At the Montana GOP Convention last weekend, Republican faithful rejected a slate of TEA party people running for Republican state party office, showing that when it comes to the TEA party, for the moment anyway sanity has prevailed. GOP gubernatorial candidate Corey Stapleton even commented on the results on his Twitter feed (screenshot) that the:
GOP convention in Butte seemed strangely pre-Tea partyish.
Of course, the TEA partiers weren’t happy, and Jennifer Olsen, the leader of the Billings TEA Party who had run unsuccessfully for vice chair, said as much in the press:
“I think it’s a sad day for conservatives across Montana,” Olsen said afterward. “This was the day they could have proven they wanted to unite with the conservative grass roots, and it didn’t happen.”
But someone from party headquarters must have called up Olsen and told her that kind of thing was “off message” because this video was quickly posted. Anyway, it’s a good sign that the Tea Party movement remains on a downward trajectory.