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The Vichy GOP Thinks Tea Parties Should Just Shut Up & Fall In Line, Or Something

Posted on | September 21, 2014 | 64 Comments

by Smitty

One must borrow Her Majesty’s dead horse in response to the Fox News question:

Will Tea Party, GOP establishment be ‘mending fences’ to win Senate in November?

After a long, unapologetic effort to defeat Tea Party and other so-called “unelectable” candidates in GOP primaries, the Washington establishment will likely need Tea Party voters in November to help swing several tight Senate races and win control of the upper chamber.

Here I go:

What difference, at this point, does it make?

One can understand that, yes, there are still two years of #OccupyResoluteDesk to endure. But

  • ObamaCare is still a river of lies, with no hope of repeal
  • The IRS is an affront to all things American
  • Ground truth on Benghazi remains elusive
  • We have no hope of a reasonable budget
  • The Federal Reserve is still running amok
  • The immigration sellout seems a question of when, not if
  • Border and national security seem a shambles

The GOP can’t just argue: “We may suck, but we’re all you’ve got” and “SCOTUS” and expect the base just to roll over like so many moderate Congressional panhandlers waiting for the deal to be cut.

Actual conservatives are wondering things like: “Where is the leadership?” and “What is the reform course?”

The gut feeling amongst the irregular troops who should be supplying the bulk of the momentum for a wave election is that there may not be a point to it. That the real mission of the GOP is to be a shock absorber for reform. That the substantial difference between Boehner and Pelosi is that Cryin’ Johnny never equated Tea Partiers Nazis. That those who cautioned against leaving the GOP for a brand new party (and I’m still in that camp, barely) may have been just wrong. That it may be time for our version of UKIP. There are a couple of proto-Nigel Farage figures in circulation, but breaking them loose of the Vichy GOP would seem unlikely at the moment.

A repeat of 2010 should be a no-brainer, but we may first need a no-Boehner.


64 Responses to “The Vichy GOP Thinks Tea Parties Should Just Shut Up & Fall In Line, Or Something”

  1. Quartermaster
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 1:50 am

    McCain is simply a wack job. His stay in the Hanoi Hilton gave him a solid case of insanity.

  2. Adobe_Walls
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 2:30 am

    Are you suggesting there’s another option?

  3. Adobe_Walls
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 2:31 am

    We’ll be voting from the rooftops before the decade’s out.

  4. NeoWayland
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 8:22 am

    I’m saying that when the “leaders” of your team break the rules, it’s time to find a new game.

  5. RS
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    I meant took them over. I realize that most Republicans were former Whigs, including Lincoln.

  6. John Kirkwood
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    Absolutely brilliant! And spot on!

  7. Squid Hunt
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    Hear! Hear!

  8. Art Deco
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    Two-thirds of the Senate Republican caucus did not vote for upChuck Schumer’s scam and much of Boehner’s shuck and jive can be attributed to the deficit of support he has in his own caucus. The congressional caucuses can make amends through the following:

    1. Removing the caucus leadership and replacing them with worthwhile people.

    2. Dissolving the National Republican Senatorial Committee and its House counterpart. Official party committees should never intervene in primary contests (and in New York it’s illegal for political parties to spend their treasury in this manner).

    In a few years’ time, there should be primary challenges to Kelly Ayotte and Marco Rubio, who have proven themselves unworthy of anyone’s trust.

  9. Adobe_Walls
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

    Whom do you suppose is my team?

  10. NeoWayland
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 5:03 pm

    I assumed you were GOP. If you’re not, I was mistaken.

    You don’t strike me as a Green Party member though *grins*.

  11. Geosystem
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

    Hell, he thought Stacy wrote this, rather than Smitty. Does not strike me as the brightest bulb in the chandelier. Or at least that his powers of observation are hardly stellar.

  12. Adobe_Walls
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

    I am not now nor have I ever been a member of the second wing of the ruling party.

  13. NeoWayland
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

    My apologies, I should not have assumed otherwise.

    Also my congratulations.

  14. Quartermaster
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

    It would be better to describe the GOP as the reorganized Whig party. Hamilton’s and Clay’s philosophies are alive and well in the party, which is why they don’t operate as a real opposition party. The DimoKKKraps are headed in the direction Hamilton and Clay wanted, so there is no reason to oppose them.