Stephen Hayes writes today at The Weekly Standard that an unnamed source on the Romney team may have set back the steady progress Romney has been making with the Tea Party movement over the past several weeks. Here’s the quote, said to be from a top operative in the Romney campaign, taken from a Washington Post article:
“The conventional thinking has been that after a long and divisive primary campaign, the challenge of uniting the GOP would force Romney to pick a running mate with strong appeal to tea party activists and evangelicals. But Romney’s team thinks he may be liberated from that pressure if he can finish off remaining rivals Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul in the next few weeks. ”
Hayes wonders if Romney can build on the “great strides [he’s made] with Tea Party leaders in the past two weeks.”
I have the quick answer to that question:
Not if he and his team think they’re “liberated” from us.
Michael Patrick Leahy is the editor of the Voices of the Tea Party e-book series and co-founder of Top Conservatives on Twitter and the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition. His new book, Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement, was published by Broadside Books on March, 2012. He can be reached on Twitter at @michaelpleahy .