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(BBC-US)   The Tea Party's not dead after all. In fact, they're still winning elections   (bbc.com) divider line 134
    More: Scary, Texas Tribune, Texas, tea party, Amy Kremer, public land, proxy battle, Texas Observer, Senate race  
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2014-03-06 08:48:04 AM  
Yay, go Tea Baggers keep primarying those RINOs, eventually you will achieve the purity you desire.
 
2014-03-06 09:20:57 AM  
So are they still unarmed (this time)? Because that would be comforting.
 
2014-03-06 09:23:44 AM  
How did Steve Stockman do?
 
2014-03-06 09:42:36 AM  
I love the pic with TFA.

i595.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-06 09:54:04 AM  
Good! The more primaries they win, the better.
 
2014-03-06 09:56:15 AM  
...in local elections, subby. The Tea Party has no chance on the national level.
 
2014-03-06 09:56:28 AM  
They aren't going nowhere for at least a couple of election cycles. These people are mad and determined and only vote republican.
 
2014-03-06 09:57:53 AM  
Tea Party candidates won big on the local and state level, and while the tea party lost one congressional race.

This is all that needs to be said about the Teabaggers.
 
2014-03-06 10:00:05 AM  
A fine example for future groups to see how much a failure it is governing based only on ignorance, gut feelings and self destructive policy making.
 
2014-03-06 10:01:00 AM  
They just won a bunch of primaries here in Texas. I'd like to think that their extremism would mean we'll get more Democrats into office here, but I'm too much of a realist.
 
2014-03-06 10:01:47 AM  
Retard strong?
 
2014-03-06 10:02:56 AM  
076dd0a50e0c1255009e-bd4b8aabaca29897bc751dfaf75b290c.r40.cf1.rackcdn.com

Only mostly dead.

After 2016 we can check for loose change.
 
2014-03-06 10:05:36 AM  
Keep farking that tea party chicken. It ain't dead yet, keep plowing into it.
 
2014-03-06 10:05:54 AM  
WTF, Texas?  Dan Patrick as Lt. Governor? Creepy.
 
2014-03-06 10:06:38 AM  
Dammit Gerry Mander! You put all the crazies together and now they are electing crazies!
 
2014-03-06 10:07:40 AM  
Loonies do better in smaller local elections. Story at 11.
 
2014-03-06 10:08:05 AM  
Mr Cruz's victory in the primaries and general election while espousing a full-throated, confrontational conservative rhetoric was heralded as a crowning achievement for the grassroots conservative Tea Party.

There's just no way in hell that I would ever be associated with a group that hailed Ted Cruz as an achievement of any kind.
 
2014-03-06 10:08:20 AM  
Tea baggers, racist cognitive dissonant farks who have no idea wtf they think they're talking about. No one outside themselves  takes them seriously.
 
2014-03-06 10:08:56 AM  
Texas.
 
2014-03-06 10:09:35 AM  
The Teabaggers are going to turn Texas blue by 2020. Been saying that since 2009.
 
2014-03-06 10:09:58 AM  
And people still believe that Texas is turning purple.  You know what else is turning purple?  Austin.


/we are so farking farked here.
 
2014-03-06 10:10:44 AM  
Being in Texas...and having voted in the primary.  I am pretty sure a few progressives voted in the republican primary to help scew the ticket toward the tea party.
 
2014-03-06 10:13:35 AM  

Lando Lincoln: Mr Cruz's victory in the primaries and general election while espousing a full-throated, confrontational conservative rhetoric was heralded as a crowning achievement for the grassroots conservative Tea Party.

There's just no way in hell that I would ever be associated with a group that hailed Ted Cruz as an achievement of any kind.


I just like that they're still pretending the Tea Party is a grassroots movement.
 
2014-03-06 10:20:21 AM  
So the Tea party can still win Republican Primary Elections in Texas and that is like the opposite of impressive.
 
2014-03-06 10:20:44 AM  
As anyone who has raised a toddler knows, no matter how much energy they seem to have, eventually the temper tantrum ends and they fall asleep.
 
2014-03-06 10:24:57 AM  
 
2014-03-06 10:27:03 AM  
I was in Texas last week. The political ads... It was like parody spots from SNL.

"My opponent says he hates Obamacare, but I REALLY hate Obamacare."

"My opponent says he like low taxes, but I'm for NO taxes! Also, I hate Obamacare with every fiber of my being."

"My hippy opponent may have called for an armed assault on Obama's White House, but I'd use tanks! Also, Obamacare is worse than baby rape."

And so on...
 
2014-03-06 10:28:50 AM  
Best typo ever in TFA:

"Two years ago, political pundits were shocked when a little-know state solicitor general, Ted Cruz, defeated deep-pocketed establishment-backed Lt Governor David Dewhurst in the race for an open seat in the US Senate."
 
2014-03-06 10:34:15 AM  
Is it possible to gerrymander a district so that a non-teabagger republican can win?

...Is there still such a thing as a non-teabagger republican?
 
2014-03-06 10:36:00 AM  

Kome: Lando Lincoln: Mr Cruz's victory in the primaries and general election while espousing a full-throated, confrontational conservative rhetoric was heralded as a crowning achievement for the grassroots conservative Tea Party.

There's just no way in hell that I would ever be associated with a group that hailed Ted Cruz as an achievement of any kind.

I just like that they're still pretending the Tea Party is a grassroots movement.


At this point they actually kind of are aren't they? The big PACs run by Rove and his ilk have apparently backed way off of supporting the Tea Party's toxic brand of politics.
 
2014-03-06 10:36:07 AM  

Arkanaut: It's okay, this Dan Patrick guy is pro-gay-marriage:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-texas-marriage-twee t- 20140226,0,2497384.story



Keep going with that, GOP. I'm sure the gay-marriage thing will give you the votes you need for the foreseeable future.
 
2014-03-06 10:36:39 AM  
All this Tea Party sh*t isn't news. What's important is this:

"If the Republican Senate primary in Texas is a lesson in one thing, it is that not every tea party candidate can catch grass-roots lightening in a bottle and catapult to the U.S. Senate," writes Lauren Fox for US News

Are you f*cking kidding me? I hope Lauren Fox gets struck by enlightening lightning.

/Actually, either or will be fine
 
2014-03-06 10:37:04 AM  

Uncle Tractor: Is it possible to gerrymander a district so that a non-teabagger republican can win?

...Is there still such a thing as a non-teabagger republican?



They're called democrats.
 
2014-03-06 10:43:05 AM  

Uncle Tractor: Is it possible to gerrymander a district so that a non-teabagger republican can win?

...Is there still such a thing as a non-teabagger republican?


For Republicans  qua Republicans?

No.
 
2014-03-06 10:48:19 AM  

Lord_Baull: ...in local elections, subby. The Tea Party has no chance on the national level.


Which explains the whole state level Teabilly demands for laws that say "We don haftuh listen to nunuh them that fed'rul laws aginst guns and lynching n**gers."
 
2014-03-06 10:49:29 AM  
The very first word on the link page: "Texas." 'Nuff said. It's as though the headline stated "Nation inundated with meth labs" and the very first word on the link page was "Missouri."
 
2014-03-06 10:50:27 AM  
George P Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and grandson of President George HW Bush, won his lightly contested primary contest for the Republican nomination for state land commissioner. It's the first political race for the 37-year-old attorney, whose mother is from Mexico.

Boom!  Nice one :D
 
2014-03-06 10:51:18 AM  
Who was reporting that the Tea Party is dead?  I think I would have heard the church bells going off all day.
 
2014-03-06 10:57:18 AM  
So we are going to be a three party system?

-Democrats
-Herp/Derp
-Potato

Hmmm, gonna suck at the local level.
 
2014-03-06 10:59:25 AM  
They're not dead, but every election cycle, some more irrationally angry old people die off and get replaced by much more reasonable younger voters. It's more a slow winddown as the pool gradually shrinks.
 
2014-03-06 11:00:44 AM  

Gosling: They're not dead, but every election cycle, some more irrationally angry old people die off and get replaced by much more reasonable younger voters. It's more a slow winddown as the pool gradually shrinks.


However some moderately rational middle aged people age and become angry old people
 
2014-03-06 11:05:06 AM  
The Tea Party is self-limiting. They didn't invent the idea small government and low taxes. They aren't even unusual in their focus on it. What really sets the Tea Party apart is their focus on ideological purity. If you aren't with them you're the enemy. If you even try to work with non-Tea Party people you're the enemy.

The main stumbling block for this stance is that it is incompatible with a democracy. No two people will ever fully agree so a democracy must have an element of compromise in order to be functional. It's working okay in smaller communities where you can at least fake it enough to convince everyone that you are all in perfect agreement. On the national stage it just isn't possible so the Tea Party will never be more than a localized phenomenon that holds back progress. If they dropped their purity requirements then they're just Republicans again.
 
2014-03-06 11:06:46 AM  

DrBenway: WTF, Texas?  Dan Patrick as Lt. Governor? Creepy.


NOTHING but the bottom of the executive branch
 
2014-03-06 11:07:20 AM  
They're pining for the fjords?
 
2014-03-06 11:07:28 AM  

bmongar: However some moderately rational middle aged people age and become angry old people


At a faster or slower rate than the existing ones die off?
 
2014-03-06 11:08:38 AM  
Does anyone on fark defend the Tea Party?

It seems these threads are just here for farklib masturbatory purposes.
 
2014-03-06 11:10:04 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: George P Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and grandson of President George HW Bush, won his lightly contested primary contest for the Republican nomination for state land commissioner. It's the first political race for the 37-year-old attorney, whose mother is from Mexico.

Boom!  Nice one :D


He's the latest entry in Operation "hey, look, we got one, too." but it's cool with the baggers because his surname makes him "one of the good ones."
 
2014-03-06 11:11:06 AM  
Mitch is ready for a fight.

media2.s-nbcnews.com
 
2014-03-06 11:12:55 AM  

bmongar: Gosling: They're not dead, but every election cycle, some more irrationally angry old people die off and get replaced by much more reasonable younger voters. It's more a slow winddown as the pool gradually shrinks.

However some moderately rational middle aged people age and become angry old people


and the cycle of abuse goes on...
 
2014-03-06 11:15:35 AM  
As much as people deride the Tea Party, they basically set the agenda for the GOP, control the House, and will likely influence the makeup of the Senate over the next election cycle, and may even help the GOP retake the Senate.

I keep hearing about how as older voters die out and minority populations increase the Tea Party and the GOP will be marginalized, but it seems like for the last half decade they've managed to set the tone for political discourse in this country, forcing already centrist liberals and moderate republicans further to the right.

I'm not as convinced as some that this is just some flash in the pan movement or a force that's going to destroy the GOP. I feel like they'll ultimatly get incorporated into the established GOP platform and push them right even more, forcing liberals further from the left just to court moderate voters.

And I don't think the tea party is just old angry people. Populist rage knows no age groups, and there are plenty of rural and suburban folk young and old who enjoy the idea of being fired up republicans and part of a "movement".

I wish they'd go away so we could get back to reasonable discourse and compromise in our local and national politics, but until the economy really starts booming again and we improve the overall state of education in this nation, I just don't see the Tea Party drying up any time soon.
 
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