Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Tea Party conservatives now face a much less receptive welcome in the Republican party as even GOP leaders admit that they must give away some of their ground on taxes in order to reach a compromise for the fiscal cliff.
The fact that the ultra-conservative segment of the Republican party lost a significant amount of power after the election comes as little surprise, as the vast majority of the candidates that they backed were not elected, coupled with the fact that a host of the politicians they helped get elected in 2010 were booted out.
But now that Speaker John Boehner has offered to allow higher taxes in exchange for a deal on the looming fiscal cliff negotiations, the group has effectively seen their legs knocked out from underneath them by their own leader.
The New York Times reports that with so-called Obamacare and a firm stance against increased taxes are off the table, the true Tea Party supporters are looking for remaining wedge issues to use as their new platform as they reorganize.