Skip to comments.Grassley: Christie would be 'welcome candidate in Iowa' in 2016 once state blunts Tea Party clout
Posted on 11/08/2013 2:28:03 AM PST by markomalley
The Republican Party of Iowa was blindsided by the Tea Party movement in the last presidential election, but party officials are already working hard to diminish the conservative movement's influence by the time the next presidential primary rolls around in 2016, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa said.
"I think the Tea Party people in Iowa caught them off guard," Grassley said of the state party in an interview on C-SPAN's "Newsmakers."
Grassley said many Iowa Republicans "have been dissatisfied with the direction of the Republican Party in Iowa and are prepared to get more involved this time to counter the Tea Party influence."
"What we need to do is energize the Republican Party all over," Grassley said. "That doesn't exclude Tea Party people, but it means everybody who likes the Republican Party and our principles needs to get activated."
Grassley, who is running for a seventh term in 2014, said he hasn't decided who he'd back in the next presidential contest. But his influence in a state that casts the first votes of a presidential election will make him a sought-after endorsement.
When asked about the presidential prospects of newly re-elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, Grassley said Christie "would be a welcome candidate in Iowa."
His appeal, Grassley said, stems from his success as governor, "and he's been able to work with both political parties and he's shown considerable success."
Grassley, who considers himself conservative, rejected the "moderate" label Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and others have tried to attach to Christie to suggest he would have trouble winning a primary process dominated by conservatives. Christie allowed same-sex marriage to advance in New Jersey and embraced President Obama in the final weeks of the 2012 election.
"There is a tendency that if you are not a purist on everything then you are a moderate," Grassley said. "I don't accept that. I'm going to give Gov. Christie the opportunity to tell me issue by issue where he stands and I'll make a judgement."
Just three Iowa caucus winners Democrats Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama and Republican George W. Bush have gone on to win the presidency. But placing well in the race's first caucuses can give a candidate a chance to build momentum heading into the rest of the primary process.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum, a Tea Party favorite, won the 2012 Iowa caucuses, though he was effectively denied the traditional bump a winner would have because problems with the vote count meant he didn't learn that he'd narrowly won until weeks later.
Grassley, hoping Iowa picks a winner next time around, said the Tea Party's insurgency has shaken up the state's Republican Party, motivating the party to get more involved in the next primary "so that we can be a more major force not only in Iowa but in the nation as a whole."
Grassley is one of those who needs to be drummed out. With Republicans like him, who needs Democrats?
Without term limits, there is no hope.
Et tu, Charles Grassley?
We ought to blunt Chas. Grassley.
Christie running with the full backing of the GOPe will guarantee Hillary gets to preside over the last days of the USA.
I don’t they are really aware of how large the Tea Party movement has grown. Its not just a white hair convention that they claim it to be. Our chapter has many 20 somethings in it...: )
Good luck with that, Grassley!
“I dont they are really aware of how large the Tea Party movement has grown. Its not just a white hair convention that they claim it to be. Our chapter has many 20 somethings in it...: )”
NJ’s recent election showed how much it has grown; Christie is a tax-cutter, and he crushed a Dem in a blue state. As the financial ramifications of ObamaCare become known (and the law takes effect over the next 2 months), I’d expect you’ll see a lot more 20-somethings joing the Taxed Enough AlLready movement.
Looks like Grassley is behind the curtain pulling some levers again...time for him to exit stage right.
Republicans working to put Hillary in the White house.
The I-GOP-e wasn't as receptive to Ted Cruz's recent visit as some would have you believe, and my guess is that Chuck is just saying what his shiny-pants playground pals in Polk County are saying. The Iowa GOP-e is every bit as incompetent and corrupt as the national bunch (hell, they can't even reliably put Humboldt County in the Republican bag these days). The one thing they ARE good at is retaining as much personal power and control as possible, and at any cost. The "tea party" threatens them.
It is both a strength and a limitation that the “Tea Party” means different things to different people.
Both social conservatives and fiscal conservatives, as well as the “put the Federal government back in the Constitutional box” brand of libertarians, can POTENTIALLY support Tea Party candidates. When this occurs, those candidates have a good chance of winning in previously unreachable places like NJ and Massachusetts.
However, when they DO win (Senator Brown to the white courtesy phone, please), each of these constituencies is primed to complain of being sold out or betrayed. This is because each one’s PRIMARY issue(s) is in conflict with the others. For example, you can’t stop the war on drugs and fight the war on drugs at the same time. You can’t limit entitlements and “keep hands off my Medicare” at the same time, etc, etc.
The three components of the “Tea Party” affinity group COULD take over the government and stop Americommunism dead in its tracks if they could figure out how to get along. Based on my fifteen years on this site, that doesn’t seem very likely.
I’ve always understood the Tea Party to represent one (wide) group - Taxed Enough Already (it was the source of their name). People wanted lower taxes (and by extension smaller government), and they made a point of avoiding social/moral issues (abortion, “gay marriage”, etc.).
The media has spent five years re-defining them (rightly perceiving them as a threat to the Bolshevik agenda); we shouldn’t let them do that. They are dangerous enough to libs of either party under their original banner of lower taxes.
One of the (many) anomalies in Iowa is that social/moral issue voters can screw things up for the Republicans and not get as much pushback from the Polk County Mafia as low tax/small government types do.
we have to win back our own party first. Then we can tangle with RATS.
An observation which I have been making for some time now. As long as the tea party is a movement and not a political party it can straddle some of these mutually inconsistent issues but as events push conservatives away from the establishment, they will have to declare themselves and resolve these anomalies.
That means, first, that an overarching issue must be found which outclasses all the others and causes disparate and conflicting interests to subordinate those interests to pursue the higher ideal. The obvious example of this phenomenon occurred in the late 1850s over slavery and gave birth to the Republican party.
It means, second, that a charismatic spokesman must emerge who can articulate the one, two, or three issues which are so transcendental that disparate elements are willing to at least postpone their selfish interests. A charismatic leader is indispensable because his job will be to break through the wall of resistance directed by the media.
Ted Cruz just might be that man and our looming fiscal catastrophe might just be the issue, although Obamacare shows promise in that regard. However, my belief is that a crisis will be necessary to set conditions one and two as noted above in motion. Just as anti-slavery and then the need to preserve the union and then anti-slavery again united the Republicans under Abraham Lincoln.
In this context, I do not forget Mark Levin's Article V movement to reform the government free of the influence of Washington. Even Mark Levin believes that a crisis will be necessary to precipitate that movement.
A crisis and a charismatic leader can focus the country's consensus to the few issues which enable a party to resolve its inherent inconsistencies which bedevil all political parties.
So since you know the history now.....explain truthfully the end goal of the leadership because it is not to be an opposition party, to stand for our Constitution or to win elections what has become the real goal?
At some point some real questions need asking.
Yes, and a lot of tea party types have learned from 1986 that cutting taxes alone won't work (because they just print and borrow instead), but that programs need to go IN ORDER to cut taxes.
I fear that the social conservatives are not yet bought into the idea that a smaller government can serve their interests (such as leaving their children alone, a paramount issue of mine). Socons' heart's desire, like Santorum, tend to support a bigger and more intrusive state as a means to an end.
I'm hopeful that a fusion movement can beat Hillary! - but not too hopeful.
Grassley? et tu..
I think the Repubs will be able to cobble together various groups in 2016 just because things will be so bad nobody will support a Dem (maybe that’s just wishful thinking, but the bad news keeps piling up). Social conservatives may support smaller government once they realize that big government simply puts a lot of supporters of liberal causes on the government payroll; “big government” simply transfers wealth from taxpayers to liberals (via both paychecks and entitlements).
Funny that, I wonder what Joe Lieberman would say about being a purist on every issue.
Fatso is not a Tea Party darling. Nice try.
Hide the corn.
In the original sense of the term (Taxed Enough Already), he was at the forefront. Beyond that, I have no interest in what anyone who hasn’t lived in NJ for the past 20 years thinks of Christie. Our property taxes no longer rise 5 - 10% every year (in a state that was already among the highest taxed), government is shrinking due to layoffs, and people are able to stay in their homes as a result.
Proof that Grassley is not in touch with reality.
The truth is that the GOPe, led by Romney, simply didn’t do serious on-the-ground party organizing. Other GOP leaders in Iowa didn’t organize either.
The surprise challenge to the GOPe came not from the Tea Party, but from libertarians. Iowa GOP Chairman AJ Spiker is a disaster who actually seems to have joined with the GOPe to give every advantage possible to Democrats.
The Grassley/Branstad era is nearing its end, one way or another.
What will follow them unless we act?
Well, we know what followed Branstad the last time he stepped aside: two liberal Democrat governors.
Or, will it be another mushy moderate Republican, like the one Branstad is now grooming?
I hereby commit myself to doing whatever I can to make sure it is neither.
Degenerates like Grassley had better get on the anticommunist bandwagon or be tossed to the side of the road
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While Obama is a closet communist, the mayor-elect of NYC was pretty open about it in his positions (though he claimed he wasn’t). The Reds don’t seem to be worried about anyone coming for them; they are still winning elections.
Sen. Grassley agrees with the Democrats. How about that?
Lhota sucked asa a candidate and pussyfooted around the issue instead of smacking that communist SOB between the eyes any anyone who supported him including the parasite voters as card carrying communists hell bent on destroying the nation, and what the consequences of a communist victory would mean
Those not willing to fight the reds to the death deserve what they get
Lhota was only slightly less liberal than DeBlasio; the city was going to have a pro-abortion, pro-gay mayor regardless of which won.
Im talking about fighting the communists in the real USA
This primary season has to be about drawing lines and targeting GOP-E that is willing to work with the communists and turning the primary into a referendum on communists and their fellow travelers in the GOP.
Grassley will work with communists and needs to go.
Playing nice with the reds is no longer to be tolerated.
The whole RNC/GOP Washingtonian political class in DC needs to be decimated, this is revolution.
I think we should switch the red/blue designations back to what they had been; if it helps identifying we’ll just capitalize “Red”.
Commies in the media deliberately switched the Republicans to red in 2000 as a propaganda device and the degenerate moron country clubbers at the RNC just went along with it.
They actually allowed the press to call them red, in fact, they embraced it and used it as background wallpaper at GOP.com.
We’ll know we have serious street fighters back in charge of the right when they tell the press to take the color red and shove it up their communist asses.
Grassley is okay for Iowa. In a state Obama, Clinton, Gore and Dukakis won.
Steve King was even promoting Christie. Doesn’t mean he wants him to win. He just wants to pal aroudn with R’s and get them to out themselves as RINOs when they attack King.
Id like to see Grassley as Senate Majority Leader and Steve King for Speaker.
He didn’t attack King when he called out the Calves with Cantaloupes.
I can never forgive Grassley for screwing around with my taxes. He cost me many thousands of dollars personally, and he cost thousands of American jobs. What a nitwit.
I called his dumb-assed bill the “Australian Full Employment Act of 2005.” After this misbegotten crap was enacted, the company I work for systematically replaced Americans with Australians all over the world. This guy can rot in hell forever as far as I am concerned.
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