By Carole on Jan 24, 2012
Appearing on FNC's Happening Now this morning, former House Majority Leader and Chairman of FreedomWorks Dick Armey was asked to comment on reports that the Tea Party Movement has not been involved in the GOP primary process and may in fact be dead. As an influential voice in the movement, Mr. Armey explained that tea party activists have been working on reinforcing the conservative majority in the House and capturing a conservative majority in the Senate while the media has been focused only on presidential politics. But he also said the grassroots movement could have a very real role in choosing the eventual presidential nominee once the primary process is complete.
Referring to the possibility of a brokered convention in August, Mr. Armey said, "You'd have to argue it's not likely that anybody on the field is going to come out of this process with 51% of the delegates. Therefore the real determination of the presidential nomination outcome is going to be at convention time. Our impact is extremely important at that point."
If the brokered convention scenario comes to pass, it's likely that large numbers of delegates who already consider themselves part of the movement could be persuaded by like-minded speakers to cast their ballots for someone with a stronger conservative record than any of the current candidates.
Imagine one of those "Going Rogue" moments from former Alaska Governor and 2008 VP nominee Sarah Palin. Or the kind of common sense with a common touch from businessman Herman Cain that had so many tea party activists climbing on board the Cain Train a few months ago. Then there's Jeb Bush, Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio and so many other popular and influential conservatives who could do more in one speech to help nominate a true conservative than the tens of millions being spent by the pretenders in the primaries.
As Mr. Armey said this morning, "The person who wins the presidential nomination may in fact not be on the field today as we look at it."
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