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Red State's Erick Erickson: "The Tea Party brand has been effectively destroyed"

TUE FEB 05, 2013 Red State's has come to the realization that the Tea party has got some BIG problems going forward. Rebrand. Retool. Recruit. Re-engage. By: LaborUnionReport Yet, it was also a disappointment because, after nearly four years of this upstart movement—this “beautiful chaos” called the Tea Party Movement—after all the demonization by the institutional Left and its media apparatchik; he backstabbing by the Republican establishment; after millions of dollars of donations from large and small donors alike, last Monday’s group (like so many others) were largely unaware of the size of the behemoth we face and, worse, have never been given the basic tools necessary to lead a movement. Of course the Tea Party was structured to be Led by folks like the Koch brothers, Dick Armey and Richard Stephenson, not to create new leaders from the rank and file. The Tea Party brand has been effectively destroyed. After three years of demonizing the Tea Party as ‘racist,’ ‘extremist,’ and ‘radical,’ the brand has become a cancer. The Tea Party branded itself with its own doctrinaire extremist positions and its rigid inflexibility. It is now a drag on the candidates it supports, with the Left (and GOP establishment types like Karl Rove) gleefully labeling conservative candidates as “outside the mainstream.” In the meantime, while the Tea Party had once enjoyed 24% popularity, according to a recent Rasmussen poll, only 8% of Americans now identify themselves as members of the Tea Party. Only 8% identifying with the Tea party sounds pretty out out of the mainstream of American thought to me and most other folks I think. One thing is certain: The Right has a technology deficit. Correct! To make matters worse, the Tea Party movement has an attrition problem called age. All-too-often, Tea Party meeting attendees are grandparents fighting to save America’s future for their grandchildren. Yet, the grandchildren are nowhere to be found. Why? If you’re fighting for your kids’ future, get your kids involved—and have them bring some friends.

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