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Inside the Messy but Moneyed
Republican Plan to Neutralize
the Tea Party

National Journal, by Beth Reinhard

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 10/24/2013 6:21:09 PM

It took a tea-party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand, but after months of handwringing, establishment Republicans are preparing to attack ultraconservative ideologues across red America. (Snip) "Hopefully we´ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them," said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea-party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents. "We´re going to be very aggressive and we´re going to get in their faces." The caterwauling over the GOP brand ramped up after President Obama´s

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It´s extremely unfortunate that this waste of skin LaTourette doesn´t make the same vitriolic comments about 0bama or the Democrats. LaTourette was one of only two Republicans who voted against holding Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. We are about to lose our country and idiots like him are trying to destroy the very people who want to save it. It´s so very offensive and unnecessary.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bighambone, 10/24/2013 6:28:24 PM     (No. 9580851)

Well the Establishment Republicans will probably do enough damage to the Tea Party types that they will react accordingly, making in extremely difficult for either faction to beat the Democrats in upcoming general elections. Then there will probably be a lot of happy Democrats and as usual the Republicans will be standing there with their mouths open wondering what happened.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 10/24/2013 6:33:44 PM     (No. 9580858)

Republican strategist 1: "You know, I´ve been thinking, we´ve run really ´electable´ candidates in each of the last two Presidential elections and they have lost. Why don´t we try running a candidate that fires up the base of the Party next time?"

Republican strategist 2: "That will never work. They will only get excited by some firebrand who wants to shrink the size of government. I´ve got a better idea. Let´s do everything we can to demoralize our base of supporters so they stay home on election day. That way we can attract the independent voters who are more attracted to the Democratic candidate than ours."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bohallx, 10/24/2013 6:36:18 PM     (No. 9580866)

Thomas Jefferson discovered that the best way to win is to find people who will vote for your candidates, and then find candidates who are worth voting for.

He did not make promises to his people and then try to get votes from the other guys.

He and his crowd regularly won races with 68%

He beat the pants off the Federalists.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JediJerry, 10/24/2013 6:42:21 PM     (No. 9580871)

OK, how about we get down to the real nitty gritty. How about the inside plan for the Tea Party to neutralize the Establishment Republican Party and make it the party once again of Constitutional Government. It´s not messy at all. It is well underway and only a matter of time and a couple elections.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: richwill, 10/24/2013 6:56:48 PM     (No. 9580882)

Follow the money. The elitist gop do not want to lose the gravy train they have been riding. If it is in DC, it is corrupt. I will exempt Ted Cruz and Mike Lee from this assessment.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: BcdErick, 10/24/2013 6:57:00 PM     (No. 9580883)

The National Journal is worthless. I just posted a comment containing many of the points here. There was no profanity and no insults in it. They deleted it within seconds and have banned me. At least I wasn´t allowed to re-post it. That´s yet another example of liberal intolerance 101.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: blueline, 10/24/2013 6:58:10 PM     (No. 9580889)

These morons will never get it. The "TEA Party" is not a club where people want to join for status. I, for one, am looking for candidates that understand that the fate of this Republic is in jeopardy, and that have the guts to fight the revolutionaries who are trying to destroy it and steal our children´s liberty. I am looking for those who understand that the opposition is playing for keeps, not playing a game of flag football. BTW: Lamar Alexander doesn´t get it, so I´ll be voting for his primary opponent. The GOP establishment can ... I´m done with them.
Signed: former county GOP Chairman

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jimincalif, 10/24/2013 6:58:55 PM     (No. 9580893)

I left the repub party nearly 30 year ago when I realized that it was also a party of perpetual government growth, just at a slower rate than the democrat party.

I´ve occasionally contributed to repub candidates anyway, especially when the democrat opponent represented a clear and present danger to our republic (e.g 0bama).

My voter registration has been libertarian, but they have their issues, the Tea Party was the first time I really identified with a political movement.

The good news, I can save my money and no longer contribute to repubs. The bad news, we´ve lost the republic if we go back to socialist/statist democrats and big government republicans as our only options.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/24/2013 7:15:42 PM     (No. 9580909)

Borrowing from the Great RR: I didn´t leave the Republican Party it left me.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: Ben Around, 10/24/2013 7:16:39 PM     (No. 9580911)

The republican party is a party of democrat lite - big, intrusive gov´t, high taxes, corporatism, etc. The T Party needs to disassociate themselves from them and go on their own. I just can´t understand why they want to be where they are not wanted.
The repubs are a dying party, they stand for the same things as the derms, only they are not as good at it as the dems, and will continue to loose elections like they have the last two.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 10/24/2013 7:25:41 PM     (No. 9580920)

LaTourette was bought & paid for by the Teamsters when he led the Transportation Committee. While in congress (since ´95), he left his wife & 4 kids, married a chick he met in DC, who happens to be a lobbyist, quit his job and now lobbies with her, making the big $$$. He has sold out and is as low as they come. He was my congressman and I´m glad he´s gone.

His replacement just disappointed me with his vote to reopen the govt and fund Obamanationcare. He may get a surprise come primary time.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: twculver, 10/24/2013 7:39:04 PM     (No. 9580943)

I´m active with the Tea Party in Oklahoma. We were feeling a bit put upon, but I´m telling everyone now that we´re the cool kids that everyone wants to hang out with. We´ve had many battles with establishment Republicans. We can often win elections if they only outspend us by 5 to 1. It´s harder at 10 to 1 but the establishment is becoming reluctant to spend $300k to our $30k to win a state senator race by 300 votes.

This year we created an agenda for our state legislature and are pulling in groups such as the OCPA, (an offshoot of the Heritage Foundation), the NFIB, and other tea party groups. The youngest state senator is a tea party guy and was placed on the agenda committee because they want tea party input. He will take our agenda to the state senate and some of our issues will become their issues.

It´s just a case of getting credibility by supporting good candidates, working hard, and sticking to the issues without becoming personal. And primarying at least one Republican incumbent every time to keep them honest.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 10/24/2013 7:39:39 PM     (No. 9580945)

Well, if they´re as successful against them as they are against the democrats, the Tea Party has nothing to worry about.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Lonestar Jack, 10/24/2013 7:47:15 PM     (No. 9580956)

The Patriots started our independence with the Boston Tea Party.

Todays Tea Partiers will start the effort to regain the American independence.

The tainted old guards will be voted out.

Bet on it.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: judy, 10/24/2013 7:49:16 PM     (No. 9580958)

Defending Main Street...hmm I will remember that name. Who´s on the committee.. McCain,Graham, Rove, Snowe, Collins, Boehner, Cantor?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: redink, 10/24/2013 8:02:46 PM     (No. 9580979)

I do not support a third party-I do not support a third party-I do not...

forget it.
I´m supporting a third party now. Where are you?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 10/24/2013 8:06:25 PM     (No. 9580983)

Sounds like the pro-slavery wing of the Whigs all over again.

What good is an election between the "modern progressive" democrats and the "modern progressive" republicans?

The most obvious example was way back in 1920 when there were 3 avowed progressives and 1 declared conservative who had a conversion of convenience only 5 months before the election.

Taft had only "seen the light" that progressivism wasn´t working, so he, the sitting president who had governed as a progressive ran as a conservative Republican.

Wilson ran a progressive Democrat.
Teddy Roosevelt ran as a Progressive (Bull Moose was a media nickname)

Eugene Debs ran as a Socialist Progressive.

How is any election since 1986 any different except for the number of candidates?





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Reply 18 - Posted by: nonsense, 10/24/2013 8:38:03 PM     (No. 9581025)

Just noticing that ordinarily an article like this one, and the following comments would generally attract strong responses from what we L-Dotters thought were establishment Republicans. However, the usual suspects have been absent since the Hellcare crisis. Perhaps they really are O. regime members/staffers. Anyone else notice this?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: LAW428, 10/24/2013 8:54:59 PM     (No. 9581055)

Well, Mr. LaTourette, you seem to have a terminal case of cranium rectal inversion. Oh, and why is it that you are a former Representative? Could it be that you were judged unworthy to represent the Ohio citizens who refused to re-elect you?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Marzon, 10/24/2013 9:39:45 PM     (No. 9581092)

I say bring it on! Now is the time. The republicans probably won´t get enough seats to stop zippy´s veto power anyway so we might as well get the republican civil war over with now. Then a newly resurgent conservative movement can focus on kicking the statists butts in 2016. I´ m all in.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: STLstudent, 10/24/2013 9:49:42 PM     (No. 9581105)

We establishment Republicans believe in nothing, stand for nothing, and will fight nothing except conservatives. Yeah! We´ve got the winning strategy!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Nimby, 10/24/2013 9:52:16 PM     (No. 9581108)

What the heck does GOP stand for? Nothing, except getting re-elected. Why should anyone support them?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: disasterman, 10/24/2013 9:59:19 PM     (No. 9581116)

We didn´t leave the Republican Party, they left us.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: bighambone, 10/24/2013 10:12:21 PM     (No. 9581125)

One thing is for sure, a Democrat lite Party will not win many elections in this day and age, as the liberal Democrats will trump them every time. All you have to do is look what has happened since the Reagan era to figure that out.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: get er done, 10/24/2013 11:07:31 PM     (No. 9581172)

Will repeat a recent post: RINO´s foolishly bite the Tea Party hands that fed them the 2010 midterm election victories.

The Tea Party needs to neutralize the remains of the Republican Party and attract conservative Democrats who feel that their party has left them.



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Reply 26 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 10/24/2013 11:12:21 PM     (No. 9581181)

I guess when you´re a RINO you have LaTourette Syndrome?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 10/25/2013 12:05:46 AM     (No. 9581227)

Q - How is the Republican Party like Obama?

A - The Republican party bypasses liberals to make war on Conservatives like Obama bypasses America´s enemies to make war on Americans.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/25/2013 12:09:46 AM     (No. 9581230)

Knock yourself out.
BTW don´t send mail asking for my support.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 10/25/2013 1:57:05 AM     (No. 9581287)

The Tea Party already has the Democrat party, the federal government, and the mainstream propaganda machine out for their blood. The GOP establishment in comparison is a mosquito bite.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: sudmuf, 10/25/2013 5:57:27 AM     (No. 9581369)

In a few years a new "B" list movie will be made about this called "Attack of the Rinos".

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FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

Obama administration gives Detroit
$100 million for ´blight removal´

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American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
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The cash infusion by the federal government is actually going to help the city pay pensions, even though they´re playing a kind of shell game with the money. As for "blight removal," perhaps they could start with city hall. Reuters: Michigan officials and President Barack Obama´s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit´s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million

Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
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After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
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President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'


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