The GOP’s three strikes – reducing spending, debt and fighting Obamacare


WASHINGTON, February 4, 2014 – One, two, three strikes your out, GOP!  A number of Republicans in the House leadership have taken to various Washington political media outlets to complain about the criticism they are getting over House Speaker John Boehner’s support of some form of Amnesty this year.

Some of the House Members, including Rob Bishop of Idaho, went on the offensive against the conservative media that had attacked them for “something we haven’t done yet.”  He said that means,  “we don’t have a plan yet, all people were talking about was ideas. So jumping to conclusions is premature.”

Congressman Bishop and most of the other Republicans in Congress don’t get that the conservative base is angry.  The base is angry because they are talking about Amnesty, and the base is angry because the base does not trust the House Republicans.

The base has no reason to trust the Republicans in Congress.  The conservative base of the Republican Party overwhelmingly opposes Amnesty.  What the base really wants is a fight with Obama over Obamacare, the IRS abuses, Benghazi and Fast and Furious, just to name a few.

The Republican Congress wants to give the conservative voting base meaningless votes on repealing Obamacare while moving forward on Amnesty. Additionally, conservatives have not forgotten, nor are they in a mood to forgive, the Republicans for what they have done in the last three years following their historic change in the House of Representatives in 2010.

Then the Republicans campaigned on reducing spending, reducing the debt and fighting Obamacare.

If this were a baseball game, they would have struck out on all three as under John Boehner’s leadership, spending has increased, the debt has increased and nothing has been done about Obamacare despite the suffering of the American people.

What the Republican leadership remains clueless about is the fact that the conservative base is now totally fed up, no longer trusting in the GOP.  The Republicans are like the cheating husband in the old country song who asks, “Who are you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes?”

Republicans don’t want to know the answer to that question.

Fortunately for the GOP, this election remains essentially a binary election.  There is no alternative to the GOP.  If there were, the GOP would be gone.  For the first time in one hundred and fifty years, the conditions are right for one of the major parties to be replaced by another party. Some in the Republican leadership have complained this is just an issue of “messaging.”  No.  It’s not.  This is an issue of trust.

The Republican Party better start listening to the conservative base, earning their trust again. Or the base will channel its inner Darth Vader and inform the Republicans, “You have failed us for the last time.”

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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.
  • Tim Kern

    Democrats don’t need leaders. It’s easy to just keep sliding off a cliff. What I find strange is that Republicans don’t want to go anywhere else, either.