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Tea Party Loses Key Battles, But Is Winning The War
thedailybeast.com ^ | 5/21/14 | Ben Jacobs

Posted on 05/21/2014 7:40:10 AM PDT by cotton1706

Defeats handed to Tea Party candidates last night only tell half the story—the Tea Party’s real success has been to change the very DNA of the GOP

The Tea Party got shut out on Tuesday night.

In Idaho, incumbent Rep. Mike Simpson easily defeated Bryan Smith, the Club for Growth-backed challenger. In Kentucky, businessman Matt Bevin got walloped by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the two most establishment candidates made the runoff in the Republican Senate primary in Georgia.

Ironically enough, however, last night represented a big win for the Tea Party's conservative, small government ethos, and the extent to which Tea Party ideology is now cemented into the GOP is now plain to see.



Despite not having any candidates who draped themselves in Gadsden flags win marquee races on Tuesday, the election results showed the ultimate success of the Tea Party’s effort to change the very DNA of the GOP, as the median voter in a Republican primary has become far more conservative in the past few years. The “establishment” candidates may have won—but they did so by becoming increasingly conservative.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; teaparty; uniparty
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1 posted on 05/21/2014 7:40:11 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Bring back American jobs.

Just saying...

American jobs.


2 posted on 05/21/2014 7:41:08 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: cotton1706

I’m not quite this optimistic. Sounds more like looking for a silver lining. We shall see. But in the end, any real power would have come through in some of those major Primaries. I fear that they will turn against us even more as it is clear, except for in a few pockets, they don’t need us.

Time will tell. here’s hoping.


3 posted on 05/21/2014 7:43:33 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: cotton1706

Amnesty will tell if the GOPe “DNA” has been changed in spite the influx of tens of millions of campaign funding from the Chamber of Amnesty and Karl Rove. That Big Government Republicans will change their spots to become conservatives after election is extremely doubtful.


4 posted on 05/21/2014 7:44:09 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: cotton1706

Lipstick on a pig. We got our asses handed to us.


5 posted on 05/21/2014 7:45:24 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: cotton1706

The senate is where the GOPe has the firewall but we’re weakening it every day.


6 posted on 05/21/2014 7:45:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cotton1706; KC_Lion

We were outspent by the corporatist uni-party. It’s hard to compete with Amnesty $$.


7 posted on 05/21/2014 7:47:50 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: cotton1706

I hope the author is right, and that the GOPe is getting schooled.

Either way, its worth noting that the Commies see the Tea Party as their opponent - not the GOPe.


8 posted on 05/21/2014 7:48:08 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: cotton1706
Wishful thinking, alas.
How many Dems switched party just to vote for anybody but the TEA party candidate?

9 posted on 05/21/2014 7:51:01 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Fauxcahontas ADMITS the middle class has been gutted, blames it on Reagan, of all people:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3158536/posts

TEA needs to use this admission with solutions for bringing back the middle class, and repatriation of capital via tax cuts should be part of every candidate’s platform.


10 posted on 05/21/2014 7:51:05 AM PDT by txhurl (Trump/Cruz '16, and everybody else for Cabinet members.)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

I think the GOPe will be emboldened with their defeat of some critical traditional GOP-held seats (as here in Georgia).

They do, however, very likely risk losing a few million true conservatives’ votes by absence in November like they did with their boy Mitt.


11 posted on 05/21/2014 7:52:36 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: cotton1706

What the TP should have done was target more, the open seats and vulnerable dem seats.
Its hard to unseat incumbents when there is not enough cash on hand.
5 or 6 more strict conservatives in the senate would upset the whole.


12 posted on 05/21/2014 7:53:58 AM PDT by crz
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To: cotton1706

I’m sorry but I’m not buying what this article is selling.

Establishment GOP is not becoming more conservative. Just because they say things on the campaign trail and show up at CPAC toting a rifle means nothing.

It seems to me what too many Republican voters want is more of the same. Please. With a cherry on top


13 posted on 05/21/2014 7:54:01 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: cripplecreek

“The senate is where the GOPe has the firewall but we’re weakening it every day.”

That is exactly right. They’ve been going all out to protect the senate, to prevent any more conservatives from getting in.

They are so pissed that we took out Arlen Specter, Bob Bennett, Richard Lugar and made Lisa Murkowski fight for her life. They expect to be able to run unopposed and build their “warchests” but we’re not letting them.

And with all their fire trained on US Senate races and some US House races, conservatives can be more successful in more down ballot races to take over the party.

With more conservative legislators, we can get a convention of states going to permanently take power from those at the top, who have rigged the system for years.

And the US Senate will not be completely protected. Ben Sasse is on the way, and likely TW Shannon and Joni Ernst along with several new people like Gardner in CO, Daines in MT.


14 posted on 05/21/2014 7:54:18 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: LucianOfSamasota
Either way, its worth noting that the Commies see the Tea Party as their opponent - not the GOPe.

More like the Commies and the GOPe have joined forces.

15 posted on 05/21/2014 7:54:53 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: cotton1706
I just hope the Tea Party doesn't give the Senate back to the the democRats by staying home.

I am a bit spoiled living here in Tulsa. We have three great candidates running to replace Coburn. We elected Tea Party Jim Bridenstein to the house.

16 posted on 05/21/2014 7:55:28 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: cotton1706
The “establishment” candidates may have won—but they did so by becoming increasingly conservative.

BS. They won't govern that way. If there is a silver lining to this primary season it is proving that the GOP Establishment views us as their true enemy not their Democrat pals.

17 posted on 05/21/2014 7:56:57 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

If we can get Sasse, Shannon, and McDaniel elected to the senate, I’ll end the year with a smile on my face, regardless of whether or not the establishment screws up taking the senate this year.


18 posted on 05/21/2014 7:58:00 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: cotton1706
"The “establishment” candidates may have won—but they did so by becoming increasingly conservative."

REALLY? Let's just wait and see how conservative they are. I have a sneaky suspicion that they only said what they did to get elected and too many ignorant people believed them. But I could be wrong.

19 posted on 05/21/2014 7:59:44 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: Gaffer

The sloppy GOPe doesn’t care if it loses millions of conservative votes in the general. If conservatives cave and vote for the establishment candidate, the GOPes win. If they stay home, the alternate GOPe (i.e., the Democrat) wins. The only loss for the GOPe is if a Tea Party candidate wins.


20 posted on 05/21/2014 8:00:59 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: cotton1706
40% of republicans voted AGAINST Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
21 posted on 05/21/2014 8:01:14 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: cotton1706

This may be a little Pollyannaish, but the outcome is more favorable than when we emerged with those great giants of the political scene like Todd Aiken, Linda McMahon, Sharon Angle, Christine O’Donnell, and Richard Mourdock.

Picking winners is tough as politicians are prone to say whatever we want to hear, but we have to pick Conservatives who can do two things: win, and behave like Conservatives once in office.


22 posted on 05/21/2014 8:01:38 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: cotton1706
And the US Senate will not be completely protected. Ben Sasse is on the way, and likely TW Shannon and Joni Ernst along with several new people like Gardner in CO, Daines in MT.

What about Tom Cotton, cotton1706?

23 posted on 05/21/2014 8:02:46 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: cotton1706

There are others who aren’t officially “tea party” but do have tea party voter support like Terri Land in Michigan. She’s not a conservative firebrand but has a reputation for honesty and integrity. She’s a clear step up from Carl Levin and is to the right of John McCain.


24 posted on 05/21/2014 8:02:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Lazamataz

So true. Look what we get to choose from in GA in the runoff for Saxby’s seat. Perdue will be Saxby’s third term and Kingston usually votes the right way but I don’t see him as the caped conservative crusader. Handel or Broun would have been so much better.


25 posted on 05/21/2014 8:04:07 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: cotton1706

This article is the Daily Beast saying that the Tea Party has changed the Republican Party for the worse, from the Left’s perspective. That’s their propaganda line. Let’s not fall for it.


26 posted on 05/21/2014 8:05:12 AM PDT by Praxeologue
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To: cripplecreek

Land reminds me of Marsha Blackburn: not exactly TEA, but good and sharp and sympathetic to TEA concerns.


27 posted on 05/21/2014 8:05:57 AM PDT by txhurl (Trump/Cruz '16, and everybody else for Cabinet members.)
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To: crz

“What the TP should have done was target more, the open seats and vulnerable dem seats.”

Teaparty has morphed from anti democrat to anti republican. This is why they target republican incumbents.

But the one win was in Nebraska for an open seat. And if the retiring republican incumbent Mike Johanns had run, he would have beaten anyone by 50 points.


28 posted on 05/21/2014 8:06:02 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: 2001convSVT

They will think more before making decisions that will irk us. They now know that we’ll fight back. That alone will affect some change.

They won’t want to be primaried to spend a bunch of cash. They now know that will happen.

I think the tea party has _been_ winning irrespective of any victories. A win is a cherry on top. Changing GOP behavior is the bigger win.

Just gotta keep it up.


29 posted on 05/21/2014 8:06:14 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: cotton1706
It's glacial progression, but we are moving them in the right direction.

Need a few more big primary wins to make the weakest Republicans wet their panties a little.

30 posted on 05/21/2014 8:07:14 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: centurion316

You make a good point - we are getting better candidates to put up.

Keep on keepin’ on...


31 posted on 05/21/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: cripplecreek

“Terri Land in Michigan. She’s not a conservative firebrand but has a reputation for honesty and integrity.”

That would make her GOPe.


32 posted on 05/21/2014 8:07:29 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: cotton1706

“They’ve been going all out to protect the senate”

Not really. We have had Harry Reid treat us like dirt. And we don’t like it. We are out to get him by hook or by crook and if we have to have run a communist in some states or a rabid conservative, WE DON’T CARE.

Reid has deliberately opposed legislation that democrats and republicans agree on. Most republicans run for US senate to make some positive changes and Reid has made the last 6 years a waste of everyone’s valuable time.

We are getting rid of Reid. We plan on getting a pickup of 10 seats in november none of whom will support Reid.

Reid is gone.

We are crushing unelectable teaparty candidates because they are in the way of delivering a historic butt beating of Harry Reid.


33 posted on 05/21/2014 8:14:29 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: cotton1706
The “establishment” candidates may have won—but they did so by becoming increasingly conservative

No, they *claimed* to be more conservative. No offense to the author, but that is SOP in the GOP primaries. Then they run "centrist" in the general and govern left of center when elected.

Regardless of what so called conservative positions they took in the campaign, I don't believe any GOPe will govern that way once elected. Especially in the Senate. 6 years? They consider that ascension to the throne. They don't have to honor any promises made to the hoi polli.

34 posted on 05/21/2014 8:15:53 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: cotton1706

I am GOPe. Daines in Montana is more liberal than I would like. But I don’t care as long as he wins and Reid gets kicked to the curb.


35 posted on 05/21/2014 8:16:03 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: staytrue

I don’t really care what your pathetic moderate ass thinks.

You’re garbage and have no need to post to me. Remember it.


36 posted on 05/21/2014 8:19:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cotton1706

Wash times runs a column that says TP is on life support, and the beast correctly says they are winning the war.

Strange topsy turvy there.


37 posted on 05/21/2014 8:22:04 AM PDT by stanne
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To: staytrue

In November, conservatives need to vote for the democrat candidate in McConnells race. Same for Boehner. Its worth the sacrifice of 2 seats and would create an atmosphere of shock and awe.


38 posted on 05/21/2014 8:22:36 AM PDT by bigtoona
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To: cripplecreek

“You’re garbage and have no need to post to me.”

I fail to see why you should get to post whatever you want and not be challenged on it. Whenever I post here, I expect anyone who disagrees to challenge me on it.

If you want to do that, maybe you should start your own blog and make sure that the comments option is disabled.

Try that if you want to preach with no debate.


39 posted on 05/21/2014 8:23:52 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Lazamataz

yup. Optimism can be good....but lately I equate it with wishful thinking. And that is suicide.


40 posted on 05/21/2014 8:23:57 AM PDT by roofgoat
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To: Lorianne

I think the avg Republican voter is lazy and too busy to dig for the truth today regarding issues that are destroying the US.


41 posted on 05/21/2014 8:25:31 AM PDT by roofgoat
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To: cotton1706

One thing this column misses is that at the Local level here in GA several Tea Party challengers forced incumbants into run-offs and they have a strong chance of winning.


42 posted on 05/21/2014 8:25:42 AM PDT by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: staytrue

I think you need to wipe that McConnell off your chin.

I say such things because I am so utterly lacking in respect for you but I doubt you’re bright enough to figure it out on your own.


43 posted on 05/21/2014 8:26:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: bigtoona

“Its worth the sacrifice of 2 seats “

You guys are so out of touch. You should try it and see what happens.


44 posted on 05/21/2014 8:27:31 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: cotton1706

If the US Senate gets 60 ‘pubs with a half dozen or more true constitutional conservatives who cannot be siphoned off one issue at a time, the dialogue about conservative principles will get real. It’s worked that way in the HOR.


45 posted on 05/21/2014 8:30:32 AM PDT by grania
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To: Lazamataz

The only way to find the silver lining is to ditch Mitch in the general.


46 posted on 05/21/2014 8:32:39 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: grania

“If the US Senate gets 60 ‘pubs with a half dozen or more true constitutional conservatives who cannot be siphoned off one issue at a time, the dialogue about conservative principles will get real. It’s worked that way in the HOR.”

Yes, I think you’re right.


47 posted on 05/21/2014 8:33:46 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: Paladin2
The only way to find the silver lining is to ditch Mitch in the general.

Chuck the virgin into the volcano? LOL
48 posted on 05/21/2014 8:35:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cotton1706

We had an upset last night here in Oregon. One of our R state reps got a challenger after he backed a tax levy, got endorsed by Planned Parenthood, accepted a campaign donation from a very left Dem state rep, & asked if it really was a crime to be a moderate.

Yes, as far as your voters are concerned!


49 posted on 05/21/2014 8:40:41 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Twotone

That’s good to hear. Let’s remember, in Kentucky, “an incumbent is an incumbent”, sad but incumbents are hard to toss out with exceptions.


50 posted on 05/21/2014 8:44:38 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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