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Conservative Senator Kicks Tea Party to the Curb
thedailybeast.com ^ | 5/31/14 | David Freedlander

Posted on 06/01/2014 5:32:19 AM PDT by cotton1706

At the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this week, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson tried to distance himself from the Tea Party groups that helped elect him in 2010.

If Ron Johnson was running any faster from the Tea Party he'd leave skid marks.

Back in 2010, the Wisconsin senator was one of the Tea Party’s first candidates. His upset victory over incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold in that deep purple swing state was seen as proof that a new brand of conservatism was on the march.

But Johnson, a businessman and political novice when he was first elected, told reporters at a gathering of grassroots conservatives activists in New Orleans this week that it may be time for that march to slow down.

“I think the conservative movement may just be maturing a little bit. You can be very doctrinaire, you can demand purity, but in the end if you want to advance policy that you want enacted you have to win elections,” Johnson said when asked about a recent spate of Tea Party losses around the country.

The Wisconsin Republican blamed national and local Tea Party groups for holding the GOP hostage. “My guess is that the Tea Party groups have always been separate from the Tea Party movement.”

Johnson burst onto the national scene after given a number of fiery speeches at Tea Party rallies before he was even a candidate, and told a reporter that he “did kind of spring out of the Tea Party.”

At the Republican Leadership Conference however, Johnson downplayed his involvement with the movement, saying, “I gave a speech at a few Tea Parties. I never joined a group.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; elections; teaparty; wi2014
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Yup, Mitch McConnell pulled Johnson into the leadership, co-opting him as Trent Lott recommended. And now he's a sellout like Kelly Ayotte.

It's getting to the point where we should just turn these people out of office after a single term.

1 posted on 06/01/2014 5:32:19 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Johnson a conservative senator? hahahahahha. The guy is a lib opportunist. He’s the male version of Kelly Ayotte.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 5:34:58 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: cotton1706; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; ...

Sen. Ron Johnson distances himself from Tea Party. I’m hoping that this is a misunderstanding.

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


3 posted on 06/01/2014 5:37:06 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: cotton1706
You can be very doctrinaire, you can demand purity, but in the end if you want to advance policy that you want enacted you have to win elections,

I hate the new establishment talking points. They're very nazi-esque.
4 posted on 06/01/2014 5:38:26 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: cotton1706
you can demand purity,

Purity = 'We don't kill babies'.

Willingness to compromise = 'It's ok to kill babies.

/johnny

5 posted on 06/01/2014 5:38:28 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

Dare I say............

“THIRD PARTY??”


6 posted on 06/01/2014 5:38:44 AM PDT by Flintlock (islam is a LIE; mowhommod was a MOLESTER CRIMINAL; sharia is POISON.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

We tried warning people. Maybe not that they are having their noses rubbed in it like bad puppies they MIGHT par more attention.


7 posted on 06/01/2014 5:40:22 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: cotton1706
“I gave a speech at a few Tea Parties. I never joined a group.”

Beep, beep, beep.
8 posted on 06/01/2014 5:40:34 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

GMTA


9 posted on 06/01/2014 5:41:55 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Viennacon

Johnson is the most conservative elected official from Wisconsin in a generation……but go ahead, and believe the Daily Beast if you want to. Part of the coordinated media assualt on the TP/Estab divide in the GOP.


10 posted on 06/01/2014 5:42:09 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Do NOT suffer fools gladly…and message boards are full contact arenas)
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To: Flintlock

Dare I say……sucker for Daily Beast propoganda? YOU.


11 posted on 06/01/2014 5:42:54 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Do NOT suffer fools gladly…and message boards are full contact arenas)
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To: andyk

“You can be very doctrinaire, you can demand purity”

This language is pure nonsense. Because the Establishment wants the US Senate to be PURELY MODERATE, NO CONSERVATIVES NEED APPLY.

They were for “purity” when they undermined conservative candidates who won their party’s nominations. They were for “purity” when they encouraged Lisa Murkowski to make an independent run to retain her seat. They were for “purity” when they supported traitors like Jim Jeffords, Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist and Lincoln Chafee.

They don’t want their precious US Senate changed. They want it to remain “pure.” And men like Jim DeMint, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are hated because they refuse to go along.

“Why can’t they be more like Kelly Ayotte and Ron Johnson” they probably seethe in the backrooms of the Senate! “we must do EVERYTHING we can to prevent more of them! Tell Cochran he has to run again so he can retire and we can appoint somebody later!”


12 posted on 06/01/2014 5:46:22 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Yep. I see nothing wrong with his quoted statement either. You can huff and puff about being pure from the sidelines or you can actually get elected and nudge the state of ship in that direction.

He represents Wisconsin, for heaven's sake! The last time that state actually voted for a GOP presidential candidate was in the 1984 Reagan 49 state blowout.

13 posted on 06/01/2014 5:47:02 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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Actually the "beat down conservatives" strategy was touted by Republican Chris Christie....as the reason why he won big in a solid Democrat state, outspent by his left-leaning opponent---Dem Corzine had Obama/Biden campaigning for him non-stop.

The same winning strategy was used by the primary winner against Chelsea's MIL, Marjory Margolies (who was embraced by the Clintons).

HERE'S WHAT HE SAID---Brendan Boyle's commercials were running 24/7......where he looks into the camera and says, "I'm pro-choice" as words flashed that he "supports a woman's right to choose."

OTOH, HERE'S WHAT HE DID---Boyle supported legislation requiring doctors in abortion clinic to have hospital privileges, forcing the clinics to meet medical standards....which resulted in closing down many abortionists........those voting on the legislation knew full well that closedowns this would be the effect....... ============================================== Hafta admire the way Boyle handles the issue----legislation forcing the baby killers to close-up shop was pretty darn sharp. So, I don't care what he says----it's what happens when he acts that we'd best look at.

Also significant is that the wild-eyed NARAL did not want Boyle in office.....that tells you a lot, right there.

14 posted on 06/01/2014 5:48:31 AM PDT by Liz
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Johnson is the most conservative elected official from Wisconsin in a generation……

Any normal conservative can see actions show him as just another GOP-er...

Using the line "most conservative elected official from Wisconsin" is propaganda to hide his true colors. He's a sell-out GOP-er. Period!

15 posted on 06/01/2014 5:50:31 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: newfreep

I hate to break it to you….but our problem is not Johnson from wisconsin…it’s Chambliss from Georgia, Graham from Texas, McConnell from Kentucky, Cornyn from Texas, etc.

you can deny deny deny the reality of NH, Mass, Wisconsin all you want, but that’s your own ignroance party.


16 posted on 06/01/2014 5:57:17 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Do NOT suffer fools gladly…and message boards are full contact arenas)
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To: Vigilanteman

Too many freepers would rather huff and puff from the sidelines as you say, than understand reality. There’s not a single Senator from Wisconsin in our lifetimes who is anywhere close to Johnson.

Now, Cochran from Mississippi? Etc? that’s a diff story….


17 posted on 06/01/2014 5:58:46 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Do NOT suffer fools gladly…and message boards are full contact arenas)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Stay on topic...

..and at least be intellectually honest and describe Johnson as a “moderate”, at best. He is NOT a conservative regardless of being from WI.


18 posted on 06/01/2014 5:59:34 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: newfreep

And yet, you can not name a single Wisconsin office holder as conservative as he is. And don’t say Scott Walker….they are about the same.


19 posted on 06/01/2014 6:01:05 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Do NOT suffer fools gladly…and message boards are full contact arenas)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Thank you.

Would people here prefer the other senator from Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin?

This circular firing squad for conservatives who are not 100% pure disgusts me.


20 posted on 06/01/2014 6:01:17 AM PDT by neocon1984
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