Cold & Clueless: Republicans become Democrat-lite with clean-debt

Cold & Clueless: Republicans become Democrat-lite with clean-debt

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Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Lindsey Graham, Reince Preibus
Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Lindsey Graham, Reince Preibus

WASHINGTON, February 17, 2014 — It is hard to get more clueless than the Republican Leadership in Washington. Last week, over the objections of conservatives, the Republican leadership worked to pass a “clean” debt ceiling increase.

The left rose to its feet in applause. The professional Washington political media were overjoyed.

Writing in the Hill today, Juan Williams opined that “Republican Leaders must keep the Tea Party on the run!” Senate Democrats Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer have told the Republicans they must repudiate the Tea Party if they want to have a future.

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Perhaps the only thing more ridiculous than the advice of the Democrats to the Republicans is the fact that the Republican leadership is apparently listening to this advice. The line the Democrats are selling is that if the GOP ever wants to win another election, it must abandon the Tea Party, abandon the conservative core beliefs the Republicans tell voters they support, and act just like Democrats.

Does anyone really believe Comrades Reid and Schumer really want to see a competitive Republican Party? Does anyone really believe that someone like Juan Williams wants to see any conservative group effectively present its ideas to America?

Elephants are supposed to have an incredible memory, but clearly that trait does not belong to the organization that uses the pachyderm as its mascot. When the Republican Party claimed to be conservative, it eventually took control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives.

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When they went Democrat-lite, they lost all three. In 2006 and 2008, the Republican Party had less success than General Custer did at his last stand.

In 2010, the Tea Party came along and rescued the Republican Party. The GOP showed its thanks by ignoring the Tea Party in the 2012 elections. Now, in 2013, John Boehner and the Republican leadership in Washington actually want to follow Harry Reid’s advice.

The Republican leadership has turned on the Tea Party.

Does the Republican Party want to be a majority party?

Last week, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said in a speech that if the GOP did not reach out to minorities, there would never be another Republican president in his lifetime.

But there is another lesson that needs to be learned: A party that cannot turn out its base is doomed. The left knows this. That is why they want the GOP to turn its back on its base.

Why the GOP is doing this no one can really explain, but one thing is certain. If the Republicans continue to listen to liberals and ignore their base, they will become a permanent minority on their way to sharing the fate of the Whig Party.

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Judson Phillips
Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet. A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says. Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC. “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based. Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville. Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’ I did.” The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown. It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed. Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker. He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should. He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.