First, that we all get on the same page and support the nominee with passion and energy. We at AFTP have endoresed Mitt Romney and feel that he will adopt many of the core tea party objectives like lowering the debt and repealing Obamacare on the federal level. We the Tea Party are a very diverse group and have many veiws from a little liberal to middle of the road to right of center, we also have a problem. More at www.armedforcesteaparty.com
Second, we need to look long and hard at the fringe groups that are trying to attach thier movement to ours for attention and to establish some sort of legitimate voice. Fact is there are some "militia" type groups and people claiming to be Tea Party that start every statement with three words "treason - Obama - Constitution". They are not scholars or Constitutional lawyers or even people that have really done much in the Tea Party. However they have sprung up in the last couple years and keep shouting thier far right wing agenda in our face. Fact is the Tea Party is far more diverse, and filled with pragmatic big thinkers then any fringe element. We must marginalize these radicals to ensure the left does not attached thier radical agenda and message to our legitimate movement. I'm talking about the ones that claim the feds are coming to kick in doors, take our guns and put people on the 300 (so-called) secret Homeland Security compounds being built as we speak....NOT!
In short the radical right is a bad or worse as the radical left and we can't afford to have them associated with us and claim they are the "true" Tea Party.
Last, that we all put down our agendas and the personal attachments to candidates and look at this as a longer process and each office holder or candidate as just one of many we are "teaming" with when we can and putting pressure on them when they won't. We run the show by being professional, pragmatic, realistic and objective as we grow the movement over the next ten years.
For many of us that means letting go of false hopes about a perfect candidate or the next Reagan. It means we don't get sucked into the agenda and half baked conspiracy theroies of the radical right. It means we partner as a movement to put maximum pressure on candidates and also show how flawed the progressive movement II really is.