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Netroots vs. Tea Party:
Oppositons at Odds

Breitbart, by Joel B. Pollak

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Posted By:Judy W., 12/16/2013 1:13:05 PM

I´m in transit from Los Angeles to Cape Town, and with a long layover in Paris, I´ve managed to push through an old opposition manual--from the far-left: Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics, the 2006 book by MyDD.com founder Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos. It is striking how similar the left´s criticisms of the Democratic Party establishment were to the criticisms that conservatives make of the GOP today: the dependence on consultants, the constant selection of moderates who go on to lose, the poverty of ideas, the lag in information technology, the accommodation

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ruready?, 12/16/2013 1:57:36 PM     (No. 9656236)

The GOP has an insatiable lust for power as evidenced by their celebration of Tea Party losses. It is with the greatest remorse, that after Boehner´s recent remarks, I cannot help but conclude that the Tea Party should count the GOP as a jealous and threatened adversary.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dman, 12/16/2013 2:08:58 PM     (No. 9656249)

Pollack´s take is accurate - as far as it goes.

What he ignores is the takeover of party mechanisms in 1964 and 1980 - only to have it taken back quickly thereafter.

What he also ignores is the successful recruitment of and election of candidates in 2010 and 2012 - including a number of House members and Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Despite the opposition of GOP Elites, this won control of the House and provided effective voices in the Senate.

He also ignores the direct attacks by the GOP elites on Tea Party members and candidates that continue to this day. Democrat resistance to the Netroots has been nowhere at this level.

He ignores the fact that the "general interest" of the GOP too often subordinates the interests of Main Street to those of Washington and Wall Street.

That is why it is time for the conservative movement to create its own institutions, rather than continuing its frustrating struggle within the GOP. Time to create a new conservative party.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 12/16/2013 5:58:34 PM     (No. 9656511)

At a time when the Republican Party should be winning everything in sight they decided to declare war on middle America.

With their war on the TEA Party, amnesty support and Chris Christie as the presumptive nominee in 2016 just to name a few of their systemic, malignant, blunders it´s highly probable that the Republican Party will collapse on the national level within the next two years.





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Reply 4 - Posted by: MissMolly, 12/16/2013 6:01:05 PM     (No. 9656514)

Try to contain your glee, #3.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rakasha, 12/16/2013 7:49:13 PM     (No. 9656594)

What a gracious way to invite serious debate, #4.

It is not with ´glee´ but with sadness that we note that the Party we have supported and worked for - some of us for many years - has no interest in our concerns or wishes. There is no ´glee´ in our understanding that the Party we have faithfully given our votes to so often despises the principles and ideals that we hold. And there is certainly no ´glee´ in the realization that the Republican Party would rather destroy itself than give any place to those ideals or the people who espouse them.

But I commend you for your excellent use of Alynski rules 5 and 13.

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