Used! The tea party and like minded conservatives. Like a cheap whore. The Establishment GOP has their big majority in the House and they see the White House throne and Senate is within easy reach (they think). So, the Establishment (how they loathe that designation) thinks it’s safe to kick the grassroots to the curb.
There apparently isn’t even room in steerage for the millions of tea party types who saved the RINO party from virtual extinction. How’s that for gratitude? Just a little respect the morning after would be nice.
Rush Limbaugh calls it a war. Here’s a little of Rush today on this matter:
Now, this piece in the New York Times illustrates the obstacles Tea Party lawmakers are up against. All these Republican freshmen in the House, for example, this article makes it plain how difficult their job is. There’s even a section in this story on compromise, the bad kind of compromise, the kind of compromise that Republicans have been known for, get along with the Democrats, please the media, show that we’re not the unreasonable Tea Party types. That’s what’s shaking down here. The Tea Party is under assault from the Democrats and the Republican elite, and now the battle has been brought full fore in the pages of the New York Times Magazine.
There’s some quotes from various people in this story. Bill Kristol on the Tea Party: “It’s an infantile form of conservatism.” Scott Reed, veteran strategist and lobbyist: “I think it’s waning now,” talking to the reporter of the story about the Tea Party’s influence. “Party leaders have managed to bleed some of the anti-establishment intensity out of the movement, Reed said, by slyly embracing Tea Party sympathizers in Congress, rather than treating them as ‘those people.’ Did he mean to say that the party was slowly co-opting the Tea Partiers? ‘Trying to,’ Reed said. ‘And that’s the secret to politics: trying to control a segment of people without those people recognizing that you’re trying to control them.'” This is a Republican consultant talking about how to neutralize the Tea Party.
John Feehery, a lobbyist who was once a senior House aide I think to Denny Hastert, is also quoted. “The thing I get a kick out of is these Tea Party people calling me a RINO. No, guys, I’ve been a Republican all along. You go off on your own little world and then come back and say it’s your party. Well, this ain’t your party.”
The GOP Establishment is going public to smack the tea party in The New York Times. How fitting. Bill Kristol is front and center. How fitting. When was the last time the guy was right on anything. How does Mother Himmelfarb feel about all this Billy? McCain and now Romney. Right Mr Kristol? So wrong, so often.
Well there it is folks. Our betters in the GOP have taken leave of their senses. What are we going to do about it? What are the tea party candidates elected in 2010 going to do about this open rebuke? Or have they all been co-opted?