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The Tea Party Isn't Dying – The GOP Establishment Is
Townhall ^ | March 17,2014 | Kurt Schlichter

Posted on 03/17/2014 3:25:39 PM PDT by Hojczyk

The first opponent is the left. They still call us the “Tea Party,” though we rarely use that term anymore. It’s fun to hear the liberals say it – it’s like listening to grandparents trying to sound cool. Yeah, those hepcats are sure hip with their cool jive, daddy-o.

Every day, the lefty punditry opines about the Tea Party’s death spiral. And every day, the Tea Party refuses to crash and burn.

We conservative insurgents have another opponent, but this opponent recognizes us for exactly what we are – a dangerous, existential threat. This opponent is the GOP Establishment, and its members hate and fear us for entirely different reasons.

They want to gather power within Washington then redistribute it after they take their cut. We want to re-wire the system so that Washington is left off the grid to wither back down to the miserable backwater it used to be – and should be.

D.C. is awesomely wealthy, full of fine clothes, sumptuous food, gleaming restaurants, and much more attractive people than when I interned there in 1986. The recession missed Washington, a town that produces nothing except problems for the rest of America yet is better off than anywhere else in America.

We want to end that. That we want to destroy the cushy status quo is why the GOP Establishment hates us. That we can influence elections is why it fears us.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 113th; 2014issues; 2014midterms; boehner; exemptvsamerica; gop4obama; gop4obamacare; gopvsamerica; mcconnell; rnc; teaparty

1 posted on 03/17/2014 3:25:39 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

its a great plan and I hope it works


2 posted on 03/17/2014 3:27:58 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Hojczyk

I like clarity. This column provides just that.


3 posted on 03/17/2014 3:28:51 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Hojczyk

From Mr. Schlecter’s moth to God’s ear…………...


4 posted on 03/17/2014 3:31:08 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: basil

Uh—make that Mr. Schlecter’s MOUTH—not his moth—LOL!


5 posted on 03/17/2014 3:32:37 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Hojczyk
From the column: The recession missed Washington, a town that produces nothing except problems for the rest of America yet is better off than anywhere else in America.

Go read it, it's well worth the effort.

6 posted on 03/17/2014 3:34:04 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Hojczyk

If I’m not mistaken, the author of this article, Kurt Schlichter, is the law partner of Hugh Hewitt.

Hugh just finished an on-air interview with _Q. Sullivan,from a Dallas, TX publication.

Sullivan just detailed how the TX GOPe, tried and failed to unseat 3 Tea Party conservatives, in the TX House, while conservatives were successful in ousting 6 of 7 GOPe RINOs, in TX.

Open to correction of my real time account.


7 posted on 03/17/2014 3:35:01 PM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: Hojczyk

I believe in my heart of hearts that there is at least 5 people voting the TEA party slate for every one proclaiming it out loud. As long as I’m in the shadows I’m not the target, the establishment is.


8 posted on 03/17/2014 3:35:23 PM PDT by EandH Dad (sleeping giants wake up REALLY grumpy)
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To: Hojczyk

Well as long as we have people on the right running around defending the Rand Pauls and Rick Perry’s as ‘conservatives’ after their recent outing as Mitch backers, the crash of the GOPe could take a while. Since conservatives seem to have so many diehard GOPe supporters right in our own ranks.

Wonder what is more important to folks. Their online ‘buddies’ or their country. Eventually people have to choose.


9 posted on 03/17/2014 3:38:11 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Hojczyk

The reason why the GOP-e doesn’t like conservatives is at my tag line.


10 posted on 03/17/2014 3:40:31 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Hojczyk
D.C. is awesomely wealthy, full of fine clothes, sumptuous food, gleaming restaurants, and much more attractive people than when I interned there in 1986

Man is that true.

I have lived and worked in the Silicon Slum for 30 years and been around more wealth then most people see in 20 lifetimes.

But D.C. blew me away. Really obvious where all the $$$ goes...and stays.

Sheer genius. We recreated the Feudal System with the vote.

No wonder so many people want to get into government. Big time cash man..

11 posted on 03/17/2014 3:41:01 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Hojczyk

Well, here’s a test. If the Tea Party can’t get behind ONE candidate instead of splitting the vote and letting Lindsay Graham win his primary, it may as well be dead.

Stupid ideological purity wars aren’t going to get our nation out of the dire trouble it is in. Winning elections will. And the TP better start to act like it.


12 posted on 03/17/2014 3:43:01 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Hojczyk
They still call us the “Tea Party,” though we rarely use that term anymore.

The only reason they like the term "TEA Party" is because it's easy for them to twist it into "teabagging," a vulgar term for a very disgusting homosexual act. They think it's funny. Remember how Anderson Gay and Wolf Blitzed laughed and laughed at calling us that?

13 posted on 03/17/2014 3:44:56 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: bigbob

[sigh]

How many times must it be said? SC requires a candidate to get over 50% of the vote or face a runoff. It doesn’t matter how many candidates oppose Linda, if collectively they can chew more than 50% off, then they are naturally united behind the one candidate that goes to runoff. Ask Ted Cruz if it’s possible to get into office that way.


14 posted on 03/17/2014 3:48:53 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: bigbob

“Stupid ideological purity”

The opposite of purity is corruption. How much corruption if OK Illegals? Gays? Gutted military? Conservative ‘Purity” isn’t difficult. It’s actually a pretty low bar. Yet it’s one that most can’t seem to crawl over.

Want a “Win”? At what cost? The last ‘winner’ got beat by an illegal muslim with no history and a lot of negatives.


15 posted on 03/17/2014 3:51:05 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: basil

I liked the moth. May it dine fatteningly on Megan McCain’s woolens!


16 posted on 03/17/2014 3:52:24 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Hojczyk

Conservatives need to be crystal clear, based of all things on the lesson of Iraq.

When the US invaded and conquered Iraq, it tried to rebuild it in two ways. The first, which always failed, was to try and repair the failed existing systems. The other way, that generally worked, was to throw out the old system and replace it with one that was known to work.

Right now, back in the US, we know that Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, and many other largess programs are unsustainable failures that are crippling our country. And while we cannot halt them outright, we can strip the federal government of power over them, which is the first step to their replacement.

For example, instead of giant federal bureaucracies, the programs should be made into block grants to the states, with minimal federal oversight. This alone will double their efficiency.

Second, payment into these systems should not be separate in any way from the tax system. But instead of “means testing”, that nobody really wants, a better deal is to offer tax abatement to those who *don’t* use the system because that saves them more money.

Another principle should be to make all of it entirely voluntary. That citizens should be able to opt out of paying into the systems in the first place, in exchange for which they get nothing out of the systems later. This means that eventually these systems will starve to death.

And “opt outs” should be permanent, that is, after you choose opt out, you *cannot* be forced into the system. You are free of it for the rest of your life.


17 posted on 03/17/2014 3:52:36 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: basil
Mr. Schlecter’s moth

That, sounds like....something.

18 posted on 03/17/2014 3:53:42 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Hojczyk

Groovy, man!

Nowhere more evident in the GOPe than in the person of John McCain, former captain of the presidential campaign for bus affectionately known here as ‘The Mc Insane Express’. He will not shut his mouth nor stop grabbing the mic

He knows his enemy and he knows he’s done. He’s out. Whether the senate goes republican or stays. He’s out

And so apparent in the liberal gold as in today’s WaPo article by th Yale educated Dana mil a k who, in his rhetorical query on why the millennialist reject Obama, strained with, it’s because the entire generation cannot stay with a cause. They are wrong and BO is right.

He portrays the ignorance the left has of this situation Mr Schlicter points out

I wonder if they think of Hillary as the wellsleyan militant feminist coed appealing to the libs and the millennialist, or the strong ( but i definable - hint selfish) First Lady instead of the puffy screecher they likely see her as being

Reagan was old and that was one thing, but Hillary appealing to this group two years from now? He’s right. They don’t know what they’re up against

Interesting

They try to kill it with media hype. Nope


19 posted on 03/17/2014 4:03:05 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Norm Lenhart
Gutted military?

New England Yankee RiNO's have always been wooden-gun guys.

Under their tuition, the Indian-fighting Army never exceeded about 80,000 men (for a continent), who were sprinkled porkchoppingly in tiny posts all around ..... Republican congressional districts. George S. Patton served his butterbar lieutenantcy in a tiny cavalry post in .... Illinois. He finally broke out and went to Fort Riley, Kansas, a lot closer to the real Army. But thousands of his peers served out their careers in porkchop Army dumps in Congressman Foghorn Leghorn's district.

After World War I, Eisenhower and Patton were practically unemployed, and the Army reverted to its Indian-fighting size while predators stalked Europe and Asia both, and holdover deadwood officers who'd learned how to "serve" in the old prewar Army went back to ass-covering and brain-dead file-papering games, and they prospered until 1941 ..... when the Army snapped to, with a war finally on its doorstep, and broomed them all.

If it hadn't been for Patton and Ike, the Army would have forgotten everything it had learned about tanks in World War I and would have been utterly helpless before the Wehrmacht.

Tiny defense appropriations were a hallmark of Old Guard Republicanism. No defense worth speaking of, high tariffs to protect my price structures and margins, and massive immigration to crush wages ..... and Chicago cops to crush unions before they could get started.

That was the Old School that called Main Street Republicans like us "Mugwumps", and laughed. Same old same-old. We raise issues, they just hire more young, amoral lawyers to keep Main Streeters away from the levers.

20 posted on 03/17/2014 4:03:40 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: stanne

Schlichter


21 posted on 03/17/2014 4:04:16 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Norm Lenhart

Paul’s appeal is as utterly inexplicable as is/ was Rubio’s

But I don’t think anyone, certainly no conservative Texan, ever accused perry of being a conservative


22 posted on 03/17/2014 4:07:09 PM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

You must have missed a bunch of threads last election then. Because he had a texas fanbase screaming his ‘conservative’ virtues.

And his anti fence, guardasil, TTC and a dozen other fiascos were all just ‘twisted’ by evil leftist plants’ trying to tarnish his glowing patriotism.


23 posted on 03/17/2014 4:11:33 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: bigbob
Stupid ideological purity wars aren’t going to get our nation out of the dire trouble it is in. Winning elections will. And the TP better start to act like it.

Or you could just vote for dems so you can say 'my guy won!'

24 posted on 03/17/2014 4:13:48 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: Hojczyk

More importantly, America is dying.


25 posted on 03/17/2014 4:17:39 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

I thought we already elected “The Won”?

For some people, a Marxist is corrupt enough. I guess others need to go whole hog and elect a RINO.


26 posted on 03/17/2014 4:19:07 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: chris37

No, it is dead. We have to build a new America. The one we grew up in no longer exists.

It’s not semantics. It’s a mindset. One puts us on the eternal defense. Adopting the other puts us on offense. Lets offend.


27 posted on 03/17/2014 4:20:55 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

You must be right

I guess I tuned them out

He’s clueless and doofus like.

I think the RNC is dragging these guys out and peeping them up. The former pres contenders. At least Gingrich said no. Maybe he knows the sight of him on the sofa with pelosi sealed his fate like an iron on patch


28 posted on 03/17/2014 4:23:31 PM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

That was my big issue with Newt. I got past it...barely... but it SCREAMED RINO.

Yea, there were a bunch of freepers, many from TX that were fanatical in their claim of his conservatism. And that was exceeded only by their excuses for his flat out liberal actions on record.

you see them pop up from time to time, but their numbers shrunk. Most had to finally admit they were wrong.


29 posted on 03/17/2014 4:26:41 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Cyber Liberty

IIRC, four of the five frontrunning challengers to Tinkerbelle’s Senate seat have signed a pact to support whoever among them is frontmost during the runoff.

We want Flimsey gone like you don’t know. Still can’t figure out how someone named Buddy Witherspoon lost against him in South Carolina in ‘08.

Watch for Flimsey to walk on stage somewhere with some sort of firearm. Maybe a .22 girl’s rifle with pink furniture.


30 posted on 03/17/2014 4:26:47 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Hojczyk

Establishment has been dying for a long time and should be put to rest now.


31 posted on 03/17/2014 4:28:46 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Hojczyk

The GOP establishment can’t die fast enough. I for one look forward to dancing on its fetid grave.


32 posted on 03/17/2014 4:36:06 PM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Hojczyk

I don’t agree that either is dying. There is a fairly hostile equilibrium. Who survives? As they say in my world ... the jury is still out.


33 posted on 03/17/2014 4:40:06 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Hojczyk

What? You don’t like ‘trickle-down’ economy?

Try Ruussshian ..


34 posted on 03/17/2014 4:47:50 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Hojczyk

I look forward to Mr. Schlichter’s column every Monday at Townhall.com. He seems to see with a clarity that is rare among the pundit class, and he’s fairly funny to boot.


35 posted on 03/17/2014 5:51:14 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: stanne

McCain learned to be a POW in Viet Nam. He has been one in the Senate. He just wants to survive until he’s rescued.


36 posted on 03/17/2014 6:05:19 PM PDT by motor_racer (Who will bell the cat?)
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To: Norm Lenhart

And if it is dead as you say it is then the current crop of weak kneed melly mouthed republican conservative want bees are to blame.


37 posted on 03/17/2014 7:13:39 PM PDT by WilliamRobert (Obama so loves the poor he created millions more.)
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To: motor_racer

Ok. Well. I’ve met some of tge gentlemen who were at the Hanoi Hilton, they call it ‘jail’ for six and seven years. Perfect specimens of virtue, from what I can tell. To go through that and then be a senator, with huge decisions to make of historical importance? NO


38 posted on 03/17/2014 7:17:59 PM PDT by stanne
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To: WilliamRobert

Which is exactly why I argue so much on FR over sticking to principles. Willingness to accept ‘lesser evil’ resulted in our current situation with the GOP. IF that was a good idea, we’d be in paradise right now. Because we accepted so much of it it’s amazing.

If it’s a good idea then why has it destroyed us?

Lesser evil isn’t just an idea. It is people and those people have names. For all the cries of ‘hold feet to fire’ I heard last election, I see damn few of the people screaming it...doing it.

Had they principle, they would be doing it. Logical conclusion? they have no principles.


39 posted on 03/17/2014 7:29:16 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Hojczyk

Good discussion, thanks.


40 posted on 03/17/2014 8:47:11 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Hojczyk

BTTT!


41 posted on 03/18/2014 1:30:56 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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