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Establishment Tea
National Review Online, by Rich Lowry & Ramesh Ponnuru

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/7/2014 5:37:41 AM

Reporters and commentators have been drawn to civil-war metaphors in describing the fight between the “establishment” and “tea party” wings of the Republican party for years now, and it has usually seemed overwrought. Then along came the shocking upset of House majority leader Eric Cantor in Virginia, followed by a Thad Cochran–Chris McDaniel Senate primary in Mississippi that was about as pleasant as the Battle of Chickamauga. The drama of these elections — Cantor’s defeat was literally historic, and Cochran’s victory will generate ill feelings for a long time to come — has obscured the larger story of the evolution of


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fritzilou, 7/7/2014 6:04:08 AM     (No. 9913429)

Mississippi is a metaphor for the Republican establishment; It still gnaws at me and probably always will that Barbour and his brats literally stole the senate election. Republicans constantly harped about Akin etc. like that was the metaphor for the tea party. Well they have taken the crown with this one, nominating a senile man they can manipulate in order to get one of their own cronies in as sure as he retires. I´m sure that many people are so disgusted they won´t show up for the midterms. The Republican Party should be investigating this shame, but they condone it by their complicity. Shame on you all.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rinktum, 7/7/2014 6:54:27 AM     (No. 9913456)

How can Mr. Lowery complain about the qualifications of any conservative candidate and yet ignore the decades of power hungry corruption and greed that is the norm for some of these old bulls. How can he not condemn the actions of the establishment when they will do anything to win re-election as they did in Mississippi? Sure, the pundits wants us to forget that and move on, but that was a bridge too far for me. Their actions proved they love one thing and that is the status quo. They can´t allow anyone who opposes them to succeed because it would bring an end to their power. They are the problem in Washington and everyone knows it. There can be no reconciliation because they like the democrats don´t just disagree with us, they hate us. Haley Barbour proved that with the ads he aired in Mississippi against McDaniel. All those establishment types who supported Cochran have not come out to condemn that behavior either and that was the last straw for me. There comes a time when you must take a stand and this is it for me. I can´t support anyone who would do that and those who will not come out and denounce it are just as bad. Conservatives do not want a war. We want accountability for the decades of failure by the establishment.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: OhMy, 7/7/2014 7:07:28 AM     (No. 9913466)

The article sets up a false choice between competent candidate and loyalty to conservative tea party priorities. Anybody who gave Obama all the money he wanted by supporting debt ceiling increases is not a patriot. That is the only restraint they have on Obama and they gave it away because they did not want to endure and fight his inevitable demagoguery. They could give him small increases in dollar amounts and extract concessions every time while making their case and exposing the demagoguery. Instead they gave him a blank check for over a year so they wouldn´t have to vote on it or deal with it. They have the clear power in the constitution and don´t want it resulting in no restraint on Obama who takes powers he doesn´t have. If you are not Obama make the case! Most media and citizens still believe Obama´s canard that not increasing the debt ceiling is equivalent to default. This lie is never challenged and our leaders are not leaders!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: periwinkel, 7/7/2014 7:22:59 AM     (No. 9913481)

Wow. Posters #1, #2, #3 should be writing for National Review. Great work, cogent thoughts and right to the point.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/7/2014 7:53:43 AM     (No. 9913510)

To our own RRB (Resident RINO Brigade), #2´s statement summarizes my feelings pretty well.

"I can´t support anyone who would do that and those who will not come out and denounce it are just as bad. "

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Kerryman, 7/7/2014 7:58:24 AM     (No. 9913516)

I´m in Texas. The salient point in this article is:

"It isn’t enough, they argued, for tea partiers to support conservative candidates. “We must also nominate,” they urged, “candidates who have substantial credibility as candidates, can articulate a vision of what they believe, can propose real solutions to problems, and don’t make significant mistakes on the campaign trail. We need conservative candidates, but they must also be skilled candidates in order to win.”

We found that person in Ted Cruz and Virginia 7 in Dave Brat. The laughable Nine that ran against John Cornyn did not deserve our effort but Cornyn deserved our disdain. Our goal was to keep him under 60%. In the County where we have the most influence, he got 48% of the vote.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Kerryman, 7/7/2014 8:00:23 AM     (No. 9913520)

Part II

This is where the Local Tea Parties come in. They are the ones who must find these candidates and start electing them in local and State Representative races. Start getting them skills and the capacity to raise money.

On issues, stop playing defense against Democrats. For instance, on immigration, Laura Ingraham and UKIP are onto something. Make the Democrats defend their most sacred turf. The attack on illegal immigration should be the defense of the legal American worker. The Black teenage unemployment rate, the low wage illegals threatening the Hispanic community, in other words a significant part of their base. Go after the crony capitalists that want the low wage high tech worker with favored immigration status.

As for women, we are going after Wendy Davis not about abortion but because of her lack of any singular accomplishment outside of her 15 minutes of fame on the liberal sacrament of abortion. Even on that, I would paint her as only fighting for late term abortion, inferior health facilities, fetal pain and use of Doctors without capacity to admit locally.

In other words, "L´audace toujours L´audace"! STOP PLAYING DEFENSE!

Semper Fi

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 7/7/2014 8:57:23 AM     (No. 9913577)

One of the major accomplishments of the Tea Party, and the rest of the GOP rebels is that it is now recognized by many more in the party that it is a good thing to start getting rid of the deadwood.

The new faces tend to be more closely aligned with GOP Outlaw thinking than Establishment thinking. In the long term, the current Establishment old guard will be moved out of leadership. The GOP has to allow this process to take place, or it will die as a party. People can only tolerate inaction for so long before they look to other options.

Eventually, even the GOP Establishment types will come around and accept the process. It is healthy for any party. It keeps new talent coming in, and makes our bench deep.

The Dems have continued to re-elected their old stalwarts and look how shallow their bench is getting. Any of their new players simply tow the party line. Now the party has no sources of new ideas, and continues to move closer to Marxism.

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