In many ways, I would consider myself an ideological tea-partier. But the tea party has a lesson to learn.
In the election of 1912, the republican party split in two. The official republican nomination was William Howard Taft (the guy who got stuck in the bathtub). However, after loosing the Republican nomination and winning a brief fist-fight with Mr. Taft, Teddy Roosevelt created his own political party and called it the “Bull Moose Party”. He carried California, Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Washington. However Taft only carried Vermont and Utah. Therefore, Woodrow Wilson became president of the United States.
Then there was the Election of 1948. When Senator Strom Thurmond didn’t win the democratic nomination, he started his own political party. He figured that he was a democrat, and most of his supporters were from the south, or dixie, he called the party the Dixiecrats. This split the democratic ticket and paved the way for Eisenhower to become president.
20 years later Alabama Governor George C Wallace ran as the paleo-conservative candidate for president, he split the republican vote, and paved the way for Nixon to become president.
So, what can the Tea Party learn from Roosevelt, Thurmond, and Wallace? They need to learn not to make an already partisan system even more divided. The republican party is waging war on it’s self. The neo-cons like John McCain and John Boehner are at odds with the tea partiers such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan. I believe that the Tea Party is the future of conservatism, but it is young. As with all young things, young people, young businesses, etc., they have things to learn. John McCain and John Boehner have a lot of political experience, and have many things to teach the tea partiers. The Republicans need to get their act together if they want to earn the white house in 2016.