Infidels and heretics

GOP senator says Tea Party challenges ‘killed off’ efforts at Republican majority

Sen. Dick Lugar (Ind.) facing a primary contest from the right in his reelection bid said past Tea Party-backed challenges had “killed off” Republican efforts to take the Senate in the past and could undermine a GOP majority again in 2012.

“A Republican majority in the Senate is very important, and Republicans who are running for reelection ought to be supported by people who want to see that majority,” Lugar said in an interview which aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

“I think the majority of Tea Party people understand that too,” he added.

Lugar who is facing a tough primary challenge from Tea Party-backed Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) said he was the best GOP option to win the seat and that past attempts by grassroots groups to install candidates they found more conservative had backfired.

“If I was not the nominee it might be lost,” he said of his seat. “Republicans lost the seats before in Nevada and New Jersey and Colorado where there were people who were claiming they wanted somebody who was more of their Tea Party aspect but they killed off the Republican majority.”

“This is one of the reasons why we have a minority in the Senate right now,” he claimed.

This is one of those zombie lies that keeps popping back up. During the last election cycle (the only one affected by the Tea Party so far) The Republican party gained six seats in the Senate. They needed four more to take control. Not one GOP incumbent lost their seat. (Lisa Murkowski of Alaska won reelection despite losing the primary to a Tea Party candidate.)

The claim that the Tea Party “lost” the Senate is based on the assumption that the GOP would have won four more seats had the establishment candidates won the primaries. But there is little proof that is the case – mostly some pre-primary polls. They might have won one or two – or maybe not.

It could just as easily be argued that without the support and enthusiasm of the Tea Party the Republicans would have won fewer seats and might not have taken control of the House either.

The Tea Party is a conservative movement and I’m a liberal, so why does this matter? Because the establishments of both parties have a vested interest in maintaining power, and neither establishment represents their party’s rank-and-file voters.

The Tea Party originated as an astroturf organization intended to gin-up opposition to Barack Obama. But it quickly morphed into a genuine grass-roots organization as the monster turned on its creators with primary challengers. Suddenly the GOP establishment joined with Democrats in portraying Tea Partiers as lunatics.

Some people think that the Occupiers are the Democratic equivalent of the Tea Party. This is not true. OWS has no interest in challenging the Democratic establishment by fielding primary candidates. But if they did they could expect similar treatment.

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25 Responses to Infidels and heretics

  1. crawdad says:

    You’ve been listening to Glenn Beck again, haven’t you?

  2. yttik says:

    What’s really funny is when you say Dick Lugar represents everything that’s wrong with the Republican party and so called liberals and Dems start arguing with you and defending him! Makes my head hurt. When did it become fashionable to defend establishment Republicans against the people of the party? Like it or not, that’s who the Tea Party is, people tired of establishment politics and the status quo.

  3. DandyTiger says:

    Agree about OWS. If for one instant they had actually become a legitimate movement with political ambitions other than the big establishment party machine, they would have gotten the Tea Party treatment. They already got some for the off the rails violence and craziness, but that’s nothing compared to if they had became political.

    As far as it appears not, they pretty much fizzled out after performing their major duty in keeping Obama safe from a primary and for distracting gullible progressives into not noticing the man behind the curtain. Hmm, now that I think about it, OWS is the flying monkeys from wizard of oz.

    But if they did come back alive and had a mind of their own and became political, first that would be great, and second, they’d get pounded. Not holding my breath though.

  4. Evil Tea Partiers, why can’t they leave the poor GOP establishment alone.

  5. Watching the GOP turn inside out like this makes me jealous. I wish that would happen to the Dem party.

  6. DandyTiger says:

    Go Packers. I just noticed Raiders won yesterday. Why was I thinking they lost. Must have not had enough to drink. Nice.

      • DeniseVB says:

        That’s what they say in Virginia 😉 We only have a choice between Mitt and Ron, no write-in option. It’s like the Super Bowl of Primaries with the two worse teams…..Zzzzzzzzzz.

        • Three Wickets says:

          I can’t follow her (she’d give me a migraine), but looks like @donnabrazile has been tweeting up a storm lately. She’s happiest when she’s playing the race card, and she might just bury Ron Paul all by herself. She is the Terminator, and all the networks (most especially CNN) will bow down to her will.

      • DandyTiger says:

        Damn, sorry I missed that one. Sounds like it was one of those games that lead to some serious drugs. 🙂

    • myiq2xu says:

      I told you Chicago should have accepted the penalty on the FG and at least run more time off then kicked again.

      Two minutes is a lifetime for a QB like Rodgers.

  7. Three Wickets says:

    Seriously, I think coastal college campus Obots need to be shut down, along with their brainrinsing profs and mentors. They are turning DC into one giant perpetual summer camp and finding ways to make money doing it. I truly think their “progressive” creative class chauvinism is unheaalthy for the nation’s politics. I don’t care who shuts them down. They’ve had their 15 minutes. Delusion over. Chomsky is dead, or he will be soon.

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