Skip to comments.Purges marginalize tea party and hurt its natural allies in GOP
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.
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I just love the use of the word “purge”. Now we are getting compared to Stalin.
Shouldn’t “representatives” actually represent the interests of the People?
Must be another RINO going down....
Consider the source...this bitch is beyond brain dead
Her and Meghan McCain should get a room.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Can we just go “all in” and buy a roll of duct tape for this broad’s mouth?
I just had a sense there was something about her!!
Kathleen Parker is an a**hole. I don’t know why you post her crap here.
One of the Powerline guys responded to her piece here:
Voting against an incumbant is now a purge?
What kind of idiots think that way?
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.
‘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.
That photo is from a long time ago in a galaxy far,far away with lots of Photoshop filters and airbrushes.
Absolutely. From here on out.
Yes, she has aged a bit.
” All votes equal but some votes are more equal than others.”
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.
I know of no admission on his part that those were wrong, and have heard no promise to change his stance on those issues.
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Parker seems to have a problem with the basic concept of the whole Democracy thing...
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.
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.
Ms Parker must be too young to remember when many Democrats also believed in “free market principles, limited government and individual liberty.”
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.
Bennett voted for amnesty and many other egregious things.
But that’s enough.
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.
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.
I'd hit it.
Kathleen Parker Admits Winning Pulitzer Prize For Bashing Conservatives
But I’d still hit it.
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...'
"Hey baby, you must've been something before electricity!"
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).
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.
Oh geez, she’s a Seminole. That explains the shriveled, useless remnant of a brain.
I believe it is as important to know the enemy as it is to share agreeable viewpoints.