November 9, 2014 8:00 am -

After millennials stayed home during the midterm elections, that opened a door for the wave of Republicans taking Senate control while expanding a House majority.

[su_center_ad]The Tea Party is worried that Republicans won’t be jerks.

The New York Times reports:

….a group of conservatives huddled anxiously in a conference room not far from Capitol Hill and agreed that now is the time for confrontation, not compromise and conciliation.

Despite Republicans’ ascension to Senate control and an expanded House majority, many conservatives from the party’s activist wing fear that congressional leaders are already being too timid with President Obama.

They do not want to hear that government shutdowns are off the table or that repealing the Affordable Care Act is impossible — two things Republican leaders have said in recent days.

“If the new Republican leadership in the Senate is only talking about what they can’t do, that’s going to be very demoralizing,” said Thomas J. Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a conservative advocacy group that convenes a regular gathering called Groundswell. Any sense of triumph at its meeting last week was fleeting.

“I think the members of the leadership need to decide what they’re willing to shut down the government over,” Mr. Fitton said.

(my bold)

The government is the people. We elected our officials into office. It’s up to us to make it work. Like it or not, Republicans came out to vote whereas Democrats opted against casting a ballot for a multitude of reasons, but we don’t talk of shutting the government down because our fee fees are hurt. Instead, we need to find a way to make it work.

Tea Party conservatives, many of whom argue that the government shutdown last year was a sound strategy, said they were baffled by remarks after the election by Mr. McConnell that the Senate under his control would prioritize policies that Republicans knew Democrats would also support.

Many also fumed when Mr. McConnell stated the obvious: Republicans do not have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act because they cannot override a presidential veto on their own….

Any perception that Mr. McConnell is not sufficiently committed to repealing the health care law, despite his running hard against it in his own re-election campaign, would renew the same fissures among Republicans that preceded the government shutdown.

“That would cause a civil war inside the Republican Party,” said Richard Viguerie, a longtime conservative activist, referring to anything the party’s base saw as a halfhearted attempt at repeal. “There’s almost zero trust between the base and the Republican leaders.”

No one did more to demoralize Tea Party candidates and conservative agitators than Mr. McConnell, who vowed to “crush” every Republican primary challenger. (He did; none defeated an incumbent senator.) He also blacklisted Republicans who worked with groups supporting insurgents.

Privately, McConnell aides say they are less concerned these days about the impact of senators like Mr. Cruz, whom they describe as an “army of one.”

I find it adorable that Republicans are now fighting the Tea Party — the same movement that put the gavel in John Boehner’s hand. Tea Partiers run on a platform of dysfunction, clogging the wheels of progress while putting hog-castrators into power because they feel that Agenda 21 is an actual threat. Because jobs aren’t priority one, but stopping Obama from presiding is.

Until Republicans stop bending to the will of a wildly unpopular movement, then we should refer to them as the Tea Party, too. After all, Republicans demonized Democrats for supporting Obama, and some idiot Dems had the audacity to go silent on their support for the President even though the economy is healing despite the previous administration’s devastating blunders. [su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

12 responses to Tea Party Concerned Republicans Won’t Shut The Government Down

  1. Tommy6860 November 9th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    The TOPers are not close to being even the best of the low end of the GOP stupid pool. They think because that they got the senate and expanded in the house, that a majority of the nation must have wanted that. Hell, with only around 35% of eligible voters actually going to the polls, they didn’t exactly smoke most of the seats with their wins (Grimes was an embarrassment).

    I say, go ahead, intimidate McConnell and Boehner into acquiescing into engaging a mutli-billion dollar shutdown, impeaching the president, spending millions more trying to take down ACA. Had the dumbasses running the DSCC and the DCCC spoke up and backed up our president, the wingers would be weeping in losses.

  2. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker November 9th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    The stupid burns with these old white bigots who long for a “Leave it to Beaver” utopia.

  3. Larry Schmitt November 9th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    None of these assholes who want to shut the government down again depend on the services and jobs that will be ended if they get their wish. After school programs, free school lunches, SNAP, unemployment benefits, if any of these are stopped even temporarily, it causes tremendous pain to the working poor. These extremists don’t care about any of those people. They have proved it time and again. It’s too bad their “constituents” don’t learn that, and quit voting for them.

    • Foundryman November 9th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      The only way their ‘constituents’ will ever learn that is after they feel the harm themselves first hand.

  4. RK Johnston November 9th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Frankly, come January, the new TPers are going to get the same treatment that their predecessors got back in 2012 from the Establishment Republicans.
    As in they will not get the comittee assignments-and-leadrship-posts they want…and the Second Act of the Great GOP Civil War will commence!

    It’s all going to be the same–only some of the players have changed seats.

  5. mea_mark November 9th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    The Teabola virus is still running strong in the republican party. Is it time to quarantine them yet?

    • Larry Schmitt November 9th, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Can we rocket them to another planet? Never mind, we don’t have any rockets. Can’t send them to the North Pole, the ice cap is shrinking. Where do we put them?

    • William November 9th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      “The Teabola virus is still running strong in the republican party. Is it time to quarantine them yet?”
      Hey now…not funny. Teabola is serious.

      • alpacadaddy November 9th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

        You are spot-on, but you neglected to mention ‘willfully misinformed’!

        • William November 9th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

          ‘willfully misinformed’!
          I couldn’t have said it better

  6. Candide Thirtythree November 10th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    That picture is the true face of evil in America.

    When tea party types where asked to rate quotes but were not told who the quote was from, they overwhelmingly agreed with the Hitler quotes.

    These are the same kind of people who would not bat an eye at turning over their neighbors to the secret police or bring back McCarthyism in a heartbeat.

  7. Michael Hayden November 10th, 2014 at 7:33 pm