Skip to comments.Frustrated Republicans Vent after Senate Vote
Posted on 09/28/2013 8:29:24 AM PDT by Hojczyk
One Senate aide blamed Corkers spotlight-grabbing role as Cruzs foil on weak Republican leadership. Because our leadership has not led for a number of months because of electoral politics, Senator McCain and Senator Graham and Senator Corker have sort of emerged as sort of de facto leaders in a leadership vacuum, he says. I like Senator Cornyn, I like Senator McConnell, I respect them, I know their colleagues respect them, but in fairness there just has not been a whole lot of direction, theres really been no strategy.
It might not work, he adds of Cruz and Lees efforts (we spoke a few minutes before the vote), but whats the alternative that leadership or anyone else is offering? Whats Bob Corkers plan?
Its messy, and theres plenty of tension to go around. When asked about the level of frustration directed at his boss, an aide for a senator involved in the defund efforts says, laughing, that its about as high as Ive ever seen it.
I wouldnt want to test it to see if it could go much higher, he adds. Change is hard. People dont like changes.
They also dont like being targeted by members of their own party. Senator Lindsey Graham reiterated to me his frustration with some of his fellow Senate Republicans. My fate is in my hands, not theirs, and they said some things about our colleagues that I just think are really out of line, he adds of Cruz et al. At the end of the day, he continues, theyve got to decide what kind of role they want to play, Ive got to decide what kind of role I want to play to grow the Republican party and to save the country.
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Time for a third party ?????
Corker, the scumbag, voted with the RATS to fully implement 0bamacare....and EXEMPT himself, his family and his slimey staff. They get the Cadillac program while we get the death camps!
The 25 traitors can try to claim they didnt but true is true!
If the GOP nominates Christie in 2016 I may stay home.
Those Rino repubs that stood shoulder to shoulder with Harry Reid have just displayed their true colors. They are more interested in getting re-elected that doing their constituents will.
Think NSA spying .... and it all makes sense. Add SCOTUS also...?
Or clean out and reorganize the Republican Party. I'm disgusted with McCain and Graham
“Time for a third party ?????”
Yup, I’ll never vote for another republican on a national ticket. Will not vote for a democrat ever. If there is no viable 3rd party candidate on the ballot, I will stay home....red
...there has to be a second party first...
Words fail. Boo hoo. Bob Corker is frustrated. Hey Bob, you wanna see frustrated, check with your constituents.
And while you are at it think 2014 elections.
The GOP in congress has to decide whether it wants to be an opposition party or not. This has been a long time coming and the issues we face now have no room for business as usual anymore.
This is why the RINOs are screaming. Its the beginning of the end for them. THEY are the reactionaries.
> “Senator Lindsey Graham...At the end of the day, he continues, theyve got to decide what kind of role they want to play, Ive got to decide what kind of role I want to play to grow the Republican party and to save the country.
Well Senator, I believe it is not you who will decide but the voters of South Carolina who will decide.
Write in Putin! That’s my plan if it’s Hillary vs. NJFatboy.
A very telling and inaccurate assessment of his own situation that sheds light on his undeserved arrogance. If Grahamnesty would listen to someone like Cruz instead of John McCain, he would not have even been challenged for this upcoming election. Lindsissey, your fate is not in your hands, but in the hands of the voters of South Carolina.
I called the National GOP and told them they could shove their Party. I don’t care if there is an election for dog catcher locally, I will not pull a lever for either a Democrat or Republican UNLESS the Republican has publicly pledged his/her support for the Tea Party and vice versa. PERIOD!
What a nightmare that would be. McCain, Romney, and then Christie. I wouldn’t put it past the GOPe.
...are these people ever going to fight for anything? Or are they just going to sit their with dumb looks on their faces and the thumbs up their asses?
Not going to happen. The Elite Republicans have too much money backing them. They are playing their sheep like a fisherman plays a fish or a cat plays a mouse.
Cruz, in a way, did the job of the cavalry scout this week.
He went deep into the “danger zone”
Disrupted the other side.
Revealed weaknesses with his side’s generalship.
And gave the good guys a crystal clear map of the battlefield so we know what to do in 2014.
I call this a huge victory for us.
The are exactly the reason the gop is in its current leadership cunumbrum.
I'd through rove is as well.
“...Time for a third party...”
Which would accomplish...
...what was that again?
I can’t remember.
They decided they wanted Lindsey Graham.
Is this McLame's aide spouting this BS. If anyone has emerged as leaders in the Senate it has been Cruz, Paul, and Lee not these other doddering, feckless clowns.
Says it all.
Oh? Did the 2014 election already happen?
it must take a lot of balls to keep hanging onto the Republican “dream”...
I understand the third party sentiment. I really do. However, I would rather clean house in the Republican Party first. It’s been stolen from us and we need to get it back.
I vow here and now, and may God strike me down if I lie, I will never vote for Pork Porkie or Jeb Bush.
Ya but sometimes you just have to condemn the property and move to a new neighborhood... you stay and clean the rat feces, I’ve moved on...
The only thing we have to fear is more tax collections by obama and the democrats.
The only reason I can think of that the Pubs don't fight at every turn is they have exempted themselves and think of themselves as the ruling class over the serfs.
ABSOLUTELY NOT !!!
The Tea Party is gaining steam in the Republican Party; why would it want to lose this momentum and lose Republican votes?
No, Ted Cruz is the leader.
That’s all no one else.
Outside of Mike lee, the rest of the GOP is useless panty waste, and it is time to take out the trash.
Correct! The Tea Party within the Republican Party can possibly primary these two fools; outside the Republican, Party the, the chances are much slimmer.
Just stay in Washington. Don't even bother to come back here. Stay in Washington with your good friend Barack H. Obama.
A third party will just advance the Dem’s power in the next election cycle. Time to go all out to primary the RINO’s & get good conservatives in office. Especially in Red States like Tennessee.
Lets start that conversation by acknowledging we arent going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants... bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society. Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors. [but hes not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]
...by softening its edge on some volatile social issues and altering its image as the party always seemingly "eager to go to war... We do need to expand the party and grow the party and that does mean that we don't always all agree on every issue" ... the party needs to become more welcoming to individuals who disagree with basic Republican doctrine on emotional social issues such as gay marriage... "We're going to have to be a little hands off on some of these issues ... and get people into the party," Paul said.
I hope, but I thought the same about MC Cain. That did not happen so I went back to the ,”Never predict what a voter or jury will do.” saying.
“Graham is going to get his ass handed to him this election.”
He supported amnesty and got away with it. Why is this different?
Nope. They decided that 2008. On the first Tuesday in November 2014, they will again decide who they prefer.
That's exactly what I've been thinking. Now we have a nice little list of who not to contribute to.
Advances for conservatism, defeat of progressives of either party. I am so sick of those who refuse to consider the possibility of a new party rising from the ashes of the GOP. Ross Perot was ahead in the polls after 3 months of campaigning, until he exposed himself as a lunatic. A third party would not need to be a suicide mission. It would run in strategically targeted races against candidates that need to be defeated with candidates that can win. In South Carolina, the party can endorse a conservative Republican to take out Goober in a runoff. In a state like Arizona with open primaries where McCain wins with Democrat votes, the party can run a conservative under its own banner. In the Presidential election, the party can field its own candidate. It can endorse conservative Republicans and run against progressive Republicans. In Congress, they can caucus with Republicans, and have greater leverage to get powerful committee chairmanships.
In other words, it would work like a parliamentary system where there are often 3 or more major parties and one group tries to put together a governing coalition. It would be interesting to see if the GOPe preferred to govern with conservatives or Democrats. I think they like Democrats better, and are really the "go-slow" wing of the progressive movement. It really is not about Democrat vs. Republican. It is Progressive vs. Conservative, and when you realize that, you realize that it really doesn't matter much if a Mitch McConnell loses his race. If he runs the Senate, there is no way in hell he will ever vote to repeal Obamacare in a vote that will matter. There is no way in hell he won't vote for amnesty if it is going to pass and his vote is needed. So why do we care about him versus a truthful Democrat? Same crap, different cronies.
After the 2010 election victories all we heard from hopeful conservatives is that Obama is never going to get reelected. Look what happened.
It will be very, very difficult to unseat Ms. Lindsey.
Remember S.C. has an open primary system.
The elites in both parties are hell bent on destroying any Conservative.
If this frustrates them, they ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Think how frustrated they will be in 2014 when they find they have abused and lost their base. They will probably go along with amnesty too. Think how frustrated they will be when illegals don’t vote for them either.
Lats add some insult to their injury for 2016. When they force Jeb or fatass on people, the frustration will be high gear!