Skip to comments.Congressional GOP's pandering to the tea party may haunt them in 2016
Posted on 08/20/2014 5:41:46 AM PDT by cotton1706
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a lackluster election year, the one story that seemed to offer decent drama was the "Tea Party versus the Republican Establishment" conflagration.
I am now inclined to think that wasnt the big story and that the tea party didnt lose. The tea party did do poorly in elections and is losing support in the electorate.
But the movement is gaining power in Congress anyway. And that is likely to hurt the Republican Party badly down the road. That's the story.
There is one trend that legitimately scares incumbents: They are winning primaries by smaller margins than usual.
Political scientist Robert Boatright of Clark University has the historical data on margins in Senate GOP primaries:
One out of every 10 Republicans has finished below 60 percent, the point at which things start looking truly dangerous. Both rates are actually higher than in 2012 or the "anti-incumbent year" of 2010.
"There's no question that many members are much more concerned with their primaries than when I was first elected," Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican from Pennsylvania said to the National Journal."... And because too many of my colleagues are nervous about their primaries, it's interfering with their better judgment on governance issues. At times, I feel that too many of my colleagues are governing out of fear or I should say, not governing out of fear."
But tea party clout in Congress is growing. According to Elaine Kamarck of Brookings, The absence of tools to enforce party discipline, the ubiquity of primary challengers to Republican incumbents and the early suggestion that incumbent margins are shrinking suggest that, in spite of tea party losses they are still having an enormous impact on their party and thus on the entire political system.
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When did the GOP-e ever pander to the TEA Party?
They hate us more than the DIMS.
Now we have a pointy head from the Brookings Institution saying we're having an enormous impact on the political system.
“When did the GOP-e ever pander to the TEA Party?”
They haven’t, but that’s the liberal intelligentsia’s view. The congressmen have been responding to the people constantly calling and emailing them, which is proper in a representative republic.
The writer and the intelligentsia are upset that the representatives in Congress are paying attention to the democracy (who they view as the rabble) and not the aristocracy (who they view as the wise and good).
“Now we have a pointy head from the Brookings Institution saying we’re having an enormous impact on the political system.”
Yup, we’re getting through! And they don’t know what to do or how to stop us!
the liberal anlysis
the TEA party!
But it’s everywere!
It’s taking over the system!
The GOPe comes from the same areas, schools, and clubs as the DemE.
The TEA party candidates come from more Midwest, South, and West schools.
In other words, the worldview of the two groups is as different as between someone in New York and someone in west Texas or central Nebraska.
The nobility does not like the new class of people coming into their midst. If they can’t stop them at the ballot box, they will use legal attacks to do so.
Honestly the end game may be the limiting of the voting franchise. The elite of both sides will do what ever it takes to cling to power.
"...the one story that seemed to offer decent drama..."
A further understanding of the leftist worldview: The elites frame it in terms of "drama", rather than, you know, a fight for the very soul of this Nation.
“the liberal anlysis
the TEA party!
But its everywere!
Its taking over the system!
I know, isn’t it beautiful! As frustrating as the losses this year have been, we are, in fact, advancing.
As it has been said many times, when you are over the target you get the most flack.
I suspect that with the growth of ISIS from the seeds US policy planted, the turmoil created by liberal rhetoric in Ferguson, and the hordes of Central Americans overwhelming schools and communities, there are millions more Americans “mad as hell”. Constitutional conservatives are the only voice of reason that remains. I’d imagine conservatives will do quite well in November.
How, exactly, does one “pander” to the Tea Party? Does a Congressman say he’s going to cut spending so we are living within our means? Does he say that we are going to cut back entitlements that are unsustainble and are going to bankrupt our children? Is that what “pandering” means? If it is, we are completed “F”-ed as a country.
“...that incumbent margins are shrinking suggest that, in spite of tea party losses they are still having an enormous impact on their party and thus on the entire political system.”
Yet, this ‘writer’ says the Tea party is doing poorly in elections.
he is having a difficult time making up a scenario.
His theme, his central point, is that Boehner and his group, and Cantor and Thad Cochran et al, are promoting the tea party and ignoring the electorate , who are rejecting the tea party, and the tea party would go away if it weren’t for it’s supporters within congress.
Soe news outlet pays this guy for this? I wouldn’t allow this kind of illogical tripe past my desk in a ninth grade composition class.
What delusional world is this “ reporter” talking about? Articles like this make me suspect pot must already be legal where the piece was written.
Whether legal or illegal, pot is always readily available. And it shows in this reporter's babblings.
If I were a lib I wouldn't count on maybes, mights and could bes.
Typical GOPe RomneyBOT:
"Support RomneyCARE. Support open borders. Support our Master."
Losing the race doesn’t mean the message hasn’t been delivered.....It has!!!
(((YAWN))) It isn’t hurting the commie libs to pander to the communist party.
What they're trying to do is move the GOP leadership as far to the left as possible, while branding and tarring them as right wing extremists at the same time. It's what they did to W so successfully.
Let's hope they wake up soon, the tactic is devious, evil at the core, and it's working..
These guys LOVE proclaiming the death of the tea party movement. A four year old movement has taken on and won many elected positions. GOP elite have spent millions to defeat primary challengers and only one by one or two percentage points. Were there voices in media proclaiming the democrats are a dead party when they got creamed in 2010?
Re. your comment: “Soe news outlet pays this guy for this? I wouldnt allow this kind of illogical tripe past my desk in a ninth grade composition class.”
Standard liberal propaganda crap!
What did you expect from liberals who spent years working for NPR or BBC or both?
newsnet5.com (website for liberal Cleveland TV station affilliated with ABC)
decodedc is a liberal Washinton DC newsblog whose website is http://www.decodedc.com/ and whose executives and reporters and other staff come from NPR and BBC backgrounds.
Dick Meyer (liberal author of the article)
Dick is chief Washington correspondent for DecodeDC. An experienced writer, reporter and author, Meyer was executive producer for the BBC’s news services in America, NPR’s executive editor and editorial director of CBSNews.com. Meyer also wrote a book on American culture and politics, Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium (Crown Publishing/Random House, August 2008).
What happened to doing the will of the people who sent you to Congress? That’s what an elected official is supposed to do. When they start doing what they wanted and what is politically correct, that’s when we got into so much debt.