Originally Posted by Blart
The left ignores racial disparity
in the enforcement
of drug laws
? I wonder what the "Fair Sentencing Act" Obama signed was about.
If that's how you think a majority of people will look at a man - in 2012 - who thinks Woolworths had a right to refuse blacks because "founders" and "property!" then by all means, nominate away.
You may be correct - the GOP might go extreme with a Rand Paul / Ted Cruz / Tea Party nomination, but I don't think you represent the current GOP majority. The majority that nominated a moderate, who was once pro-choice, pro-healthcare, and not afraid to work with Democrats.
Some other issues with the Tea Party 2016 idea:
Exit polls showed Tea Party favorability at 21%.
Romney's biggest rise in polls came when Etch-a-Sketched into a moderate in the Denver debate, where he said he'd increase Medicare spending, wouldn't cut taxes on the rich, would force insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, etc. You may be viewing politics from inside a paleocon bubble.
I'd be one of the ones who gave the tea party low favorability. It was co-opted by disparate interests and turned into something completely different than what it started out as. That happens on both sides.
The truth of the future is that libertarianism is the new centrism - fiscally conservative, socially liberal. The Republicans have the best shot at winning this new race to the center because Democrats are incapable of being fiscally conservative. The question is whether or not they are ready to jettison their socially conservative baggage in favor of the way forward. We'll know this question when its Republicans who are calling for States rights in such cases as marijuana legislation.