Skip to comments.The Tea Party Blew It
Posted on 06/25/2014 11:02:20 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
National conservatives came up short Tuesday in Mississippi and Oklahoma. Maybe the Republican base just isn't as angry as they thought.
Tuesday's Republican primaries were the Tea Party's last chance. And the Tea Party struck out.
In Mississippi, challenger Chris McDaniel failed to dethrone six-term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran in the second round of their hard-fought contest. In Oklahoma, Representative James Lankford won by a massive margin over conservative favorite T.W. Shannon. The Tea Party industrial complexgroups like the Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks, figures like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruzinvested heavily in both races and came up short. Now both of these red states will almost assuredly send Republican senators to Washington who owe the national Tea Party nothing, and quite likely wish it ill.
Wasn't the Tea Party supposed to have come roaring back after then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Virginia primary a couple of weeks ago? Conservatives hoped Cantor's toppling was a sign that there was more pent-up anti-incumbent sentiment than previously thought. But at this point, Cantor seems more an aberration than a portent. Part of the reason no one saw his defeat coming was that it cut so starkly against this trend.
If there's any segment of the GOP that ought to have egg on its face, it's national Tea Party groups and figureheads. Dave Brat, the obscure college professor who took out Cantor, won largely without the help of these groups. Meanwhile, when they were the most heavily involved, in races that should have been favorable to them, they couldn't close the deal. The organizations claiming to speak for the Tea Party nationally do not appear to be plugged into the real grassroots or have the ability to mobilize effectively in support of the candidates they favor.
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Molly Ball (seriesly?) is ignoring the margin of victory for the animal abuser was much less than previous years. And if it weren't for the Repukes colluding with the democrats, Thad would have lost.
We know we were cheated in Mississippi, what happened in Oklahoma?
So the Tea Party is dead because the Mississippi GOP-E schlepped Democrat votes to. ..defeat the Tea Party.
Molly Ballsack is interested in smear and lies, not facts. If anyone has egg on their face, (and they do), its the senile adulterer Thad Cochran who was chosen by Democrats for Democrats.
I hope he loses in November
Coburn happened. After pledging not to endorse... he did, because as many suspected, he’s Orrin Hatch lite. He wanted his goon Lankford in there to push through amnesty.
The story writer got it wrong. A party is dead, this is true..
The republican party died yesterday. Not the tea party.
The state GOP only had to request, and that was a closed run-off. That is the elephant in the room.
Okies just are not too bright sometimes. Oklahoma is NOT NEAR as “Conservative” as it is painted out to be.
The Atlantic is filled with garbage, old crabs and s**t. It’s also the name of an ocean.
Thats a good question. I really dont know, but I suspect Lankford just plain outspent T.W.
That’s the usual way to win a election. To buy it.
These people get up and elaborately put on their blindfolds.
The Tea Party, however you view their composition or aims, is the first new viable political force in how long?
Democrats/leftists have been essentially unchanged since at least FDR and probably since Wilson. Not only are they bereft of ideas, they are determined to enforce their failed ones at the point of a sword.
They are whistling past the graveyard when it comes to the end of statism even as it crumbles around them.
Shannon was a fake Tea Partier who ran against another fake Tea Partier who had Establishment backing. The real conservative, Brogdon, didn’t have a chance because he’s white and didn’t have any endorsements.
Open primary and RAT voters. THAT is what allowed a squish to win the primary.
Oh, and what's today's really big news? Marriage/family as we have known them are now done for. The federal courts have so ruled. And nobody much even noticed.
And look at the $$$ the establishment spent and the shenanigans played to squeek out a narrow win!
A good candidate won the nomination.
So, is this the weekly “Death of the Tea Party” story we’ve been getting for each of the last six years?
Thud could not have won a fair fight (closed primary). Open primaries....absentee ballots....fraudulent voter rolls...all these work against conservative candidates because conservatives play by the rules and our opponents don’t even consider the rules, except how to use them against us.
Angry little bitch isn’t she.
I lived in Iowa for a while: awash with arrogant people who thought I was a stupid hick because I had an Okie accent. Oklahoma is conservative, the most conservative state. There really wasn’t a good clear choice. Had Palin, et el endorsed a true conservative in Brogdon, he would have won. Instead, they went for the window dressing.