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(The Week)   Remember the Congressional "Tea Party Caucus" in that was going to shake up Washington and end 'business as usual'? Yeah it apparently doesn't exist anymore as all its members have either been booted from office or quietly quit the group   (theweek.com) divider line 76
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2013-03-22 09:29:40 AM  
A lot of excuses on that page, but let's face the truth: Obama got to them, too.
 
2013-03-22 09:39:42 AM  
So...business as usual then?
 
2013-03-22 11:37:22 AM  
Don't worry, Ted Cruz is carrying the Disruptive Dick Torch for them all...
 
2013-03-22 11:42:05 AM  
Who killed the Tea Party Caucus?

It was always brain dead.  I guess the GOP harvested everything they wanted and decided to pull the plug.

But it keeps breathing...and they don't know what to do about it...
 
2013-03-22 11:42:33 AM  
The "Tea Party" was never a separate group. It was just another label for the conservative rump.
 
2013-03-22 11:47:22 AM  
And since the 2012 election, in which Bachmann almost lost her seat, "she has been keeping a low profile and trying to rebuild her brand in her district; that may have something to do with the group's silence."

lolwut?
 
2013-03-22 11:51:43 AM  
Looks like the ol' Koch dried up on them.

Lionel Mandrake: And since the 2012 election, in which Bachmann almost lost her seat, "she has been keeping a low profile and trying to rebuild her brand in her district; that may have something to do with the group's silence."

lolwut?


Didn't she just get busted for telling a bunch of lies at the CPAC?
 
2013-03-22 12:08:09 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: It was always brain dead.  I guess the GOP harvested everything they wanted and decided to pull the plug.But it keeps breathing...and they don't know what to do about it...


Which is ironic, when you think about it...Given how asinine most of them were about that whole Terri Schaivo thing.
 
2013-03-22 12:15:24 PM  
Looks like I picked the wrong week to start a business selling Gadsden flags down by the spillway.
 
2013-03-22 12:29:27 PM  
Or maybe it was nothing but a scam in the first place
 
2013-03-22 12:40:11 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Or maybe it was nothing but a scam in the first place


The DUECE you say!  because that would mean that in 2008 when, in the words of one senior GOP senator. "If the Republican party wre a brand of dog food it would have to be pulled from the shelves" , the Somehow, some Republican strategists invented the TEA party as a way to keep the GOP base from waking up and having to confront the harsh reality of the fact that conservative ideas and policies were completely unworkable and disatrous for the country.  But that's just crazy because they'd have to keep the alternate party charade up just long enough that they could rely on people's famously short memories and somehow convince them that all the devastation that 8 years of GOP rule wrought was somehow the fault of the guy that inherited the mess they left behind.
 
2013-03-22 12:40:18 PM  
I though they were supposed to stand up for what they believe?!!
 
2013-03-22 12:45:35 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Or maybe it was nothing but a scam in the first place


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What?  Why are you looking at me??
 
2013-03-22 12:54:12 PM  
www.amnation.com

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Imagine the EPIC Pres / VP family concession speech that never was.
 
2013-03-22 12:55:11 PM  
wrong thread. sorry.
 
2013-03-22 01:13:21 PM  

PainInTheASP: So...business as usual then?


Say what must be said to get the vote. Then do whatever you want.
 
2013-03-22 01:26:12 PM  
Oh yea, I remember that. Started on Jan 20, 2009. Didnt something else happen that day?
 
2013-03-22 01:26:16 PM  
Hoverround confiscation killed theTea Party.
 
2013-03-22 01:27:19 PM  

PainInTheASP: So...business as usual then?


This.
 
2013-03-22 01:30:55 PM  
But, we have daily rantings from the kidz telling us how the tea party runs the Republican party.

Make you farking minds up, you silly women.
 
2013-03-22 01:32:30 PM  
I thought most of the TeaFarty Cawksuks were sent to Gitmo for their treason against the good 'ol U.S of freakin A..
 
2013-03-22 01:33:02 PM  

bdub77: Looks like the ol' Koch dried up on them.

Lionel Mandrake: And since the 2012 election, in which Bachmann almost lost her seat, "she has been keeping a low profile and trying to rebuild her brand in her district; that may have something to do with the group's silence."

lolwut?

Didn't she just get busted for telling a bunch of lies at the CPAC?


It's been a quiet week at Lake Derpagon for our gal Shelly.  Quiet couple of months actually.  Then CPAC happened.
 
2013-03-22 01:34:17 PM  
yeah, shiatting on your chance to return the GOP to Goldwater conservatism will do that
 
2013-03-22 01:34:26 PM  
it must have been ACORN!!!
 
2013-03-22 01:42:44 PM  

Magorn: The DUECE you say! because that would mean that in 2008 when, in the words of one senior GOP senator. "If the Republican party wre a brand of dog food it would have to be pulled from the shelves" , the Somehow, some Republican strategists invented the TEA party as a way to keep the GOP base from waking up and having to confront the harsh reality of the fact that conservative ideas and policies were completely unworkable and disatrous for the country. But that's just crazy because they'd have to keep the alternate party charade up just long enough that they could rely on people's famously short memories and somehow convince them that all the devastation that 8 years of GOP rule wrought was somehow the fault of the guy that inherited the mess they left behind.


Sounds awfully like that third way bull shiat when the Dems were wandering in the wilderness not that long ago
 
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2013-03-22 01:45:43 PM  
THANKS OBAMA
 
2013-03-22 01:46:24 PM  

MyKingdomForYourHorse: Sounds awfully like that third way bull shiat when the Dems were wandering in the wilderness not that long ago


I thought Clinton was a "third way" candidate and I would say most successful Dems are very "third way" like.

The only reason I don't think you hear "third way" much anymore is because it is now more the norm for Democrats. (which in some ways I think is sad)
 
2013-03-22 01:48:01 PM  
But But But Mark Levin told me that the Tea Party Caucus were going to open every session with a reading of the Constitution! And they would hold weekly seminars about the Constitution! And have constitutional scholar guest lecturers (such as himself) stop by and make sure everyone was constitutionally upholding the Constitution with every vote!!

I really wish I was kidding, but back in 2010 during election time my car radio broke and all I got was AM. Mark Levin, with his whiney, nasaly tone would shout at me that finally FINALLY the Tea Party would bring an era of Constitutional adherence that would make our fore fathers smile
 
2013-03-22 01:51:01 PM  

Magorn: in the words of one senior GOP senator. "If the Republican party wre a brand of dog food it would have to be pulled from the shelves" , the Somehow, some Republican strategists invented the TEA party as a way to keep the GOP base from waking up and having to confront the harsh reality of the fact that conservative ideas and policies were completely unworkable and disatrous for the country. But that's just crazy because they'd have to keep the alternate party charade up just long enough that they could rely on people's famously short memories and somehow convince them that all the devastation that 8 years of GOP rule wrought was somehow the fault of the guy that inherited the mess they left behind.


And within the next couple months the TeaParty will brand themselves into a group with a different name but the same "ideas".
 
2013-03-22 01:51:11 PM  

Corvus: it must have been ACORN!!!


And SOROOOOOOOOOS!!!!
 
2013-03-22 01:53:09 PM  

Corvus: I thought Clinton was a "third way" candidate and I would say most successful Dems are very "third way" like.

The only reason I don't think you hear "third way" much anymore is because it is now more the norm for Democrats. (which in some ways I think is sad)


I wouldn't say norm, the party has moved closer to the center and in doing so has snagged up a bunch of center right politicians. But one thing the Dems figured out is not to have its moonbat left run the show.

Sure they get a seat at the dinner table, but when the time comes they can shut up and let the adults talk.

...I'm looking at you Alan Grayson
 
2013-03-22 01:53:44 PM  

DamnYankees: The "Tea Party" was never a separate group. It was just another label for the conservative rump.


But it was a caucus. And apparently, the brand name of the caucus is now toxic.
 
2013-03-22 01:56:46 PM  

barneyfifesbullet: But, we have daily rantings from the kidz telling us how the tea party runs the Republican party.

Make you farking minds up, you silly women.


Amazingly, the tea party brand is viewed with even more disdain than the GOP, so it serves their opponents well to just call them all teabaggers. Best part is the GOP can't respond because the base still loves dancing around with teabags taped to their heads.
 
2013-03-22 01:57:18 PM  
The Tea Party Caucus is now Michelle Bachmann talking to herself in an empty conference room.
 
2013-03-22 02:02:05 PM  
I've always suspected that though our country was founded on revolution, and we purport to love revolutionaries, in real life we actually worry about them quite a bit and don't really trust them. Anyone going to Washington with a promise to shake things up is either a) lying, b) about to get a heaping helping of reality, or c) a crank, like Bachmann or Cruz.

In real life, we want to believe that our system isn't so broken that it can't still be repaired from within. And, oddly enough, the system itself still seems to function. The theater, the big headlines, the banner news of the day about the savage debates tearing our country apart are printed on Page One, while the Page 14: Washington Dispatches section features smaller stories of legislation quietly moving through committee, making it to floor, receiving a full vote, and heading off to the other chamber. With all the shrieking about the budget lately, you'd think the whole system was about to crater, yet Congress just passed another "continuing resolution," which means that the battle over the budget is either theater or they have no balls. And bear in mind the cosmic freakout that began in 2008 and never really stopped when Obama first ran as a "transformative" President. Even some of his own supporters didn't trust him. Once in Washington, he did his damnedest to govern from the middle. You know. Like you're supposed to.

So the Tea Party Caucus marches off to Washington under a banner pledging to save the day, the nation, the moral character of the country, and the lives of the unborn, and got run over by the reality bus. This is a complete surprise and something I never expected, said no one. We love revolutionaries, but we hate, hate, hate revolution. Why do you think any congressman has an 87% chance of getting re-elected? If we really loved change, we'd automatically vote for the challenger.
 
2013-03-22 02:05:20 PM  

Corvus: it must have been ACORN!!!


In combination with the lamestream media
 
2013-03-22 02:05:51 PM  
The article says that the members haven't met since july of last year... but didn't Rand Paul do a response to the State of the Union this year on behalf of the tea party caucus? Wouldn't some of them have to meet to pick Rand Paul and figure out logistics.
 
2013-03-22 02:08:35 PM  

kbronsito: The article says that the members haven't met since july of last year... but didn't Rand Paul do a response to the State of the Union this year on behalf of the tea party caucus? Wouldn't some of them have to meet to pick Rand Paul and figure out logistics.


Nevermind. I just googled it. That was Tea Party Express that organized the Rand Paul thing. All these angry white people groups look the same to me.
 
2013-03-22 02:11:44 PM  

peasandcarrots: I've always suspected that though our country was founded on revolution, and we purport to love revolutionaries, in real life we actually worry about them quite a bit and don't really trust them. Anyone going to Washington with a promise to shake things up is either a) lying, b) about to get a heaping helping of reality, or c) a crank, like Bachmann or Cruz.

In real life, we want to believe that our system isn't so broken that it can't still be repaired from within. And, oddly enough, the system itself still seems to function. The theater, the big headlines, the banner news of the day about the savage debates tearing our country apart are printed on Page One, while the Page 14: Washington Dispatches section features smaller stories of legislation quietly moving through committee, making it to floor, receiving a full vote, and heading off to the other chamber. With all the shrieking about the budget lately, you'd think the whole system was about to crater, yet Congress just passed another "continuing resolution," which means that the battle over the budget is either theater or they have no balls. And bear in mind the cosmic freakout that began in 2008 and never really stopped when Obama first ran as a "transformative" President. Even some of his own supporters didn't trust him. Once in Washington, he did his damnedest to govern from the middle. You know. Like you're supposed to.

So the Tea Party Caucus marches off to Washington under a banner pledging to save the day, the nation, the moral character of the country, and the lives of the unborn, and got run over by the reality bus. This is a complete surprise and something I never expected, said no one. We love revolutionaries, but we hate, hate, hate revolution. Why do you think any congressman has an 87% chance of getting re-elected? If we really loved change, we'd automatically vote for the challenger.


truth.
 
2013-03-22 02:12:55 PM  

peasandcarrots: So the Tea Party Caucus marches off to Washington under a banner pledging to save the day, the nation, the moral character of the country, and the lives of the unborn, and got run over by the reality demographics bus


There, FTFY

There is a long trending shift in the political winds, this 2008 shiat drummed up by big money was the start of the end for a dying ideology. Districts were gerrymandered to try and preserve that ideology, and that action will likely bite them in the ass around 2018 or 2020.

Until then we will see power grabs, foot stomping, etc.. but the simple fact is that the country as a whole is shifting in ideological norms and unless the GOP starts to see that shift and move with it they will see themselves pushed to the corner of irrelevancy year after year. They need to shift or they won't see the inside of the White House for a decade at least, and as populations move and shift they will be voted to such a minority in the coming latino wave, it will make the Reagan revolution look like an afterschool party.
 
2013-03-22 02:14:05 PM  
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2013-03-22 02:15:01 PM  

MyKingdomForYourHorse: Corvus: I thought Clinton was a "third way" candidate and I would say most successful Dems are very "third way" like.

The only reason I don't think you hear "third way" much anymore is because it is now more the norm for Democrats. (which in some ways I think is sad)

I wouldn't say norm, the party has moved closer to the center and in doing so has snagged up a bunch of center right politicians. But one thing the Dems figured out is not to have its moonbat left run the show.

Sure they get a seat at the dinner table, but when the time comes they can shut up and let the adults talk.

...I'm looking at you Alan Grayson


I don't know. I don't really see many "Lets go head to head against business interested" democrats anymore since Clinton.
 
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2013-03-22 02:16:53 PM  

kbronsito: kbronsito: The article says that the members haven't met since july of last year... but didn't Rand Paul do a response to the State of the Union this year on behalf of the tea party caucus? Wouldn't some of them have to meet to pick Rand Paul and figure out logistics.

Nevermind. I just googled it. That was Tea Party Express that organized the Rand Paul thing. All these angry white people groups look the same to me.


racist.
 
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2013-03-22 02:21:35 PM  

kbronsito: kbronsito: The article says that the members haven't met since july of last year... but didn't Rand Paul do a response to the State of the Union this year on behalf of the tea party caucus? Wouldn't some of them have to meet to pick Rand Paul and figure out logistics.

Nevermind. I just googled it. That was Tea Party Express that organized the Rand Paul thing. All these angry white people groups look the same to me.


But seriously...
That's the thing about the tea party!  There is no leader!
For instance, that one guy who was the leader and was outed as a racist?  Yeah, he wasn't REALLY the leader.  Same for the next guy, and the one after that, and so on and so on.  The tea party is like the ineffective, racist version of the mythical hydra.  If a head is cut off, two, less effective, but equally racists heads will take its place.
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2013-03-22 02:23:47 PM  

Corvus: I don't know. I don't really see many "Lets go head to head against business interested" democrats anymore since Clinton.


Elizabeth Warren. The amount of money spent from banks and business interests to try and prevent her launch into the senate was obscene.

Which is kind of poetic really, she only ran because they ramshodded her chances at being head of the CFPB and had she been able to take charge would have likely stayed on the administrative executive side of government.
 
2013-03-22 02:24:08 PM  
peasandcarrots:

So the Tea Party Caucus marches off to Washington under a banner pledging to save the day, the nation, the moral character of the country, and the lives of the unborn, and got run over by the reality bus. This is a complete surprise and something I never expected, said no one. We love revolutionaries, but we hate, hate, hate revolution. Why do you think any congressman has an 87% chance of getting re-elected? If we really loved change, we'd automatically vote for the challenger.

A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can't imagine it.
 
2013-03-22 02:28:57 PM  
Obamacare claims its first victim.  I hope you libs are happy.
 
2013-03-22 02:32:25 PM  

MaxxLarge: Lionel Mandrake: It was always brain dead.  I guess the GOP harvested everything they wanted and decided to pull the plug.But it keeps breathing...and they don't know what to do about it...

Which is ironic, when you think about it...Given how asinine most of them were about that whole Terri Schaivo thing.


Like most everything else from the GOP, they were projecting.
 
2013-03-22 02:34:43 PM  

vernonFL: wrong thread. sorry.


Nah, besides the fact that I love those two pics, it seems to me Santorum is probably deep in the closet.  How in the hell can you hold the positions he has, and dress your stepford family up like that, without some sort of overcompensation going on?
 
2013-03-22 02:38:01 PM  

dericwater: MaxxLarge: Lionel Mandrake: It was always brain dead.  I guess the GOP harvested everything they wanted and decided to pull the plug.But it keeps breathing...and they don't know what to do about it...

Which is ironic, when you think about it...Given how asinine most of them were about that whole Terri Schaivo thing.

Like most everything else from the GOP, they were projecting.


Reagan eat brains!....Reagan....ummm...forget where going with this.

Reagan needs ride home
 
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