Who is going to hold the tea party and appeal to independents at the same time? Something really bad has to happen under Obamas watch for those to sides to come together.
IT's happening all the time, 'lib...
However, there are some different scenarios that could answer your question:
- The Tea Party finds out it is not as influential as it believes it is and is content to influence others in the GOP;
- The Tea Party believes it is more influential than it is and splits from the GOP (which would mean disaster for both ends);
- Obama is out of "OBL" hat tricks to spike his popularity, continues to plummet in the polls and even Donald Trump can beat him.
- One or more of the contenders above (lets use Michele Bachman as an example) already has the Tea Party aligned and, now, only needs to find some common ground with the independents.
There are others, to be sure. I tend to agree with JQP about only three would generate any excitement, but I would add Mitt Romney to his list.
Seems to me Romney already has a lot of the Tea Party in alignment and, now, is focusing on the independents with is defense of the Healthcare deal he put together while he was governor.
Bottom line, though, is it is still roughly 18 months until the election and a LOT can happen in 18 months: I've heard tales that a relatively unknown senator from a small and corrupt state like Illinois can get elected in 18 months...