John Feehery: Speaking Engagements


Democrats and Independents Should HELP Mainstream Republicans Win GOP Civil War

Posted on April 17, 2014
The purpose of this post is to explain why John's previous post is 100% right and needs to be forwarded on to as many people as possible as quickly as possible: Tea Party Must be Crushed

I want to make it very clear to every reader that the Tea Party (at least the extreme Rush Limbaugh and Ted Cruz wing of it) in my opinion are the true RINOs (Republicans in name only) because they do not believe in compromise so that government can truly function, because they do not recognize mainstream Republicans such as Bush 41 as being true conservatives, because Rush Limbaugh (who represents many millions of Tea Party activists, having more influence than any other person) admitted that the Tea Party is trying to take over the Republican Party saying "The objective here is to make them (1990s Republicans and Bush 41 in context) an extinct species, and we are on the way" (and more Tea Party comments like this), because Rush admitted that "that four million Republicans in 2012 stayed home" (because they did not like Romney, which may have cost him the election and Rush implied the same threat again in 2016), the Tea Party's war against mainstream Republican candidates, and finally because Rush promised "payback, and it's going to be hell" if a Tea Party controlled GOP wins power in the future (much more documentation is available on request, what I am providing in this post is just the tip of the iceberg of what I have on file):

1) The Tea Party does NOT believe in compromise so that government can truly function:

A) Rush Limbaugh's direct quotes:

Tuesday Quotes: Never Give In

"Bipartisanship only happens when one side gives in. That's why we despise bipartisanship here at the Limbaugh Institute. We never quit."

Rush's Interview with Greta Van Susteren

GRETA: "Is there no room for negotiations, bipartisanship? I mean, is it just opposition?

RUSH: Between who?

GRETA: Between the two parties? I mean -- I mean, should there...? Are you suggesting Republicans shouldn't negotiate and have a bipartisan approach with Democrats?

RUSH: Well, yeah, pretty much, because I don't think we have anything in common with 'em. I mean, where's the commonality? I don't have anything in common with Obama policy-wise. Zilch, zero, nada..."


Building Bipartisanship? Not Limbaugh's Problem

2) The Tea Party (at least the Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz, and the Matt Kibbe wing of it) does NOT recognize mainstream Republicans such as Bush 41 and Jeb Bush as being true conservatives:

A) Rush Limbaugh called Bush 41 and 1990s Republicans "RINOs" (Republicans in name only) and also saying about them "The objective here is to make them an extinct species, and we are on the way:"

Barack H.W. Obama?

RUSH: "So they're going on and on, there's no difference, those old Republicans in the nineties were good old moderate Republicans. What they were were RINOs...

RUSH: So the piece here at TIME Magazine by Joe Klein is all about how basically Roger Ailes and I have destroyed the Republican Party, the grand old days of moderate Republicans like Bush 41, the RINOs. And, gee, why can't we revisit, why can't we go back to those good old days? What happened to all the moderate Republicans? Joe, let me tell you something. The objective here is to make them an extinct species, and we are on the way..."

B) Rush in my opinion is 100% right when he said "there's a battle for the party going on" and when he said about the Tea Party "you have to do what you can to work within the Republican Party to take it over." This is why I think that John's post "Tea Party Must be Crushed" is so important because the Tea Party MUST lose this battle to the mainstream Republican Party for the good of the country (no one party stays in power forever):

Rush's Interview with Greta Van Susteren

RUSH: "I mean, there's a battle for the party going on. And, sure, it'd be a tough battle. But there's no other option. You don't want to go third party. That just ensures the Democrats are a majority party forever. You don't want to do that so you have to do what you can to work within the Republican Party to take it over..."

C) Tea Party leader Matt Kibbe openly admitted that the Tea Party is trying to "upgrade," "repopulate," and take over the GOP! He said the new Republican standard is the 2010 Tea Party candidates:

HARDBALL 10/21/13 - Tea Party versus the GOP

Matt Kibbe, CEO of Freedom Works and Michael Tomasky discuss with Chris Matthews on Hardball the GOP civil war. Kibbe says the Tea Party is not a political party but a social movement.

D) Here is the CNN video where at 3:31, Jake Tapper asked Ted Cruz "Is Jeb Bush a strong conservative, do you think?" Cruz gave Tapper a sugar coated "No" answer by ducking the question saying "You know, look, that's a question for the voters to say. There are many things that I admired about his 10 years as governor of Florida. I think on education he showed real courage. But you know, we have a political process where candidates, if they choose to run, can go out and campaign on their vision for America..." Ted Cruz could not give a direct "Yes" or "No" answer to that question without getting himself into serious trouble because if he answered "Yes" (which he does not really believe as is documented above), then he would not be telling the truth and he would upset the Tea Party base. However if Cruz had answered "No" to Jake Tapper's question, then his answer would have started a huge controversy that Cruz, the Tea Party, and the GOP would not have wanted to deal with (I hope that Ted Cruz gets pinned down with this same question again):

Cruz: Washington elites and GOP nominee (07:41)

The Lead with Jake Tapper | Added on April 7, 2014
Washington elites won't be effective at picking GOP nominee, says Sen. Ted Cruz.

3) Here is where Rush is not taking a 2016 Jeb Bush candidacy seriously, where he mentioned an unproven conspiracy theory about it in the process of not taking it seriously, where he admitted "that four million Republicans in 2012 stayed home" (because they did not like Romney, which may possibly have cost him the election), and where Rush implied the same threat again in 2016 by saying this:

Bush-Clinton is Really the Best We Can Do?

RUSH: "I've got a guy who thinks that Jeb is trying to disqualify himself right now just 'cause he doesn't want to run and he doesn't want all these people trying to draft him. So he'll say something that he knows is not gonna be accepted and get it out of the way. What about that theory?

CALLER: The purpose of that, sir, is because they're pressuring him to be the anointed candidate?

RUSH: I know. My answer to that is, "If you don't want to run, just say so, rather than disqualify yourself." I mean, yeah, I think Tea Party... We know that four million Republicans in 2012 stayed home. Stop and think. I still can't believe it. I mean, I believe it, but in 2012, four million Republicans stayed home for the very reason she's talking about here."

4) The Tea Party has what I call "a war against mainstream Republican candidates" or candidates who will not "play ball" with the Tea Party:

A) The Richmond, VA Tea Party:

GOP War on Tea Party Favorites Gaining Momentum

Posted On 17 Nov 2013 By : EricM

"More on this in the coming weeks, but there’s more-and-more stories coming out now about how the “establishment” GOP is working to “take out” any opposition to its big government plans by tea party/liberty politicians..."

B) The Tea Party is trying to remove John Boehner as Speaker of the House:

Apr 11, 2014 - House Republicans plotting to force out Speaker Boehner? (02:19)

Reaction to new report. Neil Cavuto interview with Tim Alberta of The National Journal.

Here is the article link that this video is based on:

House Conservatives Plot to Oust Boehner, Put Scare Into Cantor

One plan: Force the speaker to step aside before the new year.

By Tim Alberta
April 10, 2014

C) The Tea Party is trying to defeat Mitch McConnell in a primary as a part of "the price of compromise:"

‘Right’ aims to ditch Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 election

A PAC founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint, boss of the 'shutdown' stalwart Heritage Foundation, has now endorsed McConnell’s primary challenger.

BY DAN FRIEDMAN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:25 AM

WASHINGTON — "The Senate GOP leader who helped to end the government shutdown by striking a deal with Democrats is learning the price of compromise..."

This MSNBC video has direct quotes from several Tea Party activists at an anti-Mitch McConnell rally:


Why tea partiers want to ‘ditch Mitch’ (4:54)
Tea Time in Kentucky: Political editor for The Perry Bacon Jr. and political reporter Benjy Sarlin discuss the tea party rally held Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.

D) One thing I appreciate is people who tell the truth even if it is unpopular! Zev Chafets, the author of the book about Rush Limbaugh (which Rush has endorsed and recommended that people buy), told the honest truth about how politically powerful that Rush really is in this New York Times article (giving examples):

Op-Ed Contributor

The Limbaugh Victory


Published: May 19, 2010

"Mr. Limbaugh loved being tossed into this briar patch. He mocked the notion that he was the titular leader of the Republicans even as he was becoming the party’s top strategist and de facto boss... Dissenters like Arlen Specter, whom Mr. Limbaugh disparaged as a “Republican in Name Only,” found themselves unelectable in the party primaries. Moderates like Michael Steele, the party chairman, were slapped down for suggesting cooperation with the administration. When Representative Phil Gingrey of Georgia had the temerity to suggest that Mr. Limbaugh was too uncompromising, he was met with public outrage and forced into an humiliating apology..."

5) Rush promised "payback, and it's going to be hell" if a Tea Party controlled GOP wins back power in the future (even with the respective differences between mainstream Republicans and Democrats, nobody in the mainstream on either side makes this kind of a hyper-partisan and dangerous threat toward the other party):

Our Time Will Come, Liberals

February 11, 2009

RUSH: "We are taking names. We are taking names now. We are monitoring who on the left is going to deserve payback, and it's going to be hell. This much I promise you..."

My conclusion is that because the Tea Party does not believe in bipartisanship (they will more than likely dictate policy terms to everybody in BOTH parties forcing as much of their agenda down our throats as they possibly can whether we like it or not which I think is very dangerous), because they do not recognize mainstream Republicans as being true conservatives, because Rush admitted "that four million Republicans in 2012 stayed home" (and implied the same threat in 2016 if there is a GOP nominee who the Tea Party does not like such as Jeb Bush), because the Tea Party is openly at war with non-Tea Party Republicans in an attempt to fully take over the Republican Party, because of how politically powerful that Rush Limbaugh truly is based on the evidence above, and based on Rush's threat "payback, and it's going to be hell;" it is my opinion that mainstream Republicans should exercise the same "veto power" that the Tea Party used on Romney in 2012 by 4 million activists staying at home (or by voting for all of the other GOP candidates except for a Tea Party Presidential nominee by either leaving the space blank or by voting third party as a protest vote) IF there is a 2016 Tea Party GOP nominee because everybody loses IF a Tea Party GOP nominee should win. The mainstream GOP will lose the battle to the Tea Party if that happens which means losing its vision for the future! Democrats will always be kept in check by their not being able to pass any major legislation with a GOP House and a non-filibuster proof Senate (assuming Democrats keep the Senate which is extremely doubtful in my opinion). If anything is learned from this post, it is that Democrats are NOT the only losers if a Tea Party 2016 GOP nominee should win. The mainstream GOP and the entire country loses as well which is why I very strongly recommend that everybody in the mainstream, regardless of party, works together to HELP the mainstream GOP defeat the Tea Party in their battle for control of the future direction of the Republican Party!

To all Democrats and Independents, I have one comment and one question for you to think about and answer to yourselves: No one party stays in power forever (that is a fact proven by history). Would you rather deal with mainstream Republicans who believe in compromise or with the Tea Party who does not believe in compromise WHEN (not "IF") Republicans win back power? I think that should be a very easy question to answer (the answer is very obviously mainstream Republicans and of course I am always willing to debate in writing anything that I post with anyone or with any organization who is serious on any high traffic website or blog. Please feel free to contact me and we can talk about it!


Mitch Dworkin is an Independent political consultant who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has worked on many campaigns and he specializes in research, analysis, writing, and rapid response. What makes Mitch different from some other political analysts is that he always calls things right down the middle as he honestly sees them and he will always tell people the truth as he sees it and as how he can document it even if it is not popular. Mitch is also for bipartisanship and compromise while opposing extremism in both parties.

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