Skip to comments.Tucker Carlson: The Tea Party Has Destroyed The Republican Establishment
Posted on 11/16/2011 11:04:53 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah Palin offered some unsolicited advice last night to Mitt Romney, the red-headed stepchild of GOP presidential frontrunners, encouraging him to more openly embrace the fiscal and social conservative side of the Republican party, and to develop a more robust relationship with the Tea Party movement. This morning on Fox News Americas Newsroom, host Martha MacCallum asked Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson and liberal embed Alan Colmes to discuss Romneys strategy in engaging the powerful Tea Party contingent, which Carlson put in remarkably stark terms.
After openly questioning why Romney hasnt made more of an effort in including an energized side of potential GOP voters sympathetic with the Tea Party movement, Carlson boldly stated what he felt to be an under-told story in the evolution of conservative politics, saying of the Tea Party:
Well I think the explanation is a little broader. Leaderless movements dont endure because they cant. This is basically a leaderless movement. But I think its had a huge effect, and its biggest effect that almost no one ever mentions is that the Tea Party destroyed the Republican establishment. All the people Republicans and conservatives have looked to for guidance have been basically discredited by the Tea Party, which has alllowed this current chaos to flower. That may be a good thing, it might be a bad thing. I dont even know. But that is the legacy of the Tea Party. No more Washington establishment on the right.
One of the leitmotifs of the 2010 midterm election was what we called the GOP Civil War, and was perhaps best evidenced by the ongoing rhetorical battle between GOP operative Karl Rove and Tea Party Senatorial candidate Christine ODonnell. Carlson makes the astute point that business as usual inside the D.C. beltway is a thing of the past, which is evidence of a Tea Party victory in the battle for the soul of the conservative movement.
Given that Carlson has a lengthy resume of defending the GOP and conservative movement, its not difficult to imagine that when he says that he isnt sure if this is a good thing or bad thing, he really is shooting a cannonball across the bow of the USS Tea Party, especially when Tea Party endorsed candidates like Herman Cain (and Sharron Angle of last fall) brought embarrassment to some in the GOP ranks. Perhaps the Tea Party has won the GOP battle, but some might suggest that they will lose the eventual war against their Democratic foes.
Watch the clip below, courtesy of Fox News:
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If that were true we wouldnt have Bayner (sp) as Speaker and a gang of 12 politburo decide the fate of our nation right now.
Well, not yet....but we're working on it!
Not yet, be we are working on it
Tucker Carlson: The Tea Party Has Destroyed The Republican Establishment,
Oh dont worry Tucker...
You still have Willie Mitty...
Given that Carlson has a lengthy resume of defending the GOP and conservative movement, ...
I say BS. Carlson is an establishment RINO.
The Tea Party Has Destroyed The Republican Establishment?...
Another mainstream idiot, backed by a supersized ego.
I have been saying it for a year- We need a TEA Party march ON GOP HEADQUARTERS
—Not yet, be we are working on it—
My sentiments exactly.
Beat me by 8 seconds!
I really wish this was true, but . . .
Not quite yet.
Yay me!!! =)
The RINOs are accusing the conservatives and tea party folks of the same crap they are doing.
We stand for conservative values and support candidate who are conservative. They stand for RINO values which are democrat/liberal values and power at all costs.
Not Yet. But soon. Then we destroy the democrat establishment, God willing, and then destroy the socialist state.
Make no mistake, comrades. We have been living under socializm for a very long time, probably since the thirties, but it didn’t really start to kick in until medicare in the 60s.
The Washington establilshment was never on the right to begin with. That's the whole reason we have a Tea Party.
All the people Republicans and conservatives have looked to for guidance have been basically discredited by the Tea Party, which has alllowed this current chaos to flower.
“The Tea Party Has Destroyed The Republican Establishment”
And this would be bad because...?
If so, then “Mission Accomplished”.
Still laugh about it today.
This (l)ibertarian says THANK YOU to the Tea Party for its continued assault on the GOP establishment. Rock on, brothers and sisters.
Mostly superficial flesh wounds, we need to keep at it until we kill it dead.
First, I had no idea Carlson was founder of the Daily Caller. No wonder I have found that outfit so suspect in the past.
Secondly, why is the tea party responsible for Sharon Angle and Christine O’Donnell, but no mention of Mike Lee, Toomey, Rubio, Rick Scott, Ron Johnson, and dozens of other winners. The insiders love to cherry-pick to create a narrative. The tea party activists supported a HELL of a lot more winners than loser in 2010.
This is ignoring that the Delaware race was also a victory because we kept another left-wing northeastern Republican out of the Senate to do massive damage. Mike Castle would have been an immediate addition to the gang of nitwits like the Maine twins, Scott Brown and Lindsey Graham that muck up our good policy efforts time after time.
Who dat some that might suggest?
I was just driving by to post that very phrase.
Not quite yet, we have plenty of more work to do, but have made great strides.
Keep on truckin Tea Party, full steam ahead. We cannot rest until our job is done.
The future depends on us.
Great minds, yada yada yada. You know the rest!
Reagan was but a brief respite from the elites controlling the GOP.
My father taught me to never trust a guy wearing a bowtie.
No Tucker, the GOP Establishment destroyed the GOP Establishment, by too often being indistinguishable from the Dem’s, in their quest to expand the scope of government, and their spending habits.
And Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ron Johnson--all now considered to be rising GOP stars, even by the GOP establishment.
None of these people, not one, would have been elected without the Tea Party. The GOP establishment was backing Charlie Christ, some hack in Kentucky, and a Democrat in Wisconsin.
Apparently, half the thread is made up of great minds ;-)
If the GOP doesn’t have Scott Walker’s back in Wisconsin, then I am done with them for good.
Seems to be so!!! FR rocks!
he says that like it would be a bad thing...
Any Republican that does not embrace TEA Party ideals is not a Republican.
Important as they are, our political divisions are the iceberg's tip. When pollsters ask the American people whether they are likely to vote Republican or Democrat in the next presidential election, Republicans win growing pluralities. But whenever pollsters add the preferences "undecided," "none of the above," or "tea party," these win handily, the Democrats come in second, and the Republicans trail far behind. That is because while most of the voters who call themselves Democrats say that Democratic officials represent them well, only a fourth of the voters who identify themselves as Republicans tell pollsters that Republican officeholders represent them well. Hence officeholders, Democrats and Republicans, gladden the hearts of some one-third of the electorate -- most Democratic voters, plus a few Republicans. This means that Democratic politicians are the ruling class's prime legitimate representatives and that because Republican politicians are supported by only a fourth of their voters while the rest vote for them reluctantly, most are aspirants for a junior role in the ruling class. In short, the ruling class has a party, the Democrats. But some two-thirds of Americans -- a few Democratic voters, most Republican voters, and all independents -- lack a vehicle in electoral politics.
“If the GOP doesnt have Scott Walkers back in Wisconsin, then I am done with them for good.”
That is an excellent benchmark.
More activity on the massive Green Graft would also work.
We shall see.
You’re welcome :-)
> The Tea Party Has Destroyed The Republican Establishment
And how is that a bad thing?
Mr. Carlson, bow tie and all, I think destroying the Republican “Establishment” might just have been one of the main goals of the Tea Party Movement. But what the heck, I not a learned journalist!
Best news I've read all day.
Tucker, go back school! The Tea Party is the original GOP, not this phony, scratch the libs backs if they scratch mine BS, who call themselves Republicans. Or maybe you could take a trip back in time to the Soviet Union to learn how socialism works.