Allen West: ‘Yes,’ He Would Lead National TEA Movement If Asked

From BizPac Review:

Tea party favorite Allen West is ready to report to duty as the nationally recognized leader of the tea party movement.

On Friday’s broadcast of the “O’Reilly Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly invited West on to discuss the “fierce debate and war” happening inside the GOP over the Tea party, and asked the former congressman from Florida if he is willing to lead the movement.

O’Reilly identified New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as representing the moderate faction at loggerheads with U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

He also pointed out that “tea party guy” Ken Cuccinelli lost his bid for governor in Virginia on Tuesday, while Christie won reelection easily in New Jersey.

The two agreed that the perception of the tea party is shaped by a hostile media.

“There is no spokesperson for the tea party, it’s fragmented by design, it’s a state run grassroots movement and there’s nobody to really fight back on the national level to get the message out that the tea party isn’t a subversive organization,” O’Reilly said.

Saying it’s a matter of leadership, West agreed that the tea party believes in decentralization, and cautioned that this can lead to fragmentation and being “easily picked off.”

“They need a strategic marketing and communications plan, but most importantly, these people should sit down at a table and come up with a platform… that talks about what they are for, not so much what they are against,” West said.

After discussing immigration reform as a looming battle between moderates and the tea party, O’Reilly asked: “Say you were approached… would you be willing to be the leader of the tea party, would that be something that interests you?”

“Well, I mean, if people come to me I will do that,” West replied with little hesitation.

Considering the tea party is made up of a lot of locally autonomous groups, with little statewide cohesion, contrary to what O’Reilly suggested, a leader of West’s caliber may be just what the movement needs to truly be effective in a failing two party system.


West would make an outstanding spokesman for whatever organization that would be lucky enough to have him.

Before he gets to far along I wish he would change the name to reflect the Conservative and Constitutional position of the TEA movement.

Calling it the Tea Party is false.  It ain’t Boston 1773.  The media, the entirety of the Left, and RINOs within the Republican party have ruined the reputation of the TEA Movement.  The TEA Party is a grassroots movement that is a response from ordinary citizens that oppose big government.

According to Wikipedia:

The Tea Party movement is an American political movement that is primarily known for advocating a reduction in the U.S. national debt and federal budget deficit by reducing U.S. government spending and taxes. The movement has been called partly conservative, partly libertarian, and partly populist. It has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009.

The name is derived from the Boston Tea Party of 1773, an iconic event in American history.  Anti-tax protesters in the United States have often referred to the original Boston Tea Party for inspiration.  References to the Boston Tea Party were part of Tax Day protests held throughout the 1990s and earlier.

By 2001, a custom had developed among some conservative activists of mailing tea bags to legislators and other officials as a symbolic act.

Many Americans falsely believe that it is a political party.  That said, it needs a relabeling if it were to become a bona fide political party.  

The republican base is looking for a rally point since the GOP has kicked the base to the curb. Now might just be the right time for conservatives of all stripes to form a third party since the GOP is bent on pushing moderates on us.  

It would be a big gamble and the stakes are extraordinarily high.

~ Hardnox

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12 Responses to Allen West: ‘Yes,’ He Would Lead National TEA Movement If Asked

  1. Kathy says:

    I would love to see the Tea Party become an actual viable political party and Mr. West would be an excellent choice as their leader. Organized and regrouped, their voice could become much stronger, and that is precisely what we need today.

  2. Clyde says:

    It won’t matter a hoot in hell what the movement would be named, the assholes of the left, and French Repubics would STILL despise us. West would be an EXCELLENT choice, he, and Cruz. THAT is a ticket I’d walk on busted glass barefoot for.

  3. Mrs AL says:

    > ““They need a strategic marketing and communications plan, but most importantly, these people should sit down at a table and come up with a platform… that talks about what they are for, not so much what they are against,” West said.”

    BINGO BINGO BINGO! This is the crux of the entire matter. Out of that would actually come a new ‘name’ for the movement. Boy would I like to be able to get in the middle of this one. KEY KEY KEY.

    Did I express myself clear enough? hehe

  4. CW says:

    The interview with West underscores the inherit dilemma for those wanting a conservative, small-government approach centered on the Constitution. The minute you start trying to broaden the coalition by pulling in this or that group, the in-fighting begins for control and direction of the platform and the party loses its soul, as we saw with the GOP; and yet you need a broad coalition to compete against republicans and democrats. The only solution I can see to this problem is that you MUST broaden your base not by expanding the tent, as per the republican strategy, but by changing people’s thinking. That’s no easy task but I don’t see how a third party can succeed without doing it.

    • Mrs AL says:

      IMHO it’s about stating clearly, and with no ‘ifs’ attached, what you stand for. It must be a simple (not to be confused with simplistic) message. It doesn’t matter whether it is in line with another party or anything else.

      The goal is to welcome people who agree with you, not look to give a poke in the eye of people who don’t agree with you.

  5. Garnet92 says:

    Good thoughts, CW. One thing that I think needs to be better defined is the term “expanding the tent.” Expanding the message/agenda to include some additional voters isn’t necessarily bad as long as conservative values aren’t sacrificed.

    For example, as Just Gene noted above, including libertarians and independents. I could accept some negotiations with libertarians and would be willing to accept some of their ideas to get them on board. Independents may be more difficult, but would still be worth a try. Changing people’s thinking is (I think) even more difficult, although would be the best choice – IF – enough votes can be secured by that method only.

    • Hardnox says:

      I agree. If the tent is too big we’ll end up with lunatics. Describing what Conservatism is about is fairly simple.

      Changing peoples’ thinking can be accomplished by having polite conversation with them. Most thinking people are Conservative anyway once the labels that the left put on everyone are peeled away.

      First and foremost the party would need to be about the Constitution and its adherence. The reason this country is in the mess its in is because we have ignored it.

  6. bullright says:

    I completely agree with the name thing. And O’Reilly is doing no favors by using the name Tea Party associating it with a formal Party. That’s been a problem all along,.