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On the other side, Tea Party Nation Founder Judson Phillips yesterday announced on Martin Bashir's show that "The Tea Party will never rally behind Mitt Romney."

    "Never!" Phillips reiterated. "I think I told you this before, we've done surveys on our site where it shows one third to one half of the Tea Party members will not vote for Mitt Romney if he is the nominee in the general election -- which is probably going to encourage Team Obama to send out people to vote for Romney in the primaries. But Iowa is the first step in this whole process. A week from now we will be talking about New Hampshire, two weeks from now, we'll be talking about South Carolina and three weeks from now we will talk about Florida."

"In all the national polls, Newt Gingrich is still right up there at the top," Phllips added. "He does well in South Carolina and Florida, of course, the other good news that will be coming out of this is at least one candidate is going to dropout. Since the conservative vote is so fragmented right now, whoever drops out, presumably Bachmann, her supporters are going to somewhere. Hopefully from my point of view, it will be Newt. Wherever they go, they're going to help one of the conservative candidates."

Phillips later said as the race goes on, we will see "this coalescing and it will be around Newt Gingrich. It will happen. Eventually it will send Mitt Romney to the showers."

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   Dang. When 1/3 to 1/2 of Tea Party voters polled by Tea Party Nation say they will NOT vote in the General Election for Mitt Romney no matter that's gotta hurt.

   For Mitt Romney, this is going to get really, really ugly.

  But Phillips is right, as the openly crazier Bachmann's and Perry's and other laughable GOP candidates fall off their supporters are going to go to some candidate who is NOT Romney. That's why they were supporting Bachmann or Perry or frothy Santorum in the first place, they just don't like Mitt Romney! I can see Huntsman supporters going to Romney, but there is no way in hell that a Perry or Ron Paul supporter is going to vote for Mittens Mitt Romney has been trying to appeal to more moderate voters and that makes him UNPURE to the "the gays are gonna burn in hell" GOP extremist values voter who thinks that the best way to reform Wall Street is to not regulate them at all. Mitt is screwed. If Mitt tries to pander to the crazy xenophobes in his tent as he did when he said he'd veto the DREAM Act he risks losing Latino voters, who he is already losing 3:1 to Obama. That is just the start of Mitt's flip-flopping worries. On issue after issue, if Mitt doesn't toe the most extreme right wing line he risks screwing himself with either his base or the general public, and even worse Mitt has his Wall Street friends to pander too as well. Mitt has taken more positions than a contortionist, he's a phony, two faced flip-flopper and all of us know it. You can't say "Let them eat cake" and then try to have your cake and eat it too.

   Mitt is going to get crushed from both sides, from Occupy for being a sold out 1%er-friendly plutocrat, and from the tea party for not being a flip-flopping opportunist who can never pass the pre-requisite conservative purity tests, and as Mitt vacillates between trying to appeal to moderates that he can't win the General Election without and extremists who he can't win his party's nomination without all I can do is sit back and laugh at the beauty of watching a phony Wall Street hack twisting in the wind.

   So there it is, the Tea Party/OWS alliance that the banksters were sh*tting themselves over has arrived. It happened organically, and without any outside influence both Tea Party and OWS activists can agree that Mitt Romney is a phony two faced clown and a Wall Street crony who should not be elected President of the United States of America.

   Finally! Bipartisanship we can believe in. Now someone go buy Thomas Friedman a drink, he's gonna need it.


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