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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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.
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.
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.
Tell it to Christine O’Donnell.
Same here. I was Bachmann ‘12 then Cain ‘12.
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.
Too good to be true.
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.
Isn't this an oxymoron?
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”.
Oh la! Let’s hope so! Better we scrap the GOP and begin anew with a valid new party , the Tea Party!
It's us or them, but that was their choice.
The Tea Party has made the GOP relevant. Tucker Carlson is not relevant.
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?
Daniel Frawley deposition and testimony could lead to Obama arrest or investigation, Ulsterman White House Insider report, FDIC vs Mutual Bank, Where is House Judiciary Committee?
“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.
“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.
If Tucker cannot recognize the Tea Party as being good for conservatism then he knows not of which he speaks.
What a complete dumbass.
So he’s convicted Herman Cain of sexual harassment without a trial, has he?
Sorry Tucker you lost ALL credibility when you smeared Sarah Palin by Printing that disgusting Mike Tyson quote
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.
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