Skip to comments.With ads and foot soldiers, Republican 'establishment' squeezes Tea Party
Posted on 05/18/2014 5:40:29 AM PDT by cotton1706
BOISE, Idaho, May 18 (Reuters) - On a recent Saturday, foot soldiers in the Republican Party's civil war fanned out across a neighborhood of winding streets and manicured lawns to beat back the Tea Party.
They did not meet much resistance. Over the course of two hours, dozens of residents said they planned to vote in the May 20 primary election for Idaho Representative Mike Simpson, a veteran lawmaker with a reputation for pragmatism. None said they would back his Tea Party challenger Bryan Smith.
As he heads for a likely victory on Tuesday, Simpson has plenty of help. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the National Rifle Association have joined with groups representing hospitals, dentists and home sellers to try to return him to Congress for an eighth term.
The push is part of a wider drive by so-called establishment Republicans to back mainstream candidates and prevent Tea Party figures like Smith from winning primaries ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
They fear a repeat of some key races in previous congressional elections when Tea Party insurgents alienated independents and lost to Democrats. Party elders still smart at the loss of a U.S. Senate contest in Missouri in 2012 which was blamed on comments about "legitimate rape" by Republican candidate Todd Akin.
While the Tea Party movement has helped Republicans win significant spending cuts and thwart some of President Barack Obama's agenda, it also forced a messy shutdown of the U.S. government in 2013 that was unpopular with voters.
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Team Romney was not satisfied helping Obama in both
2008 and then 2012 (by doing NOTHING except attacking
Now they are back to destroy what is left in America.
The GOP-E can win all the primaries....but I just won’t vote for their crappy candidates.
Mike Simpson, a veteran lawmaker with a reputation for pragmatism.
Translation: He’s a squish.
Obama shut down the government and spent millions doing so to inflict pain on the American People.
Some of the things that Obama objected to and used as an excuse to shut down the government he did afterwards.
Mike Aiken is one out of how many losses the establishment has put forward? The establishment has no problem alienating Conservatives in favor of the so called crossover voter which never happens.
Pray America wakes up
I'll never vote rat in the general, but that doesn't mean I will vote for whomever the GOPE coronates.
How does the endorsement of a GOPe loser like Romney help a candidate?
Conservative Republicans should play hard ball. too, and on election day in Nov., write in the TEA Party candidate’s name. It is important to kill off the Democrat-Lite party in order to fight the Democrats.
So this writer seems to think that the GOPe are winners and the Tea Party grassroots wave of 2010 had nothing to do with gaining back the House. His editor’s instructions are apparent.
Welcome to the uni party...the tea party would do America well to completely focus on the 17th amendment repeal...trying to take on the GoPe is a waste of time
Use the information age and go right to the voters...puts the uniparty in direct conflict with the public... and how then can they not be seen for what they are....
Fix the issues after 17 th amendment is repealed...
I’m not in the second district so I won’t get to vote on this, but I would not vote for Simpson. I do not at all like the personal attack adds against his opponent he has been running.
Because of those add alone, I would vote for his opponent. That may be just me though, but I suspect not...
Here in PA my RINO governor will not get my vote in the primary or general election after he raised gas taxes 28 cents a gallon.
I will write-in a conservative both times and if the Democrat who the GOPe attacks as a “tax and spend liberal” wins, there won’t be much difference betweem him and the guy we got now.
This was an impressively biased, unsigned Reuters piece, likely written by some Rove henchman.
What “foot soldiers” do the GOP-E have? Muffy and Biff? They’re at the Country Club drinking Screwdrivers with their Sunday Brunch?
What grabbed me was the NRA’s involvement with GOPers instead of more conservative candidates that usually stand for less gun restrictions. Is the NRA liking the unconstitutional restrictions put on gun rights that most states have?
Funny, I don’t feel “sqeezed” at all.
it also forced a messy shutdown of the U.S. government in 2013 that was unpopular with voters.
Who wrote this, Nanzi Pelousy?
If this crap keeps up, we will become a 3 party country just like the UK.
No to RINOs and GOPe. Never give them a dime...never give them your time.
Most elections and most primaries are not about "GOP-E" vs "Tea party" but one candidate against another candidate. I haven't followed this race, but is the challenger here a good one? If it's a bad candidate that doesn't know what he's doing, that reflects on his team, not "tea party", nor "GOP-E".
On a side note. Brunner supported the NDAA amnesty.
Akin and Steelman opposed playing any amnesty games.