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Freshman Republicans Switch from Tea to Kool Aid
CATO Institute ^ | May 18, 2012 | Ted DeHaven

Posted on 05/18/2012 4:24:16 AM PDT by HonestConservative

This week the Club for Growth released a study of votes cast in 2011 by the 87 Republicans elected to the House in November 2010. The Club found that “In many cases, the rhetoric of the so-called “Tea Party” freshmen simply didn’t match their records.” Particularly disconcerting is the fact that so many GOP newcomers cast votes against spending cuts.

The study comes on the heels of three telling votes taken last week in the House that should have been slam-dunks for members who possess the slightest regard for limited government and free markets. Alas, only 26 of the 87 members of the “Tea Party class” voted to defund both the Economic Development Administration and the president’s new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia program (see my previous discussion of these votes here) and against reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank (see my colleague Sallie James’s excoriation of that vote here).

The following table shows how each of the 87 freshman voted.

(Excerpt) Read more at cato-at-liberty.org ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boehner4dnc; boehner4soros; freshman; house; liberty; romney4dnc; romney4soros; teaparty
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See table at

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/freshman-republicans-switch-from-tea-to-kool-aid/

1 posted on 05/18/2012 4:24:21 AM PDT by HonestConservative
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To: CharlesWayneCT; armymarinemom; sofaman; Dr. Scarpetta; Cautor; baystaterebel; GodBlessUSA; Mo1; ...

Call the people you worked so hard to get to DC and tell them what you think.

Disgusting.


2 posted on 05/18/2012 4:28:57 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: HonestConservative

ping


3 posted on 05/18/2012 4:29:16 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: HonestConservative
They are putting Party ahead of principal, the very thing they were elected not to do.

I think the TeaParty is going to have to form a 3rd Party.

4 posted on 05/18/2012 4:29:50 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: fortheDeclaration; holdonnow

We’re getting close to that, aren’t we.

The best thing the Republican Party can do is get Boehner to step down, and maybe go to a 12 step program.

His leadership is a tragic joke


5 posted on 05/18/2012 4:32:31 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: HonestConservative
It is getting very hard to fight for the republican party anymore. If these people are that rino scarred I do not want anything to do with them!

The fact the GOPe is about to nominate essentially what we ALL would consider a DEMOCRAT by far less standards is going to put many conservatives over the edge.

I'm getting sick of this Shinola!

6 posted on 05/18/2012 4:33:07 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: sirchtruth

“I’m getting sick of this Shinola!”

So am I.


7 posted on 05/18/2012 4:35:37 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: sirchtruth

yep.


8 posted on 05/18/2012 4:36:47 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: HonestConservative
“As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them,” said former senator and current lobbyist, Trent Lott in 2010, referring to the new Tea Party Republicans ...
9 posted on 05/18/2012 4:40:19 AM PDT by JohnG45
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To: HonestConservative

“As soon as they get here, we need to coopt them.” (Trent Lott, 2010)


10 posted on 05/18/2012 4:40:34 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: JohnG45

GMTA -

It took me a few seconds longer to look up the exact quote - the WAPO page was slow-loading... ;)


11 posted on 05/18/2012 4:42:30 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: HonestConservative

Why the hell is Charlie Bass RINO Extraordinaire from NH listed as Tea Party?
He is one of Mittens Main Street Republicans...Losers with an R designation.
OUT!... OUT! I say. In his case, it would be the second time for this greenie tree hugging snot.


12 posted on 05/18/2012 4:46:44 AM PDT by acapesket
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To: HonestConservative

I agree, although I also am willing to give our team a little leeway in the 6 months before a critical election. Some times it is better to keep your powder dry than fire with all barrels. Nothing worthwhile is going to go through this Senate until next year. It is not worth giving the media a whole lot of ammo to help paint our side as unwilling to compromise at this stage, because we’ll get nothing out of the effort.


13 posted on 05/18/2012 4:47:06 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: JohnG45

Well, it has happened.


14 posted on 05/18/2012 4:47:06 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: HonestConservative

Pubbies folding.

That doesn’t even make news.

They are sort of the ole scorpion and the frog fable: it is their nature; that’s what they do.


15 posted on 05/18/2012 4:50:00 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: fortheDeclaration
They are putting Party ahead of principal, the very thing they were elected not to do.

I think the TeaParty is going to have to form a 3rd Party.

Words of wisdom worth repeating!!!

16 posted on 05/18/2012 4:50:29 AM PDT by varon (The Patriots stand watch!)
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To: ilgipper

Haggling involves a bottom line. There must always be a low to which you are not willing to descend.

We need a party, be it Republican or otherwise, that recognizes the bottom when they see it, and refuse to go.


17 posted on 05/18/2012 4:50:29 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: HonestConservative

Its easy to go on the offensive but the fact remains that we still have the pathetic leadership holding the reins on the “freshmen”. Freshmen operate under the threat of removal.

We’d be far more effective if we destroy the leadership structure and put all the congressmen on an equal footing with no more of this “freshman” crap.


18 posted on 05/18/2012 4:51:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: TomGuy

Not news, evidence.


19 posted on 05/18/2012 4:51:17 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: acapesket

You got me.

But none the less it is remarkable to see how these folks vote.


20 posted on 05/18/2012 4:52:38 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: cripplecreek

I couldn’t agree more.

See my initial comment that Boehner must go


21 posted on 05/18/2012 4:54:02 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: Uncle Ike

Recently I was scolded as ‘being naive’ (the exact words including stupid) about the newly elected tea party freshmen class on FR.

It seemed some on FR thought it ‘not up to snuff’ to hold elected officials to their oaths. We all should give them the same allowance as those old party old timers.


22 posted on 05/18/2012 4:54:28 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

yup


23 posted on 05/18/2012 4:56:15 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: Sir Napsalot

” Recently I was scolded as ‘being naive’ (the exact words including stupid) about the newly elected tea party freshmen class on FR. “

Yeah - the Pubbie-bots can be pretty obnoxious — kinda like kids at the grown-up table on Thanksgiving... ;)


24 posted on 05/18/2012 5:03:13 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: HonestConservative

“nutless blunders”...more of all talk and no action.


25 posted on 05/18/2012 5:12:48 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: acapesket
Why the hell is Charlie Bass RINO Extraordinaire from NH listed as Tea Party?

Didn't you get the MSM memo?
ALL 2010 GOP freshmen are teabaggers....and extremists....and obstuctionists....and racists....and.....

26 posted on 05/18/2012 5:13:45 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Tainan

love it. Nutless blunders!


27 posted on 05/18/2012 5:14:07 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: HonestConservative

They get sucked in to that DC club. When you make friends with the opposing team, you lose.


28 posted on 05/18/2012 5:15:41 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: FES0844

Amen


29 posted on 05/18/2012 5:18:50 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: acapesket

Absolutely right about Charlie Bass. As soon as he won the primary last time, I knew the seat was going to a liberal. I didn’t expect any anti-government votes from him. It’s silly to put him on any TEA Party list.

For a while I was frequently invited to his telephone “town hall” meetings. He puts a LOT of effort into pandering to people with their hands out. He disgusts me.


30 posted on 05/18/2012 5:20:33 AM PDT by Jordo
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To: HonestConservative

I agree. None of this makes me happy. Not at all. I am not going to worry too much because most of what is happening is just status quo. We aren’t inacting terrible new laws or ‘comprehensive reforms’ bound to fail and cost lots of money along the way. I think we knew that 2010 was about stopping the bleeding. If Obama chose to go the route that Clinton did and moderate and start passing some Republican ideas to help get re-elected, that would be one things. They chose to do the opposite during this congress. Block everything. Negotiate nothing. Pursue no measures to address our problems. They aren’t even passing a budget.

At times, the weakness of the House GOP makes me sick to my stomach. At other times, I realize there aren’t many fights worth having in this environment because there is no opportunity to make major progress with the legislation.


31 posted on 05/18/2012 5:22:00 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: ilgipper

The poor idiots.

They don’t realize that the populus is not asleep, just watching their moves and cues.

They’ll find we aren’t the dumbasses they think we all are.


32 posted on 05/18/2012 5:27:16 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: HonestConservative

doesn’t take long to let money and power go to your head. corrupted that’s what it is


33 posted on 05/18/2012 5:29:53 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: varon

I’m ready for a 3rd party,i keep saying i hope Palin starts a 3rd. party on Nov.7th. 2012.:)


34 posted on 05/18/2012 5:31:50 AM PDT by heshtesh (I believe in Sarah Palin, the rest not so much.)
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To: HonestConservative
I think it's time for a public reprimand from the tea party aimed at those who deviate from our principles, but are there because of our support.Posting the votes (and scoring the "tea party candidates using the the tea party principles as the measruement) thus Keeping their "missed deeds" in public view and in their face... Might make them think twice about where their loyalty lies.

If we support the tea party, then we should see a MEASUREMENT of what that support means. The measurement is simple to do... So let's not wait for CATO... We should set up our own scoreboard NOW. As tea party leaders you and I should demand this from OUR national organization.

And if this doesn't happen and these people we supported are not doing the organization's bidding, then maybe we should consider this some kind if cover-up of the tea party's failure?

35 posted on 05/18/2012 5:38:01 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (Still a contributing Republican? Why?)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

I like it


36 posted on 05/18/2012 5:45:22 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

bump


37 posted on 05/18/2012 6:02:33 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: cripplecreek
Freshmen operate under the threat of removal.

By whom?

They should be responsive only to their constituents. Was it not that premise that got them elected?

38 posted on 05/18/2012 6:06:35 AM PDT by JohnG45
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To: HonestConservative

I worry about the Tea Party. In the state of Maine the Tea Party either promotes gay marriage or Ron Paul. I have dropped the lot of them.


39 posted on 05/18/2012 6:35:42 AM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: fortheDeclaration

I would love to see Gov Palin speak at the convention, review what a conservative is and what conservatives stand for, and then review why the GOP has shown that it does not want conservatives within the party.

And then announce that she is going to change her party affiliation to the Constitution Party.


40 posted on 05/18/2012 6:46:13 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: armymarinemom

As you know, their emerged a plethera of phony Tea Party groups, set up by the left.

You will find that the basic underlying and true movement is still there.


41 posted on 05/18/2012 6:50:25 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: armymarinemom

btw, I was just talking about you and the LOST (sigh)


42 posted on 05/18/2012 6:51:58 AM PDT by HonestConservative (#HonestConservat)
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To: HonestConservative

The perks have to be outstanding, much more than we could imagine for these idealists to sell out so quickly.

I believe they’re told they can have anything they want. And a few of them are so dumb they think “anything” is a hot blond so they tell Boner that’s the price for their vote. Then they get caught. And that’s the only way we get rid of them.


43 posted on 05/18/2012 7:27:11 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: cripplecreek

If they’re true to their so called principles all they’d have to do is call a press conference and tell the world they’d been threatened by Boner and if it happened again they would resign and form a third party. In other words, show they have some guts instead of empty promises.


44 posted on 05/18/2012 7:34:22 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: HonestConservative

I hope Robert Hurt (VA) enjoyed my vote, because he will not get another one from me. We knew this guy was establishment, and we voted for his Tea Party opponent in the primary, but got him instead.

So it goes, but I’m done playing.


45 posted on 05/18/2012 7:38:06 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Terry Mross

This should be a wake-up call to everyone who believes that working hard on the senate and house races this election is the only sure way to assure conservative principles being adopted in DC, or principled individuals making a stand. Allen West surprised me awhile back, and I haven’t felt the same about him since.


46 posted on 05/18/2012 7:56:10 AM PDT by true believer forever (GO NEWT! On to Tampa - hang tight - we can do this!!)
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To: true believer forever

If I remember correctly West ‘evolved’ the first week in office.


47 posted on 05/18/2012 8:02:01 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: HonestConservative

ere are the three votes that Conservatives should note:

Each an occasion when the Senate had shown it was ready to shut down part of the government if the bill wasn’t passed and passage was by Democrat majorities in the House.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll943.xml
(Yes, a terrible loss for us. But it took weeks of some of the greatest political pressures I’ve seen to accomplish it.)

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll941.xml
And:
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll857.xml

The Tea Party freshmen did very well.


48 posted on 05/18/2012 8:15:21 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: HonestConservative

Good find and post.

Thanks very much.


49 posted on 05/18/2012 9:11:01 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: HonestConservative
Hiya HC!

Ain't that sumpin'??

Also, look what they are doing to Bachmann:

 

Breaking News: Liberal Politicians and
Now Judges Continue Attacks on Bachmann


Friday, May 18, 2012 9:51:41 AM · by Syncro · 3 replies
bachmann.house.gov ^ | 5/18/2012 | Michele Bachmann

Dear Fellow Conservative, I'm reaching out to you today because I need your support to continue fighting in the U.S. House of Representatives
against President Obama's big government agenda. A major development has just occurred in my race for the U.S. House of Representatives and I'm asking for
your immediate help... ...You see, in retaliation for repeatedly standing up to President Obama on the national stage, liberal judges have redrawn the lines of
my Minnesota Congressional District to try and wipe me off of the political map once and for all. Their bias was so obvious they even gerrymandered...[My home]

50 posted on 05/18/2012 10:08:41 AM PDT by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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