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TheBlaze will be publishing an extensive report Tuesday thats asks if the convention this year in Tampa is the place where the GOP will fully embrace the Tea Party--a movement at the center of an electoral rebound for the party over the last three years. The report by TheBlaze reporter Mytheos Holt attempts to pinpoint the definition of what makes a politician a "Tea Party" leader and what constitutes as "the establishment," in order to have a clearer understanding of the movement's influence at this year's Republican National Convention. Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks joined S.E. Cupp and Will Cain in Tampa, and the rest of the "Real News From The Blaze" panel in Texas via satellite, to discuss the Tea Party's influence at the convention thus far, and where to expect to see the organization's message resonate through the week.
The debate on Tea Party influence has already gotten off to a hot start as Ron Paul supporters took to the floor Monday immediately after the convention was convened, but only briefly before it was declared in recess due to Hurricane Isaac-related postponements, to declare their dissatisfaction with the presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The spectacle came 24 hours after close to 10,000 Paul fans rallied in the Sun Dome Sunday night to express their love for Paul and frustration with the GOP.
Only fifteen minutes away from PaulCon, fellow former Republican presidential hopefuls Rep. Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain were holding a "Tea Party Unity" rally of their own Sunday night with 1,200 activists. While the L.A. Times reports activists at the event, as well as Bachmann and Cain, said they had “already won” by forcing the Republican Party to adhere closely to the activists’ goals of small government and reduced taxes, the questioned has been raised whether the fractioned off event away from the national party convention is a good thing for the GOP.
Such public insubordination to the national party has led some to ask if 2012 will be the last year that the GOP "establishment" is represented atop the presidential ticket? Furthermore, is the assumption that presumtive vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is a representative of the Tea Party accurate? Watch a clip from Monday's show where Kibbe and the "Real News" panel debate these developments regarding the Tea Party and GOP: