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Establishment Republicans Lashing Back At Tea Party (Teabaggers)

October 11, 2013


There is news that a deal is underway that will allow for the government to reopen and the debt ceiling increase to be passed.  In other words sanity (at least in the short term) will be allowed to rein in Washington.

This also means that the Tea Party will not gain what they wanted (defunding the Affordable Health care Act), or extracting any of the other ideas that were on their ever-changing wish list.  Recall the Keystone Pipeline?  While it appears likely that there may be a change to the medical device tax, that is something that very likely given the degree of angst it created on both sides of the aisle, would have been removed anyway in regular budget negotiations.

In other words the Tea Party will have shot their wad with the shutdown and missed the target.   In the process they have royally ticked off the rank-and-file Republicans.  So much so that some in the establishment of the GOP are seeking payback.

From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.

The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall’s elections.

“It’s time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process,” former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu argues, faulting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and tea party Republicans in the House as much as President Barack Obama for taking an uncompromising stance.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is just as pointed, saying this about the tea party-fueled refusal to support spending measures that include money for Obama’s health care law: “It never had a chance.”

The anger emanating from Republicans like Sununu and Barbour comes just three years after the GOP embraced the insurgent political group and rode its wave of new energy to return to power in the House.

Now, they’re lashing out with polls showing Republicans bearing most of the blame for the federal shutdown, which entered its 11th day Friday. In some places, they’re laying the groundwork to take action against the tea party in the 2014 congressional elections.

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