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Talk of GOP primaries follows “fiscal cliff” vote
Associated Press ^ | Jan 5, 2013 12:29 PM EST | Thomas Beaumont

Posted on 01/05/2013 10:48:23 AM PST by Olog-hai

Republicans in Congress who took the politically risky step of voting to raise taxes now find themselves trying to fend off potential primary challenges next year from angry conservatives.

These lawmakers wasted little time in attempting to deliver an explanation that would be acceptable to the tea party and the GOP’s right flank, and, perhaps, insulate themselves from a re-election battle against a fellow Republican. They’ve started defending last week’s vote as one that preserves tax cuts for most Americans, while also promising to fight for spending cuts in upcoming debates over raising the nation’s borrowing limit. …

It was the first time in two decades that a significant number of Republicans voted for a tax increase: 33 senators and 85 representatives, who broke with the House GOP majority to support the bill that averted the “fiscal cliff” but raised taxes on upper incomes. …

Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express, put it this way: “It’s not too early to be looking at 2014. I think there are going to be a lot of primary challenges. People are fed up.” …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
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1 posted on 01/05/2013 10:48:27 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I’m less worried about the fiscal cliff vote and more worried about pending votes on gun control and dream acts. The fiscal cliff thing was not that big of a deal and now we can accuse Obama of raising taxes on the middle class. If they don’t hold the line on gun control and the dream act, it will be time to start talking about primaries IMHO.


2 posted on 01/05/2013 10:53:50 AM PST by RC one (From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: Olog-hai

I would be VERY WORRIED of a challenge if I voted to re-install Boener.


3 posted on 01/05/2013 11:14:46 AM PST by BobL
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To: Olog-hai

Good. Let them worry.

They deserve to worry.


4 posted on 01/05/2013 11:16:17 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Olog-hai

Primaries won’t be as bad a problem as third-party conservative candidates in the general election.
They’ll devastate Republicans of all types.
Including Boehner’s RINO courtiers.

Suicide.


5 posted on 01/05/2013 11:21:09 AM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: RC one
now we can accuse Obama of raising taxes on the middle class

Good point.

AP is doing their usual best to continue to divide the GOP.

But Dems will be plenty angry that Obama did not go after estate taxes like he said he would and now he has to address spending cuts. Cuts are a topic AP wants to avoid in order to not upset the left. They'd rather talk about GOP division.

6 posted on 01/05/2013 11:22:38 AM PST by what's up
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To: what's up
AP is doing their usual best to continue to divide the GOP.

Yep. AP = Always Propaganda

7 posted on 01/05/2013 11:41:29 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Olog-hai

The most effective way to change the party is getting out to the state conventions and changing the policy making structure and putting conservatives in Republican National committee seats.

Tea partiers did it in Michigan last spring and it only takes a few hundred votes.


8 posted on 01/05/2013 11:49:52 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai

Need to start a new Party.


9 posted on 01/05/2013 11:51:30 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: what's up
There arn't going to be any 'cuts'.

Spending is going to rise until the next debt limit is reached and they will simply raise it again.

How long are conservatives going to fall for the word 'cuts'!

10 posted on 01/05/2013 11:53:35 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: fortheDeclaration
Whether or not there will be cuts in the end, Obama will have to address the issue over the coming weeks.

Let's see how he does. I suspect he'll continue to try to use the gun issue to evade the topic.

11 posted on 01/05/2013 12:01:32 PM PST by what's up
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To: onyx

“They deserve to worry.”

What they really deserve is to lose their jobs since they are NOT doing what we elected them to do.


12 posted on 01/05/2013 12:19:19 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Olog-hai

I often wonder if the media owns the Democratic Party or if the Democratic Party owns the media. Sometimes I suspect the former.


13 posted on 01/05/2013 12:21:38 PM PST by squarebarb ( Fairy tales are basically true.)
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To: mrsmith

There is not a third party candidate who can win, man or woman, Republican or not. These are always empty word.


14 posted on 01/05/2013 12:47:49 PM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: mrsmith

If conservatives split the vote such that a RAT is elected, we’ll just get to where the RINOs are taking us faster.

Besides, I’d rather be stabbed in the front by a RAT than stabbed in the back by a RINO.


15 posted on 01/05/2013 1:23:58 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile has killed more people than my guns.)
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To: Olog-hai

Well sequestration is the big one and that lies just ahead.

When or if you hear them starting to talk about reforming Social Security rather than cutting federal programs-employees-bureaucracy-benefits, then you know that they have sold out.


16 posted on 01/05/2013 1:24:44 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

When? Where have you been? That’s all I have heard so far.


17 posted on 01/05/2013 1:28:12 PM PST by sheana
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To: sheana

I hear it too. That’s why I posted this. Social Security reform is not part of what was agreed to as Sequestration to set in in 2013. They got their tax increases. Now we need to see Sequestration cuts set in.


18 posted on 01/05/2013 2:32:31 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: righttackle44

They don’t have to win they just have to be so mad they don’t care if the Dem wins.

There were several races this year where conservative third-party candidates caused R losses, there’ll be dozens next year if Boehner keeps this up.


19 posted on 01/05/2013 2:51:05 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: what's up
When 'cuts' are mentioned, they are only talking about not raising spending as fast as they like.

No one in DC, from either Party, has any intention of doing anything to slow spending.

20 posted on 01/05/2013 9:06:18 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Olog-hai

I’m not worried about Georgia Republican Congressmen. I think they’ll do the right things, including stopping Obama’s Gun Grab. However, I am deeply sure that both of my two Georgia Senators will appease the media and vote for a ban of some sort. It is this and many other reasons why I am not going to vote for Saxby Chambliss in 2014, nor will I vote for Johnny Isakson when he comes up for re-election.


21 posted on 01/06/2013 2:17:22 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: BobL
I would be VERY WORRIED of a challenge if I voted to re-install Boener.

The only reason Boehner is still there is because the Repubs didn't follow through ans push for a challenger. Those that voted for Boehner again were voting against Pelosi who was the only other one who could have taken the seat. Bad as Boehner is, can you imagine Pelosi heading a majority repub House with Reid at the helm of the Senate? It would have pretty much negated the slight edge we have in the House.

22 posted on 01/06/2013 2:24:23 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: trebb

Naa...Even if Pelosi had more votes, she still would not have been Speaker unless she got to 218 votes, which wasn’t going to happen. The result would have been a House without a Speaker, and more votes. Eventually Boener might have won, or might have withdrawn (as he almost did), with Cantor or someone else getting to 218.

That would have been GREAT as far as I’m concerned, by teaming up with Democrats to push Obama’s plan through, he has NO BUSINESS being Speaker anymore - but we’re stuck with him.


23 posted on 01/06/2013 7:38:59 AM PST by BobL
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To: BobL

Thanks for the explanation - I was watching some of the voting and was under the impression that whoever got the most votes automatically won and all the Dims were voting for Pelosi.


24 posted on 01/06/2013 7:42:58 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: trebb

Any time. I had read some articles on how the voting worked, and figured you hadn’t.

Enjoy.


25 posted on 01/06/2013 7:53:40 AM PST by BobL
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To: fortheDeclaration

Depends. If you’re talking about entitlements you’re talking about cuts in growth. If you’re talking about the Defense cuts, those would be actual jobs cut.


26 posted on 01/06/2013 11:13:06 AM PST by what's up
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To: what's up
Even Defense 'cuts' are only slowing down rate of increase.

Would the actual Defense budget be smaller then it was the last year-no.

27 posted on 01/06/2013 7:16:36 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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