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Tucker Carlson: The Tea Party Has Destroyed The Republican Establishment
Mediaite ^ | November 16, 2011 | Colby Hall

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’ America’s Newsroom, host Martha MacCallum asked Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson and liberal “embed” Alan Colmes to discuss Romney’s strategy in engaging the powerful Tea Party contingent, which Carlson put in remarkably stark terms.

After openly questioning why Romney hasn’t 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 don’t endure because they can’t. This is basically a leaderless movement. But I think it’s 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 don’t 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 O’Donnell. 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, it’s not difficult to imagine that when he says that he isn’t 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:

(VIDEO AT LINK)


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: cain; palin; rinos; romney; sarahpalin; stenchofromney; teaparty; teapartyrebellion; tuckercarlson
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To: blasater1960

Well our biggest Tea Party supporter is Michele Bachmann who should be our number one candidate for President but FREEPERS are going for non tea party people like Newt and Perry. The second Tea Party supporter is Cain. The third is Santorum. So why are we NOT supporting the Tea Party candidates????? FREEPERS just talking tea party but does not support them. Unbelievable.


51 posted on 11/16/2011 11:57:02 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Think of the Tea Party as a skilful surgeon. The cancer destroying the body is cut away from the healthy tissue that the organism may live.

The Tea Party movement is the true GOP.


52 posted on 11/16/2011 12:00:47 PM PST by TFMcGuire (Liberalism Is Hatred)
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To: napscoordinator
Well our biggest Tea Party supporter is Michele Bachmann who should be our number one candidate for President but FREEPERS are going for non tea party people like Newt and Perry.

Totally agree. I was an early supporter of MB and dam near every thread about her turned into FReeper mayhem with a shocking amount of "She's a stocking horse for Romney"...She is a Romney lover..."She supports farm subsidies" (she doesnt)...all sorts of crap. Every thread.

The MSM managed to Bork her and then Perry got in and she instantly dropped to the bottom. So now what. We are stuck. We screwed ourselves again, with the help of the GOP machine.

53 posted on 11/16/2011 12:07:42 PM PST by blasater1960 (Deut 30, Psalm 111...the Torah and the Law, is attainable past, present and forever.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tell it to Christine O’Donnell.


54 posted on 11/16/2011 12:19:19 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Given that Democrats lost over 60 seats in the House and 7 in the Senate in 2010, I'd say that establishment Democrats took a hit, too.

-PJ

55 posted on 11/16/2011 12:19:32 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: blasater1960

Same here. I was Bachmann ‘12 then Cain ‘12.


56 posted on 11/16/2011 12:24:35 PM PST by CainConservative
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the Republican establishment can’t defend itself successfully against a bunch of rank-and-file voters, that strikes me as a defect in the establishment, not the rank-and-file voters.


57 posted on 11/16/2011 12:30:25 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Too good to be true.


58 posted on 11/16/2011 12:31:30 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (.....The days are long but the years are short.....)
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To: EyeGuy

I quit donating when the Natl GOP did nothing to keep Gregoire from stealing the WA governorship in 2000. We were a test ground for it. Maybe when the GOP starts acting like conservatives and quits joining “Gangs of 12” et al, and we have a speaker who doesn’t whimp out they may get their “mojo” back.


59 posted on 11/16/2011 12:33:21 PM PST by Citizen Soldier ("You care far too much what is written and said about you." Axelrod to Obama 2006)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
No more Washington establishment on the right.

Isn't this an oxymoron?

60 posted on 11/16/2011 12:41:10 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Republican “Establishment” consists largely of policy weenies and wonks, “old money” inheritors, and ancient armchair cases who worshiped Robert Taft. They have always been in over their heads and wish to play golf rather than fight for anything that even vaguely resembles a “principle”.


61 posted on 11/16/2011 12:44:33 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh la! Let’s hope so! Better we scrap the GOP and begin anew with a valid new party , the Tea Party!


62 posted on 11/16/2011 12:48:08 PM PST by Paperdoll
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To: NoGrayZone
Well, not yet....but we're working on it!

It's us or them, but that was their choice.

63 posted on 11/16/2011 12:59:06 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Tea Party has made the GOP relevant. Tucker Carlson is not relevant.


64 posted on 11/16/2011 1:12:44 PM PST by MN_Mike (Governor Sarah Palin for the win! Piper Palin for President 2036 (Biden: Gird YOUR loins))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m going to be kind and call Tucker a country club republican. Of course he bemoans the destruction of the republicrat establishment. Whatever will they do now that everyday rabble has rebelled agains’t the go along get along corrupt RINO’s who have been helping the Dems steer the USSA toward European Socialism? Yes, whatever will they do now?


66 posted on 11/16/2011 1:39:47 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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67 posted on 11/16/2011 2:34:57 PM PST by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!Jesus is Lord!)
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To: ilgipper

“Mike Castle would have been an immediate addition to the gang of nitwits like the Maine twins, Scott Brown and Lindsey Graham...”

I’m sorry, but you’re simply WRONG here. There are different degrees of RINOs, and Mike Castle, based on his voting record in the House, would have been much, much, worse then those RINOs.


68 posted on 11/16/2011 2:55:18 PM PST by BobL (Send Rove a Message, VOTE CAIN, no matter what)
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To: dfwgator

“My father taught me to never trust a guy wearing a bowtie.”

...and my father taught me to never trust a guy who has a last name as his first name.


69 posted on 11/16/2011 2:58:07 PM PST by BobL (Send Rove a Message, VOTE CAIN, no matter what)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"That may be a good thing, it might be a bad thing. I don’t even know."

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If Tucker cannot recognize the Tea Party as being good for conservatism then he knows not of which he speaks.

What a complete dumbass.

70 posted on 11/16/2011 3:05:46 PM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Brookhaven

So he’s convicted Herman Cain of sexual harassment without a trial, has he?


71 posted on 11/16/2011 5:01:28 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sorry Tucker you lost ALL credibility when you smeared Sarah Palin by Printing that disgusting Mike Tyson quote


72 posted on 11/27/2011 4:20:11 PM PST by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Leaderless movements don’t endure because they can’t.

Hey Tucker! We are all leaders because the adults are taking charge. Tuck in your 'big boy' pants if you have any... don't look like it.

73 posted on 11/29/2011 7:54:11 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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