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Time to choose

To the extent that Sarah Palin speaks for the tea party movement, this should be a defining moment in the “where does the Tea Party fit in” narrative:

Asked what her advice would be to conservatives as the November elections approach, Palin first lavished praise on the Tea Party movement, calling it “a grand movement” and adding, “I love it because it’s all about the people.”

But she quickly pivoted to the broader question of whether the Tea Party movement might successfully field its own candidates in national elections, and on that point she sounded far from convinced.

“Now the smart thing will be for independents who are such a part of this Tea Party movement to, I guess, kind of start picking a party,” Palin said. “Which party reflects how that smaller, smarter government steps to be taken? Which party will best fit you? And then because the Tea Party movement is not a party, and we have a two-party system, they’re going to have to pick a party and run one or the other: ‘R’ or ‘D’.”

Palin said that the Republican platform best meshed with the Tea Party’s creed. However, she mentioned that her husband Todd was not a registered Republican and that the party should be open to embracing independents.

The 2010 midterms are coming up fast.  If Tea Party nation wants to make an impact on these elections by showing that it’s influence can be felt in electing conservative Republicans to office, then it’s time to start uniting to that end.

Unfortunately, I keep reading about Democrats potentially running “on tea party lines”, or about the Tea Party putting up their own candidates to run against both Democrats and Republicans.  As noted in the piece, Palin acknowledges that the tea party principles are in line with the GOP (or should be anyway).  That someone has to point this out to the establishment Republican Party is an indication as to how far off the path the party had become.

The next step of course, is to make sure the loons (birthers, La Rouchies, et al.) are banished from the movement.

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