Tea Party Role Uncertain In Colorado GOP This Year

By: AP
By: AP

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado Republicans have two big questions one month before their presidential caucuses:

Which candidates will be left in the race on Feb. 7?

And what role will tea party groups play?

Tea party activists packed Republican precinct caucuses in 2010, and they're expected to do so next month.

In 2010, they helped oust well-connected candidates for governor and U.S. Senate -- in favor of contenders with grassroots appeal and folksy charm. Both Dan Maes and Ken Buck went on to lose their contests.

This year, GOP opinions vary about whether state tea party activists will be splinter spoilers or part of the party mainstream.

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  • by Jeez Louise on Jan 6, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    I just heard Romney say that marriage is a privilege, not a right. In Colorado it's a court order. I've been married 3 times and divorced 4 times. What is common-law for $1000, Alex? It's...it's...it's like idiocracy.... Are there no intelligent humans left to run the planet?
  • by Common Sense Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM
    Splinter spoilers or part of the party mainstream???? Look where the party mainstream has brought us in the last couple of years. Both parties do not consider We The People any more and they only make decisions that benefits them and their pockets. They are taking our rights and freedoms away (NDAA) and then they wonder if they have enough sheeple who will vote for them again. Not me!! No thank you!! I will vote for someone who is for liberty and for the We The People. I will be a Splinter Spoiler!
  • by Litmus on Jan 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM
    Attempts at small government haven't worked in 70 years, and it's put us in the hole we're in now. But people hate government so much that they're willing to live in poverty if that's what it takes. The tiny government Tea Party would reduce the US to third world status. It's a good thing they spent their wad and are now an afterthought.
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      by LedHed on Jan 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM in reply to Litmus
      Litmus, you're obviously one of the entitlement/govt. support minions, increasingly dependent on Uncle Sam to support you and your causes instead of fending for yourself. As for the Tea Party being an afterthought; aren't they part of the crux of this article? Sounds like they're still newsworthy to me (and no, I'm not a "member"), unlike the Occupy groups whose influence has all but vanished mere weeks after their dispersal.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM in reply to LedHed
        Sounds to me like you were denied a job as a "government minion"...jealous?
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          by LedHed on Jan 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM in reply to
          Why would I want that?; I do extremely well in the private sector, thank you. What your observation has to do with this topic eludes me...
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          by @LedHed on Jan 6, 2012 at 01:16 PM in reply to
          For now. And I have no input on the topic, you have an attitude that bugs me.
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        by Litmus on Jan 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM in reply to LedHed
        The facts are the facts. Less government doesn't work.
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          by LedHed on Jan 6, 2012 at 12:18 PM in reply to Litmus
          I agree to a point; essential services (police, infrastructure creation/maintenance, etc.) are crucial to establishing and maintaining a successful society, but beyond that, govt has little to no business creating "Big Brother" laws and regulating commerce and behavior. Since you claim "less government doesn't work" give me examples of where more govt interference has benefitted us, and not just individual, specialized groups, but society as a whole.
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        by Litmus on Jan 6, 2012 at 02:12 PM in reply to LedHed
        Well debt to GDP is one. Plus/minus, the Dems are in the black even with Obama included, and the GOP is way way way in the red, like the country. And the government has a Robin Hood way of taking from the rich to support the poor, you can't just ignore the bulk of the population and expect the country to flourish. And that also bring the ends of the class spectrum closer together. One of the biggest problems with the Industrial Revolution was the suddenly large gap between the wealthy and the poor. We're still struggling with that centuries later. In the successful parts of Europe they've learned that entitlement programs actually boost their economy. The poor don't hoard money, they spend it as fast as they get it and that's an immediate injection into local economies. "Trickle up" puts money in the hands of the people who need it most first. The rich can wait. I could go on...
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          by LedHed on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:00 AM in reply to Litmus
          Wow, your delusions are truly a wonderment to behold. "Dems are in the black"? Well yes, if you feel (as you surely do), that the government that spends the most is the best. We have the biggest deficit in the history of the nation under B.O., and this is prior to Obamacare getting implememnted, which would represent a take-over of a sixth of our economy. They can't even get the postal service solvent, and you think their policies are the answer? Keep chuggin' the Dem's Kool-Aid; it'll be all that you can afford if spending continues unchecked...
  • by Smartass Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM
    Hmmm... Tea Party in regards to GOP. They'll back whoever is white, christian (no caps for that) and backing their own agenda. Before you get too excited, this was posted by someone who's not a "minority". If people are ever to choose what's best for all and get away from their own conservative, religious and small thinking... Well, maybe we'll get somewhere someday.
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      by hmm on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:06 AM in reply to Smartass
      Maybe you should actually educate yourself and realize the Tea Party has supported more blacks in their short time than the democrat party did in their first 150 years. You know the democrats, party of the kkk and jim crow laws. The party that still uses race and has openly said welfare will get them votes from certain people in society, yep the democrats even with Obama are the most racist party this country has ever had. Also the tea party is seperate from republicans even though they carry some of the same ideals, many conservatives including Boehner are on their list of people to remove from office. Unlike you libs the Tea Party wants corruption gone from DC.
  • by disgusted on Jan 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM
    Keep being more and more extreme, Republicans, and you can forget about winning elections. America just isn't following you off the Right Wing cliff.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Jan 6, 2012 at 11:04 AM
    The "mainstream" has to come to realize that establishment candidates are not going to challenge the Progressive Democrats and will back down to the like of Harry Reid or the establishment GOP leadership when they say "compromise". That's why we continue to get bad bills passed in Congress and why Obama hasn't been challenged for all of the unconstitutional things he and his Czars have and are doing.
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