Do G.O.P. incumbents have less reason to fear a further-right Primary challenge?
Check out this bit of somewhat contrarian analysis from NATIONAL JOURNAL: As much as opposition to President Obama and the Dems motivates them to redouble their efforts, Tea Party activists are losing their steam; mounting fewer challenges to G.O.P. incumbents; and even well-publicized challengers (Liz Cheney) part company with Tea Party & moral conservatives in fundamental ways...
The so-called Tea-Party is finished. First, they failed to stop Obamacare. Then, in electio n after election, they would knock off Republican incumbents. But in the general election, the Tea-Party darling would fail. In Alaska, the incumbent Republican Senator mounted a write-in campaign strong enough to win re-election.
The article correctly points out that the insurgent candidates were not ready for prime time. A lack of leaders with widespread acceptance had pretty much ended the movement.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 10:20am
The TEA Party is not an actual political party; it's a political ideology... so if Republicans a re acting more like Tea Partiers, why run someone else? The GOP Republicans are going the way of the Whig Party and becoming less relevant every election cycle as the Tea Party issues/values are gaining in strength/influence.
If a wild elephant is chained to a stake in its younger years, it becomes tame/timid and never utilizes the power it truly holds...apparently the younger Tea Partiers have not been properly "trained" and they know the power to change our country for the better rather than securing their own pensions and seats of power.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 10:27am
Funny how O'Donnell is shown as the "face of the Tea Party" in the article...rather than Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz or even Marco Rubio.
Maybe some people are a little leary of running under the Tea Party banner after the IRS went after MANY associated with Tea Party groups from 2010 til now...like Delaware's own Christine O'Donnell. Chris Coons was Delaware County Executive at the time...I wonder, if he's not involved, will he help the IRS investigation and tell Dave Smith (accused IRS snooper who worked under Coons during his reign as County Exec) to explain to the IRS why he accessed Christine's private tax information and tell how the NewsJournal found out the info so quickly.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 12:50pm
If any of you went on a date, only to discover your date was a real psycho (Oh My Goodness!), you would probably lose interest as soon as it was physically safe to do so.
It is natural law that the Tea Party fades from favor after being found out for what it is.
Mike from Delaware
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 1:56pm
The TEA party folks have some decent ideas, but the arrogance and vile they spew towards those who do not see the world as they do is what's killing their movement. From my experience, folks like EarlGrey and Mrpizza [who are not the off-the-chart wackos] are the exceptions to the folks who populate the TEA Party movement.
Their take-no-prisoners attitude; willingness to allow the government to shut down; no budget for over 5 years; their hatred for Obama; allowing Grover Norquist to dictate policy thus crippling the Congress, etc., etc., is what's turning people off to the TEA movement. It's all their way or the highway. If you don't agree with them 100%, you're a an evil, liberal, socialist [I've had discussions with other TEA folks not here on Allan's blog] and have been called that by those folks. There's no room for discussion, march in lock step or you're the enemy. THAT's what's killing the TEA movement, in my opinion.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 3:51pm
Mike. Pretty fair assessment including both exceptions to the rule: Earl and Pizza.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 6:16pm
I've heard Ed Snowden has been granted political asylum in Russia. If the House GOP fails to stop the Obama health-care scheme and win re-election, I may be joining him.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 6:55pm
FYI: "Room for discussion" deciphered: Total capitulation to the left.
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