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Purges marginalize tea party and hurt its natural allies in GOP
SAcramento Bee ^ | May 6, 2010 | Kathleen Parker

Posted on 05/06/2010 5:03:31 AM PDT by rockhardo

No one doubts the sincerity or power of the tea party movement anymore. We get it: free market principles, limited government and individual liberty.

Those are the three fundaments of the tea party's "Contract from America," to which any serious Republican must subscribe, nay, sign in blood. Make it real red.

Nowhere is this new power-to-the-people imperative in starker relief than in Utah – one of the nation's reddest states – where three-term conservative Sen. Bob Bennett seems likely to lose the Republican Party nomination this weekend.

This, despite the fact that Bennett earns an 84 rating from the American Conservative Union, an A ranking from the National Rifle Association – and is nothing like a liberal.

But Bennett committed the ultimate sin in tea party circles. He voted for the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), a.ka. "bank bailout," during the George W. Bush administration. And he advanced a market-driven health care reform bill as an alternative to the Democratic plan that, alas, also included an insurance mandate.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; bobbennett; parker; purge; rino; teaparty
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Frum syndrome sufferer. The Tea Party must avoid any association with the GOP if it doesn't want to be co-opted and neutralized by the GOP elites.
1 posted on 05/06/2010 5:03:31 AM PDT by rockhardo
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To: rockhardo

I just love the use of the word “purge”. Now we are getting compared to Stalin.


2 posted on 05/06/2010 5:09:38 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: rockhardo

Shouldn’t “representatives” actually represent the interests of the People?


3 posted on 05/06/2010 5:09:44 AM PDT by Paladin2 (to satisfy the social justice requirement)
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To: rockhardo

Must be another RINO going down....


4 posted on 05/06/2010 5:13:32 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: rockhardo

Consider the source...this bitch is beyond brain dead


5 posted on 05/06/2010 5:14:39 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: rockhardo
Oh dear, the TEA party is doomed unless they heed advice from the oh-so-concerned Suck Bee and empathic Kathleen Parker.
6 posted on 05/06/2010 5:15:53 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: harpu

Her and Meghan McCain should get a room.


7 posted on 05/06/2010 5:16:42 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: rockhardo
""We were on a precipice. … Now we can sit back and say, 'Oh, it wasn't so scary.'"

Actually, many of us were saying this during the TARP vote. However, our representatives did not listen to us. That is why some of them are being shown the door like Senator Bennett.
8 posted on 05/06/2010 5:16:43 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: rockhardo

I love it when a nutty liberal gives us advice on how to stay in power forever. We had eight years of Rhino power and where did it get us.


9 posted on 05/06/2010 5:16:50 AM PDT by ontap
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To: rockhardo

Kathleen Parker

http://www.postwritersgroup.com/parker.htm

Parker started her column in 1987 when she was a staff writer for The Orlando Sentinel. Her column was nationally syndicated in 1995 and she joined The Washington Post Writers Group in 2006. Along the way, she has contributed articles to The Weekly Standard, Time, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan and Fortune Small Business, and she serves on USA Today's Board of Contributors and writes for that newspaper's op-ed page. She is a regular guest on "The Chris Matthews Show" on NBC. Her book "Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care" was published in 2008 by Random House.

As an undergraduate, Parker studied in both the United States and abroad, including the University of Valencia in Spain. She holds a master's degree in Spanish from Florida State University, and is writer in residence at the Buckley School of Public Speaking in Camden, S.C.

Parker is married and has three sons. She divides her time between Camden and Washington, D.C.

10 posted on 05/06/2010 5:26:31 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: rockhardo

Kathleen Parker just wants to be loved by the Left. She is/was? a good friend of Laura Ingraham. I wonder what Laura has to say about her now?


11 posted on 05/06/2010 5:26:36 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: ontap

obama

Next question.


12 posted on 05/06/2010 5:27:42 AM PDT by MestaMachine (De inimico non loquaris sed cogites- Don't wish ill for your enemy; plan it)
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To: rockhardo

Note- She went to college in Spain.

Note- She appears on Chris Matthews.

Note- She is an academic.

Note- She is a elitist bitter jealous, Palin Hater.


13 posted on 05/06/2010 5:29:03 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: rockhardo

Can we just go “all in” and buy a roll of duct tape for this broad’s mouth?

Seriously?


14 posted on 05/06/2010 5:29:55 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Texas Fossil

I just had a sense there was something about her!!


15 posted on 05/06/2010 5:30:40 AM PDT by ontap
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To: rockhardo

Kathleen Parker is an a**hole. I don’t know why you post her crap here.


16 posted on 05/06/2010 5:38:49 AM PDT by kabar
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To: rockhardo
Ugh, Kathleen Pareker. Palin hater and definition of a RINO. WGAD what she says about conservatism?
17 posted on 05/06/2010 5:39:10 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Texas Fossil

She's got man hands.

18 posted on 05/06/2010 5:40:59 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: rockhardo

One of the Powerline guys responded to her piece here:

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2010/05/026236.php


19 posted on 05/06/2010 5:42:30 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: rockhardo

Voting against an incumbant is now a purge?

What kind of idiots think that way?


20 posted on 05/06/2010 5:45:12 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: rockhardo
Kathleen Parker is '5th Column' in our side of the fence.

A political and intellectual subversive, that proclaims certain beliefs while undertaking laser shots at those who are more sincere and stronger in their cause for a conservative agenda.

21 posted on 05/06/2010 5:49:37 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only radical and destructive.)
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To: rockhardo

‘Republicans and free marketers felt that TARP was crucial to keep the economy from capsizing.’

A free market would not have capsized. But then again We are far past being a “Free Market”

Trap was nothing more than Privatize the profit and Socialise the loses. “Big Government bails out Big Business” has been the norm for years.

CEO’s and Board Members who participated in the Housing Scam being stripped of all their wealth, tared and feathered by the bond and stock holder instead were rewarded with large sum of money. Our Lawmakers who laid the foundation for the housing scam will not admit their roll or apologized to the tax payers. The lawmakers are still allowing the housing scam to continue. (FHA) Freddie and Fannie have how lost more money than they have ever made their liabilities are “off book” and still growing.

And My “overlords elites” (both parties) wonder why this Tax paying Tea Party member is still angry.


22 posted on 05/06/2010 5:50:52 AM PDT by steveab (When was the last time someone tried to sell you a CO2 induced climate control system for your home?)
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To: Texas Fossil

That photo is from a long time ago in a galaxy far,far away with lots of Photoshop filters and airbrushes.


23 posted on 05/06/2010 5:51:25 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: rockhardo
Those are the three fundaments of the tea party's "Contract from America," to which any serious Republican must subscribe

Absolutely. From here on out.

24 posted on 05/06/2010 5:52:42 AM PDT by riri
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To: Carl LaFong

Yes, she has aged a bit.


25 posted on 05/06/2010 5:57:13 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: rockhardo

” All votes equal but some votes are more equal than others.”


26 posted on 05/06/2010 6:01:38 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: rockhardo

I have no problem with her favoring a different candidate than the Tea partiers, but to characterize their choice as a “purge” is beyond stupid. People have a right to vote for candidates they prefer. It’s not a purge, it’s an election.


27 posted on 05/06/2010 6:06:50 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: rockhardo
But Bennett committed the ultimate sin in tea party circles. He voted for the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), a.ka. "bank bailout," during the George W. Bush administration. And he advanced a market-driven health care reform bill as an alternative to the Democratic plan that, alas, also included an insurance mandate.

I know of no admission on his part that those were wrong, and have heard no promise to change his stance on those issues.

28 posted on 05/06/2010 6:06:56 AM PDT by JimRed (To water the Tree of Liberty is to excise a cancer before it kills us. TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: rockhardo

Frum syndrome sufferer. The Tea Party must avoid any association with the GOP if it doesn’t want to be co-opted and neutralized by the GOP elites.

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Wrong. Conservatism is what distinguished Republicans from democrats before the rinos crept in. Let the rinos find a new watering hole. The Tea Party is not interested in being a third party.

This is a transparent attempt to drive a wedge. These attempts are getting old and pathetic.


29 posted on 05/06/2010 6:12:39 AM PDT by Kitten1 (12/23/1898; 12/25/1901; 3/6/36; 6/25/39; 9/11/55 -- Your sacrifice is not forgotten.)
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To: rockhardo

Parker is a leading basher of conservatives, yet we’re supposed to take advice from her on how to conduct the Tea Party? What a hag.


30 posted on 05/06/2010 6:15:37 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: rockhardo

Ms. Parker seems to have a problem with the basic concept of the whole Democracy thing...


31 posted on 05/06/2010 6:15:51 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: rockhardo
The Tea Party must avoid any association with the GOP if it doesn't want to be co-opted and neutralized by the GOP elites.

The best way to ensure that the Dems stay in power is to create a three-party system. There are many new entrants into GOP politics this season. Find their campaigns, work in those campaigns and help keep them on a starboard tack.

32 posted on 05/06/2010 6:17:08 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Hacklehead

Don’t you love their “verbal virtuousity”?

They use loaded words against conservatives, true Americans,

and then refuse to use words that actually mean things when describing Islamic terrorist attacks.


33 posted on 05/06/2010 6:17:43 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: rockhardo

Ms Parker must be too young to remember when many Democrats also believed in “free market principles, limited government and individual liberty.”


34 posted on 05/06/2010 6:18:08 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: dirtboy

The primary people pushing the Tea Party to form a third party are leftists for the very reason you state.

They also can’t seem to fathom a bunch of individuals gathering behind a purpose instead of some “leader”.

They are so humanistic that they must have some elite in charge in order to feel comfortable.


35 posted on 05/06/2010 6:19:18 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: rockhardo

Bennett voted for amnesty and many other egregious things.

But that’s enough.


36 posted on 05/06/2010 6:48:25 AM PDT by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: rockhardo

Kathleen WHO??


37 posted on 05/06/2010 6:48:26 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: Yardstick

Good column - it disagrees with the Tea Party agenda against Bennett while recognizing the legitimacy of their grievences and refrains from Parker’s Beltway-tinged patronizing.


38 posted on 05/06/2010 7:08:51 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: caver
I just love the use of the word “purge”. Now we are getting compared to Stalin.

No kidding. These Luddites compare voting to Stalin's purges because they don't like the American people actually utilizing their constitutional rights to vote for the candidate of their choice.

And it's a weak argument that a politician is a conservative if they voted for bloated and invasive government in the form of TARP.

39 posted on 05/06/2010 7:28:14 AM PDT by highlander_UW (First we take down the Democrats, then we clean the Augean stable that is the GOP.)
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To: Texas Fossil

I'd hit it.

40 posted on 05/06/2010 7:30:03 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: rockhardo
"But Bennett committed the ultimate sin in tea party circles. He voted for the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), a.ka. "bank bailout," during the George W. Bush administration."
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After the 2010 elections are done with, I will look for a Presidential candidate to support who opposed such things when the GOP establishment was for it. Jim DeMitt is one of the few who fits the bill.
41 posted on 05/06/2010 7:35:00 AM PDT by rob777
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To: Lazamataz

Reality Check!

Kathleen Parker Admits Winning Pulitzer Prize For Bashing Conservatives

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/04/13/kathleen-parker-admits-winning-pulitzer-prize-bashing-conservatives

42 posted on 05/06/2010 7:57:26 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Fossil

True.

But I’d still hit it.


43 posted on 05/06/2010 8:01:50 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: rockhardo
The Tea Party is made up of Americans from all walks and back grounds....this is what is putting terror in the Progressives and Obama.

Saul Alinsky's Rules For Radicals:

13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and 'frozen.'...

"...any target can always say, 'Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?' When your 'freeze the target,' you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments.... Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the 'others' come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target...'

44 posted on 05/06/2010 8:10:38 AM PDT by yoe (The "N" word stands for NO...as in NO MORE VOTES FOR IRRESPONSIBLE CONGRESSMEN OR SENATORS.)
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To: rockhardo
A country club Republican bemoaning the riff raff setting new rules.

"Hey baby, you must've been something before electricity!"

45 posted on 05/06/2010 8:14:27 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: rockhardo
I hate it when liberal journalists try to define the tea party movement. If they really want to pigeon hole something, why don't they tell us about democrats? Odd how they see them as “complex” difficult to define. Bull.
46 posted on 05/06/2010 8:14:43 AM PDT by GOPJ ("Draw Mohammad Day" - - May 20, 2010 - Draw for freedom - draw for your children's freedom.)
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To: Hacklehead
I have no problem with her favoring a different candidate than the Tea partiers, but to characterize their choice as a “purge” is beyond stupid. People have a right to vote for candidates they prefer. It’s not a purge, it’s an election.

It's the MSM carefully chosing which word to use. For example, in 1994 the Republicans "Took Over" Congress. They didn't win, they weren't elected, they weren't chosen by the people. Nope, they "took over" like some banana republic junta which would soon be removed by the legitimate government (i.e. the Democrats).

47 posted on 05/06/2010 8:36:47 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (I am so immune to satire that I ate three Irish children after reading Swift's "A Modest Proposal")
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To: yoe
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and 'frozen.'...

That's one reason why the Dems fear and hate the Tea Party. It is largely a leaderless revolution driven by a cause rather than a leader and his personality. A leader provides a target for the Dems and MSM to lie about. No leader = no primary target that can be frozen and attacked.

48 posted on 05/06/2010 8:39:38 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (I am so immune to satire that I ate three Irish children after reading Swift's "A Modest Proposal")
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To: Texas Fossil

Oh geez, she’s a Seminole. That explains the shriveled, useless remnant of a brain.


49 posted on 05/06/2010 5:13:06 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: kabar
Kathleen Parker is an a**hole. I don’t know why you post her crap here.

I believe it is as important to know the enemy as it is to share agreeable viewpoints.

50 posted on 05/07/2010 3:58:58 PM PDT by rockhardo (Socialism creates its own hell.)
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