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Did Sarah Palin Poison The Tea (Party) ?

by @ 10:43 am on February 8, 2010. Filed under Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Sarah Palin

One blogger says yes:

The tea party movement is dead. The one I was familiar with anyway. Judson Phillips held it down and Sarah Palin drove a stake right through its heart live last night on C-Span in front of an unsuspecting audience.

Sarah Palin didn’t give a tea party speech last night. She gave a partisan Republican address. It was a purely political speech designed to position her for a presidential run in 2012 or 2016. Period. She wasn’t there to celebrate the organic nature of a movement she had nothing to do with creating. She was there to co-opt the name and claim the brand as hers. And she did.

The movement, that came to be officially recognized almost a year ago but whose roots go back further than that, has been snuffed out and replaced in the public mind. The movement that began as a people’s movement of angry independent, libertarians and conservatives will now be thought as the movement of people like Palin, Dick Armey, Judson Phillips, Mark Skoda, etc. Essentially, a wholly owned subsidiary of the “Official Conservative Movement” and the Republican Party.

Strong words, but this much is sure — if Sarah Palin is the face of the Tea Party, then there is no room in it for libertarians.

2 Responses to “Did Sarah Palin Poison The Tea (Party) ?”

  1. Dave C says:

    Even after endorsing Rand Paul?

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