July 1st, 2014
10:31 AM ET
7 years 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

    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.
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    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?
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    The Tea Party never really changed its' tune. It's still against raising taxes, something Grover Norquist has made sure of nearly two decades now with his signed pledges. No, the local group here was simply overrun by people who had higher priorities than taxes... ... many of them were haters and birthers.

    July 1, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    Really? If that's the way you want to call it, then the Tea Party Houses [read Republicans] have been the biggest spending Houses in U.S. history.

    Trumpets, please. TAA-DAA.

    July 1, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Val

    Obama has been as inept and onerous as predicted so the dinner table has been set pretty well.

    July 1, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    -in next election, just get out and vote. Remove all GOP garbage. Period. World is laughing at USA. Educate yourself. Republicans are so nasty. Remove them all.

    July 1, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota;
    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
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    He'd probably drop dead if Wake Upe and I decided to pay you a visit?! Yes?
    Is this the same guy who stayed with you last year? I remember it almost took an intervention to get you back to rights my friend!
    Keep us posted on all the inevitable utterings, droolings and what-nots that's bound to transpire, and whatever you do don't take the bait...well, go ahead and take the bait it is your house after all who needs in-laws, right?!

    July 1, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Crybabies

    Well, I suppose I could spend my time with you arguing (A) was more at fault than (B); but to what end? Fact is, spending 5.5 years offering nothing but anti-Obama rhetoric didn't serve the best interests of our country. Nor, I suspect did GW best serve our country by allowing Dick Cheney to intimidate America for 8 years.

    This whole intimidation thingy? It gets old.

    July 1, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    rs
    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.
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    Couldn't agree with you more.
    Based on their track record these last 14 or so years I wouldn't voter Republican with somebody else's vote (as the saying goes). They have disgraced and unqualified themselves from leadership positions of any substance.
    Republicans, as I have repeatedly stated, have dropped any and all pretense at compromise, country first, and civic duty and civility.
    It's as if the Tea Party came in and said "Off with the sheets".
    I'd like a choice too, but it appears that they are against that as well.

    July 1, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Tommy G

    @rs... Why can't you address the point I made about Red States electing leftist Obama supporting Senators? How is that in the best interest of their state? Red State people voting for Democrats are voting against their best interests, which is what the Democrats always accuse others of doing.

    There is absolutely NO REASON for Democrats to be in control of the Senate and forcing Obama's far left agenda on this country. We just need Red States to do their part and vote Democrats OUT. Remove that gavel from senile obstructionist Harry Reid's hand! Help SAVE this country!!

    July 1, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. TonyD

    Tony D
    Really? If that's the way you want to call it, then the Tea Party Houses [read Republicans] have been the biggest spending Houses in U.S. history.
    Trumpets, please. TAA-DAA.
    -–

    They TRIED to cut spending but the Democrats in the Senate and Obama shutdown the government. Not one dime out of the $3.5 TRILLION budget could be cut of people would starve and die in the streets according to the Democrats and their lackeys in the media that perpetuate the leftists lies.

    July 1, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    July 1, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm
    Lynda Minnesota;
    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
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    He’d probably drop dead if Wake Upe and I decided to pay you a visit?! Yes?
    Is this the same guy who stayed with you last year? I remember it almost took an intervention to get you back to rights my friend!
    Keep us posted on all the inevitable utterings, droolings and what-nots that’s bound to transpire, and whatever you do don’t take the bait…well, go ahead and take the bait it is your house after all who needs in-laws, right?!

    😃😃😃😃 Can you imagine the conversation around the dinner table??? Lol. The poor guy would probably stroke out at seeing Lynda's new sister-friends!!😍😍

    July 1, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Linda, I do not quash what you say. USA is a total illiterate nation. Congress spent time saying every darn dirty thing to anti-Obama. If USA is smart remove all GOP thugs. Period. SC is a shame, disgrace to law itself.

    July 1, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. sonny chapman

    Tommy G-You're right, Obama is destroying this Country. Last month the American Economy recovered ALL jobs lost in The Great Bush the Younger, Recession.

    July 1, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He'd probably drop dead if Wake Upe and I decided to pay you a visit?! Yes?"

    Oh, DM4O. Now you've got me laughing. It WOULD be the first time I ever saw him speechless. He's a handful. After his last visit (no, he's not the same one from last year – that was an associate of my husband's) I actually had to go around and clean up the damage to various individuals tender physce living near our cabin. Dude didn't like that he couldn't take our 4-wheeler and trample others' yards. He was going to get his gun and fight the neighbor who complained. I'm not kidding. It took me an hour to calm my FIL down. I had to do the calming because, quite frankly, he was trying to impress ME with his macho-ness.

    I love my husband dearly ... but ... !

    July 1, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Tom l

    Rudy,
    Can you explain how "binders full of women" – which meant he had a large pool of female candidates to hire for work – is evidence of the supposed war on women?

    July 1, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    TonyD

    Tony D
    Really? If that's the way you want to call it, then the Tea Party Houses [read Republicans] have been the biggest spending Houses in U.S. history.
    Trumpets, please. TAA-DAA.
    -–

    They TRIED to cut spending but the Democrats in the Senate and Obama shutdown the government. Not one dime out of the $3.5 TRILLION budget could be cut of people would starve and die in the streets according to the Democrats and their lackeys in the media that perpetuate the leftists lies.
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    Don't make excuses. Michelle Bachmann is so fond of saying "we control the purse strings." Your Republicans could have cut spending if they wanted to. They could even cut out all spending and shut down the government if they so desired. Sorry, Tony, by your own definition, the Tea Party Houses have been the biggest deficit spenders in history.

    When you gotcha self and you know it clap your hands. CLAP, CLAP.

    July 1, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. ChrisM

    If the GOPers think they can win with the extreme religious TPers, they are out of their minds! But please do continue TPers you have destroyed the once great republican party

    July 1, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    "😃😃😃😃 Can you imagine the conversation around the dinner table??? Lol. The poor guy would probably stroke out at seeing Lynda's new sister-friends!!😍😍"

    Hey you two. You are MORE than welcome to visit. Anytime. The conversation around our table? Yeah. I've heard it all from this man. And, yeah. I say my piece back.

    Then he wonders why I don't invite the little ones to visit during his visits. "Frankly", he tells me, "I'm disappointed in you".

    July 1, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Tommy G

    sonny chapman
    Tommy G-You're right, Obama is destroying this Country. Last month the American Economy recovered ALL jobs lost in The Great Bush the Younger, Recession.
    -–

    Yeah, 5.5 years later Obama has replaced good paying jobs with fast food and part time jobs, which is why we are still running deficits, the economy shrank last quarter and why we still have record unemployment, record people on food stamps.

    Our economy needs to create 3 million jobs a year just to keep up with population growth, so where are the rest of the jobs? Fact is the Obama-Democrat agenda is killing them and we are falling further and further behind as kids graduating college can't find jobs and the unemployment rate in the black community is astronomical. We now have the lowest labor participation rate since the late seventies, when the last Democrat disaster of Jimmy Carter wrecked the country.

    You really do need to educate yourself.

    July 1, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. tom l

    Rudy NYC

    TonyD

    Tony D
    Really? If that's the way you want to call it, then the Tea Party Houses [read Republicans] have been the biggest spending Houses in U.S. history.
    Trumpets, please. TAA-DAA.
    -–

    They TRIED to cut spending but the Democrats in the Senate and Obama shutdown the government. Not one dime out of the $3.5 TRILLION budget could be cut of people would starve and die in the streets according to the Democrats and their lackeys in the media that perpetuate the leftists lies.
    ===========================================================
    Don't make excuses. Michelle Bachmann is so fond of saying "we control the purse strings." Your Republicans could have cut spending if they wanted to. They could even cut out all spending and shut down the government if they so desired. Sorry, Tony, by your own definition, the Tea Party Houses have been the biggest deficit spenders in history.

    When you gotcha self and you know it clap your hands. CLAP, CLAP.
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    Do you have any intellectual honesty, Rudy? Any at all? Are you really trying to insinuate that the TEA Party are big spenders? How many times do I have to read about 24 billion? The dems played dirty politics and absolutely had a hand in shutting down the govt yet they were able to pin that all on the repubs who were trying to cut spending. There was nothing they could do and you try and portray them as the big spenders? Absolutely ridiculous.

    I'm not saying repubs don't spend money because they do and that's just another reason there is a small difference between repubs and dems but to call the TEA Party the biggest deficit spenders is just flat out dishonest and lame.

    Oh, and keep on lying about Hobby Lobby and how they used to offer birth control and now they don't. That's another good one of yours. Keep saying it's all about greed with regards to a company that shuts down 1/7 of the year by closing on Sundays and pays their employees more than minimum wage. Then tell us how women's rights have been "restricted" even though they can absolutely till obtain any type of birth control. So pathetic of you.

    July 1, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Tony D

    Rudy NYC
    TonyD
    Tony D
    Really? If that's the way you want to call it, then the Tea Party Houses [read Republicans] have been the biggest spending Houses in U.S. history.
    Trumpets, please. TAA-DAA.
    -–
    They TRIED to cut spending but the Democrats in the Senate and Obama shutdown the government. Not one dime out of the $3.5 TRILLION budget could be cut of people would starve and die in the streets according to the Democrats and their lackeys in the media that perpetuate the leftists lies.
    ===========================================================
    Don't make excuses. Michelle Bachmann is so fond of saying "we control the purse strings." Your Republicans could have cut spending if they wanted to. They could even cut out all spending and shut down the government if they so desired. Sorry, Tony, by your own definition, the Tea Party Houses have been the biggest deficit spenders in history.
    When you gotcha self and you know it clap your hands. CLAP, CLAP
    ---

    It is not excuses Rudy, it is fact, it is reality. So are you now saying you and all the other leftist Democrats will agree to cut federal government spending to balance the budget? EXCELLENT!! Let's hear the hundreds of billions you will cut, and please be specific. I eagerly await your response and this historic break through. I'm sure Obama will also support cutting hundreds of billions in spending right?

    July 1, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Tom l

    Rudy,
    Can you explain how "binders full of women" – which meant he had a large pool of female candidates to hire for work – is evidence of the supposed war on women?
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    Seriously? You don't know?
    Only a truly genuine, male chauvinist pig would keep women in a separate file from men, much less remark on it in the way that he did.

    July 1, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    The Tea Party never really changed its' tune. It's still against raising taxes, something Grover Norquist has made sure of nearly two decades now with his signed pledges. No, the local group here was simply overrun by people who had higher priorities than taxes... ... many of them were haters and birthers
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    Exactly. Higher priorities than taxes. Like what Rudy?
    When your initial priorities (lower taxes) are superceded and overrun by HIGHER priorities ( haters and birthers) it would be fair to say "the tune has changed".
    In other words when you start out with one goal in mind, and that goal brings in a diverse group of people, then your main goal changes to the point where you are left with little to no diversity, once again, it would be fair to say that their "tune has changed".
    The Tea Party may have started out under the premise of Taxed Enough Already but seeing how they became the most vocal supporters of the top 1% and most vocal obstructionists to this President, they just need to go on and call themselves what they are: Republicans.

    July 1, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Boomer in Mo

    I have some Tea Party family members. They absolutely, positively HATE the poor. All poor people are lazy, welfare grubbing criminals as far as they are concerned. The poor are the new social group to hate. This is not a good avenue for the GOP to follow.

    July 1, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    tom l wrote:

    Do you have any intellectual honesty, Rudy? Any at all? Are you really trying to insinuate that the TEA Party are big spenders? How many times do I have to read about 24 billion? The dems played dirty politics and absolutely had a hand in shutting down the govt yet they were able to pin that all on the repubs who were trying to cut spending. There was nothing they could do and you try and portray them as the big spenders? Absolutely ridiculous.
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    A wise man would stay out of this losing argument, tom. I'm not insinuating anything. Tony D laid out his definition of who is responsible for a budget, and I applied it for him. Don't blame me because his own argument blew up in his face.

    July 1, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. tom l

    “And I—and I went to my staff, and I said, ‘How come all the people for these jobs are—are all men.’ They said: ‘Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.’ And I said: ‘Well, gosh, can't we—can't we find some—some women that are also qualified?’ And—and so we—we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women's groups and said: ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”

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    Does that sound like the words of a male chauvinist pig? This is the dem version of "what difference does it make" taking something totally out of context and then labeling him so you can divide and conquer. Dude noticed that the only candidates were men and didn't feel that was right and went out specifically to hire women and you call him a male chauvinist pig. Can you provide some examples of this? Other than you're deciding you know exactly what is in Mitt Romney's heart, of course, since you are the all knowing man. While you're at it, why don't you look up all of the complaints about him from women that worked with him because that will demonstrate how much of a male chauvinist he is. I don't think you will find that because he's just not. He spoke "inarticulately" much like Hillary. Why do you defend her and then use this against him?

    July 1, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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