Can the Tea Party Take Over the GOP?

“The 100-year war for the soul of the GOP and how conservatives can finally win it.”
By Alan Caruba

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Can the Tea Party Take Over the GOP?
Alan Caruba
Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey –-( “Republicans never, ever win the presidency unless they nationalize the election by campaigning on a conservative agenda—drawing a sharp contrast between the Democrat worldview and the conservative worldview.”

That’s Richard A. Viguerie offering his insight and advice in his new book, “Takeover” ( and, if you have been wondering why Republicans have been losing presidential elections with candidates like John McCain and Mitt Romney, he tells you why.

“It is hard for conservatives to understand that establishment Republicans are the enemy.”

By “establishment” he is referring to the inner circle of elites who have been content to work with Democrats they have for decades to make government bigger because they like spending taxpayer dollars just as much and have embraced Big Government by creating the Department of Education, the EPA, and other entities.

Viguerie has been involved in building the conservative political base in America since the days of Barry Goldwater. Starting in 1961 he used direct mail to build and enlarge that base, and he has had to watch a succession of so-called Republicans from Nixon to Bush 41 and 43 campaign as conservatives and then act like Democrats.

“In the short time that George W. Bush was president and the Democrats held the majority in Congress (2007-2008), spending jumped by $700 billion—$4.7 trillion in FY 2006 to $5.4 trillion in FY 2008.”

Significantly, Jenny Beth Martin, president and co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, wrote the foreword to “Takeover”, saying “It is a civil war between limited-government, constitutional conservatives and the progressive, establishment wring of the GOP. And make no mistake: the establishment wing of the Republican Party is progressive, and has been ever since conservatives stymied Teddy Roosevelt’s attempt to reclaim the Republican presidential nomination in 1912 and make progressivism that governing philosophy of the Republican Party.”

Takeover by Richard A. Viguerie
Takeover: “The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It” by Richard A. Viguerie

The subtitle of Viguerie’s book is “The 100-year war for the soul of the GOP and how conservatives can finally win it.” If you need to learn that history, this is the book to read. If you want to see how conservatives can reclaim the government from both the Democrats and the Republican elites, you need to read this book.

Viguerie reminds us that, when Republicans hewed to conservative principles, they won three landslide presidential elections in 1980, 1984, and 1988, but when they put aside those principles of small government, fiscal prudence, and a strong military in 1992, 1996, 2008, and 2012, they lost—big time.

When the Tea Party movement spontaneously emerged in response to Obamacare and Obama’s intention to “transform” America, “Today’s establishment Republican leaders did their best to alienate and marginalize the new conservative bloc of the Tea Party movement.”

As of this writing, the day after the June 3 primaries, Tea Party supported Republican candidates, Joni Ernst in Iowa and Steve Daines in Montana had won while, in Mississippi, the race was so close that there will be a run-off between Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel against Thad Cochran.

The good news, as Viguerie points out is that “For over twenty years polls have shown that Americans, by a two-to-one margin, self-identify as conservatives. Today, a record number of Americans—60 percent according to the Gallup Organization’s governance poll—say that the federal government has too much power. This follows on an earlier Gallup poll in which 64 percent of those responding said the greatest threat to freedom in Big Government—and the biggest jump in that fear is among Democrats.”

The result in 2010 was Tea Party candidates, “without any real direction from the national GOP, drew a sharp contrast with Big Government Republicans and with the Democrats on taxes, spending, the growth of government, and especially on Obamacare, to power the GOP to pick up six Senate seats and win historical sixty-three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, recapturing the majority, and making it the largest seat change since 1948 and the largest for any midterm election since the 1938 midterm elections.”

Barack Obama has been a gift to conservatives and we are seeing his approval ratings fall like a rock.

“For fifty years I have been saying that to change things and stop the slide to socialism, two things needed to happen: first, things need to get really bad really fast; and second, there needs to be some political vehicle, some means for the people to channel their anger, and to translate their outrage into political action. Guess what: we’re there.”

The forthcoming November midterms can save America from the Democrats and from the establishment Republicans, the elites in Washington who have been happy to expand the government and continue spending money we don’t have.

The bulk of Americans are conservative and, in November, they have to go to the polls and elect Tea Party candidates, regain control of the Senate, expand membership in the House, and provide the means to thwart Obama’s “transformation” of America.

c Alan Caruba

Alan Caruba's commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

  • 6 thoughts on “Can the Tea Party Take Over the GOP?

    1. Who cares about he spelling the bottom-line is Reagan is rolling over in his grave. Voted in TWO recent Gallop and Pew polls as the finest president in American history even beating out Washington and Lincoln by a small margin. The shear fact that we need to talk about the decay of the Republican party and the fact that 41 and 43 were in fact “running as Republicans” shows how this country talks about conservative ideals but prefers getting something for nothing from the Gov. I much would prefer to not pay it into the tax coffers knowing I can’t take it out then the way it is now. Sure support the NATIONAL needs like the military but seriously the EPA and the “Federal” Department of Education… Since when do kids go to NATIONAL schools to learn? Schools are local entities and should be supported LOCALLY not from the national gov. I can go on and on. I would love to see a true conservative run and WIN about the only chance there is if he is willing to run is Ben Carson. But then if Mrs Former President keeps getting free 60 minute interviews on National TV no one has a chance. ALL other candidates have to pay for press out of donation budgets all she has to do is write a book and gets 60 GREE minutes to show her best side with no challenges at all. To bad Sarah Palin burned so many bridges last round because her as VP with Carson as the POTUS could be an interesting make up to fight the existing Congress and Senate. Last night’s Virginia and SC elections were of no help either. Doc

    2. Not only did you get your facts wrong, you misspelled “loose” or at least misused it in your sentence. “Loose/tighten”. “Lose/find”.

    3. I hope I am wrong but I fear we are not the same country as thee 1980s. I think we are almost too far gone. If Reagan ran today so many moochers are on the gravy train I think he might squeak out a narrow victory.

    4. Clay, your efforts at revisionist history are pretty amazing. Not only have you revised the current standard of coservatism, Ronald Reagan, into being “too liberal for today’s Republican party” but you’ve also turned Nixon into a “brilliant foreign policy president who would have been considered a communist/socialist today”. I’m not sure which is more amazing, that you purport to believe what you posted or that you expect others to.

    5. In fairness the candidates that you mentioned running in 1980, 1984, and 1988, they would be considered too liberal for today’s Republican Party. And you mention Nixon, a brilliant foreign policy President, whom would be considered a communist/socialist these days for the wage and price freezes of his time.

      If we are going to trot out the old presidents, let’s be honest about it…

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