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 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.
  • Michael Lawrence

    We, the people will remember this vote in November and we will show the Republican leadership we are very displeased with their leadership.

  • Thomas J. Butman

    Stop referring to the rino’s as republican! They want a war GIVE IT TO THEM. Refer to them only as RINO, The RINO party clearly delineate the difference between tea party republican and RINO republican. Let’s clean it up and vote them out. Then we can keep the name like the communists did with the Democrats.

  • Sherill Weber

    Why would anybody listen to what Harry Reid has to say. When he says to do something,,,I say do the opposite. As far as those Rinos,,,,they are no longer Republicans. April 15th, Tea Party Rally at the Dally Center in Chicago. I am going to be there.

  • Brendan Carrell

    I kind of want to critique this article, but it lacks any substance or
    even a semblance of a good argument. Unsupported assertions and
    assumptions abound, and the overall point seems to be nothing more than a
    restating of points that the Tea Party has been arguing for years.

    The issue is not, as the author appears to believe, that the Republicans
    are “turning their back on their base”. The real issue is that the
    traditional base of the Republican party is shrinking demographically,
    and if they want to maintain relevancy in the coming decades they will
    need to broaden the appeal of their brand. This could be done in
    several ways, but the fact remains that without either an increased
    outreach to young voters and minorities, or a revamping of the party
    structure to encourage grassroots engagement, they will undoubtedly go
    the way of the Whigs.

    It’s very telling to me that I live in a conservative area, and literally no
    one under the age of 40 identifies with the Tea Party. If you don’t
    see that as a serious issue, then I’m not sure any amount of pandering
    to the base will fix the problem.

    • Angelo Vazquez

      most American out side of NYC, Washington DC support the tea party and are absolutely angry with the progressive RHINO… a lot of Latinos actually support the tea party as well. despite what the media says. a lot of people are going to be surprised.

  • blaze2453

    8/28 Forever!

  • Vlad99

    Republicans listened to TP and it resulted in the ill-fated shutdown. Boehner cannot do anything important without the Democrats. Pelosi is effectively running the house right now. TP is killing the Republicans with their purity stuff.

    • Steven Chappell

      The shutdown was a result of the Democrats and Obama not doing what has been done for 238 years working to a compromise instead they stomp their feet like spoiled BRATS.

    • Angelo Vazquez

      you are really under estimating how many millions and millions of Americans relate with the tea party a lot faster than the Dems or the RHINO GOP.

  • Tank555

    Not a problem republican party, I’m gone, out of here, don’t have to worry about me anymore. Enjoy your tumble into obscurity.

  • Steven Chappell

    Every incumbent Republican that does not embrace the Tea Party calls for limited Government will be voted out of office

  • cuchieddie

    I quit you slugs last year. You’re nothing more than the left giving in to everything they demand. You lack guts spine and gonads. You will never get another vote from this lifetime Reaganite until you begin to work with conservatives on an evem playing field. Bite me!

  • noname

    I will no longer vote for a Republican until they get some balls and stand up for conservative issues instead of being spineless crony pleasing wimps and stop being afraid of O’liar.

  • Ken Hicks

    I am 75 years old and have been a registered Republican since I was 21 (legal age back then). However, this year I re-registered as an “Independent”, as I see the party of Lincoln as a RINO party. If more conservatives in both the Republican and Democratic parties would do the same, we would have a powerful new party that could change the voting to the individual and do away with the “college”. Technology has made it easy for the individual vote to be counted rather than the electoral college casting the vote! There is nothing to prevent it from voting the “will of the college” rather than the will of the people. IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE!

  • MissVinayDuggal8

    WHy would any rEPUBLICAN LISTEN TO “GOOD” ADVICE from Harry Reid or Chuck Schumer. Instead, we should join forces with the Tea Partiers, Conservatives and Independents and overtrow the De,ocrats in all gov’t positions ASAP.