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Former Republican Senator: Tea party
is destroying the GOP

Salt Lake Tribune, by Paul Rolly

Original Article

Posted By:mikkins2, 7/7/2013 6:02:25 AM

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett stood Friday before a group and gleefully proclaimed that, because he will never again appear on a ballot, he can say anything he wants. Then he did. The Utah Republican was the invited guest luncheon speaker at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City during the annual conference of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He knew he was speaking to a few dozen folks who earn a living making fun of politicians like him. And he knew he was going to be quoted. Then he gave a dismal prognosis for the future of his beloved Republican Party

Comments:
The key word in the title is "Former". In his complaint he regurgitates the common "purity" meme often lobbed like grenades by those who would rather keep the status quo. Next time you encounter such drivel I suggest pinning down the the accuser and ask them bluntly what exactly is the purity test? What are its conditions? Why do you believe you know exactly what it is I demand of a person to earn my vote.

As they stammer and search for some floppy unintelligible response you can enjoy the silence for a few moments and laugh.

Got Tea?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 7/7/2013 6:07:16 AM     (No. 9412220)

His opinion. It was and is RINO´s just like him that have destroyed MY Republican Party. I had to hang up on very excited and motivated "College Republican" today because of dolts like Bennett. I would hope the Great State of Utah show courage and get rid of Hatch at their earliest possible convenience.....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 7/7/2013 6:14:00 AM     (No. 9412223)

Just another "insider" telling us how stupid we are for wanting our congressmen to stand on principle.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 7/7/2013 6:30:59 AM     (No. 9412231)

I don´t know what he is complaining about. He has the Democrat party to go to.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 7/7/2013 6:48:22 AM     (No. 9412237)

Tea Party mentality is the only possible saving grace for the GOP.
The ´good ol´ boys´, and girls, must accept a new way of doing business or step aside.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fritzilou, 7/7/2013 7:02:00 AM     (No. 9412245)

A foolish remark by one who probably never went to a tea party meeting. The tea party people are salt of the earth Americans who love their country. They see fiscal matters as they relate to their own lives as well as seeing well the disrespect Congress has for the Constitution.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/7/2013 7:18:19 AM     (No. 9412255)

The GOP´s destruction is at least a quarter-century overdue.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: cartcart, 7/7/2013 7:19:06 AM     (No. 9412256)

He is exactly what is wrong with the GOP.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/7/2013 7:24:09 AM     (No. 9412261)

RINOs destroyed the Republican Party aka the Stupid Party. They have no one to blame except themselves.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: plumnellie, 7/7/2013 7:27:27 AM     (No. 9412265)

The measure of the man was taken and found wanting. Now he proves he is just what us Tea people thought he was: an elite effete ego driven Dem lite. Bennett being gone is worth a lot. I always know I am on the right side when certain people are outraged and aggressively against me. Both Repubs and Dems are against Tea principals and Tea people. Bennett speaks for the E.R. on this. So why would any self respecting E.R. expect or even want my vote? Crazy. If I am the problem of the Republican party then throw me out...oh you already in effect have done that by ignoring and disdaining and ridiculing and heaping scorn? Guess I kept hoping the Repub party would change. Things are no better with Tea people voting for the Republican loser moderates then if they vote for Independents of write ins. So why should we hang around to be abused? Only a foolish person does that.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JimS, 7/7/2013 7:33:12 AM     (No. 9412275)

Bennett is the poster boy of what is wrong with DC politics--both Repub and Dem. Apparently he feels that the elected elite know what´s best for the rest of us, and we should just shut up and sit down.
Bennett is why we need term limits. 18 years in Congress and now he has a nice pension and (non-Obamacare) health plan. He´s entitled doncha know?
And no bias from Paul Rolly:
"His replacement is tea party favorite Mike Lee who, despite fist-pounding idolatry to some imagined fundamentalist truth, has been completely ineffective as a senator so far."

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Reply 11 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/7/2013 7:35:06 AM     (No. 9412277)

"The tea party was borne out of legitimate concerns about government overreach and incompetence, he said."

True. At that point, we who were active were enthusiastic, hopeful and, most importantly, focused. Now, the movement is so scattered and so unorganized and has so many varying goals and targets that it´s difficult to form anything nationally cohesive, much less effective. I always thought Bob Bennett was a good conservative senator. Apparently Utahns thought he had been in office long enough, so switched him out. Only those voters can know or feel whether they came out better with Mike Lee. It is my belief that there are too many in Congress who, also, have been there too long to be effective. Their constituents can and will judge them. If we can revitalize the tea party movement by refocusing on the original goals of smaller government and fiscal responsibility, changes can be made. Right now, though, it´s hard to find any group of people claiming a tea party banner who agree on what should be done first. We´ve morphed from striving for smaller government and a better tax policy into anti-abortion, border security, defense of marriage, revamping school curriculum, etc. All worthy of attention, but we´re stuck with a dilution of tea party power. I have no answers, but I intend to continue to work to hold the House, win the Senate and work toward a victorious Republican presidential win. THEN, we can reclaim our country.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Bohallx, 7/7/2013 7:42:13 AM     (No. 9412284)

Bennett is very week when it comes to political theory and spouts off with the same erroneous views we heard from Romney.

For some reason he doesn´t believe an effective political party can have FACTIONS ~ yet, the Republican party has a good half dozen we can all name without prompting ~ RTL, Defcon, Neocon, Traditionalists, TEAParty/Fiscon, GOP-e, Christian Democrat (aka Catholics), Souvrn´rs, Rockefeller Repubs (A quickly disappearing breed but they still have voters in a handful of states), the crowd in Utah, and so on.

Donors weren´t initially thought of as a faction, but currently they behave like a faction ~ much to the detriment of winning elections. They are generally very weak when it comes to political theory ~ and have forgotten that it´s if and only if Republicans of all factions can win that they´ll get the economic or tax relief they think they need. Jumping from candidate to candidate to pick the weakest guy just because he´s the most mealy mouthed is no way to win ~ just a clue!

Even the Democrats have factions ~ they used to have MORE factions but some of their most ardent followers jumped ship to the Republicans.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: philsner, 7/7/2013 7:49:09 AM     (No. 9412291)

A republican win won´t reclaim anything. 2010 merely gave the libs a scapegoat.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: judy, 7/7/2013 8:02:22 AM     (No. 9412307)

Bennett should try running against tea party member & see who wins....

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 7/7/2013 8:05:13 AM     (No. 9412311)

He did just that, #14. He lost. That´s the point of the article.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Gretchen, 7/7/2013 8:14:41 AM     (No. 9412323)

Not a Tea Partier, but have always admired them. The ones I know are all hard working, decent people.

I think the Tea Party made the honest mistake of trying to work with the GOP. They were practically swallowed alive. Hopefully they are regrouping and will make a resurgence, and/or join with a possible Freedom Party.

Bennett says the Tea Party is destroying the GOP. Good. They have been ripe for destruction for a long time.

When a Republican says this with a straight face, "Would I have voted on TARP, or immigration differently had I known that would cost me my Senate seat? No. Because there are things far more important than being a senator. And one is to be true to your own conscience," then you know they aren´t elephants anymore, but Mastodons. There´s still some old DNA floating around, but nothing really useful.

Bitter words, Mr. Bennett, especially coming from someone who was defeated by the TP. If TP Congress members aren´t thriving in DC, it´s because RINOs like you aren´t supporting them. Go sell your goods elsewhere. We´re not buying.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bdcaruba, 7/7/2013 8:21:52 AM     (No. 9412335)

I thank God Almighty for the TEA Party.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rinktum, 7/7/2013 8:35:40 AM     (No. 9412361)

The Tea Party has the establishment in a tizzy because it speaks not just for Republicans but for Democrats too. Many in the democrat party are unhappy and feel the same way about government overreach, free markets and burdensome taxes as we do. What the RINOs fear is the coalescing of these two groups because it would mean the end of the Republican Party. They want to paint the Tea Party as a Republican group but if you remember there were many democrats and independents out there with us. If presented properly as an unaffiliated party, there will be massive Democrat defectors. What they know and scares them to death is that the Tea Party speaks to traditional Americans. The Tea Party is the big tent party, the American party.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Samoasam, 7/7/2013 8:38:32 AM     (No. 9412370)

Like Bennett said, don´t compromise your principals, adjust your assumptions. I did just that. He´s a Rino loser. Throw this jerk out! Thank god for Mike Lee. The writer is obviously a loser as well.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: The Advocate, 7/7/2013 8:41:57 AM     (No. 9412373)

Thank God for Mike Lee, Cruz and Paul.
We need more TEA in the Republican Party if we are to defiant the Islamocommunists in the Dem Party who are trying to destroy the economy, military and America from within.
The Obama/Kerry/Hilary support for the MB in the USA and Egypt is well documented.
Out with ALL of them.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: laotzu, 7/7/2013 8:50:55 AM     (No. 9412386)

No mention of $16 trillion in debt. That´s what Bennett´s "compromise on assumptions" gets you. Bob is just another statist playing word games that appeal to weak-minded (consider his audience) Relativists.

When the country is at risk of wandering off a fiscal cliff with the next increment of "caring", Bennett has no regard for the nation-saving rule of "don´t just do something, stand there."

Glad you´re gone Bob. Now, on to Orin.


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Reply 22 - Posted by: plumnellie, 7/7/2013 8:51:45 AM     (No. 9412387)

Thx #16 for your observations. I agree. While many blame the Tea groups for the scattered disorganized movement it must be remembered that the IRS was targetting us, the Republicans were heaping abuse and ridicule and hate on us, and the Dems and media were attacking. Sooooo. It smacks of a bit of shallow thinking and faulty memory for some to blame us for not being more effective. The real enemy of the Tea group was the Republicans. We expect Dems and media to try to kill our movement but the very party we tried to work with is the one that was the most vicious. I do not trust anyone aggressively defends and promotes Estab Republicans. They can´t serve two masters...not trying to be Biblical...two masters being Estab Republicans and Tea party principals. The two are opposites. Also remember that attacking Tea people and then blaming us for your loses is beyond dirty and base. It is like the Dems do. Dems and Estab Republicans are cut from the same bolt of cloth. I will never forget the early days when we turned out in droves in my small town. It was surprising to see our friends and neighbors at the rally because no one tried to arrange us or called us. Word of mouth brought us out. Next thing I knew I was reading that us peaceful, hardworking people were ´the enemy´. We thought we could help the Republican party. And, we did in the mid term elections. After that we were pariahs. We can´t win with Republicans. We vote for their moderates against our grain but are then blamed. I really do think Republican Estab are not to be trusted.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: minuteman, 7/7/2013 8:55:09 AM     (No. 9412389)

From 2002-2006 the Republicans held all three branches. Their great achievements were: starting 2 very costly(in blood, treasure, and status), unconstitutional, nation building efforts-that have been complete failures; instituting the unconstitutional practice of spying on American citizens; vastly increasing the size of the federal government; increasing federal control of child indoctrination (education); promoted criminal immigrant takeover of our sovereign nation; gave us a chief justice who can´t understand the very clear words of the Constitution; increased the cozy relationship of big business and big government; paved the way for Obama/Pelosi...and on and on. This is not what our great founders intended.

So why should we wish this result again? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. The revolution has begun. God bless America.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: doublesharp, 7/7/2013 8:55:56 AM     (No. 9412391)

Buh bye Bob and take your brother Bill with you when you go.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: mikkins2, 7/7/2013 9:01:01 AM     (No. 9412397)

" If we can revitalize the tea party movement by refocusing on the original goals of smaller government and fiscal responsibility, changes can be made. Right now, though, it´s hard to find any group of people claiming a tea party banner who agree on what should be done first. We´ve morphed from striving for smaller government and a better tax policy into anti-abortion, border security, defense of marriage, revamping school curriculum, etc."

We both better buy a lottery ticket, because I completely agree with your entire post except the ending and Amnesty. And that is only because I want a sealed boarderBEFORE any Amnesty legislation. As to the latter, I think the Republican Establishment is now resolved in running out the clock figuring they will suck up all the money they can before they are removed or forced to retire. Its akin looting,pillaging, and burning everything in sight as they retreat towards their long boats on the beach leaving nothing behind but rubble and ashes to the victors to rebuild with.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: tulipwood, 7/7/2013 9:07:29 AM     (No. 9412411)

Cry me a river, Bobby B. Without the Tea Party the GOP is dead.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: enuf8, 7/7/2013 9:15:20 AM     (No. 9412423)

"Voting your conscience" is part of the problem. Congress persons were elected to vote for what is Best for their constituency and the USA...basically what was promised while they were campaigning.
Thankfully the mccains and grahams cannot silence the Cruzes, Lees, Gowdys, Chaffez and Gohmerts in Congress. 2014 will add to this list.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: chumley, 7/7/2013 9:18:35 AM     (No. 9412432)

Since the GOP, with its buds in the Dem party, seem intent on destroying the country by taxing/spending/regulating us into oblivion and trading away our liberties one "reasonable restriction" at a time, it seems only fitting that the tea party should destroy them.
I´m ok with that.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: LAW428, 7/7/2013 9:23:22 AM     (No. 9412445)

Look into the mirror, Doofus, YOU are the essence of the problem and the Tea Party Patriots are the cure. Now, go crawl back into your hole...and stay there!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: STLstudent, 7/7/2013 9:23:36 AM     (No. 9412448)

Because of unprincipled cowards like Bennett the U.S. marched away from the the Constitution and towards the ugly mess we have today. The Tea Party may be too little, too late.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: RancherJack, 7/7/2013 9:25:57 AM     (No. 9412451)

I wondered what that hot wind blowing out of Utah was the other day.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 7/7/2013 9:33:10 AM     (No. 9412468)

Effete professional politicians like Bob Bennett are who are destroying the Republican Party. Right in the middle of a job crisis and an economic crisis the RINO Repubs are going along with the criminal Dems to promote another huge crap sandwich like this Illegal Alien Amnesty Bill. The Repubs have even taking to lying now about the reasons for this huge amnesty Bill. "It will grow the economy", "We can have border security". All bullcrap. The TEA Party people are the only ones left who can save the Republican party. The party is full of RINO´s like Bob Bennett. This is what
we are up against.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: JoniTx, 7/7/2013 9:36:00 AM     (No. 9412475)

This link takes you to the Robert F. Bennett page, regarding his membership in the ´Bipartisan Policy Center´:

http://bipartisanpolicy.org/about/staff/robert-f-bennett

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Starlady, 7/7/2013 9:42:52 AM     (No. 9412489)

It is obvious Bob is still crying over the fact he is no longer a member of "the club". He thought he had paid for a lifetime membership. It is sad he hasn´t found something worthwhile to do with the rest of his life to give him fulfillment.
While the Tea Party has more in common with the GOP than the Dems due to its smaller government and smaller spending foundations, Bob is a good example of why the GOP reacted more negatively than the others. Who are most threatened by the Tea Party challenges to their life long memberships to elected office? GOP members like Bob. They all know they can be primaried in their next election, for House members that means accountability comes every two years, for Senators like Hatch, McCain, and Graham they only have to act like a conservative on the sixth year of their term to fool their voters into re-election. It worked for McCain and Hatch in recent elections, will it work for amnesty Graham next year? ( Probably)

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 7/7/2013 9:47:45 AM     (No. 9412495)

#16, you sound like you are talking about my former Senator, Gordon Smith from Oregon. He voted his conscience rather than what the Oregon voters wished. His conscience consisted of his wallet and getting along with democrats. I am glad he is gone.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Muguy, 7/7/2013 10:04:36 AM     (No. 9412513)

The tea party is either going to be the saving grace of the country, or it will be the end of the republican party over the Establishment RINOS.

The tea party coalition was founded because DC was spending money which we DO NOT have, because it was obligating us to taxes for patronage of Obama´s minions, who have either been shown to be those who spin the money back in contributions, or hippy friends in junk science.

Because it appeared that Obama was so "popular" the GOP feared him trying to make nice with the media which was in the tank for Obama´s coalitions (social libs favoring abortion, gays, free citizenship without going through legal immigration channels, etc) and the "old bulls" didn´t want to be told to stay on message.

Now we find out the IRS has been targeting the tea party groups from becoming organized. Time for people like former senator Bennett to get the hell out of the way! By supporting big spending and big government, he violates the Founder´s belief that "the government which governs least, governs best".

He can say what he wants, but without the people who make up the tea party, the GOP will continue to founder picking the Establishment country clubbers.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: MissMolly, 7/7/2013 10:07:54 AM     (No. 9412520)

#22, I don´t see anyone "blaming" people in the tea party movement for becoming scattered and unfocused. "People" are focused, the movement has become less so. To me shallow thinking is indicated by the constant search for someone to point a finger at. Trying to analyze how the tea party movement can regroup requires something more than "shallow" thought. We can do this. We´ve done it before. It helps to believe.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 7/7/2013 10:53:06 AM     (No. 9412582)

I see BB is a little upset since he thought he deserved his seat and his run for it. He´s a sore loser.
The way I see it we have one party rule, democrat communist and Republicans melled together. The Republicans so want to be liked by the media and want to be liberal but not out and out so obvious.
The Tea Party is the second party it´s just no one told the Republicans that or they can´t see it because they´re busy crossing the aisle.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: MDConservative, 7/7/2013 11:00:01 AM     (No. 9412590)

"Don’t ever compromise your principles, but be willing to adjust your assumptions."

As #19 alluded, the principles of the Republican Party have become compromised. The new assumption is that low taxes, less intrusive government and strong defense are too radical. The "new" Republican Party is not a "big tent", it´s a road show moving a bit leftward hoping to attract "moderates" left behind by radical Democrats. Th calculation is that "bitter clingers" will vote Republican left a lesser evil choice, again.

I fear for the honest, grassroots "tea party" because much of its agenda was snapped up by a long list of well-funded organizations that co-opted the issues. For all the hullabaloo about grass roots, I was already agog in Washington years ago when freshly painted motorhomes with "volunteers" showed up and remain on the road during campaign season. Our little spitfire, don´t tread on me libertarian chairwoman is now the docile county GOP chairwoman. LOL! Just send money!!

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Reply 40 - Posted by: kanphil, 7/7/2013 11:00:36 AM     (No. 9412591)

#24, you got the wrong Bob Bennett.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 7/7/2013 11:10:53 AM     (No. 9412607)

Bennett´s observations are flawed on many levels. First, what is wrong with the demise of the Republican party? Does Jefferson´s observation about flawed governments not fall to flawed parties as well? Second, one way compromise is not compromise; it´s appeasement. Appeasing your competition results in your subjugation to their will. Third, the nobel sounding "vote my conscience" is a plastic banana. Committed politicians evaluate their position, the position of the opposition, and the merits of the law they are debating. The not only inform their constituents, but they LISTEN to them as well. This is the ideal politician. That is not to say conscience, moral compass, and faith do not have influence. They do, and they should. But these guides are are not the soul basis of judgement.

The bottom line is that as another poster noted, the Old Guard of the GOP are angry. They are afraid of change; they are afraid of losing their jobs.

And they should be afraid of both.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: mc squared, 7/7/2013 11:14:56 AM     (No. 9412612)

2008: no Tea Party : GOP loses
2010: active Tea Party : GOP takeover
2012: no Tea Party : GOP loses
2014: ?

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Reply 43 - Posted by: bighambone, 7/7/2013 11:18:09 AM     (No. 9412617)

What he was saying is that it complicates the efforts of the establishment Republicans to keep going along to get along with the liberal Democrats as essentially a Democrat lite party with the so-called Tea Party out there.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: bella, 7/7/2013 11:23:04 AM     (No. 9412624)

"be willing to adjust your asumptions." ??????
Really,

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Reply 45 - Posted by: mulhaven, 7/7/2013 11:48:43 AM     (No. 9412654)

Bennett is a typical loser - blame some else for your losing (also rather like the victimology of the ´Rats). The Republicans are destroying themselves!!

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Tusker, 7/7/2013 11:54:56 AM     (No. 9412660)

Democratic and Islamic infiltrators, and yellow-belly Carl Rove-McReachacrosstheisle types have, and are, sinking the GOP and subsequently growing the Tea Party, THE organizational demand for true conservative, constitutional government.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: chicodon, 7/7/2013 11:58:35 AM     (No. 9412662)

This is more proof to me that the TEA Party needs to morph into an actual political party. Sarah and Levin toyed with the name "Freedom Party".
Right now the term TEA Party is used to describe a Straw Man. It is used by both parties to describe some unseen force that is out there destroying the country. As long as the TEA Party has no actual organized voice there is no push back.
Let´s take our positions out into the open arena and let the voters decide.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 7/7/2013 12:12:12 PM     (No. 9412679)

Yup, the Republican Party, with Senators like McCain, who forced me to vote for Obama in 2008. I got it right in 2012, but by then ,it was too late. Americans on benefits who pay little or no taxes now outnumber those who do
fund the Country, and they are in the minority.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 7/7/2013 12:18:15 PM     (No. 9412687)

No, not an "actual political party", just a movement and far better to leave the politically toxic at home. The idea is to grow the ranks, not poison the effort.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: plumnellie, 7/7/2013 1:03:28 PM     (No. 9412740)

So..many former ER are suddenly and quite easily finding out that all this time they were really Tea people. Strange how they can morph into this or that at will. Are their several names for one person posting? I remember who heaped scorn on Tea people and who are now acting like they were ahead of the charge for the Tea movement all along. It is like the parade that was marching along and suddenly someone jumped in front and pretended to be the leader. Ha. No one is fooled.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/7/2013 1:14:42 PM     (No. 9412752)

The Tea Party is now the second major party. The republican party is in third place and dying, mostly made up of old wealthy men, who have spent their time making themselves wealthy, rather than one whit of concern about the country or citizens.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/7/2013 1:22:06 PM     (No. 9412760)

#50, you don´t know what you´re talking about if you are addressing me (since I´m the one who mentioned being an early attendee at tea party rallies). Sometimes it´s better not to judge so quickly, particularly when a person doesn´t have direct knowledge. You have never heard me "heap scorn on Tea people", nor have I noticed other L-Dotters doing any such thing. Aren´t we all on the same side?

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Reply 53 - Posted by: plumnellie, 7/7/2013 1:47:10 PM     (No. 9412788)

SC are you asking me a direct question? I was actually thinking of Miss Molly. Now what do you say to that? Being that you are from Texas I had figure that you would have some sense from time to time but clearly you are quite aggressive and ready to attack me. I hope I do not get booted from Lcom for this exchange. Advice: get the chip off your shoulder.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/7/2013 2:27:54 PM     (No. 9412840)

Bennett`s remarks encapsulate everything that is wrong with modern day politics `and` the 17th Amendment. It`s always party over country with these creeps.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/7/2013 4:34:59 PM     (No. 9412976)

Nothing more bitter than a RINO scorned, eh? I remember both McCain and Hatch with uppity attitudes at the very THOUGHT that they are not guaranteed a lifetime seat. I am so thankful to see my fellow conservatives who just ain´t falling for the game anymore.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 7/7/2013 5:20:04 PM     (No. 9413020)

Former Sen. Bennett: you had 18 years to fix problems in DC. Obviously, you didn´t. Don´t blame the tea party for your own failures.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: couchguy, 7/7/2013 5:28:53 PM     (No. 9413032)

So glad I helped primary this idiot. Mike Lee is so much better. Hatch is next.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/7/2013 5:42:50 PM     (No. 9413051)

#57, in May 2012 Sarah Palin enthusiastically endorsed Orrin Hatch as someone who "embrace[s] Tea Party principles." Surely she should know.

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Reply 59 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 7/7/2013 6:36:15 PM     (No. 9413099)

Some well thought out responses on here, thank you. I´ve come to think that there are 2 parties at election time, and just 1 party in Washington...that the partisanship is faked to throw us off the fact that the politicians are there to further their own futures and not ours. No wonder the established GOPers fear the Tea Party. They stand for Accountability.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: Rakasha, 7/7/2013 6:57:37 PM     (No. 9413126)

#58, You have mistakenly bought into the little canard that those who are dissatisfied with the Republican Party are ´purists´, who will only support those with whom they always agree, one hundred percent. Despite the repeated Alinsky-style aspersions, we are well aware that no one always agrees and that all of us make mistakes. But we thank you for your concern.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: MickTurn, 7/7/2013 7:44:21 PM     (No. 9413173)

NO it´s the Tea party that will save Conservative govt. To Hades with the republicans infested by RINO´s.

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Posted By: mikkins2- 4/16/2014 10:19:51 AM     Post Reply
Cliven Bundy marched into my life one Friday morning in January 1992 in a protest bound for a federal courthouse in Las Vegas. He held up one side of a street-width banner that asked, “Has the West been won or has the fight just begun?” To my great relief, just as Bundy promised, nearly 200 ranchers from all over the state marched behind him, yelling “Property rights!” Nearly a mile later, the marchers fell silent and filed into the courtroom where Wayne Hage of Pine Creek Ranch faced arraignment for the felony of cleaning brush out of his ditches without a

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Posted By: mikkins2- 4/16/2014 10:06:46 AM     Post Reply
The Republican challenger to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., thinks nobody should spend 47 years in Washington. Dr. Milton Wolf, a diagnostic radiologist from the Kansas City area, on Wednesday released a television ad criticizing Roberts for his nearly five decades in the nation´s capital. "After 47 years in Washington, Kansas is a distant memory for Pat Roberts," the ad opens, before pivoting to Wolf´s daily routine as a Kansas doctor. The ad goes on to mention Wolf´s plan to "repeal and replace Obamacare," "fight wasteful spending" and pass congressional term limits. After his tenure, Wolf´s ad promises, he´ll return home to Kansas.

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Posted By: mikkins2- 4/16/2014 9:57:44 AM     Post Reply
I love that picture from the Bundy Ranch. You know the one that I’m talking about: I’m talking about all of them. I love the horn-handed Cowboys, with real, honest trail dirt on them; I love the American flags; I love the sagebrush; and I love the rebellion-- as in civil, non-violent disobedience. And the question now is, where does this go? Rebellion typically starts after a period of lassitude and hopelessness in the face of overwhelming power. Populations spend years, even decades muttering under their breath about abuses of power, but feel ineffectual to enact real reform. Then one bright day, a fruit stand

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American Thinker, by Lloyd Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/16/2014 9:42:08 AM     Post Reply
In the movie Ben-Hur, Charlton Heston was wrongly accused by government and sentenced to life in prison/slavery. Soldiers marched chained Heston along with other prisoners through the desert without food or water. Heston collapsed, unable to take another step. Jesus was passing by with a small caravan. He walked over and gave Heston a drink of water, which gave Heston the strength to continue. Note: Heston´s unfair ordeal was not over. He would endure much before his release and ultimate victory at the end of the movie. I view the Obama administration’s BLM retreat from bullying rancher Cliven Bundy and the patriots

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The chairman of the Mississippi GOP, Joe Nosef, reacted angrily to Tea Party groups calling for his resignation this week, accusing one local activist of secretly working to elect Democrats and saying some “fanatical” Tea Party groups could jeopardize the GOP´s hold on a senate seat in one of the most Republican states in the nation, according to emails obtained by Breitbart News. In the emails, Joe Nosef, the chairman of the Mississippi Republican party, told Mississippi Tea Party president Janis Lane that “help[ing] Democrats win...appears to be your goal.” Nosef also emailed to a list of Republicans that the

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Speaker John Boehner´s primary challenger is going there. In a provocative new video from GOP candidate J.D. Winteregg, an announcer asks if Boehner suffer from "electile dysfunction"? "Sometimes, when a politician has been in D.C. too long, it goes to his head," the announcer says as clips flash on-screen of John Boehner laughing with President Obama, John Boehner on the golf course with Obama, and John Boehner smiling while giving Obama a glowing "thumbs up" at the State of the Union address. The ad - titled "When the Moment is Right" - is a spoof of Cialis commercials which air during 60 Minutes

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Governor Sandoval: Send in the Guard
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Two of Nevada’s top elected leaders are riding to the rescue of a rancher whose decades-long range war with the federal government has reached a boiling point in recent days. The federal Bureau of Land Management has surrounded the Clark County ranch of Cliven Bundy with armed officers, helicopters and four-wheel drive vehicles. Last week, they began seizing cattle found grazing on adjacent federal lands in violation of a law meant to protect an endangered desert tortoise. “No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans.”

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American Thinker, by Monica Morrill    Original Article
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Many Americans have been watching with great consternation the ongoing struggle between the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Marshals against Cliven Bundy and his family. There are no signs of either side relinquishing their position. Many onlookers have been informed that this dispute is over protecting the desert tortoise. But it is nothing of the sort. In fact, the reality of the dispute goes far underneath what is being talked about. The more appropriate source of the dispute is ground water as well as surface water -- this is a war over water. Cliven Bundy and his



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