Don’t fret Tea Party primary losses

By Neal McNamara | May 21, 2014
David Perdue, Bonnie Perdue

Last week, an odd video of the Idaho Republican gubernatorial primary debate circulated around the Internet. In the video, the two popular candidates, the sitting governor and a state senator, debated with two left-field candidates, one a bearded rancher, the other a biker dressed all in leather.

Sure, the debate got a little wacky, but the four candidates, surely, represented a broad swath of the electorate – from woodsmen to dyed-in-the-wool establishment Republicans – and allowed conservative values to be broadcast everywhere.

So, keep that debate in mind when you analyze what happened on Tuesday in primaries around the country, where establishment GOP politicians beat out Tea Party-backed candidates.  Your guy might’ve lost, but he was in the race, and everyone got a chance to hear from him.

Commenting on the Tuesday primary results, host David Boze said that the important thing to remember about the election results is that everyone got to hear Tea Party ideals, and that those candidates will now support the primary winners.

“The Tea Party and Tea Party ideals, they aren’t so much outside the Republican Party as a part of the party. Part of the overall message is that we want certain things out of government,” Boze said.

LISTEN: BOZE DISCUSSES TUESDAY’S REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RESULTS

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell won his primary, and said after, “The tough race is behind us. It’s time to unite. To my opponent’s supporters, I hope you will join me in the months ahead and know that your fight is my fight.”

Those on the left may try to make it appear that Tea Party is losing influence, and that there’s some kind of split among conservatives.

“The left likes to say there’s some kind of specific group known as the Tea Party with some chairman somewhere,” Boze said.

There, of course, is not – the Tea Party is more than a political party, Boze said, it’s an organizational groundswell that has reinvigorated the Republican Party with conservative ideals.

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