics, but resorting to reason, logic, and history, as they have, doesn’t seem to work. I’d guess an appeal to the lowest denominator (progressive playbook) isn’t an unusual choice.

    1. Patriot47 says:

      All’s fair… As long as the amoral parts of the socialists are avoided.

  • Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

    Still stupidly claim9ing there is only one Turd Potty? Not unlike the4 head of Meddusa is the Turd Potty, so fractured, so varied, with multiple leaders and no central coordination

    1. heights2012 says:

      How diff is that from the one pty 2-headed snake we have now

      1. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

        In what way does your ignorant response have anything to do with the topic at hand? Of course it does not because it is simple to confuse a Turd Potty Christian Conservative and once confused out of sheer panic they babble the first thought in theri head which usually leaves so much empty space there they get even more ridiculous.

        1. heights2012 says:

          An over-educated lack of logic response will never qualify an Anti-American agenda, (in spite of ones personal agenda) –Our one party system is broken, regardless of said agenda, Period

          1. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

            A marvelous effort but it seems you either failed plagarize or copy/paste. It matters not which one as the end result is the same

          2. heights2012 says:

            My limited education has taught me one unalterable fact–the surest path to failure is to debate with idiocy. Therefore in the interest of doing what is (right) no pun intended, I would very much like to move on

          3. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

            No need for concern I personally do not enjoy dealing with someone who feels so incompetent that they need to use someone else’s thoughts as their own. Just run that is so much more in the nature of the right when met head on, they either turn and run, or try to stick out their chest and threaten. Neither of which is impressive

          4. Paul Dragotto says:


          5. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

            Inmature? really? Inmature? Do you speak English? Try spell check !! I seldom resort to this shit but when a moron sets himself up for it well I will oblige. When you are too stupid to use the properly spelled word to try to insult someone you come out looking like a dumbass and you did. Have a nice evening !

          6. Carol Burkhardt says:

            Paul Dragotto: “Inmature” was probably a typo. But how do you explain “your” ?????

          7. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

            You are too ignorant to understand emphasis so I will not even try to explain it to you. Nice try though for an idiot

          8. Carol Burkhardt says:

            Raymond: What are you talking about? I wasn’t responding to YOU. I responded to Paul Dragotto who wrote “your” instead of “You’re.” You may want to work on your anger.

          9. heights2012 says:

            Welcome to the club

        2. Margaretha Zelle says:

          At least the Tea Party have their “own” voices. Unlike the liberal lemmings who just blurt out any of the rhetoric from the lamestream media!

          1. Raymond J Ambrozaitis says:

            LMAO you call verbal vomit from baggers their own voice? Go march under a Gadsden somewhere screaming for States rights while your Representatives take away from our military and civilians as well.

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