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Anyone would be preferable to four more years of Obama, seems to be a near ubiquitous sentiment in the right-of-center blogosphere. Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit is on record saying he’d even “vote for a syphilitic camel over Barack Obama in 2012.”
But it looks like the FreedomWorks branch of the Tea Party isn’t down with Glenn’s “Syphilitic Camel Rule”. In fact, if Romney is nominated the GOP’s candidate, FreedomWorks warns (threatens?) that the Tea Party may just forget about showing up to the polls.
If Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination for president, Tea Party activists may not show up at all to vote in the general election, one leading group associated with the Tea Party movement is warning.
“I think that’s a potential problem,” said Matt Kibbe, FreedomWorks’ president, during a wide-ranging interview with reporters at The Daily Caller.
He also warned that if Republicans nominate another “John McCain,” activists might even vote third party in 2012.
“I believe in redemption, but at some point, you sort of give up,” he said. “And we’ve given up on Mitt Romney.”
On the other hand, Amy Kremer, Chair of the Tea Party Express recently asserted that the Tea Party will indeed support Romney if he turns out to be the nominee.
So will the Tea Party stay home on Election Day if Romney turns out to be the Republican nominee or won’t they? At this point, what the head honchos of FreedomWorks and the Tea Party Express have to say about the matter is pure speculation. Very few Tea Partiers I know identify with either of these organizations, and even if they do, they definitely don’t take their marching orders from a FreedomWorks or Tea Party Express organizer.
Here at Ricochet, we have quite a number of self-identified Tea Partiers, so instead of paying too much heed to someone else’s irrelevant speculation about whether or not you will vote, I’ll ask you directly: Is there any candidate, whether Mitt or someone else, who would cause you to forgo voting in next year’s election?Published in