July 1st, 2014
10:31 AM ET
4 months ago

Fewer wins this time, but tea party has changed the GOP

Washington (CNN) – Call it a brief intermission: There's a three-week break in the action after a slew of primaries in May and June and a couple big headlines.

The major story line so far this election cycle is the ongoing battle that pits mainstream Republicans against tea party groups and anti-establishment organizations.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Why do voters continue to believe Republicans when they accuse Democrats of being the party of big spending and big government, when the facts demonstrate the exact opposite. The largest growths in spending and government since World War II has occurred under Republican administrations in the White House. The facts don't lie, but Republicans do.

    July 1, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. just saying

    i thought the big story was democrats tampering with republican primaries and spreading their lies to deceive people about what tea party candidates represent. of course, the press doesn't see any of that! and why should they when they work for the democrats and that isn't the approved story to report.

    July 1, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "So what's happening this cycle?"

    (I'm going to go out on the limb here, CNN) I'm guessing Republicans are pitted against other Republicans?

    It is a sad day in America when the only news coverage is which societal misfit Republican is going to "bring down" the GOP in 2014 (in this case we have a three week reprieve). It isn't as if these misfits weren't actively courted by the GOP day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day after day X 5.5 years.

    That the GOP is going to "get rid" of them is mildly amusing. That the GOP never once looked to the future where these folks are concerned and thought to themselves that when the time came, the GOP COULD send them back the the nether regions from whence they came from is beyond amusing.

    7% Congressional approval. Hey, thanks GOP. Two wasted decades of doing nothing for America. Job well done.

    Rah. Rah.

    July 1, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Tommy G

    And now it is time to mop the floor with the Democrats in the general election, starting with those nine Red State Democrat Senators. Seriously Red State voters, you have seen and read in here what the Democrats and their party think of you?! You are considered backward welfare red necks! Why would you vote for a Democrat so they can continue to support Obama and his far left agenda?! Time to start voting them OUT this November!!

    July 1, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. smith1

    yes changed and not for the better. GOP now afraid to take a stand on anything that might upset the baggers. Nothing gets done. All just trying to keep their seats. Vote them all out. Let's move forward.

    July 1, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    The Tea Party has hastened the demise of the Repubican Party national brand by forcing establishment politicans to the right of the political spectrum. The Republican Party will be relegated to local and regional influence as party membership shrinks because of demographic and cultural changes.

    July 1, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why do they call themselves the Tea Party?
    Why not just declare themselves for what they are and have always been: well-funded but extremely ignorant and hateful Republicans?
    They aligned themselves with Republicons from the beginning, and they and the money they brought with them were welcomed with open arms by establishment Republicons.
    Now there is in-fighting which is the end product of this type of political inbreeding.
    The crazies want to rule the roost.

    July 1, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. sonny chapman

    The Dow is fixing to hit 17,000. Obama is destroying America.

    July 1, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. rs

    Back when I was a Republican, the party stood for a sensible brand of economic conservatism (balanced budget, paid-for tax breaks, no budget deficits); there was a sort of logical and restrained foreign policy that the Democrats simply didn't seem to have; and the GOP spent wisely on the future- the EPA was a Republican creation for example as were many of the first clean air and water acts. Civil rights and voting rights advanced under the GOP. Social issues were far away and not really part of the platform, nor was religion. With Reagan came the abortion wars; the unseemly climbing into bed with the Southern Baptists and the Pat Robertsons and the Jerry Falwells- things began getting nutty.
    Likewise, the fiscal conservatism went in the ditch, with Reagan tripling the debt, Bush the first doubles that. Deficits "didn't matter" and tax cuts for the rich became the norm. It was as if the GOP decided government didn't need money to run- just raw will (or something). The environment? They've declared war on is, unraveling 30 years of trying to improve our world, the GOP now seems Hell-bent on turning it into a cesspool.

    Did the TEA Party really cause that change? No. Clearly these bizarre changes were in the works for awhile. I think what the TEA Party (really just the fundamentalist GOPpers) really brought to the table is the absolutist obstruction that has made our government ground to a halt.

    I don't envy the GOP. I'd love a choice in my candidates, but look at their record- 8 disastrous years under Bush, followed by 6 years of obstruction and d-nothing-ism. There is no record of GOP accomplishment anymore- just failure and wreckage of a once viable party.

    July 1, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    "So what's happening this cycle?"

    (I'm going to go out on the limb here, CNN) I'm guessing Republicans are pitted against other Republicans?
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    My point exactly my friend.
    Haven't made a complete comeback to this site. They are keeping me busy. But every once in a while I can "jump the fence"! Wink.
    So pardon me if I don't always respond to you, just know that sooner or later we'll catch up and have a few giggles at the willful ignorance and pettiness often here on display, sometimes from libruls but more often than not from the usual suspects!
    Miss you all... :(

    July 1, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. CryBabies

    Lynda?Minnesota...Congress is made up of Democrats and Republicans. The sayin" it takes two to tango" seems to be lost on this subject. I guess Harry Reid has all the answers?

    July 1, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why do they call themselves the Tea Party?
    Why not just declare themselves for what they are and have always been: well-funded but extremely ignorant and hateful Republicans?
    They aligned themselves with Republicons from the beginning, and they and the money they brought with them were welcomed with open arms by establishment Republicons.
    Now there is in-fighting which is the end product of this type of political inbreeding.
    The crazies want to rule the roost.
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    I first heard of the "Taxed Enough Already" Party back in the early summer of 2008. At the time, it was a true grass roots movement that attracted liberals, conservatives, and moderates alike, all united with one complaint, that they were taxed enough already.

    One hot topic in the 2008 presidential campaigns were Bush Tax Cuts, which most liberals wanted to see abolished, and most conservatives wanted to see continued. By late summer the "Taxed Enough Already" Party was quickly becoming a conservatives only group. Moderate and liberal neighbors of mine dropped out, complaining that the overall tone of the group had changed, and not for the better. They had said that hateful people were overrunning the group, and by early 2009 the group had been completely overtaken by big money conservatives.

    That's how I remember it starting out.

    July 1, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. rs

    just saying

    i thought the big story was democrats tampering with republican primaries and spreading their lies to deceive people about what tea party candidates represent. of course, the press doesn't see any of that! and why should they when they work for the democrats and that isn't the approved story to report.
    ________________________________________________
    No one was deceived- Mississippi is an open primary state- that's how primary elections are meant to work there- and it did exactly what it was designed to do- keep the nutjob off of the ballot.

    July 1, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Silence DoGood

    The GOP courted the loony Tea Party. Now, like the crazy uncle you want to forget, they just keep showing up.
    When it comes time to vote, remember the GOP was all friendly with the Tea Party.
    If anything, the TP has pulled the GOP more towards the Theocracy corner.

    July 1, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    By late summer the "Taxed Enough Already" Party was quickly becoming a conservatives only group. Moderate and liberal neighbors of mine dropped out, complaining that the overall tone of the group had changed, and not for the better.
    ----------------------------------------------------–
    Hmm.
    I wonder what else happenned that summer of 2008.
    Do you think that candidate Obama winning the Democratic nomination for the Presidency have anything to do with the Tea Party changing it's tune and thus disposing itself of those moderates and liberals along the way?

    July 1, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. rs

    Tommy G

    And now it is time to mop the floor with the Democrats in the general election, starting with those nine Red State Democrat Senators. Seriously Red State voters, you have seen and read in here what the Democrats and their party think of you?! You are considered backward welfare red necks! Why would you vote for a Democrat so they can continue to support Obama and his far left agenda?! Time to start voting them OUT this November!!
    ___________________________
    Tommy- I know we represent the different sides of the aisle-and changing one-another's' minds isn't likely, but seriously – can you give me just one reason that anyone should vote FOR the GOP? Their plans? Their policies? Any accomplishments from the last 6 years? Anything? What am I not seeing that should make me want to vote Red?

    July 1, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Its interesting to see the level of absolute paranoia and denial that came out of my esteemed Right-wing posters on here. First, Mississippi holds an open primary, like many other states so, and it was perfectly legal for Democrats to vote in the GOP primary, provided they did not do the same in the Democratic Primary. There is no independent evidence of irregularities, as McDaniels claims, so the whining from the Tea Party folks is just that, whining. Second, the nine Red States where Democrats have been vulnerable, the needle has not swung decisively in favor of the GOP because they have alienated moderates with their platforms. Third, its July, and there is plenty of time for the GOP to damage its brand and given their talent for self-destruction, its a distinct possibility. Finally, what does the GOP offer besides stalemate? Is there a doctrine of philosophy on anything other than ranting about Obama? He will be out of office in 2 years, and there is nothing in terms of ideas from the GOP that is anything more than the same warmed-over garbage, except in a more distilled form that is even more divorced from reality.

    July 1, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    rs:
    I enjoyed reading your post as I do most all of them. Thank you.

    July 1, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @just saying
    i thought the big story was democrats tampering with republican primaries and spreading their lies to deceive people about what tea party candidates represent. of course, the press doesn't see any of that! and why should they when they work for the democrats and that isn't the approved story to report.
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    No – that is the conspiracy theory. The actual story is that there was a legal vote and the TP candidate lost.

    July 1, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Eurasian

    I would say it has been more of a ferreting out a inferior candidates. Whoever can win the general election whether establishment or tea party republican is the goal and it looks good so far. Mississippi was a blessing and there are plenty of senate opportunities for the GOP in November. Starting soon you will be seeing those Dem's in the red states talking like they are more conservative than Ted Cruz which is always good for chuckle.

    July 1, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Gail me Name

    Ah yes, the pea potty party. One party staters

    July 1, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama: "So pardon me if I don't always respond to you, just know that sooner or later we'll catch up and have a few giggles at the willful ignorance and pettiness often here on display, sometimes from libruls but more often than not from the usual suspects!"

    Um. Well. I was just informed by my husband that my father in law is going to treat us with a visit. He and his new wife are headed our way for a few weeks of fun in the sun. Yep. Going to be fun alright. Dude remarried a year or so after his second wife died. This third wife of his? Yeah. She's a decade or so younger than my husband and me. He's a TeaPer; and she ... well ... I'll get back to you in a few weeks. I've yet to meet her. Who knows. Maybe she'll become the sister I never had. Or something.

    Anyway. Such is life.

    Have a great summer, my friend. I plan to.

    July 1, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Tony D

    Rudy NYC
    Why do voters continue to believe Republicans when they accuse Democrats of being the party of big spending and big government, when the facts demonstrate the exact opposite. The largest growths in spending and government since World War II has occurred under Republican administrations in the White House. The facts don't lie, but Republicans do.
    -–

    Got that lying machine on overdrive this morning! Every person that graduated 7th grade knows it is Congress that determines the spending, not who is in the White House. The facts don't lie, you do, but that is nothing new in here.

    July 1, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. jboh

    TEA has changed GOP for the worse. Time to flush the TEA pot.

    July 1, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. labman57

    The tea party phenomenon - a faux "grass roots" movement ... inspired by anarchy-promoting Libertarian extremists, and heavily fertilized with big bucks and B.S. provided by corporate lobbyists and mainstream conservative strategists.

    Their recipe: a particularly bitter brew composed of one part David Duke-inspired racist, two parts Jerry Falwell- inspired self-righteous religious fanatic, three parts greedy corporate upper management, one part survivalist- revolutionary wannabe, and three parts ignorant homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic Joe 6-pack lemming.

    There have always been whack-jobs throwing their hats into the political ring, but until the lunatic fringe who call themselves the Tea Party crawled out from the woodwork, these delusional crackpots had not been given 'the blessing of legitimacy' by the Republican Party leadership.

    July 1, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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