We have to start by recognizing the fact that like it or not the left is now painting the TP as the very far right wing of the larger GOP. I for one have been saying this was coming and that it's a false narrative but one created by the "noise" crowd in the TP so we own some of the blame. Like it or not some people from the Ron Paul crowd are"I'll never budge on Mitt" types have tied their horse to the larger TP wagon for attention. We need to start the process of showing our broad and diverse base to the independent voters to win this and change the narrative.
It starts with talking up the moderates and even blue collar democrats that have found us and our message and stop making all issues black or white, the hardcore conservative or not type discussions have to stop. This means getting back to the basics of spending, taxes, and individual liberty and not in the weeds with social issues and personal attacks on Obama the person. Fact is Presidents come and go and we need to see ourselves as a long term movement not a one election boxing match.
Next, we need to call out those that portend to be TP when they go radical or start talking in narrow terms or with absolutes. This is vital as I'm convinced the more moderate voices in the TP are doing a couple things. First, they are staying quite and avoiding the social media fire fights because trolls with laptops flame them non-stop. Second, they are paying attention to this race more then the right wingers and really making a sound and valid assesment that Mitt is the guy. The numbers in the primary states are starting to show this so we better stop pissing them off.
Last, we need to cast the far left as the real issue and ones that have shifted more and not allow them the paint us with their brush. No matter how you slice this the MSN is in the tank for Obama and a progressive agenda. The Soledad O'Briens and MSNBC types are going to do all they can to find, and then report the worst possible narratives on the TP. They will look for the idiots in our ranks that say and do stupid things and then try and color all of us the same. It's vital that you talk about them (progressives) and "Pivot" whenever this happens.
Don't let the guy with a gun at an event, or the one that has a rebel flag T-shirt on, or the one that attacks Obama on a personal level become the story. Educate people that these are marginal players and fringe elements just looking for a movement to get attention and not the real Tea Party. Then Pivot and talk about the real issues. An America looking at $5 gas, the takeover of health care, the class and gender warfare and how the radical left and groups like OWS and union thugs are acting...... In short, grab the darn brush from the radical liberal and paint them with it!
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