Skip to comments.Mike Lee plans to flex Tea Party muscle in 2014 elections
Posted on 10/23/2013 12:38:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, plans to follow up the success he found supporting insurgent candidates like Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2012 election cycle by identifying candidates who share his philosophy in the 2014 cycle -- even as some Republicans attempt to marginalize the Tea Party brand.
"I got behind Ted Cruz early in the 2012 election cycle, and there are several others who I got behind in the 2012 election cycle, and I anticipate that I'll get behind some in the 2014 election cycle as well," Lee told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday.
Lee also responded to comments from Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who called for fellow Republicans to "go after" Cruz and the House members who attempted to use the continuing resolution to fund government as an opportunity to defund Obamacare, a fight that only ended after an extended government shutdown.
"I welcome the debate on questions of policy and on questions of strategy and tactics, but ultimately what we need here is really more debate and not less," Lee said.
"And I also think it would be better for the party if people inside the party especially elected officials within the party would cease and desist from the personal attacks," he said.
Lee said he has not yet made any endorsement decisions.
I... like... Mike Lee!
This schism within the Republican party has been going on for a long time, since about the start of the 20th Century, if not longer.
The Progressives started out as a faction within the Republican party, but rapidly branched out, first as the “Bull Moose” party of Teddy Roosevelt (which succeeded in putting Democrat Woodrow Wilson in office), then in an open break with the Republicans, sided with FDR in establishing the New Deal. Piece by piece they migrated to the Democrat party, which until then had been largely controlled by largely Southern “conservatives” and a few populists scattered throughout the rest of the country. Sensing opportunity, the Progressives hijacked the Democrat brand, then turned about and accused the REPUBLICANS of all the sins that had hung about the neck of the old Democrat party since the time of the Civil War.
Well-crafted bit of projection, that. Like the Progressives are any kind of repositories of virtue. They are more closely related to the Jacobins of revolutionary France than they ever were to the ideals upon which the United States was founded. Even today, they find the words of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution to be overly restrictive to their activities, and simply ignore the parts they do not like, while using other selected parts to beat the opposition over the head.
Defining deviancy down. Pat Moynihan identified the problem in 1993, but it has been working its mischief much longer than that.
Thank you for the historical perspective.
Lee has an excellent ground crew..excellent.
Tea Party muscle? But Bore said only 25% have favorable opionion of Tea Party!
Does that mean that he's going to take a position in some of the primaries? Or wait until the general?
What we have currently is a one party system, there is no opposition party, they debate within this single party, but it is nothing more than Showtime, smoking mirrors and illusions.
Calling for a third party is just another illusion. We don’t need a third party, we need a second party, an opposition party.
In the senate, I doubt it (unless its an open seat maybe). However if a primary emerges for one of the knuckleheads in the House, he may get involved.
I understand the dangers involved for Lee, but really this year his influence might be stronger in the primaries. If he sticks to open seats then that leaves him Nebraska and Georgia. If Graham and Alexander and McConnell and the rest win their primaries then who really will Lee have to support?
Lee has an excellent ground crew..excellent.
This time around, we have the brains in two Patriot Warriors, Lee and Cruz, to plot strategy and to motivate the Tea Party to do great things. Either the Republicans get on board, or they will be pushed to the sidelines. We finally have two guys we can confidently get behind who will not betray Conservative principles for political advantage. The TP Movement has been waiting for these leaders for a long, long time.
Yeah, its just tough for any incumbent senator especially to endorse primary challengers for other incumbent senators of the same party.
What we have to do is make sure that Graham, Alexander, and McConnell don’t win their primaries.
Under normal circumstances I'd agree, but right now what does Lee owe the party establishment? There are a couple of news stories out about how the establishment GOP in Utah are launching a well-funded campaign to change the nominating process from a convention to an open primary. They're out to primary Lee in 2016 and either bring him in line or dump him from office. If they're successful in either goal then 2014 may be Lee's only chance to make a difference.
Have you seen this?
These guys conducted the poll and it is a good poll:
It looks like Mike Lee may have a public relations problem. He needs to leave the blame solidly on Obama for targeting Utah and make a case to move federal lands into state control.
The other thing to keep in mind is when is Mike Lee up for reelection? 2016 and three years is a long, long time in politics.
I suspect that all of this is driven by local economic issues and shows just how wise Obama was in picking certain parts of the government for the most suffering. It’s evil, it’s Jarrett, but it is also Obama. He see himself as a superman and his goal is the world, a new world.
Rest easy, FRiend. They won’t primary Lee. He’s in solid and this will be but smoke in the wind.
He’s gold. They’d be fools to lose his representation in D.C.
Three years is a lifetime, and then some, in politics.
Thanks for the links.
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