National Politics - 2016

The Tea Party: “Establishment” Republicans Need Not Apply

“RINOs,” NOT DEMOCRATS GET BEAT UP AT SOUTH CAROLINA CONVENTION By TAYLOR BROWN ||  What was the main theme at this week’s S.C. Tea Party Coalition convention in Myrtle Beach,S.C.?  Surprisingly, it didn’t involve anyone chanting “END THE FED;” “9/11 Truth Now; “chemtrails are real, y’all;” or “return to the…

“RINOs,” NOT DEMOCRATS GET BEAT UP AT SOUTH CAROLINA CONVENTION

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 presetBy TAYLOR BROWN ||  What was the main theme at this week’s S.C. Tea Party Coalition convention in Myrtle Beach,S.C.?  Surprisingly, it didn’t involve anyone chanting “END THE FED;” “9/11 Truth Now; “chemtrails are real, y’all;” or “return to the gold standard,” as I had previously suspected.

Nor was anyone wearing a tin foil hat with their “Ron Paul Revolution” t-shirt … at least not that I could see.

Rather, the rallying cry was a constant, caustic refrain against “Republicans in Name Only” coming from both the Tea Party attendees and the speakers eager to win their votes.  Every prospective presidential hopeful had something negative to say about these moderate Republicans—some with a more gusto than others.

The targets?  Former GOP nominee Mitt Romney, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and New Jersey governor Chris Christie – all of whom are eying 2016 bids of their own.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum – ever the “clean fighter” – danced around the topic and dodged pointed questions.

“Do you think wealthy people care whether their president cares about them? No,” he said, referencing an exit poll question about which 2012 candidate cared more about the voters.

“Who cares? Lower or middle income folks who are struggling,” he said.  “And guess what, our candidate only got [about] 19 percent of that vote.  We better have a party and a movement that addresses and cares about the people who are losing hope and feeling like America doesn’t work for them anymore.”

Ben Carson, who gained fame after his speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast – was a little more pointed than Santorum in his criticism of the “establishment” Republicans.

“Our founders wanted to make sure there was no such thing as a political class – a select, small group of people out of which we consistently pull our leaders,” he said.  “That hasn’t worked so well for us … What we need are intelligent people who have common sense, some humility … and faith in God.”

Is this an insinuation that Washington’s choice will always get the nod?  Does the house always win?  And does it mean Romney lacks humility, common sense and faith?

Ouch.

Billionaire mogul (and hair icon) Donald Trump – always saying exactly what he thinks – had barely powered down the engines on his posh private jet before he was firing away at the “establishment” Republicans.

“Mitt Romney … let us all down,” he said. “He couldn’t even win an election against a failed president. For him to be running again is outrageous!”

Trump also slammed Bush, saying “the last thing this country needs is another Bush.”  He later said all the Bushes had given America was “Obama and Chief Justice (John) Roberts – who gave us Obamacare.”

At least the Bushes haven’t given us a comb-over.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was perhaps the most punishing in his critique of Romney (and the DC-style Republicans).

“If we nominate another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole, John McCain or Mitt Romney … the same people who stayed home in ’08 and ’12 will stay home in ’16, and the Democrat will win again … Do we go back to the same old, same old? Or do we stand for principle?”

No one mentioned the fact that Romney gave a woman cancer which led to her death… (Hello, Joe Soptic!!) You’d think that’d be a reason not to support the moderates – they’ll kill you!

While I’m frankly not surprised these 2016 potential candidates slammed the establishment at a Tea Party Convention, I think it’s important to point out that the only people who seem to like the “inside the beltway” candidates are other DC-minded folks, NGOs, and corporations who fund their war chest.

In 2014 America voted out Democrats and voted in Republicans (of differing levels of conservativeness), which raises the question: Will America simply vote in any Republican? Or will conservatives “stay home in ‘16” if a moderate is nominated (as Cruz asserts)?

Is America ready to see “any old Republican” in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave – even if they’re considered a “RINO” (a phrase that was repeated ad nauseam this weekend) simply because they’re so tired of this Administration’s incessant snafu after snafu?

Most importantly if these hardline conservative candidates continue to rail against the moderates, then this election promises to be a dirty one.  There may even be more mudslinging among GOP candidates than there is mudslinging across party lines.  In such an environment, will the Democrats even have to go negative against the Republicans? Especially seeing as their nominee is already effectively chosen?

I, for one, look forward to seeing just how dirty 2016 will get.

Taylor Brown is a 20-something Wofford College graduate who somehow got sucked into politics at an early age.  She is easily won over with Rush’s fast food (obviously), wine, and spirited political arguments.

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58 comments

:) January 20, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Tits or GTFO!

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Thomas Beach January 20, 2015 at 9:07 pm

You know what would be hilarious. We all get to the pearly gates on Judgment Day, and our Heavenly Father looks at you, and says, “what did you say to my daughter?”

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:) January 20, 2015 at 10:52 pm

You know what would be even more hilarious? We all get to the to the great beer volcano & stripper factory in the sky and the Flying Spaghetti Monster says to you, “Dude, you can’t come in, we only take people that can spell Judgement and use question marks properly.”

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Slartibartfast January 20, 2015 at 11:03 pm

the AP Style Guide is definitive in its preference for judgment – without the extra “e.”

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:) January 20, 2015 at 11:18 pm

“Black’s Law Dictionary”

Slartibartfast January 20, 2015 at 11:27 pm

The point is BOTH are accepted and have precedent.

:) January 20, 2015 at 11:41 pm

Alright, point made, but it’d still be funny.

The Colonel January 21, 2015 at 12:09 am

Not as funny as Slaribartfast’s assessment…

Spitfire1940 January 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Yar da won whoo missspelled it.
Dufus!

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:) January 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Uh…no…

Smirks January 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

We all get to the pearly gates on Judgment Day, and our Heavenly Father
looks at you, and says, “what did you say to my daughter?”

U tell ur girl n she say “my dad is ded”.

THEN WHO WAS PHONE?

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guest January 20, 2015 at 9:17 pm

“Buz Martin • 2 months ago

Your level of brilliance?

Holy shit, you are one arrogant little twit, aren’t you?…….

Now — show me your tits or get off my lawn!”

Poor Taylor!!! Don’t it sound familiar? :) I mean. You present a serious opinion and then harassed. Sad

Thanks for the article.Your work is excellent and your family should be proud!

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:) January 20, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Where’s the serious opinion? Is it lost? Is it somewhere near the word “get” or a period?

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt January 20, 2015 at 11:57 pm

It’s a classic case of the war on women.

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euwe max January 20, 2015 at 8:50 pm

I, for one, look forward to seeing just how dirty 2016 will get.
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Should I take up a collection?

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Rocky January 20, 2015 at 9:18 pm

It’s gonna be wicked. I’ll start it off. Bush – he’s married to a wet-back illegal alien.
Who’s next!

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Flip Coscoe January 20, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Ok.ANY Republican as American hating, ‘closet’ Muslim Obama uses an E/O to establish Sharia Law in heavily populated Muslim areas in America ,Iran and Russia go to war with Israel and gas is $5 a gallon in 2016.

Who’s next?

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Rocky January 20, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Cruz is an ISIL plant. Cuban father, exiled mother – born in Canada? Yeah right. He’s a Muslim plant.
Who’s next?

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Flip Coscoe January 20, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Nice try.Obama loves CAIR and the muslim brotherhood-ask Egypt.

He can’t wait until Israel is nuked.WPB Jews even understand that truth.

Rocky January 20, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Jeb’s family is tied to the hip with Saudi Arabia – heck – they even got Bin Laden’s family out of the US on the night of 9/11.

Flip Coscoe January 20, 2015 at 10:17 pm

Obama’s family is tied to Hitler,Stalin,Idi Amin, Castro, Bill Ayers,Jane Fonda, Captain Kangaroo, Rev Wright. Muhammed and satan!!!

So what?

Rocky January 20, 2015 at 10:36 pm

Ted Cruz is actually one of the Brazliain boys – spawned from the sperm of Hitler, and used to fertilize the egg of a Brazilian voodoo woman. Oh, and he’s a wet back. OK enough for now.

guest January 20, 2015 at 9:46 pm

He comes across like an televangelist, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

Smirks January 21, 2015 at 9:30 am

American hating, ‘closet’ Muslim Obama uses an E/O to establish Sharia Law in heavily populated Muslim areas in America

Genetic modification has come a long way, but I still don’t think pigs will be able to fly by 2016.

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Thomas Beach January 20, 2015 at 9:01 pm

One of the biggest failures of Republican candidates is to fail to grasp that elections are more than issues. On issues, we win, but unfortunately there are voters who spend about seven seconds of their time on politics. These voters vote based on a candidate’s personal strengths. That’s just to win the general election…

but, for the primary, it might even be more important.

Conservatives, like Cruz, must win not only on issues – but on personal strengths. Personal strengths like, he went to Harvard, he can pick up the hispanic vote, etc.

Put 9 Republicans running for office in a row and ask them, “who supports the military?” “who is for low taxes?” “who is against abortion?” etc. etc. They will answer the same, and they will split hairs trying to make themselves different.

If a candidate can win on personal strengths he will be the party’s next candidate. I am hoping Cruz wins both on issues and personality.

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guest January 20, 2015 at 9:16 pm

The Cubans in south Florida might vote for him but a majority of them in country sure wouldn’t.

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Rocky January 20, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Christie thinks make the tent bigger is how he orders shirts.

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Rocky January 20, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Watching the Establishment right now in the SOTU speech – they’re all clappy and happy. They the clappy bunch – applauding the President left and right. They like bumps on a log – or tits on a bull. Just worthless. Look at ’em – just lapping up the Obama speech. They’re clappin’ again. Just clappers. The Tea Party might not like ’em, but Establishment types – they in it for the Scotch party.

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Flip Coscoe January 20, 2015 at 9:30 pm

they are LAUGHING at him. You don’t know the difference?

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Rocky January 20, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Nope, E-stablishment caving like a butter house in a heat wave.

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Flip Coscoe January 20, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Who will stand and call Obama a TRAITOR tonight?

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Rocky January 20, 2015 at 9:39 pm

None – they’re a bunch of e-stablishment cowards. You elected a bunch of pussies. Sorry – but true.

Flip Coscoe January 20, 2015 at 10:13 pm

Better than electing a bunch of American hating perverts and ISIS lovers like the Democrat Party.

Rocky January 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm

You watching Ernst? She’s pretty freakin’ weak. She worked at Hardee’s? Maybe she can hired back on in six years? Is she serious? Fearful? Everyone thinks the economy is booming. She’s about as out of touch as a Russian astronaut stuck on the international space station. I thought Rubio sucked at his follow-up – but she’s way worse. She sounds like that overvoice on the corporate ISO training site.

Flip Coscoe January 20, 2015 at 10:37 pm

So what a wife,mother and VETERAN worked at Hardee’s?
Obama works for THE University of Radical Islam.
I will take Ernst as my neighbor.

Smirks January 21, 2015 at 9:53 am

Obama works for THE University of Radical Islam.

You’re making a caricature of yourself, bruh.

Flip Coscoe January 21, 2015 at 9:58 am

You just don’t like the truth. Are you saying he didn’t support the since exiled Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt?

grandtangosuglydog January 21, 2015 at 10:03 am

thats what she saying ignorant buffoon, pretty much like everyone who has any knowledge, which of course excludes your ignorant ass.

clown car January 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

Joni Ernst=Cruella De Vil

Smirks January 21, 2015 at 9:52 am

like a butter house in a heat wave.

First time I’ve heard that one, I like it though.

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grandtangosuglydog January 21, 2015 at 10:02 am

If anyone knows what its like to be laughed at..its our own little troll flip. Tell us whats its like Flip to have people constantly think you are an ignorant redneck fool.

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Rocky January 20, 2015 at 10:08 pm

Hey, watching SOTU – WTF – what’s up with Boehner. He either has a piece of glass up his butt, or a corn cob. I passed a stone last weekend, and my face was happier than that. It’s like he’s gong through booze withdrawals. Last comment – Johnny – purple is the new pink dude – get a new tie.

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E Norma Scok January 20, 2015 at 10:20 pm

I’m partial to the new pic. Too bad she doesn’t really look like that.

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Hobby Lobby Hobbies! January 21, 2015 at 12:01 am Reply
Smirks January 21, 2015 at 9:44 am

What a bitch. I want to laugh at her but damn, her husband and kids don’t deserve to pay for what a horrible person she is.

EDIT: She has a lot in common with Sanford. Thank goodness the God of Second Chances™ is there to forgive her! It’s like she never did anything wrong!

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Bible Thumper January 21, 2015 at 1:49 am

Welcome back, Taylor.

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GrandTango January 21, 2015 at 8:20 am

This is irrelevant…
Sen. Mike Lee is pushing a move Repeal Obamacare With 51-Vote Senate Majority…I’d LOVE to see if the FITS-Liberal-Tarians will attack Lee like you customarily any non-establishment Republican…???

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vicupstate January 21, 2015 at 8:27 am

The establishment has effectively neutered the Tea Party, having taking every primary contest in 2014. The Tea Party still has some power and influence, but when push comes to shove, they will be marginalized by the establishment and their money in 2016 too.

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Spitfire1940 January 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

And they should be….
I was for them initially on principle. but they have morphed into non pragmatic election losers.
Romney is still the one.

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Smirks January 21, 2015 at 9:25 am

“Establishment Republicans Need Not Apply”

Because the Tea Party already has too many in their ranks?

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grandtangosuglydog January 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

If you are not full blown religious nutjob who hates anyone of color..please dont apply. Well at least they are honest this time..

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sparklecity January 21, 2015 at 10:20 am

Whatever……. And I REALLY mean Whatever…………………………………
Only thing I’ve noticed is I have not seen one reference to the MB Tea Party shindig on the Spartanburg Tea Party site. Just the usual stuff that Ms. Karen Martin daily cranks out faster than an old memiograph machine during exam week. Last year she was fairly gushing about the convention and how she couldn’t wait to attend
Maybe she’s the one being snubbed for whatever reason or had some hissy-fit claiming she and her minions are more conservative than anyone else (much like the ‘front pew” types who believe they are more Christain than everyone else in the congregation…so they go down the road and start another congregation).
I say give them enough rope so they can hang themselves or even better eat their own young..
Another thing I’ve noticed about Tea Party types: they truly believe moderates are bad and worthless and should be eliminated (UNLESS you are a “Moderate” Muslim that is!!!!!!)
What’s up with that shit???????

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sparklecity January 21, 2015 at 11:05 am

“What we need are intelligent people who have common sense, some humility and …Faith in God”…………
Sounds a lot like Harry Truman or Bob Inglis to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Spitfire1940 January 21, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Hey Trump

You let down wives (plural) with your carousing and failed marriages and your business acumen can’t touch Mitt’s, as evidenced with the many times you filed for bankruptcy.

Mitt Romney ran a great campaign, nobody was going to beat the first Black President in a 2nd term, especially with a complicit sycophantish media.

Mitt has demonstrated more integrity and honor throughout his entire life, than you will ever have.

Your carping false bravado and gutless posturing is getting old. Put your name out there. For if you did Donny, you would be butchered and your endless failures in a life of hedonism and narcissism would be on full display. And you know it..

Step off Donster…You’re a jealous wannabee and irrelevant!

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ScrewedNSC January 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm

We invited the head RINO Tim Rice! We did not want people to think that we discriminate. After all we had to have our token tea party member speak. Hope Tom got a good reception. NOT.

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E Norma Scok January 21, 2015 at 10:09 pm

I figured it out…Eva Green.

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Crystal Evans January 22, 2015 at 4:35 am

I think all the candidates should listen to everyone’s opinion and the best way to do this is in front of a good cup of tea.

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L_L_L_L January 26, 2015 at 2:18 am

Taylor,
Your article here is depressing in so many ways.
Your review of the meaningless process that is about to begin is humorous.
Do you actually believe in the Left Right paradigm?
Do you legitimately believe there is anything more at work here than a show put on by an oligarchy for the masses to feel like they are in control?

Here is an obvious question:
How could Barack Obama turn out to be George W. Bush?
Clearly the Left Right Paradigm is a farce.

L

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