1. Let’s say Tea Party groups had continued to grow at the pace seen in 2009 and 2010.
2. And let’s further say that their impact on the 2012 vote would have been similar to that seen in 2010. A new paper co-authored by AEI’s Stan Veuger estimates the grass-roots movement generated 3 million to 6 million additional Republican votes in House races in the midterms.
3. The 2012 result would have seen as many as 5 million to 8.5 million additional GOP votes versus a President Obama victory margin of 5 million votes. And right around now, Mitt Romney would be pushing hard to implement his tax reform plan, and #44 would be launching the Obama Global Initiative.
Here’s what Dean Chambers of Unskewed Polls wrote last week:
The president’s administration engaged in a systematic and wide-scale suppression of Tea Party and conservative activity and votes, via the IRS targeting of those groups and other activities, that I believe clearly denied Mitt Romney the election that clearly would have won by about the very margin I predicted on November 5 of last year. The 2012 election is proven to be bogus, and I have no doubt that the Obama Regime stole that election with a variety of tactics and strategies that suppressed at least 7 million Romney votes across the country, as well as at least 2-3 million more votes gained in the Obama column via voters fraud in several key swing states.
To say the hasty explosion of the Tea Party seen in 2009 and 2010 should have continued in 2011 and beyond is to ignore that corporate astroturfing played an overwhelming part in the supposed grassroots Tea Party uprising prior to the 2010 election. When the money dried up, so did the movement.
But I digress. The IRS ultimately approved more conservative groups than liberal groups for tax-exempt status in 2012, and no conservative group that applied for tax exempt status had their request denied while at least one liberal group did.
The 5 to 8 million additional Republican votes referred to above do not exist, and the results of the 2010 election would have been quite different if Democrats had bothered to show up at the polls to cast their votes.
The bottom line is neither the fringe nor the mainstream can accept that President Obama was legitimately elected. Whether it’s birtherism, charges of voter fraud, or an IRS conspiracy theory, they will always have an excuse to question his legitimacy.
I wonder why.