There is something that the media does not like to report and it is this — the Tea Party does not like Mitt Romney. Let’s face it. If he had the support of the Tea Party, he would have already be on his way to the nomination. He has the big money support, the establishment support, the media’s support. He polls the best against Barack Obama. All that he is missing is his lack of support of the Tea Party.
Among the voters that said they were looking for a "True Conservative" in South Carolina, Mitt Romney only received 2% of the vote. Among Tea Party supporters Gingrich beat Romney 43% to 26%.
The Tea Party element is huge in the Republican party. There is no way Romney is going to be able to get the nomination with only a quarter of that faction’s support.
According to a Public Policy Polling poll released on Monday, Gingrich is ahead of Romney by 5-points. But among Tea Partiers, he is third!
Newt’s continuing to do well with all the groups he dominated with in South Carolina. He’s up 42-23 with Evangelicals, 46-20 with Tea Partiers (Mitt’s actually in 3rd with them), 42-28 with men, and 44-23 with voters describing themselves as ‘very conservative,’ which is the largest ideological group in the Florida electorate.
So why is this not being reported? Why are the Tea Party elements of the Republican party consistently being shunned by the establishment? What is going on here?
My writing this article was inspired from a an article on RedState.com written by Erick Erickson entitled "The Republican Base Simply Does Not Like Mitt Romney & Why the Press Rarely Reports It" and is definitely worth your read.