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(The Hill)   Tea Party tells Sen Lamar Alexander that if he runs again he'll be primaried "Unfortunately, our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship, two traits for which you have become famous," they ACTUALLY SAID   (thehill.com) divider line 335
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2013-08-15 04:31:22 PM
It's nice that the tea party is finally admitting that they're about turning America into a single party state.
 
2013-08-15 04:33:08 PM
They HATE democracy.
 
2013-08-15 04:33:34 PM

Aarontology: It's nice that the tea party is finally admitting that they're about turning America into a single party state.


Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Partei!
 
2013-08-15 04:35:28 PM

Aarontology: It's nice that the tea party is finally admitting that they're about turning America into a single party state.


Now I could have SWORN that back when tea Party popped it's suspiciously fully-formed out of the ground it SWORE that it was non-partisan, in no way a branch of the GOP and perfectly willing to support candidates of any party who embraced thier anti-deficit message.  You mean to tell me they were LYING?
 
2013-08-15 04:37:43 PM
Which pretty much just means "Hey, dems, we got a free seat for you right over here!"
 
2013-08-15 04:38:37 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Partei!


I've no doubt they would heartily embrace fascism if it came wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.

Magorn: Now I could have SWORN that back when tea Party popped it's suspiciously fully-formed out of the ground it SWORE that it was non-partisan, in no way a branch of the GOP and perfectly willing to support candidates of any party who embraced thier anti-deficit message. You mean to tell me they were LYING?


Well... you may want to sit down for this....
 
2013-08-15 04:44:01 PM

Aarontology: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Partei!

I've no doubt they would heartily embrace fascism if it came wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.


What's this "would" bit?
 
2013-08-15 04:44:39 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: What's this "would" bit?


I'm not feeling as cynical as usual today I guess.
 
2013-08-15 04:59:31 PM
good.  precisely because they DO  represent an anti deficit stance, and call bullshiat on republicans and democrats alike who never do anything about it.   You know, fighting against the current single party state.
 
2013-08-15 05:05:07 PM

RobertBruce: good.  precisely because they DO  represent an anti deficit stance, and call bullshiat on republicans and democrats alike who never do anything about it.   You know, fighting against the current single party state.


i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-15 05:09:17 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-08-15 05:11:19 PM
FTA:  As you are likely aware, there have been polls conducted that show your vulnerability. While no viable contender has yet emerged, it is becoming more probable with each passing day that one will rise to the challenge. When a serious contender eventually does enter the race, the moment their fundraising capability makes them a viable candidate, your re-election is in serious jeopardy.

Holy shiat, that's pretty damn sinister.  The tea baggers are unquestionably damaging the country, the economy, and the general level of political discourse, but they're doing more damage to the GOP than anything else.

It's going to be a rough few years as long as they're around preventing the government from governing, but when they cause the Republicans to fully collapse and bring about full liberal control of all three branches, we'll certainly have them to thank.
 
2013-08-15 05:13:53 PM
I hope the Tea Party takes the GOP down.
 
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2013-08-15 05:16:01 PM
I think the reason countries like the USA became industrialized while other remained a part of the third world is that we had a tradition of putting country before party and didn't have the scorched earth approach to politics that others had.

I think we are headed into a bad period of our history, and I hope this tantrum from the red states doesn't become permanent.
 
2013-08-15 05:16:21 PM

impaler: I hope the Tea Party takes the GOP down.


Then what?
 
2013-08-15 05:17:37 PM

impaler: I hope the Tea Party takes the GOP down.


have you not been watching the past five years? they're turning the GOP from a national party into a 21st century john birch society.
 
2013-08-15 05:20:10 PM
it's pretty evident that these people hate america with the fire of a thousand bin ladens. and they represent a FAR greater threat to this country than any muslim terrorist group.
 
2013-08-15 05:22:07 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: impaler: I hope the Tea Party takes the GOP down.

Then what?


Since the democrats are to the right of any other liberal progressive political party in the developed world, moderate republicans can just become democrats, far righties can form their own real Tea Party (as opposed to the mechanism to elect republicans that it was conceived to be), and maybe we can finally get an honest to God real and functioning Progressive Party in this country.

And the GOP can go the way of the Whigs.
 
2013-08-15 05:22:32 PM
From the comments there:

Why should Conservatives compromise with a political faction that has the "Fundamental Change" of our Constitutional Representative Republic as their professed agenda? There is no common ground on which to compromise. Progressives have NO desire to compromise with Conservatives, NONE!

That might be one of my favorites ever.  "I will never compromise with the other side ever!  Also, the other side is bad because they won't compromise!"
 
2013-08-15 05:24:41 PM

RobertBruce: good.  precisely because they DO  represent an anti deficit stance, and call bullshiat on republicans and democrats alike who never do anything about it.   You know, fighting against the current single party state.


boards.fightingamphibians.org
 
2013-08-15 05:28:06 PM
right now, the tea party-led house GOP is threatening to not raise the debt ceiling if obamacare isn't defunded. that means that they are literally threatening to destroy the US economy if their political demands aren't met. this makes them a terrorist organization, pure and simple.
 
2013-08-15 05:28:12 PM
I never thought I'd see the day where I'd feel sorry for Lamar Alexander, but here we are. His whole plaid shirt thing was an irritating ploy but these folks (Tea) are clearly insane.
 
2013-08-15 05:28:43 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: impaler: I hope the Tea Party takes the GOP down.

Then what?


Who cares. Nothing is worse than Republicans.


gilgigamesh: Then what?

Since the democrats are to the right of any other liberal progressive political party in the developed world, moderate republicans can just become democrats, far righties can form their own real Tea Party (as opposed to the mechanism to elect republicans that it was conceived to be), and maybe we can finally get an honest to God real and functioning Progressive Party in this country.

And the GOP can go the way of the Whigs.


That's fine too.
 
2013-08-15 05:29:36 PM

FlashHarry: it's pretty evident that these people hate america with the fire of a thousand bin ladens. and they represent a FAR greater threat to this country than any muslim terrorist group.


There's a reason you're on my favorites list.
 
2013-08-15 05:30:19 PM

gilgigamesh: Benevolent Misanthrope: impaler: I hope the Tea Party takes the GOP down.

Then what?

Since the democrats are to the right of any other liberal progressive political party in the developed world, moderate republicans can just become democrats, far righties can form their own real Tea Party (as opposed to the mechanism to elect republicans that it was conceived to be), and maybe we can finally get an honest to God real and functioning Progressive Party in this country.

And the GOP can go the way of the Whigs.


The Green Party is pretty darn appealing.  From their site:
Want candidates that DO NOT take money from corporations & special interest PACs? 
Register / Vote Green Party

Want peace? 
Register / Vote Green Party

Want to stand with the party that sees free public education through college as a right?
Register / Vote Green Party

Want corporations & religion OUT of politics?
Register / Vote Green Party

Want clean energy instead of toxic?
Register / Vote Green Party

Want fair & balanced wages, unions & workers rights?
Register / Vote Green Party

Want common sense & good conscience in politics?
Register / Vote Green Party

Want an end to those fake wars on drugs & poverty?
Register / Vote Green Party

Want to see our infrastructure repaired & our pooled resources used right here in the USA?

Register / Vote Green Party

Want the open DISCLOSURE of your countries dealings as the norm?

Register / Vote Green Party


They're anti-nuclear power, which is a problem for me, but something I'd be willing to deal with given I really like the rest of the platform.
 
2013-08-15 05:31:00 PM

SnakeLee: From the comments there:

Why should Conservatives compromise with a political faction that has the "Fundamental Change" of our Constitutional Representative Republic as their professed agenda? There is no common ground on which to compromise. Progressives have NO desire to compromise with Conservatives, NONE!

That might be one of my favorites ever.  "I will never compromise with the other side ever!  Also, the other side is bad because they won't compromise!"


Talk about begging the question. I don't remember, "alter the very foundations of our constitutional republic until they are no longer recognizable muah ha ha ha ha" anywhere in the 2012 dem party platform. Maybe I missed it.
 
2013-08-15 05:32:51 PM

Aarontology: It's nice that the tea party is finally admitting that they're about turning America into a single party state.


"Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship." ~ Harry S. Truman

Blues_X: They HATE democracy.


I think you two really hit it on the nail about the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party.

We Democrats have our crazies, no doubt. But our crazies don't run the show and can't drive the entire party into ground. Sadly, the GOP seems doomed to become the Independent American Party at this time.

/You know, if Senator Alexander runs and wins his seat, will that break the Tea Party movement?
//Or will the Tea Party wing nuts start contracting out for a hit man?
 
2013-08-15 05:33:54 PM
WHY WON'T OBAMA JUST LEAD?!???!?
 
2013-08-15 05:34:46 PM

TuteTibiImperes: The Green Party is pretty darn appealing.


I voted for Nader in 2000 and nearly got in a fistfight because of it (with an angry, drunken Gore supporter, at a Christmas party no less). I haven't since, but I think I am done voting democrat. I'm just so fed up with them.

I am pro-nuke too, and pro-gun. But other than that I am sure I am far more in line with the Green platform than the dems.
 
2013-08-15 05:34:52 PM

gilgigamesh: SnakeLee: From the comments there:

Why should Conservatives compromise with a political faction that has the "Fundamental Change" of our Constitutional Representative Republic as their professed agenda? There is no common ground on which to compromise. Progressives have NO desire to compromise with Conservatives, NONE!

That might be one of my favorites ever.  "I will never compromise with the other side ever!  Also, the other side is bad because they won't compromise!"

Talk about begging the question. I don't remember, "alter the very foundations of our constitutional republic until they are no longer recognizable muah ha ha ha ha" anywhere in the 2012 dem party platform. Maybe I missed it.


Or maybe you're just not a paranoid lunatic

/well... not paranoid, anyway
 
2013-08-15 05:37:08 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Or maybe you're just not a paranoid lunatic

/well... not paranoid, anyway


WHO SENT YOU
 
2013-08-15 05:39:17 PM

gilgigamesh: TuteTibiImperes: The Green Party is pretty darn appealing.

I voted for Nader in 2000 and nearly got in a fistfight because of it (with an angry, drunken Gore supporter, at a Christmas party no less). I haven't since, but I think I am done voting democrat. I'm just so fed up with them.

I am pro-nuke too, and pro-gun. But other than that I am sure I am far more in line with the Green platform than the dems.


It's unfortunate that in our system as it is now a vote for a third party candidate is effectively a vote against whichever major conservative/liberal candidate that third party is closest to.  A vote for Nader is effectively a vote for Bush since it was one less vote for Gore.

On the other hand, if the GOP does continue to marginalize itself, and the Democratic Party continues to scoop up the abandoned moderates and in so doing move further to the right, there may be room for a legitimate contender from a third progressive party.  It would be pretty exciting.
 
2013-08-15 05:39:18 PM
Oh.

They actually did say that.  That's impressive.
 
2013-08-15 05:42:39 PM

gilgigamesh: TuteTibiImperes: The Green Party is pretty darn appealing.

I voted for Nader in 2000 and nearly got in a fistfight because of it (with an angry, drunken Gore supporter, at a Christmas party no less). I haven't since, but I think I am done voting democrat. I'm just so fed up with them.

I am pro-nuke too, and pro-gun. But other than that I am sure I am far more in line with the Green platform than the dems.


I left the Democratic Party in the late '90s. They had moved too right for me, however I live in a state where I have the luxury of voting my conscience with no worries about inadvertently putting a jackass in office.

Of course, the Democrats in my state would probably qualify as conservative Republicans in most other places.
 
2013-08-15 05:45:33 PM

RobertBruce: good.  precisely because they DO  represent an anti deficit stance, and call bullshiat on republicans and democrats alike who never do anything about it.   You know, fighting against the current single party state.


your party is farked, the nation has rejected your idiotic views, you will be a mildly amusing cautionary note in history about not letting stupid people run a party.

and that, my friend, is hilarious and awesome.
 
2013-08-15 05:45:59 PM

Adjective Bird Whiskey: Oh.

They actually did say that.  That's impressive.


Say it? They send it off in a letter to themselves.
 
2013-08-15 05:49:36 PM
Sevier County Tea Party
Tea Party of Lincoln County
Gibson County Patriots
Benton County Tea Party
Carroll County Tea Party
Jackson Madison County Tea Party
Dickson County Tea Party / 912 Project
Obion County Tea Party
Stewart County Tea Party
Tennesseans for Liberty (Madison County)
Volunteers for Freedom (Henry County)
We the People (Tipton County)
Rutherford County Tea Party
TN 9-12 Project
Caney Branch Tea Party
TN Republican Assembly
Smoky Mountain Tea Party Patriots (Blount Co)
McMinn County TEA Party
North Sumner Tea Party
Tennessee 8th District Tea Party Coalition


I've only been to TN a handful of times, but most of those places are in the middle of farking nowhere. TN is very rural.

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2013-08-15 05:51:12 PM

Tigger: RobertBruce: good.  precisely because they DO  represent an anti deficit stance, and call bullshiat on republicans and democrats alike who never do anything about it.   You know, fighting against the current single party state.

your party is farked, the nation has rejected your idiotic views, you will be a mildly amusing cautionary note in history about not letting stupid people run a party.

and that, my friend, is hilarious and awesome.


It's really a cautionary tale about what happens when your party co-opted by big money corporate donors.  The Koch bros. and their ilk are the ones funding the tea party and pulling the strings.  When tea party candidates routinely have over 95% of their campaign donations coming from outside of their districts or states it becomes clear that the movement was never about helping or representing the wishes of the people.

For the billionaires who are driving it they don't care about progress at a national scale, the welfare of the citizens, or even the success or failure of America in general.  Despite the jingoist patriotic rhetoric of the ground level tea party members the movement overall is actively anti-American.  It's all about bending the law and perverting the political process in ways that allow the big money donors to make more money though legalizing more abuses against the average worker, the economy as a whole, and the common good of the nation.
 
2013-08-15 05:55:19 PM

Tigger: RobertBruce: good.  precisely because they DO  represent an anti deficit stance, and call bullshiat on republicans and democrats alike who never do anything about it.   You know, fighting against the current single party state.

your party is farked, the nation has rejected your idiotic views, you will be a mildly amusing cautionary note in history about not letting stupid people run a party.

and that, my friend, is hilarious and awesome.


i575.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-15 05:58:14 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: impaler: I hope the Tea Party takes the GOP down.

Then what?


Then the Blue Dogs split from the Democrats, and then we have successfully moved the political spectrum back towards the left, kinda where it was around the 60's. Hopefully.
 
2013-08-15 05:59:33 PM

Aarontology: It's nice that the tea party is finally admitting that they're about turning America into a single party state.


So?  Why do you need another point of view when yours is the correct one?
 
2013-08-15 06:09:43 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Aarontology: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Partei!

I've no doubt they would heartily embrace fascism if it came wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.

What's this "would" bit?


Anyone who's even moderately studied the Weimar Republic (especially the last three years) would have a very hard time escaping the parallels to the current Republican party... It's a Godwin, but goddamn is it apt...
 
2013-08-15 06:18:50 PM

Solon Isonomia: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Aarontology: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Partei!

I've no doubt they would heartily embrace fascism if it came wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.

What's this "would" bit?

Anyone who's even moderately studied the Weimar Republic (especially the last three years) would have a very hard time escaping the parallels to the current Republican party... It's a Godwin, but goddamn is it apt...


It's the EXACT same strategy that got Germany an ultra-nationalist government. 'Court votes by thrusting the far right into the spotlight on the assumption that you can control them oh  shiat oh shiat oh shiat."
 
2013-08-15 07:04:51 PM

Solon Isonomia: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Aarontology: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Partei!

I've no doubt they would heartily embrace fascism if it came wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.

What's this "would" bit?

Anyone who's even moderately studied the Weimar Republic (especially the last three years) would have a very hard time escaping the parallels to the current Republican party... It's a Godwin, but goddamn is it apt...


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-08-15 07:07:02 PM
Insipid buffoons the lot of them.
 
2013-08-15 07:07:35 PM
"Unfortunately, our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship, two traits for which you have become famous,"

It is depressing that a political group with elected officials and candidates representing it would say something like this. They are attacking a man for doing his job as an elected official and saying that he is betraying his party because he is doing what he is supposed to do to get things done and not acting like a child and breaking everything when he doesn't get his way. I hope all Tea Party members that are in office or are running for office are made to comment on this.

But anyway, this should make for some interesting soundbites and political news coming out of Tennessee this cycle. Can't wait to see the lunatic they pick to run against him in the primary. This could be Christine O'Donnell good.
 
2013-08-15 07:08:47 PM
sadly the american left is a shambling and often smelly bunch of back-biters as concerned with 'purity' and labels as the worst of the tea party.

someone dig up henry wallace and run him again.
 
2013-08-15 07:09:18 PM
Lamar Alexander is the douchebag that sponsored PIPA/SOPA, right? If so, good.
 
2013-08-15 07:10:12 PM

FlashHarry: right now, the tea party-led house GOP is threatening to not raise the debt ceiling if obamacare isn't defunded. that means that they are literally threatening to destroy the US economy if their political demands aren't met. this makes them a terrorist organization, pure and simple.


I think that's "extortion". We could probably get them on RICO statutes. But that will only happen after our intrepid Dems stop treating them as if they were still partners in governance.

/"My esteemed colleague is a piece of shiat and a criminal."
 
2013-08-15 07:13:29 PM

Omahawg: sadly the american left is a shambling and often smelly bunch of back-biters as concerned with 'purity' and labels as the worst of the tea party.

someone dig up henry wallace and run him again.


There's An American Left? Who, Bernje Sanders?
 
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