From this Tuesday’s Special Report on Fox “news,” panel members James Riley, Kirsten Powers and Tucker Carlson discuss the evolving fight between the so-called “tea party” and the Republican establishment with host Bret Baier.
No mention of course of the fact that there is no “tea party.” It’s the Republican base and the John Birch Society that’s been with us for decades now. No mention of the AstroTurf nature of the so-called “tea party” and the billionaires pouring their money into the fake grass movement. Only lots of opining on whether or not the Republicans are going to be harmed again by having unelectable candidates prevail in their primary races for the midterms.
The Tea Party follows their “post Jan 2009” script. Hits the ‘delete’ button on all Bush/Cheney warmongering, the THIRTEEN embassy attacks under Bush, and House Republican cuts to embassy security the past four years.
For one, at least three successive national election defeats will be necessary to even begin to break the determination and leverage of tea party adherents. Grassroots tea partiers see themselves in a last-ditch effort to save “their country,” and big-money ideologues are determined to undercut Democrats and sabotage active government. They are in this fight for the long haul. Neither set of actors will stand down easily or very soon.
Also worth remembering is that “moderate Republicans” barely exist right now. Close to two-thirds of House Republicans voted against bipartisan efforts to reopen the federal government and prevent US default on loan obligations, and Boehner has never repudiated such extortionist tactics. Tea Partiers may not call for another shutdown right away, but they will continue to be able to draw most GOP legislators and leaders into aggressive efforts to obstruct and delay. In the electorate, moreover, more than half of GOP voters sympathize with the tea party and cheer on obstructionist tactics, and the remaining Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are disorganized and divided in their views of the likes of Ted Cruz.