GOP Establishment to Tea Party: Get Lost


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.

And you Mr. Feehery. I asked you on twitter if you said what Rush reported. You did:

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?

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Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?

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October 14, 2011 6:52 am

Great time to launch this campaign, Tex. From here on in we need to look at everything that happens as soldiers and planners, not outraged citizens who are surprised that craven dogs are behaving as craven dogs.

We are millions, they are tens of thousands, but with a lot more money. To us this is about liberty and restoring it. To them this is about class, a ruling class, and protecting their position in it.

The first battlefield, before the Obama battle, will be the ballot box against these aristocrats in the spring-summer.

Let history begin.

October 14, 2011 9:21 am

Influence waning? Members co-opted? Have they completely forgotten last November? Do they figure that was a one-trick pony?

Heh. Our local committee (PCs) is filling up with 912ers and they’re actively working together. The Tea Party has redirected it’s focus, from demonstrating to infiltrating. Even our Congressman’s staffers are filing papers to become PCs, surprised they’d not done so sooner…

In other words, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Queen Hotchibobo
October 14, 2011 9:22 am

I hope these Republican “leaders” don’t have nearly the sway with our newly elected Reps that they think they do. It gives me some hope when they complained that the new guys don’t seem to be falling in love with the DC power games. It definitely shows that swamp fever has a firm hold on the guys we have in charge up there. I’m hesitant to call them Republican “leaders” since they have to hide their subversive activities in the cloak room and talk like conservatives in front of the mic, lest their voters find out they’re a bunch of… Read more »

October 14, 2011 9:59 am

“Mr. Galt, you’re just going to have to do something about that ‘Texas swagger’. That sort of thing is so unbecoming, dontchaknow? You dare to directly challenge a member of the inside-the-beltway establishment on our intent to keep making Washington as consequential in your lives as we have joined with the Democrats in doing so far, Supercommittees and all? No, Mr. Galt, this will not do! Oh, sure, Mr. Galt, you have that (snort!) ‘Texas swagger’. But you don’t have any (what’s that word we Progressives use?) gravitas, yes, that’s it. And above all, Mr. Galt, you just don’t know… Read more »

October 14, 2011 10:13 am

Good write-up,TG. This bunch should stop and think that forcing McCain on us in ’08 was what gave us Obama and then the Tea Party movement. So they are not the wizards they hold themselves out to be– or they wouldn’t have the situation that they do today. Pitiful isn’t it? That we turned out in such numbers to elect folks to go to D.C. to get a job done, not to go there and enjoy the party and have fun. Strikes me that this sort of elitist thinking is what got heads cut off in France a couple hundred… Read more »

October 14, 2011 2:14 pm

“The one thing we didn’t put up with then was dawdling service.”

October 14, 2011 5:37 pm

I certainly hope all those people who tweeted this out included that jackass-lite you questioned in their tweet, I know I did 🙂

redneck hippie
October 14, 2011 7:51 pm

Long ago… hang together or we shall surely hang separately… shame the elites didn’t get that. Being marched straight down to utopianist hell ain’t ‘xactly hangin’, but…

E Pluribus Unum
October 14, 2011 8:26 pm

Let them think they’ve taken the wind out of the sails of the Tea Party movement. Let them. I think they sincerely believe it.

Which will just make it easier. Like Vassar says, they may be the 10,000’s, with the bucks, the position, the media connections.

But we are the millions. And we know who we are and what we stand for, and we know they don’t represent us anymore.

And we have a plan.