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Time To Fight: GOP Elites Want The Tea Party Gone

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Time To Fight: GOP Elites Want The Tea Party Gone

02.03.14 10:01 PM

Since Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 Presidential election, there has been a great deal of chatter among America’s conservative pundits about a battle for the soul of the Republican Party. The GOP establishment’s actions in recent weeks confirm that there is a fight on for the future of the Party; and the leadership’s primary objective is to obliterate the Tea Party.

The Republican establishment is frantically— and wrongheadedly in the view of many— signaling fear that the GOP has taken on an obstructionist political identity.

In December, House Speaker John Boehner declared that Tea Party had “lost all credibility” as he touted a two-year, $1.1 trillion budget and a separate $950 billion farm bill, both of which were widely maligned by fiscal conservatives.

Both of the big spending bills passed easily with support from the rank and file of the two major Parties.

In its official response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, the GOP establishment made clear that conservatives can expect to be further marginalized in the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections.

The GOP establishment picked Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers (Wash.) to deliver a “hopeful message” in response to the President’s speech, saying that the GOP plans to strive for “a government that trusts people and doesn’t limit where you finish because of where you started. That is what we stand for – for an America that is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional. …Our plan is one that dreams big for everyone and turns its back on no one.”

Signaling that the GOP will no longer embrace the Tea Party’s drastic steps to do away with Obamacare, the Congresswoman offered, “We shouldn’t go back to the way things were, but the President’s health care law is not working. Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government’s.”

On immigration, Boehner is working to get Republicans to embrace what will essentially amount to full-on amnesty complete with citizenship to undocumented children brought to the U.S. as minors, a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship similar to that supported by Congressional Democrats.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a Tea Party favorite, recently said of the GOP’s pivot on immigration reform, “Anyone pushing an amnesty bill right now should go ahead and put a ‘Harry Reid for Majority Leader’ bumper sticker on their car, because that will be the likely effect if Republicans refuse to listen to the American people and foolishly change the subject from Obamacare to amnesty.”

The GOP establishment is also looking beyond the 2014 midterms in its sprint to centrist policy. In a clear signal that the Party will embrace a Romney-esque candidate for the 2016 Presidential election, it was recently announced that markedly un-conservative New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be granted a key speaking slot at the Conservative Political Action Conference next month.

Over the weekend, establishment Republicans including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal hit the Sunday talk show circuit to show solidarity with Christie, who recently found himself at the center of a political scandal involving a scheme to create a traffic jam to punish a political foe.

“I consider Chris Christie a friend. I think he’s been a fantastic governor,” Ryan said in an interview on ABC. ”Right now, all we know is one person’s word against another. You can’t base any conclusion on such a thing… And so unless something else is known or made clear, I don’t see why you would change what’s going on right now. I don’t think he should step down because nothing has been proven, and you always give a person the benefit of the doubt in those kind of situations, in my judgment.”

The attack on the Tea Party is part of a plan orchestrated by Karl Rove and D.C. GOP insiders following Romney’s loss in 2012, which the Party establishment blamed on Tea Party conservatism that Romney couldn’t muster. The D.C. GOP’s new strategy is to marginalize the Tea Party and remove true conservatism from the spotlight so that its candidates have a chance to feign conservatism.

The only problem is that American conservatives aren’t as stupid as Rove and company seem to think.

Breitbart’s Mike Flynn noted on Sunday that the GOP establishment’s fundraising numbers serve to illustrate how Rove’s tactics are already backfiring.

Flynn wrote of the Federal Election Commission’s most recent political fundraising reports:
The most interesting data from Friday’s reports is the surging financial strength of conservative SuperPACs. Karl Rove’s three SuperPACs collectively raised $6.1 million last year. The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, where I am Political Director, alone raised $6.4 million. The four largest conservative SuperPACs raised $20 million. GOP establishment SuperPACs raised just over $7 million.

Donors haven’t stopped giving. They have just stopped giving the Republican party.

The existential flaw in the party’s self-declared war against conservatives of the Tea Party is that they represent the base of the party. As the Whigs will tell you, a party should not ignore the convictions and sentiments of its most loyal members.

So why would Rove and the GOP establishment risk alienating conservative Americans in order to support moderate Republican Congressional and Presidential candidates? *Because they aren’t worried about GOP lawmakers who won’t play ball with Democrats— they’re worried about Tea Party conservatives who don’t discriminate in their dedication to eliminating wasteful spending and political corruption. Corporate cronyism, earmarks, big spending and government overreach are all key to a Rove-approved style of government.

What remains to be seen is whether Tea Party lawmakers and candidates can, with the support of spurned conservative groups, counter
the establishment attack. If there ever were*a time to step up grassroots Tea Party action, it is now.

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