Skip to comments.GOP Leaders Are Successfully Fighting Off the Tea Party Rebellion (For Now)
Posted on 04/23/2014 8:17:12 AM PDT by cotton1706
The long-expected Tea Party-versus-Republican-establishment primary brawl seems to have largely evaporated. The real battles may emerge in January 2015, when the party needs to pick the House speaker and maybe also a new leader in the Senate.
Not that we're trying to get ahead of ourselves. It's seemed pretty clear since at least February that the threat that had been brewing in the wake of the government shutdown was quickly fading. Politico has a great look at how South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham effectively built a fortress to ward off any conservative challengers: working to neuter possible opponents, building a huge war chest, and flooding the state with aides and representatives. Graham is one of the senators that seemed a likely target for far-right insurgents, but it didn't pan out.
In Ohio, House Speaker John Boehner faces a few primary opponents, including one, J. D. Winteregg, who has received broad support from Tea Party groups. There's no polling in the race, so it's hard to gauge exactly how big a threat Winteregg will turn out to be. But if money is any guide and in politics, it tends to be Winteregg has raised 1/127th of Boehner's nest egg, according to The Washington Post. For every two dollars Boehner can spend, Winteregg can spend a little over a penny. That isn't everything, but it bodes poorly. As does the fact that there are other protest candidates that will split the anti-Boehner vote.
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Hopefully, it won't sway many voters ... if anything, it may make them more determined than ever to prove the establishment wrong.
It’s not over until it is over. We shall see in November. At this point, there isn’t an incumbent Republican in my state for whom I’ll vote.
“Wow. Obviously, the word went out to file all of these “Tea Party is dead” articles. You’ve uncovered so many of them and all with the exact same theme that it’s laughable.”
You’re right. It’s obviously coordinated. I do the same searches every day and Boom! Lots of the same themes appear.
Coincidence right after a win in Florida? Are they seeing polling that they want make better or cut off at the pass. Don’t know.
There’s also an article by Chuck Todd that I didn’t bother posting. There’s definitely some coordination going on.
Its also important to note that there are “establishment” candidates who get tea party support without any real ties.
Terri Land in Michigan isn’t a conservative firebrand but she’s trusted and hasn’t been kicking tea partiers in the teeth at every opportunity.
Isn’t it a little early for the GOPe and their cheerleaders in the Leftist media to be taking victory laps? Let’s wait until after the Nov. elections to count scalps.
Typical Yahoo propaganda...
Folks in bonehead’s district are fed up.
POLL: HALF OF GOP VOTERS IN BOEHNERS DISTRICT WELCOME PRIMARY CHALLENGE TO SPEAKER
Gravis Poll: Half of GOP Voters in Boehner’s District Welcome Primary Challenge to Speaker
How do they think they will retain power if no one votes for them?
Eessh! I do wish these talking heads would make up their mind. It's like we need a code ring or something.
The GOPe could well win the primary and lose the general as the Tea Party they have marginalized stays home in droves, or better yet, votes for their opponent.
The GOP is continuing its march to oblivion down Stupidity Road. The Perotistas were the first harbingers. The GOPe ignored them, and mocked them, and they haven’t learned anything useful since.
Some, but not all, of the establishment Republicans are going to eke out a win. But I also think that of those who win, it’ll be the last term for many. Cornyn, for example, was rejected by 41% of the primary voters. That’s pretty substantial. I doubt that he’ll survive another primary. Same with Graham if he pulls off a win.
We don’t need to win them all at once, anyway. The more the better, yeah, but we just need to keep chipping away and we’ll win in time. And the RINOs know it.
Smells like some conveniently planted wishful thinking to me.