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Compassionate conservatives strike
back against Tea Party

Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein

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Posted By:mikkins2, 1/10/2014 6:48:26 PM

When the Tea Party movement emerged to challenge President Obama in 2009, it also posed a counterweight to the “compassionate conservative” wing of the Republican Party, which was defined by the expansionist policies of President George W. Bush. After years of being marginalized, compassionate conservatives – emboldened by the overreach of Tea Party conservatives during last fall’s government shutdown fight – are attempting to reassert control over the party.{SNIP}Throughout the piece, Gerson and Wehner make arguments that are very difficult to distinguish philosophically from liberalism.

I was against big government, before I was for it.
As you can see, and the author clearly points out, that Establishment Republicans have to twist reality and the language to describe it to pretend they believe in something that they obviously don´t.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Harleynyc, 1/10/2014 6:55:00 PM     (No. 9687458)

Semantics worthy of democrats.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/10/2014 7:00:45 PM     (No. 9687466)

Folks, we need to think harder. Why on earth would the GOP be this mad at the Tea Party? When it all comes to the surface, I think we will find that we are missing something that is right before our eyes. Don´t know what it is, but when things make no sense, my guess is that we are missing something big.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/10/2014 7:03:17 PM     (No. 9687471)

My usual "Send us money" call came from the RNC- I forcefully told the kid- "Forget it! I am now a firm member of the Tea party Express and would appreciate it if the RNC would just quit calling."

Man! That kid literally exploded. He began a tirade about how much the Republicans have4 done for America and how much they have resisted Øbama- on and on...he was really well schooled in all the talking points. I simply hung up on the poor misguided lad.

Tea Party is making everyone nervous. Hope they are making the R incumbents nervous in a big way. Republicans need a good slap down. If they see the light they may shake themselves away from Boehner....We´ll soon see how they shift come November ´14 in the Senate.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Starlady, 1/10/2014 7:05:54 PM     (No. 9687476)

"Compassionate Conservatives" please, how stupid do they think we are? They are only conservative in their dreams, let´s get real.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JediJerry, 1/10/2014 7:08:50 PM     (No. 9687479)

What bull. The current RINO French Repubikans are anything but compassionate or conservative. BUsh did define the progressive movement withing the old school GOP which has grown exponentially in the last few years to the point where it ain´t what it used to be. Thanks to Rove, McConnell, Boehner, Graham, McCain, Snowe and the other´s on the list of "compassionate" used to be conservatives in label only. The New Republican Party is the Tea Party and those old school power hungry palace guards are being threatened and they don´t like it. Tea it is. Let´s roll.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/10/2014 7:11:18 PM     (No. 9687484)

George W. Bush started that Compassionate Conservative crap...it was my first little inkling he wasn´t as fiscally conservative as he wanted us to believe.

Don´t misunderstand he was the best President for his time, the turn of the century, but he allowed us to go down the road to huge deficits that were not paid for in any manner. I would take him back in a second, but he did have his flaws.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/10/2014 7:14:12 PM     (No. 9687489)

#2, The GOP is mad at the Tea Party because they know it is a threat to their power. They have spent millions and years consolidating their power in Washington DC. Any threat to that is an enemy in their eyes. They would rather turn the country over to the democrats than have a conservative at the helm. That is why they destroyed Palin and are working on Cruz.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 1/10/2014 7:19:11 PM     (No. 9687496)

If these "conservatives" had any real compassion they´d go away and leave us the hell alone!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: dman, 1/10/2014 7:20:43 PM     (No. 9687497)

"The U.S. Constitution, Gerson and Wehner argue, was not a “purely limiting document,” but a framework for allowing government to take positive actions."

This is the fundamental disagreement that the Tea Parties have with the GOP Elites. Klein further hammers the point home: "Throughout the piece, Gerson and Wehner make arguments that are very difficult to distinguish philosophically from liberalism."

Exactly. That is why attempting to "reform" the GOP will be a fruitless exercise while the entrenched Elites and their deep pocketed backers run the show.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tearza, 1/10/2014 7:47:13 PM     (No. 9687517)

Compassionate Idiots....I left the republican party years ago....There is no Ronald Reagan´s around anymore....

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/10/2014 7:47:29 PM     (No. 9687518)

#7 - You may be right, but it just seems more than that. My guess? I suspect that Obama has ordered GOP leaders to go after the Tea Party - don´t dismiss what Obama has on Boehner et al.

Think about it. Boehner is refusing to go after Benghazi or the IRS. Really? Really? - does that remind you of the GOP of yesteryear? Something is not square.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/10/2014 7:49:55 PM     (No. 9687519)

Do not presume that "progressives" only belong to the democrat party.
The RNC needs to show some compassion for the 50% of us who work and pay taxes to support the other 50%.
we are bleeding.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Tlyons1, 1/10/2014 8:43:08 PM     (No. 9687546)

#2.... You´ve come as close as anyone in an attempt to put a finger on this nonsense!! Something doesn´t make sense! The Tea Party is a group that simply wants TRUTH! Nothing grey about it.... Constitution/smaller government/real honest taxes!! That´s all!!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: absalom, 1/10/2014 8:46:38 PM     (No. 9687548)

The GOP is not a principled conservative party and never was!!! How many times does this message have to be delivered before it sinks in. Lord have mercy!!!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Penney, 1/10/2014 8:58:49 PM     (No. 9687558)

We remember how the establishment GOP treated Reagan in 1976 and again in 1980 when he was elected President! They always opposed Pres. Reagan and their animosity was not hidden. It was therefore a shock when RR chose to elevate as his VP perhaps his most harsh critic, George Bush. Pres. Reagan demonstrably served as one of America´s 3 best Presidents of all time, yet that old antagonistic GOP is apparently still kicking.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ghost of hallelujah, 1/10/2014 9:14:58 PM     (No. 9687567)

we don´t need another Reagan.

We need another Thomas Paine or Patrick Henry

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Reply 17 - Posted by: stealthy, 1/10/2014 9:17:23 PM     (No. 9687570)

Not interested in the unprincipled blather of the NEO-CONs then or now. You betcha there´s a fight and they´ve been losing it for years. Loved a lot about W, but the trippin of the NEO-CONs never caught on. Perhaps its the godlessness they represent.It is for me. These are the same who want moral conservatives to take a hike. Yes I have a libertarian bent they lose me completely when they fail to recognize the basis of conservative principles.They become merely greedy liberals. Where right and wrong are based on their own diseres, where would that lead but a worse and faster hell?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 1/10/2014 9:59:53 PM     (No. 9687593)

Conservatives [TEA party types] are being attacked everywhere --even here. We´re being called RADICAL, and scolded for not paying homage to the likes of McCain and Graham.

I have yet to figure out what´s radical about wanting smaller government, a less intrusive government, and elected officials who play by the rules they make for the rest of us.

I´ve got a problem with a government that´s so big, so flush with money --our tax dollars, that spending the money on things like studying how the size of condoms relate to penis stretchers.

Yep. We had a thread right here this morning on this very site on that very subject --and apparently, the condoms the government are studying are not even sold in this country.

If wanting to see crappola like that end makes me a radical, i plead guilty.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 1/10/2014 10:18:01 PM     (No. 9687601)

Compassionate Conservative = Socialist Lite

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Reply 20 - Posted by: LAW428, 1/10/2014 11:41:09 PM     (No. 9687638)

The RNC and the DNC are both on the same Marxist/Socialist team. Neither one are comprised of persons with any love for America, her heritage, or her traditions.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby, 1/11/2014 12:08:01 AM     (No. 9687648)

In the middle of every conservative who wants to be compASSionate is an ass. A conservative by definition is already compassionate.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: kanphil, 1/11/2014 1:15:20 AM     (No. 9687667)

#2, when I apply Occam´s Razor, the answer is obvious. It would take only $535 Millions to make every congressman a millionaire(those that aren´t already). That´s chump change for somebody like Soros. I think they have all been bought off.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 1/11/2014 2:32:05 AM     (No. 9687689)

FTA: “Throughout the piece, Gerson and Wehner make arguments that are very difficult to distinguish philosophically from liberalism.”

There are many of us who have already crossed the Rubicon. We long ago recognized the wide vein of “progressivism” present in the Republican Party and represented by Gerson, Wehner, Rove & Co. As the Old Guard tries to discredit and marginalize the conservative movement they are finding it difficult to sound any different than the Dims.
More and more they will find themselves running against traditional Americans, coming from both of the traditional parties.

The 2014 midterms will tell the tale. Are there enough true Americans left to stop the Cartel Party? I’d love to see the GOP follow the Whig Party by becoming an obscure question in Trivial Pursuit.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 1/11/2014 5:26:04 AM     (No. 9687734)

Compassionate conservatism is like saying socialist communism. Totally redundant.

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