Tea Party Must be Crushed
By John Feehery
It is time to get rid of the Tea Party.
They are an embarrassment. Worse, they are collaborating with Democrats to bring down Republicans and make it easier for Democrats to win general elections.
There was a story in yesterday’s Politico that pretty much laid in on the line:
“Tea party activists looking to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a GOP primary may get some help from an unlikely source: Democrats. Big Democratic donors, local liberal activists and a left-leaning super PAC in Kentucky are telling tea partiers that they are poised to throw financial and organizational support behind a right-wing candidate should one try to defeat the powerful GOP leader in a 2014 primary fight.”
This should come as no surprise.
The Tea Party has been a fifth column within the Republican Party, blowing up bridges, sabotaging supply lines, creating false controversies, wasting valuable party resources, and generally making it easier for Senate Democrats and Barack Obama to stay in power.
The Tea Party worked with Democrats to nominate Sharron Angle to run against Harry Reid. Reid had only once chance to win reelection, his popularity ratings being so low. And that was if the Republicans nominated Sharron Angle. He made sure that they did by funneling funds to her primary campaign.
The Tea Party worked with Democrats to nominate Christine O’Donnell. There was only one way that Mike Castle was not going to be elected to the Senate, and that was if he lost in a primary.
The Tea Party wanted Ken Buck. And guess who the Democrats wanted to win in Colorado. Ken Buck. Guess which side now controls that Colorado Senate seat? The Democrats.
Claire McCaskill wanted Todd Akin to win the Republican primary in Missouri. So did the Tea Party. Guess who won her race for reelection, despite overwhelming odds? The Democrat Claire McCaskill, because she beat Todd Akin, who famously made rape a partisan issue.
The Tea Party pushed Richard Mourdock. Democrats saw Mourdock as their only hope to win in Indiana because Richard Lugar was a beloved figure in the Hoosier State. Who is the new Senator from the Hoosier State? Joe Donnelly.
One Tea Party organization, Freedom Works, paid off its founder and patron saint, Dick Armey, to the tune of 8 million dollars. What was that all about? Shouldn’t that money go to Republican candidates?
Another organization, Club for Growth, seems to go out of its way to make the National Republican Congressional Committee waste valuable resources defending incumbents who vote with the party 90% of the time. The Club seems to really enjoy clubbing Republicans. They barely lay a glove on Democrats.
The Tea Party was started in the middle of Barack Obama’s first year, as he moved to nationalize the auto industry, the banking industry, the health care industry, and the energy sector.
Rick Santelli, the CNBC correspondent, sparked the revolt when he asked a simple and profound question: Why do people who play by the rules have to bail out people who broke the rules?
It was a good question, and it is still a good question.
When the Tea Party started, it was a national movement of good people who were worried about the future of the country.
But today’s Tea Party has morphed into something far different. It has become a collection of wing-nuts, racists, hucksters, extremists, con-men and front-men, who collaborate with Hollywood and left-wing organizations to plot the demise of Republicans in good standing, Republicans such as Mitch McConnell, who is probably the most conservative leader of either party in the history of the Senate.
Tea Time is over. Republicans need to unite to take on Barack Obama and the Democrats. The Tea Party needs to decide if it is with us or with the President.