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(LA Times)   Avoiding a catastrophe regarding the debt ceiling demonstrates a new found maturity on the part of the Tea Party   (latimes.com) divider line 202
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2014-02-17 07:43:45 AM
Does it bollocks.

It demonstrates a willingness on the part of just enough of the Republican majority in the House to defy the crazies and their bullying tactics and threats of primary challenges because they saw what happened to their approval ratings last time they let them steer the ship onto the rocks. (It's no coincidence that Democrats swept Virginia state elections in the wake of that.)

This is why political pundits, broadly speaking, are such a completely useless class of human beings. They love their "narratives", and facts be damned.
 
2014-02-17 07:54:55 AM
Sure, it is...
 
2014-02-17 07:56:01 AM
That certainly explains all the petitions demanding the orange skull of the traitorous, treasonous RINO
 
2014-02-17 07:57:51 AM
I'll tell you what I'd tell my cousin: doing the bare minimum to keep yourself out of prison and your kids from simply starving doesn't erase 30 years of being an asshole. No, you don't get any credit for doing things normal people are expected to do.
 
2014-02-17 07:58:51 AM
Wow, they went potty on their own! Lets give them a big round of applause.

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2014-02-17 08:02:18 AM
Is this article from some other alternate reality? GOP leadership and moderates saved the bill, the Tea Party is still a financial doomsday cult.
 
2014-02-17 08:07:06 AM
The best part about this is that any TEA Party member caught moving toward center, even slightly, will be cannibalized by their own people. Love it!
 
2014-02-17 08:09:24 AM
let's just see how many tea party primary challengers use the debt ceiling vote to go after incumbents.
 
2014-02-17 08:11:11 AM
They are radical and mature. What a wonderful combination.
 
2014-02-17 08:12:20 AM
I'm sure non-TEA party Republicans are sure wishing they voted last year to extend the debt ceiling until after the election. They all just bought themselves a primary challenger.
 
2014-02-17 08:15:05 AM
Was it the Tea Party and Democrats working together to overcome the opposition of moderate Republicans? No? Then what the fark are we talking about?
 
2014-02-17 08:16:03 AM
Just because they finally figured out they are assholes doesn't change the fact that they are still assholes.
 
2014-02-17 08:16:08 AM
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2014-02-17 08:16:38 AM

czetie: Does it bollocks.

It demonstrates a willingness on the part of just enough of the Republican majority in the House to defy the crazies and their bullying tactics and threats of primary challenges because they saw what happened to their approval ratings last time they let them steer the ship onto the rocks. (It's no coincidence that Democrats swept Virginia state elections in the wake of that.)

This is why political pundits, broadly speaking, are such a completely useless class of human beings. They love their "narratives", and facts be damned.


Damn straight.  The tea party gets no credit for this.  This is entirely due to Boner and a certain number of "moderate" republicans who put the clean debt ceiling bill on the floor of the House for mostly Democrats to vote on.

Hell, "tea partier" Ted Cruz threw in the monkey wrench of a cloture vote in the Senate.  The tea party has found no new "maturity" whatsoever, and even a cursory review of the voting records on this last debt ceiling bill would confirm that.
 
2014-02-17 08:17:45 AM
Wouldn't a Tea Partier who acted in a mature fashion cease to BE a Tea Partier, by definition?
 
2014-02-17 08:20:14 AM
"You've got to know when to hold them and when to fold them," Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who once reigned as chair of the House Tea Party Caucus, explained to the Washington Post.

Did she say this before or after she got out of her meeting to discuss the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating the Executive branch?
 
2014-02-17 08:21:12 AM
Could it be that the tea party is growing up?

Could it be that they wanted to leave town before the snow storm hit so they didn't pitch a fit when Bohener put it up for a vote???
 
2014-02-17 08:22:36 AM
Just give them a microphone and a friendly audience, they'll get to work dispelling this notion of maturity.
 
2014-02-17 08:25:24 AM
November 2014.  Let nothing interfere.


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2014-02-17 08:25:52 AM
It's not surprising that a group who responds to dog-whistles would also respond to commands like "roll over" and "play dead."
 
2014-02-17 08:26:01 AM
www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-02-17 08:28:25 AM

FlashHarry: let's just see how many tea party primary challengers use the debt ceiling vote to go after incumbents.


They already have a list of rinos whobvoted to increase.

I shiat you not.
 
2014-02-17 08:31:37 AM
Unicorns, werewolves, mature tea partiers. What do these have in common?
 
2014-02-17 08:33:15 AM
It only got 28 republican votes in the house and  5 or 6 in the senate. New maturity my ass. They're still afraid of being primaried even in moderate districts where they could lose to a liberal by voting against all of these issues.
 
2014-02-17 08:34:06 AM

Zeb Hesselgresser: November 2014.  Let nothing interfere.


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One can only hope it rips through the philosophical trailer park that is the Tea Party Caucus.
 
2014-02-17 08:43:20 AM
Isn't "mature" just a PC way of saying "old"?
 
2014-02-17 08:43:33 AM

SilentStrider: Unicorns, werewolves, mature tea partiers. What do these have in common?


Genetic mutations?
 
2014-02-17 08:45:10 AM
They are so mature that coming up in your Fark queue:
"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell raised three fingers in the air and worked his way among his members but was met with folded arms and shakes of the head. Looking queasy, he patted his thigh nervously and drummed his fingers. In the hubbub, Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) knocked a full glass of water and coaster from McConnell's desk to the floor. "
 
2014-02-17 08:46:40 AM
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2014-02-17 08:48:06 AM
House Republicans voted against this 199-28. There's no maturity there.
 
2014-02-17 08:52:28 AM
Could it be that the tea party is growing up?

No, they're as immature as ever.  it's just that the rest of the GOP has decided to ignore their tantrum for once.
 
2014-02-17 08:54:13 AM

SilentStrider: Unicorns, werewolves, mature tea partiers. What do these have in common?


I've seen this one before . . .

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2014-02-17 08:55:13 AM

Yakk: Is this article from some other alternate reality? GOP leadership and moderates saved the bill, the Tea Party is still a financial doomsday cult.


I would have gone with "suicide club" but I've probably watched more Japanese media than you have.
 
2014-02-17 08:58:48 AM
The old angry party. Pissed off that they have to pay 60% less in taxes than their parents did.
 
2014-02-17 08:59:55 AM
cough, cough, election year, cough cough.

After 2014, the herp will be back.  The question will be at what level of derp.
 
2014-02-17 09:04:29 AM
Except for the little fact the tea partiers all voted against it.
 
2014-02-17 09:06:32 AM
I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  The tea party will cease to be after Obama is no longer in the White House.
 
2014-02-17 09:08:59 AM
Somalia or bust. -Rand Paul
 
2014-02-17 09:10:08 AM

SilentStrider: Unicorns, werewolves, mature tea partiers. What do these have in common?


A taste for virginal young girls?
 
2014-02-17 09:11:39 AM
Is the Tea Party becoming more mature?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...hahah...ha ha ha... No.
 
2014-02-17 09:11:46 AM

SilentStrider: Unicorns, werewolves, mature tea partiers. What do these have in common?


None of them can spell "dissent", "morons", "official" or "Muslim"?
 
2014-02-17 09:13:02 AM

lj1330: I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  The tea party will cease to be after Obama is no longer in the White House.


Unless the next president is blah as well.
 
2014-02-17 09:13:13 AM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: I'll tell you what I'd tell my cousin: doing the bare minimum to keep yourself out of prison and your kids from simply starving doesn't erase 30 years of being an asshole. No, you don't get any credit for doing things normal people are expected to do.


EyeballKid: [www.quickmeme.com image 375x375]


Republicans always want credit for doin' shiat dey supposed to do. "I've never had anonymous gay sex in a male restroom while steadfastly claiming gay sex is a sin!" YOU AIN'T SUPPOSED TO, you low-expectation-having mother-farker!
 
2014-02-17 09:19:03 AM
Uh, no, it doesn't.  Not even close.  This demonstrates nothing about the tea party.  This was done over the vocal objections of the tea party.  They were (and still are) calling for Boehner's head over this.  The tea party doesn't negotiate, doesn't bargain, and doesn't want one red cent of their "hard-earned" money going to a single, solitary poor person.  This was the grown-ups in the room taking charge, over the vocal objections of the tea party.
 
2014-02-17 09:19:13 AM

lj1330: I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  The tea party will cease to be after Obama is no longer in the White House.


Not if Hillary gets elected in 2016.
 
2014-02-17 09:21:26 AM

HMS_Blinkin: lj1330: I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  The tea party will cease to be after Obama is no longer in the White House.

Not if Hillary gets elected in 2016.


Not if any Democrat gets elected in 2016.  A Republican?  Well, sh*t, they could be handing out defense contracts or bribe money on the god damn House floor and the tea party would fade faster than a fart in an F5 tornado.
 
2014-02-17 09:23:18 AM

HMS_Blinkin: lj1330: I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  The tea party will cease to be after Obama is no longer in the White House.

Not if Hillary gets elected in 2016.


Or if another woman wins. Or if another non-white wins. And if it's a non-white woman? Oh lawd...*


*None of this applies should the non-male non-white be one that has passed the inspection of the GOP and has heretofore been recognized as one of "the good ones."
 
2014-02-17 09:35:02 AM
Jesus. We live in a political climate where merely being sane is considered a compliment. How often, on these very pages, do we say something along the lines of, "he's a Republican, but he's not batsh*t" as though Not Being Crazy needs to be stressed rather than assumed? You assholes finally behaving like adults is not grounds for accolades.
 
2014-02-17 09:35:38 AM
"Not handing the teabaggies a butterknife to stick into Capitol building electrical sockets demonstrates a new found maturity on the part of the GOP."
 
2014-02-17 09:36:14 AM
They're not "maturing".

They did this because they took such an enormous bollocking the last time it happened.  So this time around they're just hiding under the bed and hoping it goes away quietly.
 
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