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Republican lawmakers gird for rowdy tea party

July 19th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Republican lawmakers gird for rowdy tea party

So who wants to join Rand Paul’s “tea-party” caucus?

“I don’t know about that,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) replied with a nervous laugh. “I’m not sure I should be participating in this story.”

Republican lawmakers see plenty of good in the tea party, but they also see reasons to worry. The movement, which has ignited passion among conservative voters and pushed big government to the forefront of the 2010 election debate, has also stirred quite a bit of controversy. Voters who don’t want to privatize Social Security or withdraw from the United Nations could begin to see the tea party and the Republican Party as one and the same.

Paul, the GOP Senate nominee in Kentucky, floated the idea of forming an official caucus for tea-party-minded senators in an interview in the National Review as one way he would shake up Washington. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), one of the movement’s favorite incumbents, filed paperwork on Thursday to register a similar group in the House “to promote Americans’ call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution, and limited government.”

In six states — Kentucky, Nevada, Florida, Utah, Colorado and Minnesota — tea-party-backed Republican Senate candidates have won nomination or are favored in upcoming primaries. They are attracting outsize attention not only from Democrats and the media, but from conservative leaders such as former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and Fox News host Glenn Beck.

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Republican lawmakers gird for rowdy tea party

I have always heard the expression ‘strike while the iron is hot’. That may well be the order of the day for the TEA Party in America, as soon as the TEA Party can get it’s own act together and stop being it’s own worst enemy.

I personally am NOT a fan of Rand Paul, at least as things stand at the moment, but if he can bring an effort together that can unite, solidify and give new direction to the TEA Party, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at Rand Paul.

The TEA Party has tremendous potential, but the infighting, the accusations of racism over an article written by TEA Party Express leader Mark Williams, and the reaction to that piece by the National Tea Party Federation, do absolutely nothing to make the TEA Party attractive to many people.

In fact, Mark Williams piece only served to strengthen the position of the NAACP and their accusation of racism within the TEA Party, and has given the left wing media, and their minions, ammunition aplenty which they are using to attack and denigrate ALL TEA Party groups.

Republicans such as Paul and Sharron Angle in Nevada may hold provocative views, but “they’re our nominees and I think we ought to get behind them 100 percent,” said Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.).

“The candidates are not ours to choose,” said Cornyn, chairman of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. “They’re the choice of the primary voters in the states, and I think we should respect their choices.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R)INO has spoken.

If it weren’t for the Americans for Prosperity folks in Austin, Texas, Sen. Cornyn (R)INO couldn’t get invited to a TEA Party in Texas.

John Cornyn (R)INO, is NOT a TEA Party person. Sen. Cornyn is a RINO that is desperately in search of a way back into the hearts of true Conservatives after some of his less than stellar votes left us here in Texas wondering if John Cornyn could even spell Conservative.

Yet some Republicans worry that tea-party candidates are settling too comfortably into their roles as unruly insurgents and could prove hard to manage if they get elected. Paul, who beat GOP establishment favorite Trey Grayson in Kentucky’s primary, told the National Review that he would seek to join forces with GOP Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.) and Tom Coburn (Okla.), “who are unafraid to stand up” and who have blocked numerous bills advanced by both parties deemed by the pair as expanding government.

Unruly Insurgents??

OK, I’m sorry, but that line just cracked me up. :P

Unruly insurgents, as in Caspar Milquetoast is an unruly insurgent? As in the most politically correct, unoffensive and non-combative among us are unruly insurgents? The people that are afraid of a little criticism or controversy are unruly insurgents?

I must be going to the wrong TEA Party meetings because at the ones I attend, I have seen NO sign of racism, not so much as a word, and regarding unruly insurgents, whether we’re talking candidates or members, I haven’t seen too much of that either. Although, I really would like to see some unruly insurgency, but I can’t for the life of me figure out what it’s going to take to get people off of the couch and out from in front of the TV.

Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), now a D.C. lobbyist, warned that a robust bloc of rabble-rousers spells further Senate dysfunction. “We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples,” Lott said in an interview. “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

I’m going to tell you what we (The TEA Party) don’t need; we don’t need worn out lobbyists in D.C. telling us what to do, telling us how to think and trying to run the TEA Party.

We don’t need TEA Party candidates co-opted into the GOP/RINO machine that has ruined the once great Party of Reagan. We don’t need any more damned RINOs in Washington!

Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah), who failed to survive his party’s nominating process after running afoul of local tea-party activists, told a local Associated Press reporter last week that the GOP had jeopardized its chance to win Senate seats in Republican-leaning states such as Nevada and Kentucky and potentially in Colorado, where tea-party favorite Ken Buck has surged ahead of Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in their primary battle.

Bennett warned that such candidates are stealing attention from top GOP recruits such as Mike Castle in Delaware and John Hoeven in North Dakota, both of whom are favored to win seats held by Democrats. Nor are they helping the Republican Party to resolve its deeper identity problems, he said.

Well, in case you hadn’t noticed Sen. Bennett, taking the GOP/RINOs OUT of office is the express purpose and intent of some TEA Party members, I being one of them.

The GOP has ‘deeper identity problems’? Really? Do you suppose that those problems may spring from a GOP that wants to be ALL things to ALL people? Possibly a detrimental reaction to the *BIG TENT* the Republicans are so fond of lately?

Look to your leader, Michael Steele, look to the likes of Newt Gingrich, John McCain, Scott Brown and a whole host of other RINOs that have taken the GOP into the realm of being nothing more than Democrat Lite!

As I said in the comments section of the TEA Party post just below this one;

Some TEA Parties really are trying to make a difference, at least, *some* of the members are, but as has been said, then there’s the Country Club Set

It’s taken everything I can do to keep from going totally OFF on some of them in our group here in Texas… Namby-pamby gutless members that talk and talk and talk, and then talk some more…

Leadership, so-called leadership, that shows up late, if at all…

Gutless talkers that are afraid of offending…

Well by God, some people NEED to be offended. If you want an omelette, ya gotta break a few eggs… I’m in the process of breaking a few eggs…

Bon Appetite’…

Now you see why I was rolling at the unruly insurgents remark. I am the most unruly insurgent I know, and all I need are allies with a spine!

Bon Appetite’ indeed… :twisted:

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6 Responses to “Republican lawmakers gird for rowdy tea party”

  1. comment number 1 by: Sage

    Trent Lott, a new face for Viagra ??!! LOL :P
    Love your blog and comments Fred.
    Sen. Cornyn is a RINO! I have never liked or trusted him since he left the AG position. He is a career politician that is trying to get into the Ruling Class like Newt and others….for their own agenda.
    Keep it up Fred and stay in touch.

  2. comment number 2 by: Steve Dennis

    The GOP would do well to learn that the Tea party is not going to support any RINO just because they claim to be a Republican, we are sick of having to chose between a Democrat and a Democrat-lite, and we are not going to do it any more.

  3. comment number 3 by: TexasFred

    Steve, the really wonderful thing would be if the majority of the TEA Party *manned up* and made it known that RINOs are now an endangered species instead of telling everyone to *play nice now*…

    I am FED THE HELL UP with political correctness and wusses…

  4. comment number 4 by: Robert

    Here’s the problem in a nut shell…The REPUBLICANS are trying to control the tea party….Fact is: The republicans are one of the reasons the TEA PARTY exists. They started the ball rolling, Obama just kicked it harder.

    Case and Point:
    Sharon Angle, is losing in the polls to Harry Reid. WHY? this is an anti-incumbent atmosphere and Harry Reid has been instrumental in taking our nation south! How in the world is he winning? Because the people of Nevada are scared of “A Tea Party” candidate. MSM spins, and the LIES of Democrats are causing the voters to wonder…Good plan. BUT had the tea party presented a united front against the accusations and put the burden of proof where it belongs perhaps the tide would be different. It all revolves around NUTS. The tea party has NONE!

  5. comment number 5 by: HoosierArmyMom

    AMEN to that! I am so sick of seeing RINOs try to ride the coattails of the Tea Party, and now that they realize we are serious about electing folks that WON’T do business as usual they are talking stupid!!!! This is a great post Fred, and tells it like it is for BOTH SIDES of the Aisle!

    I just wonder what it’s going to take to get the RNC to take note and realize that we don’t like THEM anymore than we like the commies they helped push into office by picking a weak RINO (McPain) to run in the first place! Grrrrrrr!!!

  6. comment number 6 by: Steve Dennis

    True Fred, there may not be a central voice speaking out right now, but the RINOs will hear loud and clear in November!