Tea Party

Commentary: Will tea party end two-party system?

Oct 8, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In November of last year I wrote a letter that appeared in this publication explaining my decision to abandon the Republican Party and suggested what it would take to get my vote in the future.

I cautioned that I was not alone, and that a number of other moderate Republicans shared my view. I specifically addressed my concerns to a number of Republicans leaders I had known for years. My premise was quite simple, the so-called tea party was ruining the moral compass of the GOP.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Politics has been passionate through most of our lifetimes. But those on different sides of issues have long been able to find a compromise or continue promoting their ideas until persuading a majority.

In the past few years, a portion of the electorate has made a radical turn. The tea party wing of the Republican Party seeks to limit government, and those it has elected would rather send government over the cliff than compromise with their fellow Republicans, let alone Democrats.

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A potential Republican candidate for president made a stop today at the Missouri Capitol.

Business executive-turned-radio talk show host Herman Cain met with state lawmakers and addressed a Tea Party rally on the South Lawn of the Capitol.

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Missouri's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, Roy Blunt, didn't have to say a word Sunday when he unexpectedly took center stage at the downtown Tea Party rally on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.

Touching off deafening cheers, the congressman from southwest Missouri joined conservative commentator Dick Morris, who did all the talking and the attacking. Morris explained that political comments by Blunt would violate the event's edict barring speeches by candidates.

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The Spending Revolt National Bus Tour, which is financed by a number of conservative groups, will stop by the Gateway Arch at noon on Sunday -- just as area Tea Party activists arrive for their 9/12 rally aimed at energizing the movement for the coming Nov. 2 election.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, is to headline a Clayton town hall that the Spending Revolt tour will be holding at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza hotel, 7730 Bonhomme.

The lawyer for Russ Carnahan's former campaign worker accused by some of tossing a molotov cocktail into the congressman's campaign office says the worker is innocent and no evidence links him to the incident.

"He's vigorously denying the allegations,'' said lawyer Susan Roach, referring to her client, Chris Powers.

She confirmed that police investigating the Aug. 17 incident interviewed Powers, but added, "there's no evidence that would place him at the scene of the crime."

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, told reporters Wednesday afternoon that it was "outrageous'' for some conservative critics to allege that his campaign had orchestrated last week's firebombing of his campaign office.

"It's very sobering when you have a fire set in your office,'' he said, calling the whole episode "a nightmare."

State Sen. Chuck Purgason's smaller-than-expected vote tally in Tuesday's Republican U.S. Senate primary, coupled with the defeat of state Rep. Allen Icet in the GOP contest for auditor, has prompted some post-primary talk about the true clout of Missouri's Tea Party movement.

"The Tea Party movement did not show a lot of strength,'' said Dave Robertson, a political science professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. "The Republican 'establishment' was able to withstand the assault from the Tea Party wing."

It was not as dramatic as Confederate forces firing on the Union troops at Fort Sumter in April 1861, but Missouri's passage of Proposition C is certainly a notable skirmish in the 2010 reappearance of the states' right struggle. Channeling their inner John Calhouns, State Sens. Jane Cunningham and Jim Lembke have emerged as the new preachers of the nullification doctrine.