Tea Party Must be Crushed

Jan29

By John Feehery

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Photo Credit – http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/teaparty/tp/Tea-Party-Jokes.htm

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.

Topic: Tea Party

11 Responses

  1. Steve Metz says:

    John, ur absolutely right, but the Tea Party won’t go away until they start losing. They don’t care abt the Party. They care abt keeping their new jobs. Try convincing Gohmert or Huelskamp on anything. Not a chance. How abt Rep Steve King. Their ur nightmare & not going away. Then u got the religious nuts. Right now there is no Republ Party. McConnell may be finished. Either he will be primaried or Judd will win. Have u seen his polls? And we’re on a roll. I like where we are. Hillary in the wings at 69% positives

  2. Sam Cohen says:

    I think you’ve nailed it John. The far right has cost the Republican Party the Senate. As a Democrat, I am perfectly content with this. I’m also quite content with the Republicans continuing their bloodbath which may result in a 2014 victory for the Democrats in the House (unlikely but possible). The Tea Party is rendering the Republican Party as significant as the Whigs. I predict a complete split in the Republican Party in 2016.

  3. John:

    You are so right, I wish that I could help you in this effort. If there is anything that I can do, then please let me know!

    I think that Claire McCaskill was crazy for wanting “Todd Akin to win the Republican primary in Missouri.” She won mainly by getting very lucky! I doubt she would have won IF Akin did not make that gaffe and if he ran a better campaign. I think that McCaskill took a very stupid gamble to actually fund him knowing that he could have won the primary, the general election, and gone to the Senate all for her own selfish re-election bid.

    This is part of the problem of extreme partisanship:

    “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.”

    Again, Mourdock could have won IF he did not make his stupid gaffe and if he ran a better campaign. Joe Donnelly was VERY lucky in my opinion! Why would supposedly serious Democrats want to get rid of a good man like Dick Lugar for a Tea Party kook like Mourdock who thinks that bipartisanship is people agreeing with him?

    Democrats are crazy, are contributing to the problem of hyper-partisanship, and are playing with fire by risking sending ideologues to Congress who do not believe in compromise when they root for and fund Tea Party candidates. I would debate ANY Democrat on that proposition using any website of their choice and any rules of their choice as long as the terms are even!

    That should be a no-brainer issue except for selfish Democrats who are more interested in their re-election than doing what is best for the country!

    Mitch Dworkin

    • Jess says:

      The problem isn’t the gaffe, it’s the beliefs behind them. Democrats pushed these candidates because the extreme viewpoints are a matter of policy with them, not just a slip of the tongue on camera.

      If you have extreme positions, you’re going to make extreme statements sooner or later. That’s the trouble with far right candidates, not PR.

    • Joe Dalpiaz says:

      IF my aunt had nuts, she would be my uncle.

  4. I posted this GREAT article with analysis on my own Facebook page along with some of my Facebook friends!

  5. Adriana Mattei says:

    John you are wrong on so many points. The tea party saw tyranny coming and stepped in to demand sanity
    Our founding fathers gave us the constatution and for our congress to represent we the people. Yes the tea part did not win every seat But b/c of the movement elected the house to R majority. And so many great Senators. So the R party must be different from the D..We stand for small government and Free to decide for our self what we want n not the government to tell us. We are exeptional people and that is why this land is the best place to live. The people see who is republican and who is not so those who are not should be voted out. The people have awaken…

  6. brendan says:

    You and your type are the reason the tea party exists. You exist to suck taxes from the federal government and make yourself wealthy. So bring it on.

  7. roger jones says:

    Please provide 1 example of tea party person being a racist???? Just because someone told me about your appreciation for young boys in shorts doesn’t make it true… And who exactly are you again????? What have you done that compares with the accomplishments of Ted Cruz or Rand Paul????. Screw you and your ugly lies.

  8. rex thistle says:

    Just saw that this guy worked for Hollywood (mpaa). Figures.

  9. Ragin' Dave says:

    1. If the GOP actually stood for the principals it claims to stand for, the Tea Party wouldn’t exist.

    2. If the GOP had embraced the Tea Party instead of trying to use it and discard it, the Tea Party wouldn’t exist in it’s current form, it would be another wing of the GOP.

    3. If the Tea Party didn’t exist, the GOP would be at 2006 levels – just in case you don’t remember, that was when the Democrats crushed the GOP at the polls and took control of both houses of Congress. And in 2008, the Democrats once again crushed the GOP, gained even more seats in Congress, and controlled the White House. In 2009, the Tea Party came into existence. In 2010, the GOP regained control of the House. And since the GOP has declared war on the Tea Party, you’ve been stuck in neutral and not gaining a darn thing.

    I’m sorry that you have a problem with people who actually demand that the government follow the Constitution of the United States, but the fact that you DO have that problem says more about you than it does about the Tea Party.

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