New blood energizes GOP

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ and BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: August 28, 2012 - 8:25 AM

In the first national GOP assembly since U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and her Tea Party allies emerged from the ashes of the Republicans' loss to Barack Obama in 2008, signs of fresh growth are everywhere around the convention hall.

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wildfoxAug. 27, 1210:41 PM

Priebus needs to be fired as RNC chair. His public speaking skills are horrendous and the lack of grammar and articulation is a teachers worst nightmare. He must have went to a private school.

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donotbugmeAug. 27, 1211:05 PM

New blood reinvigorating the GOTP? I'd say they're challenged by the task of trying to keep libertarians and fundamentalists on the same page while continuing to purge the RINOs Good luck with that.

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elenacorbettAug. 27, 1211:10 PM

My bets are on Mitt Romney. I've known he'd make it for a long time. Him and Paul Ryan are what the country needs to get us on the right fiscal track. Poly Sci Student UofM

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bkmnmnAug. 28, 12 1:19 AM

Michelle Bachmann is reenergizing the party? No, she is rousting up the base, which thanks to her is very misinformed and angry. These radicalized folks are going to do damage to this country, not improve it.

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redkayakAug. 28, 12 6:09 AM

All most of us want is to stop spending more than we have and live and let live. Why do we all think we have the right to spend other people's money, and force our beliefs on others. This sums up half of the tea party and most of the Ron Paul people.

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mohawk1953Aug. 28, 12 6:23 AM

"The overwhelming number of people I talk to around the country, and from our own delegation, are focused on replacing the current occupant of the White House," said Minnesota GOP Party Chair Pat Shortridge. Huh, imagine that,everybody you talk to that thinks, acts, and believes in the same things as you, wants the same thing as you. What an enlightened statement.

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star1009Aug. 28, 12 6:42 AM

I thank Obama for the rotten decisions and policies that in effect created the tea party. We the people are simply announcing we've had enough.

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diogenesnyAug. 28, 12 7:00 AM

New growth, indeed. But are they productive vines, laden with fruit - or destructive weeds?

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theruntAug. 28, 12 7:02 AM

Tea Party: A joke. Why? Because they didn't give a damn or half wake up when Bush was doubling the deficit. Obama gets elected and BAM! Suddenly they're "aware." Ha ha.

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EleanoreAug. 28, 12 7:02 AM

""Paul Ryan is in many ways the manifestation [of the new blood]," - I don't see this, I see him as immensely foldable to the status quo's will, while harboring an extremely unfortunate radical social agenda which really isn't the constitutional pervue of any elected official. I'm guessing she thinks this is the new blood because she doesn't want to recognize the real new blood, the fiscal conservative, constitutionally compliant, small government types which will eventually make the GOP an historical footnote.

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