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The Tea Party Blew It
The Atlantic ^ | 06/25/2014 | Molly Ball

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 complex—groups like the Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks, figures like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz—invested 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.

~snip~

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.

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


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi; US: Oklahoma
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Barf.

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.

1 posted on 06/25/2014 11:02:20 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

We know we were cheated in Mississippi, what happened in Oklahoma?


2 posted on 06/25/2014 11:03:15 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Responsibility2nd

So the Tea Party is dead because the Mississippi GOP-E schlepped Democrat votes to. ..defeat the Tea Party.

Riiiiiighht.


3 posted on 06/25/2014 11:04:07 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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


4 posted on 06/25/2014 11:04:52 AM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: DannyTN

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.


5 posted on 06/25/2014 11:05:37 AM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

The story writer got it wrong. A party is dead, this is true..

The republican party died yesterday. Not the tea party.


6 posted on 06/25/2014 11:05:52 AM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The state GOP only had to request, and that was a closed run-off. That is the elephant in the room.


7 posted on 06/25/2014 11:05:59 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: DannyTN

Okies just are not too bright sometimes. Oklahoma is NOT NEAR as “Conservative” as it is painted out to be.


8 posted on 06/25/2014 11:06:06 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The Atlantic.....

The Atlantic is filled with garbage, old crabs and s**t. It’s also the name of an ocean.


9 posted on 06/25/2014 11:06:17 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: DannyTN

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.


10 posted on 06/25/2014 11:06:28 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


11 posted on 06/25/2014 11:06:38 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The Ends)
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To: DannyTN

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.


12 posted on 06/25/2014 11:06:53 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Open primary and RAT voters. THAT is what allowed a squish to win the primary.


13 posted on 06/25/2014 11:07:45 AM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Painful as it is to say so, there is obviously some truth to the notion that America's "grassroots" are not especially conservative--or angry at what is happening to the country. After all, they elected Obama, and they want more "stuff," just as the Mississippi voter said. The country is going downhill; a few conservative victories here and there are unlikely to reverse the trend.

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.

14 posted on 06/25/2014 11:08:15 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: Responsibility2nd

And look at the $$$ the establishment spent and the shenanigans played to squeek out a narrow win!


15 posted on 06/25/2014 11:09:41 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men d)
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To: DannyTN

A good candidate won the nomination.


16 posted on 06/25/2014 11:10:34 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Responsibility2nd

So, is this the weekly “Death of the Tea Party” story we’ve been getting for each of the last six years?


17 posted on 06/25/2014 11:10:38 AM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

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.


18 posted on 06/25/2014 11:12:22 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Angry little bitch isn’t she.


19 posted on 06/25/2014 11:12:46 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


20 posted on 06/25/2014 11:13:48 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s an interesting comparison to Brat/Cantor though, where Brat won with the obvious help of white leftist primary voters who opposed Cantor.


21 posted on 06/25/2014 11:14:16 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Spot on. This is a long war and in many ways we’re winning. Let’s not let the enemies propaganda get us down. Lick our wounds and hit them twice as hard.

We still have Benghazi, the EPA, Democrat corruption, the IRS scandal and Obama himself. There are plenty of targets of opportunity. Hit them.


22 posted on 06/25/2014 11:16:20 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Ingtar

Correct, but they exist to win elections. It’s our goal to elect conservatives. Although our goals overlap, we don’t have the same goals.


23 posted on 06/25/2014 11:17:23 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: demshateGod
Had Palin, et el endorsed a true conservative in Brogdon, he would have won. Instead, they went for the window dressing.

Not the first time she's done that.

24 posted on 06/25/2014 11:20:58 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I need to get out of the business of predicting elections. I predicted McDaniel would win this one. Conventional wisdom is when an incumbent is below 50% in the polls, that is a sure danger sign. Further, McDaniel did finish ahead of Cochran in the primary a few weeks ago and Cochran on the campaign trail appeared old, tired, out of date, out of touch, and prone to many gaffes.

I never would have predicted Cantor was going to lose his race. And he did. So what were the differences between Cantor and Cochran? I think Cantor was taken by surprise. His opponent was underfunded and largely unknown, but he did benefit from a low voter turnout and lots of free air time on conservative talk radio. The Cochran campaign, on the other hand, received the wake up call in the first go-around, mobilized and capitalized on the state’s open voting system which permits voters of any party to participate in the primary, there was a huge turnout in MS compared to VA. The TP seems to do best acting like an ambush predator, stalking unsuspecting politicians (like Cantor) and running below the radar screen.


25 posted on 06/25/2014 11:21:32 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: demshateGod

I married an Okie(From Shawnee).


26 posted on 06/25/2014 11:22:34 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Tuesday's Republican primaries were the Tea Party's last chance.

So the tea party is dead again?
27 posted on 06/25/2014 11:26:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I married an Okie too. High five!


28 posted on 06/25/2014 11:27:14 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Your commentary about Mississippi is pretty spot-on.

The one race that I’m trying to digest is South Carolina’s primary.

While it was understood that Graham would raise and spend a lot of money, I’d have thought that Palmetto State GOP voters were finally sick of him undercutting the conservative agenda and kissing butt with Democrats. As it was, that race wasn’t even remotely close.


29 posted on 06/25/2014 11:27:16 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Responsibility2nd

Someone needs to tell this clown that the Tea Party did come roaring back. And after our comeback, the GOPe recruited Democrats to stop us. That’s the only way they could stop us. They would have had their butts kicked if it were just Republicans, McDaniel easily won the nomination among Republicans.


30 posted on 06/25/2014 11:27:19 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: Responsibility2nd

Wait ... what? The Tea Party "blew it" because the GOPe sided with the Democrats and barely squeaked a victory over a Tea Party candidate? In what universe does that logic make sense? Stupidity runs rampant at The Atlantic today.


31 posted on 06/25/2014 11:27:49 AM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

The GOP establishment blew it.

They just alienated their base big time.


32 posted on 06/25/2014 11:29:06 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: MplsSteve

Graham had six opponents and opposition to him was never unified and none of the opponents seemed very strong. Further, and more importantly, Graham anticipated a tough primary and was never taken off guard and campaigned aggressively. Ditto with McConnell.


33 posted on 06/25/2014 11:29:52 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Responsibility2nd

It was entirely predictable that the left would try and spin it this way.


34 posted on 06/25/2014 11:30:15 AM PDT by The Unknown Republican
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Tuesday's Republican primaries were the Tea Party's last chance. And the Tea Party struck out. "

Graveyard whistling.

We'll know more after the Nov. elections in Kentucky.....

35 posted on 06/25/2014 11:30:28 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Responsibility2nd

I can understand why the TP tried to unseat Cochran. TC has been in Washington for too many years and is the poster boy for politicians who loose their sense of representing the folks back home.

The Oklahoma situation is a bit more bothersome to me. The fellow who won did actually have a strong conservative records, and why did the TP challenge him so vigorously? I do think T. Shannon looks like a great candidate. but perhaps a different race in a 2-4 years would be a better fit?


36 posted on 06/25/2014 11:37:06 AM PDT by Gumdrop (~)
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To: cableguymn

“The story writer got it wrong. A party is dead, this is true..

The republican party died yesterday. Not the tea party”

and it committed suicide.

I’m guessing the GOPe elite are thinking, “well come November, they will all come back into the fold and unite”
Sorry, not gonna happen this time.
Can you say WRITE IN!


37 posted on 06/25/2014 11:38:38 AM PDT by Airwinger ( A Militia Of One)
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To: US Navy Vet

Don’t know where you are from...but Oklahoma was the ONLY state in the NATION...that every county voted against Barrack Hussein Obama......


38 posted on 06/25/2014 11:44:44 AM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Nyet, the Republicans blew it. They have lost my vote, and that is saying a lot because they could always count on me.


39 posted on 06/25/2014 11:48:55 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: demshateGod
I lived in Iowa for a while: awash with arrogant people who thought I was a stupid hick because I had an Okie accent.

That's interesting, because in California, some consider the Iowa accent to be rustic. And Californians who head east will find some areas awash with arrogant, geographically-challenged folks who think that California consists solely of West Hollywood, San Francisco, Berkeley and Huntington Beach.

40 posted on 06/25/2014 11:50:17 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Responsibility2nd

Once again, It’s hard to beat free stuff.


41 posted on 06/25/2014 11:51:28 AM PDT by woodenickel
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To: DannyTN

Good explanation of the OK results here:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/381181/okla-voters-had-little-reason-reject-tom-coburns-pick-joel-gehrke


42 posted on 06/25/2014 11:51:49 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Responsibility2nd

Mississippi was an outright purchase by the DC establishment both in terms of money and fraud.


43 posted on 06/25/2014 11:52:20 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
There was a time, some decades back, when the Atlantic Monthly was a respected journal. The bias of this writer, however, bespeaks a far lower journalistic bar.

The "Tea Party" has various manifestations, none of which is comparable to a political party. The tea partiers do not seek patronage, or jobs in Government. The movement represents patriotic & conscientious citizens, who realize that the America of the Founders is being lost. Its existence is a reflection of an awakening process. There is no reason to believe that failure to achieve a hoped for result in a particular Primary race--or in Primary races in general--will stop the awakening process.

If Molly wants to see the Tea Party dissipate, she should hope for as many victories for Conservative candidates, as possible. For it is only by reversing the policies that afflict the sensibilities of patriotic, rooted Americans, that they will stop awakening to the deterioration of our heritage.

William Flax

44 posted on 06/25/2014 12:03:38 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Responsibility2nd
How Cochran won:


h/t Falcon28

45 posted on 06/25/2014 12:10:40 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: Responsibility2nd
It’s generally agreed that Thad Cochran squeaked out a win in Mississippi last night in part by getting Democrats, especially African Americans, to turn out. Here’s a flier that was distributed in heavily black precincts suggesting how he accomplished this:


from article http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/381187/flier-got-thad-cochran-elected-john-fund

46 posted on 06/25/2014 12:11:28 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: blueunicorn6

“The Atlantic is filled with garbage, old crabs and s**t. It’s also the name of an ocean.”

You forgot slimy, bottom feeders.


47 posted on 06/25/2014 12:14:52 PM PDT by detective
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To: DannyTN
We like Lankford and elected him where he should be. Shannon is a good man and has done good in Okla., BUT he should have ran for Congress instead, that is where he is needed, with his very good conservative financial views.

I believe in the TEA PARTY and consider myself a mile RIGHT of them, but they don't always get it right, but they are still alive in Oklahoma.

JMO.....

48 posted on 06/25/2014 12:24:13 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: madprof98

Yup. There is some mild irritation among those in the FSA who think they’re not getting enough of the swag, but most folks outside of forums like this are just fine with things. They don’t want to hear angry voices and will sign over their birthright without much thought to the demagogue of the week.

If you’re waiting for populist outrage to change things, you’re going to be waiting for a looooong time.


49 posted on 06/25/2014 12:25:00 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Be a part of the American freedom migration: freestateproject.org)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Little Molly knows exactly how her boy Cochran won yesterday. She’s a liar and is being very disingenuous with the morons who soak up her drivel.


50 posted on 06/25/2014 12:26:38 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Feed the wacko enrviromentalists to the starving polar bears.)
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