Skip to comments.Freshman Republicans Switch from Tea to Kool Aid
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 didnt 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 presidents 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 Jamess excoriation of that vote here).
The following table shows how each of the 87 freshman voted.
(Excerpt) Read more at cato-at-liberty.org ...
Call the people you worked so hard to get to DC and tell them what you think.
I think the TeaParty is going to have to form a 3rd Party.
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
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!
“I’m getting sick of this Shinola!”
So am I.
“As soon as they get here, we need to coopt them.” (Trent Lott, 2010)
It took me a few seconds longer to look up the exact quote - the WAPO page was slow-loading... ;)
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.
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.
Well, it has happened.
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.
I think the TeaParty is going to have to form a 3rd Party.
Words of wisdom worth repeating!!!
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.
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.
Not news, evidence.
You got me.
But none the less it is remarkable to see how these folks vote.
I couldn’t agree more.
See my initial comment that Boehner must go
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.
” 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... ;)
“nutless blunders”...more of all talk and no action.
Didn't you get the MSM memo?
ALL 2010 GOP freshmen are teabaggers....and extremists....and obstuctionists....and racists....and.....
love it. Nutless blunders!
They get sucked in to that DC club. When you make friends with the opposing team, you lose.
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.
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.
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.
doesn’t take long to let money and power go to your head. corrupted that’s what it is
I’m ready for a 3rd party,i keep saying i hope Palin starts a 3rd. party on Nov.7th. 2012.:)
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?
I like it
They should be responsive only to their constituents. Was it not that premise that got them elected?
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.
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.
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.
btw, I was just talking about you and the LOST (sigh)
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.
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.
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.
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.
If I remember correctly West ‘evolved’ the first week in office.
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.
(Yes, a terrible loss for us. But it took weeks of some of the greatest political pressures Ive seen to accomplish it.)
The Tea Party freshmen did very well.
Good find and post.
Thanks very much.
Ain't that sumpin'??
Also, look what they are doing to 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]