GOP Establishment Blames Tea Party for Election Failures

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
11/07/2013
       
GOP Establishment Blames Tea Party for Election Failures

"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice."— Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1792

By Thomas Paine’s definition, there is nothing so vicious as the majority of Republican lawmakers.

Establishment Republican donors and lawmakers blame the Tea Party and other GOP renegades for recent electoral defeats and the party's decline in popularity.

The headline of a story published in Politico on November 3 declares, “GOP moderates vow to speak louder.”

Republican moderates are “fed up,” according to the story, with plummeting public approval numbers, which they attribute to the “ill-fated” efforts of Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and others to defund ObamaCare, a push that resulted in a so-called government shutdown last month.

“Ted Cruz cost the economy $24 billion” and “Ted Cruz forced the Republican Party to its lowest levels ever and in that period, made ObamaCare more popular,” Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), shown on right in photo, charged, as reported by Politico.

King plans to keep pressure on party leadership to squelch the “aggressive” voices that he contends are driving voters into the arms of the Democrats. The plan is catching on. Politico reports:

Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan, who like [Republican Rep. Charlie] Dent hails from a moderate Pennsylvania district, said an increased dialogue among House Republicans is already happening, and he was optimistic that those conversations would help the GOP conference show a united front in fiscal discussions with the Democratic-led Senate and the White House.

“We’re probably going to do more to talk to ourselves to try to be a little bit more unified and to put some thought into where we think we ought to be,” Meehan said. “I think people appreciate that when you eliminate yourself from negotiations, you’re operating from a position of weakness.”

When it comes to negotiating with President Obama, the GOP has done nothing more than play the role of loyal opposition, standing down when a display of real, forceful resistance could have prevented or at least delayed enactment of numerous unconstitutional, onerous, legally suspect legislation — including ObamaCare.

Not that Cruz, Lee, and others didn’t try. 

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