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Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 04/11/2014 3:01:13 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries.

There are a few important lessons here. First, neither one of these guys wants to be associated with, or take responsibility for, any tea party wipeouts if they can possibly avoid it.

Second, this suggests Bevin, McDaniel and Wolf are so far out there not even the two most conservative senators will endorse them.

And finally, this reinforces our point that within Congress and the GOP as a whole there is more unity than the mainstream media portrays as the tea party devolves into a very fringe group backed by D.C. money-making operations.

The big tent is back.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kansas; US: Kentucky; US: Mississippi; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bias; chrismcdaniel; gope; jenniferrubin; journalism; kansas; kentucky; mattbevin; media; miltonwolf; mississippi; mitchmcconnell; randnesty; tedcruz; texas; washingtoncompost; washingtonpost
The ComPost is at it again.
1 posted on 04/11/2014 3:01:13 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

it’s laughable, since they don’t mention the fact that Paul and Lee have endorsed Greg Brannon in North Carolina. Facts are inconvenient for UnwashedPost


2 posted on 04/11/2014 3:03:09 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; All
yeah..like the NYT, they'll decide "what the truth is"
..no free real pre$$ there..just "sluts" for the 'RATS.

3 posted on 04/11/2014 3:07:21 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Incumbents typically do not endorse anyone in primaries
neither Dem nor GOP incumbents
someone needs to ask that stupid bitch to name some Dem incumbents and who they have endorsed in a Fem primary


4 posted on 04/11/2014 3:09:04 PM PDT by RWGinger
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Jennifer Rubin is a ditz...In order to have a big tent, do Republicans not need the tea party? (Jennifer—in case you are reading, that question was rhetorical).


5 posted on 04/11/2014 3:11:15 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries.

Conversely, neither one has endorsed either of the three longstanding senators being challenged by the three mentioned above. Rubin seems oblivious to the fact that just as much meaning can be attached to their declining to support three Republican fixtures in the Senate.

6 posted on 04/11/2014 3:12:09 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Viennacon

Personally I wish all elected officials would refrain from endorsing anyone till after the primaries.


7 posted on 04/11/2014 3:12:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tulane

The idea of the Big Tent is that you include everyone ... and then push out the non-desirables, which in this case include the stakes and the poles holding up the tent, so in collapses in a heap.


8 posted on 04/11/2014 3:14:23 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Rand Paul and Mike Lee endorsed Brannon against Neocon Tillis.

Ted Cruz can’t endorse because he helps the NRSC committee.

Thomas Massie endorsed Lee Bright.

The open seats are the main way Tea Party candidates get elected.


9 posted on 04/11/2014 3:14:30 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: cripplecreek

I think this is what is happening in SC. No one wants to be blamed for tipping someone into 2nd place. They’d rather endorse once a runoff occurs.


10 posted on 04/11/2014 3:15:56 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: RWGinger
"Incumbents do not endorse anyone in primaries"

Zactly-this is more GOPe trying to stir up feces.

11 posted on 04/11/2014 3:17:01 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Historically, insurgent movements either take over the party and rout the old team or they assimilate into the greater party.

Rubin is delusional and has set up straw man after straw man so she can direct her venom at an imaginary insurgent movement. Tea Party was a term used to identify a group of conservative voters with similar concerns. It has never become an "insurgent movement", though the possibility has, and still does exist. Backing a few conservative candidates rather than RINO incumbents does not equal an insurgency.

Her little rant is more about her personal hatred for voters with views not completely in line with her own than it's about any actual reality. Just another Beltway Republican elitist snob looking down her nose.

12 posted on 04/11/2014 3:24:15 PM PDT by Will88
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Rand Paul On Shutdown: “Even Though It Appeared I Was Participating In It, It Was A Dumb Idea”
RCP | November 18th, 2013 | Fox News Special Report
Posted on 11/19/2013 12:16:51 PM by Third Person
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3093108/posts

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Senator, when Obamacare was at issue, a month ago, when it came to a continuing resolution to funding the government you supported a filibuster of other Senators, who demanded that you had to have a change or the abolition of Obamacare as a condition for funding the government. In retrospect do you think that was a good strategy? But even more importantly —looking ahead, the deadlines are coming up, the resolution’s going to run out, we’re going to hit the debt ceiling soon — would you be prepared to use same tactic as we approach the new deadlines? SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): Well, I said throughout the whole battle that shutting down the government was a dumb idea. Even though it did appear as if I was participating in it, I said it was a dumb idea. And the reason I voted for it, though, is that it’s a conundrum. Here’s the conundrum. We have a $17 trillion debt and people at home tell me you can’t give the president a blank check. We just can’t keep raising the debt ceiling without conditions. So unconditionally raising the debt ceiling, nobody at home wants me to vote for that and I can’t vote for that. But the conundrum is if I don’t we do approach these deadlines. So there is an impasse. In 2011, though, we had this impasse and the president did negotiate. We got the sequester. If we were to extend the sequester from discretionary spending to all the entitlements we would actually fix our problem within a few years.


13 posted on 04/11/2014 3:26:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt's Generals: 'How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?'
Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt's military -- even as Cairo's security forces massacre anti-government activists. [by "anti-government activists" is meant church-burning Christian-murdering jihadists]
[Posted on 08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by Hoodat]

14 posted on 04/11/2014 3:26:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Rand Paul: Time for GOP to soften war stance
...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.
[Posted on 01/31/2013 5:08:50 PM PST by xzins]

15 posted on 04/11/2014 3:26:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Pajamajan

is Jennifer Rubin a Republican?
She is the one who wrote the article for WaPo


16 posted on 04/11/2014 3:27:18 PM PDT by RWGinger
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Rand Paul's immigration speech
...The Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration.

Unfortunately, like many of the major debates in Washington, immigration has become a stalemate-where both sides are imprisoned by their own rhetoric or attachment to sacred cows that prevent the possibility of a balanced solution.

Immigration Reform will not occur until Conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation.

Let's start that conversation by acknowledging we aren't going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants.

If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you...

This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: 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.
[Posted on 03/19/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by Perdogg]
Rand Paul calls on conservatives to embrace immigration reform
Latinos, should be a natural constituency for the party, Paul argued, but "Republicans have pushed them away with harsh rhetoric over immigration." ...he would create a bipartisan panel to determine how many visas should be granted for workers already in the United States and those who might follow... [and the buried lead] "Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers...
[Posted on 04/21/2013 1:52:42 PM PDT by SoConPubbie]
[but he's not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]
17 posted on 04/11/2014 3:27:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Tulane
Her audience is DEM and GOPe, and she is telling them what they want to hear. Tea Party is dead, says she.

Not the first, and won't be the last mistake she makes.

18 posted on 04/11/2014 3:28:43 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Show me federalism and I can buy big tent. Federalism has been dead for over a century.


19 posted on 04/11/2014 3:34:03 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Psalm 144

Actually, federalism died at Appamattox.


20 posted on 04/11/2014 3:35:59 PM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

21 posted on 04/11/2014 3:38:41 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: Publius

Well yeah. Just didn’t feel like going through all that again.


22 posted on 04/11/2014 3:38:48 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3134526/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3081212/posts


23 posted on 04/11/2014 3:40:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If I had a dollar for every time the tea party was declared “dead”...


24 posted on 04/11/2014 3:44:55 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Jennifer Rubin - you ignorant slut!


25 posted on 04/11/2014 3:45:30 PM PDT by ohioman
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The GOP in DC has a death wish.

It was most evident at the 2012 convention when they blocked out all opposition...from the Paul liberatian wing to the tea party base. They place wore over winning.


26 posted on 04/11/2014 3:45:33 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: All
...this suggests...

In other words, "I wish."

27 posted on 04/11/2014 3:50:10 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Democrats don’t treat their voters like domestic abuse victims but Republicans will eagerly beat the crap out of its Conservative base then expect them to vote for them.

The GOP is quite dysfunctional.


28 posted on 04/11/2014 3:55:58 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wacko, far-left extremists like Mike Dickinson in VA are embraced, feted...grapes fed to him by naked liberal women even. But when a Republican dares be conservative OH NOOOOO WE CAN’T HAVE THAT...what about bipartisanship and reaching across the aisle???


29 posted on 04/11/2014 3:56:23 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO WISCONSIN BADGERS GO!)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

"Are we still on for dinner with Alex Jones tonight?"

30 posted on 04/11/2014 3:57:29 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO WISCONSIN BADGERS GO!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Bevin’s problem has been money from the beginning. He hasn’t any and McConnell has his own printing press.

So far, despite this article, Bevin has made one misstep. McConnell, on the other hand, has chosen Duke of Kentucky in basketball, has slyly endorsed everything from massive spending to obamacare to amnesty. He uses the senate rules to look innocent, but he’s guilty as sin.


31 posted on 04/11/2014 4:02:01 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Didn’t Jennifer Rubin once pretend to be a conservative journalist? What happened?


32 posted on 04/11/2014 4:02:55 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Maybe Rick Perry called her heartless and she has been trying to prop up his failed bid since.


33 posted on 04/11/2014 4:05:34 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

“I’m proud to endorse my good friend Konni for State Senate. She’s a tireless, unwavering warrior for the conservative cause. Konni is a fighter and will serve the people of Texas well. I urge voters in her district to support her.” Ted Cruz. Yes, it is a state senate seat.


34 posted on 04/11/2014 4:18:10 PM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The rag is a joke


35 posted on 04/11/2014 4:32:30 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: RWGinger
someone needs to ask that stupid bitch to name some Dem incumbents and who they have endorsed in a Fem primary

Now, now, she's the WaPo's favorite "conservative", replacing the hugely fraudulent megaliar Dave Weigel, who wasn't so much "outed" as "splattered" by Tucker Carlson and a few others.

Jennifer Rubin, someone totted up, is really there for us conservatives .... 53% of the time. On every issue involving Librat New Math fantasies and gross vote-buying, she's on top of it.

Just don't run any of that Trans-Appalachian "America" crap at her. Apple pie, baseball, patriotism, hunting, the Bill of Rights. <yawwwn>

She's civilized, don't you know.

as

36 posted on 04/11/2014 4:56:20 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Mrs. Rubin’s little princess, Jenny, is worried about the GOP again. She’s just trying to help them win elections. LOL! The “big tent” crap is a myth.


37 posted on 04/11/2014 5:08:23 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I read about 100 Washington Post comments on Jennifer Rubin's column.

As expected, more than 90% are from the Left Wing.

But, the quality of the comments is shockingly poor.

First, most of them would fail a test of basic writing skills.

Worse, I did not come across even one original, or humorous, or insightful thought.

It's just endless repetition of Democratic Party talking points:

(1) Koch Brothers
(2) Cruz and Rand Paul are evil
(3) The 47%
(4) The George W. Bush Administration

For sure, Free Republic comments are not perfect.

But I rarely leave these pages without learning something or laughing out loud.

If WaPo is representative of the average Left Wing blog, well, that is borderline pitiful.

38 posted on 04/11/2014 6:58:27 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
What this article is saying is:

"Goodbye tea party, hello big tent teat"

"The big tent teat is back"

Is that so, or is this B. S.? Hmm?

39 posted on 04/11/2014 10:13:49 PM PDT by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

McDaniel is a serious candidate and should not be compared to Matt Bevin or Milton Wolf.


40 posted on 04/11/2014 10:42:14 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Tulane

Jennifer is a RINO lawyer turned columnist from Hollywood, CA.
Nuuf said.


41 posted on 04/12/2014 3:11:57 AM PDT by ebmiller (Podcasts are the way to go)
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To: ebmiller

Typo King!

NUFF said.


42 posted on 04/12/2014 3:14:22 AM PDT by ebmiller (Podcasts are the way to go)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Big tent”? I think not.

In fact, GF your ‘big tent’


43 posted on 04/12/2014 3:16:13 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: lentulusgracchus

yawnnnn, +1


44 posted on 04/12/2014 4:15:20 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The “cranks and losers” sure seem to be annoying the heck out of the Rinos.


45 posted on 04/12/2014 7:52:41 AM PDT by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Rino “big tent” is a pup tent on the country club golf course.


46 posted on 04/12/2014 8:47:41 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SunkenCiv
speaking of Big Tent Republicans there's this tonight re: Bundy Ranch:

"Hugh Hewitt ‏@hughhewitt 38m

Been representing landowners v. Fed for 30 years. BLM 1 of the better agencies to deal w/. Really. Most folks have no idea how agencies act"

47 posted on 04/12/2014 11:10:40 PM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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