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Tea Party caucus getting tepid reception

July 22, 2010 1 comment

Not surprising at all:

…[T]he  tea party movement is a loaded political weapon for Republicans heading into the midterm elections.

Until now, they have had the luxury of enjoying the benefits of tea party enthusiasm without having to actually declare membership. But now that Bachmann has brought the tea party inside the Capitol, House Republican leaders and rank-and-file members may have to choose whether to join the institutionalized movement.

The more I hear about this idea, the more I disagree with this move.

Heading into the midterms, Republicans have history and momentum on their side–for now.  I never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Already, Eric Cantor has said that the caucus is not such a great idea, along with Tea Party favorite, Marco Rubio.  To the extent that the caucus is to represent the principles of the Tea Party, how does the movement interpret Rubio’s and Cantor’s decision? Is it less inclined to support these candidates and members?

But forget the distractions that are bound to come up with this idea.  My biggest issue is about credibility.

A Tea Party-backed candidate has yet to win a significant election.  It seems to me that having a caucus would mean the members of the caucus would have some clout in their representative body.  If the Tea Party movement shows that it has the push to swing elections overwhelmingly, then forming a caucus would make more sense.  After the fact.

If the Tea Party falls flat come election night, then the caucus will look pretty silly.

To be continued…

Bachmann forming an official Tea Party Caucus

July 17, 2010 1 comment

Michelle Bachmann wants to give the Tea  Partiers a voice into the halls of Congress:

Bachmann, already a hero within the tea party, sent a letter to House Administration Chairman Robert Brady (D-Pa.) Thursday to register the House Tea Party Caucus to serve as an “informal group of members dedicated to promote Americans’ call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution and limited government.”

Bachmann, in a statement, said Americans have “had enough of the spending, bureaucracy and the government-knows-best mentality running rampant today throughout the halls of Congress.”

Fiscal responsibility?  Limited government? Constitutional principles?  Isn’t that what the Republican party should be standing for?

After all of the debate over the past year including healthcare reform, government spending, stimulus, etc., after all of that, you would think that most if not all Republican members would be signing on to the principles of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and all the rest.  This should be relatively easy, as it goes against the entire Obama-Democrat agenda.

I’ve had my issues with the Tea Party, and have made them known on this blog.  One of my biggest fears was that the Tea Party activists would become a wedge that splits up the base of the Republican party.   That Michelle Bachmann has made it a point to single out certain Republican members as Tea Partiers, makes me a bit uneasy along those lines.