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Tea party Republican breaks through to House GOP leadership
The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 6/19/2014 | Francine Kiefer

Posted on 06/20/2014 5:15:33 AM PDT by stevie_d_64

Now they have it. Now tea party-backers finally have a strong conservative in the Republican leadership of the GOP-controlled House: Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was elected by party members on Thursday to the No. 3 job in the leadership.

The Louisianan will take the position of whip, making him responsible for corralling votes in order to pass legislation. He fills the slot left vacant by Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, who was elected – and elevated – to the No. 2 job of majority leader, who decides what legislation comes to a vote.

The changes were triggered by majority leader Eric Cantor’s stunning defeat to a tea party favorite in his June 10 primary in Virginia. Mr. Cantor then announced he would resign his leadership position on July 31

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: leadership; majoritywhip; party; tea; teaparty; whip
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1 posted on 06/20/2014 5:15:33 AM PDT by stevie_d_64
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To: stevie_d_64

I am suspicious. Since when (lately) would the Elite put a strong conservative Republican in such a position?


2 posted on 06/20/2014 5:18:53 AM PDT by RummyChick
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With a man who is a Southerner and a conservative as part of the leadership, “we’re in afterglow,” says Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, a member of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of 176 conservative Republicans. Scalise chairs the committee, which includes tea party flag bearers.

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Call me a poor example of an grammar “English” expert...

But the quotation is amazingly surgical in this particular snippet of the article...Barton only said “we’re in afterglow” (whatever the heck that means...Not what it appears the author is trying to imply with their version of “context” before Barton’s quote”...

This was just one of the small things which say a lot in this article...

I still feel a sense of sour grapes among the GOPe leadership for losing one of their guys...Especially to one of those damn Tea Party activists...

HOW DARE THEY QUESTION OUR AUTHORITY!!!

/sarc and scorn to the GOPe’s


3 posted on 06/20/2014 5:21:06 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Will work for a new Kidney...)
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To: stevie_d_64

From other threads about Scalise he isn’t a conservative.


4 posted on 06/20/2014 5:22:54 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: RummyChick; All

We will see when they put a GOPe into the “Majority Leader” position...This is just the “whip”...

I’m actually thinking Hensarling, not that Iam partial to him, but he has proven himself in the last few years to be skirting the edge of GOPe and just being from Texas, for the top republican position...

I’m betting he won’t get it, and we’ll get a balance to counter the “whip’s” position...Kinda cancels him out...

We will see...


5 posted on 06/20/2014 5:24:09 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Will work for a new Kidney...)
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To: RummyChick

I believe that Marlin Stutzman of Illinois was the rep for the Tea Party-inclined. Roskam represented the GOP-E. Scalise is an actual conservative, but chummy with Boehner, so he might be considered something of a compromise. It’s a small but serious step.


6 posted on 06/20/2014 5:25:21 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: stevie_d_64

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-tea-party-republican-whip-race-is-best-shot-at-house-leadership-role/2014/06/15/3e4206c0-f4a7-11e3-8f20-f3a5fed7f3c4_story.html

Jim Jordan, “tea party leader”, wanted someone else


7 posted on 06/20/2014 5:25:42 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: stevie_d_64

The Whip is a pretty important position. Well, at least one would think so if you watch House of Cards.


8 posted on 06/20/2014 5:27:38 AM PDT by RummyChick
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“The whip is somebody who has to get to know everybody, and work with everybody,” says Ray Smock, a former House historian who now directs the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University in West Virginia. “Given the style of the tea party, to be independent and buck authority and buck the establishment, it makes me wonder how effective any tea party candidate would be in that position.”

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“...the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies...”

[/rolls eyes back into normal position]

“I would like to talk to you all about my dog...” (Senator Byrd, senate filibuster a while back)


9 posted on 06/20/2014 5:29:25 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Will work for a new Kidney...)
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To: GOPJ; sickoflibs; Jane Long; TADSLOS; ken5050
After his stunning loss to a Tea Party fave, the showboating Cantor went to the mic, and announced he would resign his leadership position.

We can all thank FReeper Jane Long for Cantor's quick exit. Jane called his office and cued him in: "The voters said 'Get Out.' "

Beautiful.

10 posted on 06/20/2014 5:30:34 AM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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I view Scalise as a solid conservative, hope he doesn't get *Boehnerized* with Potomac fever.

Could be he was just a crumb tossed to tea party conservatives, while Boehner, McCarthy and Rinos will work to minimize his influence, time will tell.

11 posted on 06/20/2014 5:35:19 AM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: RummyChick

The GOPe has to do something to corral the conservatives. They probably figure on co-opting one with credibility among the ‘troublemakers’ into their club.


12 posted on 06/20/2014 5:37:33 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: stevie_d_64

LMAO, stevie..


13 posted on 06/20/2014 5:39:29 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: skeeter
The GOPe has to do something to corral the conservatives. They probably figure on co-opting one with credibility among the ‘troublemakers’ into their club.

Count on it.

14 posted on 06/20/2014 5:40:59 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: skeeter

See definingthemachine.com

to see what is going to happen to him.

They step into congress and owe 6 figures in “party dues”, which they have to pay or they will be relegated to obscurity.

Of course, these “dues” can be paid by doing certain behaviors that support the elite part of the party.


15 posted on 06/20/2014 5:42:33 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: RummyChick

Trade-off? To get McCarthy instead of Labrador?


16 posted on 06/20/2014 5:44:22 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: Jack Hydrazine; All

I tend to have my guard up with anyone in the gaggle of clowns up there...

WE will see how bad we get screwed after this next election...

I really believe we are not going to see much change towards a more unapologetic, more actual conservatism in the House during the next Congress...

That’s a big “if”, if republicans manage to hang onto it...

Anything can happen, and be pounced upon, by the “progressive narratives” passing as “news networks” these days...

That is one of the biggest hills we gotta hump if a conservative is ever going to get anywhere in politics these days...Not to mention that you’ll have to be fighting your own political party for any traction, or approval to even be considered for representation, or leadership positions...

Whenever I see, or hear, someone say, “we need to change”...I try to correct the statement with this one...

“We do not NEED change...We need to RETURN to those core values of conservatism, and be extremely unapologetic about it!!!”

I feel this is all going to lead to some real speedbumps along the way to the inevitable collapse of the republican party as a viable “political” mechanism to stave off the progressive/socialist movement in this country...

Just my opinion...


17 posted on 06/20/2014 5:45:08 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Will work for a new Kidney...)
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To: stevie_d_64

color me SKEPTICAL of anything any congress critter does at this point.


18 posted on 06/20/2014 5:46:43 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: stevie_d_64

Although Scalise might be a Tea Party guy, bet here is that he’s been turned to the dark side. 3 to 1 he’s turned.


19 posted on 06/20/2014 5:54:52 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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You know, you bring up, publically, something that is an excellent point...

I ran for a senior leadership position in the Texas GOP recently...Due to health reasons I had to back out before the convention because it would have been unfair to the district if I was unable to do what was needed in that position because of that affliction...I certainly do not anticipate being out of the mix for long though...

I always had an aversion to the implied legacy of these positions as a fundraising mechanism, that you were expected to raise a “certain amount” of money per year to the state parties coffers...

Sure, I could have supported that (in my own way and fashion), but as an expectation by the “group” (and the elites in that party) and these “leaders”, it kinda rubbed me raw...

It is symptomatic of the bigger problem these days all the way up and down the political party apparatus...

When you spend too much time worrying about your position and its implied obligations, non binding of course, the message that IS supposed to resonate to people who may very well be aligned with you philosophically, you start to lose people...

Whereas the political opposition, feeds off of emotional and physical support in the community, something the republican party is losing at an exponential rate, despite the current political/constituent temperature across the country...

I find it to be a challenge that is hard to defeat, or at the very least put into a perspective that we have other things we need to do, and this is a major housekeeping issue that is keeping us from being politically effective...

Again, just my opinion...


20 posted on 06/20/2014 5:56:16 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Will work for a new Kidney...)
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