DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington. The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall´s elections. "It´s time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process," former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu argues, faulting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and tea party Republicans in the House as much as President Barack Obama for taking an uncompromising stance. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
Comments: This is as close as you´ll come to being an eyewitness to the death of the dinosaur species on this planet.
Are you kidding me. If it wasn´t for the Tea Party we would not be talking about delaying or limiting Obamacare and cutting spending. Instead we would be in the middle of an even worse economic recession with much higher taxes and a trillion more in spending. The Tea Party is the finger in the dyke right now. These insider establishment GOPers need to wake up and start cooperating with conservatives trying to save this country from economic collapse.
Yesterday the disgusting and hysterical Shep Smith tried to goad Representative Cole (OK) into saying that the Republicans were seriously divided. It didn´t work, and I admired Cole´s cool sanity under Shep´s wild-eyed assault. When Shep kept pushing about divisions in the Republican Conference´s meeting, and blathering about what he´d heard, Cole replied simply "well, I was in that meeting".
Many of us long for the GOP establishment to change into the Tea Party. Negotiating with "progressives" has already proved to be the path to disaster in Europe -- which is rapidly becoming an Islamic continent.
This morning on Fox and Friends, former gov. of NY Amato (?) a Repub. really lashed out at Cruz, Lee et.al. What a disgusting display of Repub. jealousy and pettiness. I believe in free speech, but the "good ole boys" don´t especially in their own party. The RINOS have to go. I´m sick of them. Ted Cruz is eating them for lunch. He´s my guy!
The establishment Republicans just freaking out over the Tea Party. Their anger against Cruz and Lee obviously kicking into high gear. ALL their attempts to shut down Senator Cruz, the voice of the conservative base, have failed miserably!
Caving in like the cowards you elitists are, Sununu, is not acting like a grown-up. Grown-ups are adults who do the job necessary to stop the wreckage that is happening and that is coming thanks to you cavers and Obama.
I despise people like Rove and his ilk who are only in it for their wallets.
If so they are writing their own obituary. Not to say that Tea Party folks have enough of a following to win national elections yet. But the Republican Party can never win national elections without their base. That´s the establishment´s delimma right now. They would turn their backs on the base today if they could so they play the same game they´ve always played; lie,hoping the base will forget or forgive by the next election faced with another Democrat liberal. But Romney proved where that stratagy is going.
The party is on the verge of breaking apart and that likely suits the establishment Republicans just fine because they are happy to take the scraps from the Democrat table as long as they can keep their jobs. And the breakup would likely cause a loss of a few national elections. But in this instance it might be that the only way to save the baby is to split it.
Despite the source, the end of the article is most telling. The Establishment types may yet get what they ask for: Tea Partiers are ready, willing, and able to walk away should the party elites cave yet again.
Hey John Sununu, call out to your fellow establishment GOP congressmen and advise them to raise their lightning rods just a little higher. If the good Lord doesn´t take them out with a lightning bolt for sacrificing His gift of liberty, we´ll be better able to identify them for a conservative primary opponent.
Just watched Johnny McCain tell the audience how hard he worked to defeat Obamacare when it was up for a vote. Like a lot of issues, McCain whines a lot, but gets little, if anything, accomplished. Its RINOs like him who must feel threatened by the current, if low in number, true conservatives like Cruz, Lee and Paul. With all the criticism about Cruz leading the battle to repealing Obamacare, we seem to overlook the fact that without Cruz´s efforts, we as a country would not have this issue so heatedly discussed. There aren´t many people who truly believe the crap Obama fed to them over the past three years since Obamacare was rammed through Congress with the help of a few bribes to buy votes. If the internal back stabbing in the Republican party doesn´t stop we are going to be crying in our beer again in 2014 and 2016. We will not win in ´16 with a moderate running. Take that to the bank.
Re #11, they´ve dug up former senator Alphonse D´Amato (he never made governor)?
From an article about his photo with gang bosses that hung in one of their restaurants:
The former pol has been linked to organized crime figures in the past. He testified as a character witness at the trial of Luchese associate Philip Basile, who was charged with obtaining a no-show job for mob rat Henry Hill — who himself was immortalized in the film “Goodfellas.”
The Village Voice reported in the 1980s that D’Amato had called then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani about the sentencing of Genovese boss Vincent (Chin) Gigante’s brother Mario, a reputed capo and loan shark.
If it wasn´t for the Tea Party, Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin we would all be under the Communist Red Star and eating grass out of the ditches like the Chinese common people. This country would be communist, the Constitution shredded and blathering old idiots like McCain telling us everything is fine. The Tea Party is the only salvation if we want to save the Republic and remain free. After all this Associated Press blather.
#28, D´Amato may not be a "reliable" Republican source in your eyes, but he is most certainly thoroughly entrenched among republicans, with considerable king-making capabilities in New York State. He was the state Republican leader for 25 years.
I´m no fan of D´Amato, but he lost his seat to Schumer. Are we better off?
This is just prepping the "optics" hoping to pass the blame on to the Tea Party, Cruz, and others when they cave in. The plan all along has been to give in but that dreaded Tea Party has forced them to pretend to fight longer than they had planned to. Why do you think Establishment Republicans and Republican Establishment journalists have been talking to Obama? Its to get on the same page when they all eventually blame the Tea Party.
If you still consider yourself a Republican, and believe your party leadership seriously wants to defund Obamacare and lower the debt ceiling, you are clearly a fool.
#33 - with you all the way - the two parties are a joke,an expensive joke at that. When we change them out we will have terms limited to prevent this amassing of deadwood career pols dithering and crossing the aisle and being so darned collegial.
The CMA show tonight was great fun. It started with “Obamacare By Morning,” as Scott noted a little while ago. (And, by the way, if you don’t know George Strait’s Amarillo By Morning you are missing out, here it is.) Throughout the show, various wags tweeted under the hashtag #obamacountrysongs. Lots of them were pretty funny. Here are some samples that barely scratch the surface: * I Walk the Lie * Coward of the Country * I Used To Be a Coal Miner’s Daughter, But Daddy’s Unemployed * Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Democrats * Thank Allah I’m a Commie Boy * Benghazi’s
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7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a
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