With the loss against the President, the GOP has been doing a lot of laying of blame. Now, one of the men who sought the GOP nomination to run against Obama has done the unthinkable.
Within 24 hours of the Romney defeat, Herman Cain was calling for the Tea Party to leave the Republican Party, as you can hear on “Focal Point” here:
I never thought that I would say this, and this is the first time publicly that I’ve said it: We need a third party to save this country. Not Ron Paul and the Ron Paulites. No. We need a legitimate third party to challenge the current system that we have, because I don’t believe that the Republican Party … has the ability to rebrand itself.
On the other side, you have Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist who worked on the McCain campaign in 2008, who has called for the mainstream Republican party to repudiate the extremists, such as Rush Limbaugh:
When we asked some leaders within the Tea Party for their statements, they cited Reagan Rule #12:
Thou shall not start a third-party, thou shall take over the republican party
At 7:18 of this piece on Limbaugh, he states just this:
Limbaugh has already stated that should Obama win, the GOP is dead and a new, third-party would rise in its place. It appears for once, Rush is in fact right.
The next few years will be very telling for the Republican party. Shall the Tea Party split off, perhaps to merge with the Reform, Libertarian and Constitution parties to become a force on their own, the Liberty Party? Will they focus all efforts into taking over the Republican party? Will the GOP leadership reject them and force the Tea Party out? Difficult to say. But the seeds are planted, the first shots of the civil war begun.