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The Tea Party Purge of 2012
Slate ^ | Dec. 4, 2012 | David Weigel

Posted on 12/05/2012 11:02:07 PM PST by neverdem

Republican leaders are punishing some of the party’s most conservative members. And they won’t go down without a yelp.

Everybody knew that Tim Huelskamp would make trouble in Washington. That was sort of the point of Tim Huelskamp. In 2009, when a safe Republican seat in western Kansas opened up, State Sen. Huelskamp established himself as the mad-as-hell candidate. He told conservative bloggers of his fight to defund Planned Parenthood, ban gay marriage, and keep Kathleen Sebelius out of the Obama cabinet. In one TV ad, as the mellow-looking Huelskamp climbed into a tractor, voters were told that he “went against his party leaders, and was kicked off his committee, for bucking the establishment and fighting wasteful spending.” He won easy.

History repeats. On Tuesday, the re-elected Huelskamp walked into a luncheon at the Heritage Foundation and told conservative activists how he’d just been booted from the Budget and Agriculture Committees. It was a “purge,” and his crime was being exactly as conservative as he’d promised.

“We’ve heard from multiple sources that someone walked in with a list of votes and said, ‘if you didn’t [fulfill] a particular scorecard on the ‘right’ votes—which by the way, in most cases, were not the conservative positions—we’re gonna remove you from committee.” The activists quietly chewed Chick-fil-A sandwiches as Huelskamp scorched his party leaders. “It confirms, in my mind, Americans’ deepest suspicions about Washington...

--snip--

On Nov. 14, conservative Rep. Tom Price lost a secret ballot election for a leadership post. The next day, the conservative Republican Study Committee gave its chairmanship to Rep. Steve Scalise, who’d been opposed by the group’s former leaders—like Tom Price...


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The accidental Speaker doesn't seem to appreciate how he got his job in 2010. Without the new Tea Party members of the House, Boehner would still be the minority leader.

HOUSE GOP LEADERS PURGED CONSERVATIVES USING SECRET CRITERIA LIST

We'll see who the Speaker is in January.

1 posted on 12/05/2012 11:02:12 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Republicans don’t fight liberals this way!


2 posted on 12/05/2012 11:10:20 PM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against you?)
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To: neverdem

It is time for The area Party!


3 posted on 12/05/2012 11:26:42 PM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: wastoute

F’n IPad! TEA PARTY.


4 posted on 12/05/2012 11:27:55 PM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: neverdem

Boehner handed the Speaker’s job to Pelosi yesterday. Don’t be surprised if Boehner doesn’t switch parties, thinking he can prevent that.


5 posted on 12/05/2012 11:37:55 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: neverdem

Short of wearing a T-shirt with a photo of Helen Thomas on it..
How do you get rid of a Boehner in Congress?..


6 posted on 12/05/2012 11:45:55 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe

Send a strongly worded message. Yep! Works every time.


7 posted on 12/05/2012 11:56:32 PM PST by DISCO
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To: neverdem

Check out #fireboehner on twitter. Michelle Malkin is trying to get it to trend.


9 posted on 12/06/2012 3:05:31 AM PST by Truth29
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To: neverdem

Check out #fireboehner on twitter. Michelle Malkin is trying to get it to trend.


10 posted on 12/06/2012 3:05:44 AM PST by Truth29
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To: wastoute

I have that same complaint with the iPad...lousy ‘autofill’.

But your point is not lost. Boehner AND Cantor (the Dandy) need to go.


11 posted on 12/06/2012 3:20:21 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: neverdem

I hadn’t heard that about Tom Price. That is not good news, he’s one of the good guys.


12 posted on 12/06/2012 3:21:54 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: wastoute

I think now is the perfect time to make the 3rd party. The conservative TEA Party. How many conservative “R”s will jump to the Tea Party from the GOPe actions?


13 posted on 12/06/2012 3:38:33 AM PST by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: chemicalman

Very few.

For a simple reason. If there is a new party, they won’t get any of the committee seats or other perks. They will be permenate back benchers who will be shunned by both sides. Very few congressmen will do that by choice. They get to used to the parties and the power.


14 posted on 12/06/2012 4:01:37 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: neverdem

Be careful what you wish for. The other choice would be SanFran Nan.


15 posted on 12/06/2012 4:03:05 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: neverdem

Time for true conservatives to take a stand. We need more like Price.

Boehner has the power to keep them off the “good” committees, but he doesn’t have the power to silence them or control their votes.

Office picks are another power issue, but IMO a trivial one. A true conservative will not trade a corner office for his vote. Work in a broom closet if you have to.


16 posted on 12/06/2012 4:29:58 AM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: redgolum
Be careful what you wish for. The other choice would be SanFran Nan.

Apparently not, actually. The House rules require that the Speaker gain a majority of votes cast -- if no one gains a majority, the position is vacant until someone can get the necessary votes. In theory, 16 GOP abstentions (or vote for other than Boner or Pelosi) would be enough to deny a majority.

17 posted on 12/06/2012 4:35:42 AM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: chemicalman

It used to be that party trumped person. The Supreme Court was the biggest issue. But with the disappointing ruling by Roberts, even that doesn’t matter now. And maybe Republicans will slow down how fast we are rolling down this hill, but that is all they are doing, slowing us down while we are still going down. Maybe it is time to accept that we need to get to the bottom very, very fast.

With that said, if the Republicans don’t hold the line on taxes, what is the point in supporting them. We sent them there to protect us against this slide and they aren’t doing it. Whether we support them or not, we are going the same way. Whether we support them or move to another party, nothing is changing.

And maybe it is time to start voting my conscience rather than the team that is most likely to win. As my son (not sure how he got so smart) commented to me after this election. As God’s people, can we vote for pro-choice candidates? Even if that candidate can help us financially... Maybe it comes down to that?


18 posted on 12/06/2012 4:41:34 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Where is Bachmann and the rest of the Tea Party caucus? Why aren’t they speaking out forcefully, with one voice, against the scorched earth tactics of RINO Boehner? It’s amazing how quickly politicians drink the kool-aid once they get to Washington. If we’re lucky we can get two terms out of a House member before they start to wobble. Some don’t even survive a single term. A motivated, principled and courageous Tea Party caucus could force Boehner to change his tune. If Bachmann et al. don’t speak out to protect the four who got tossed off the committees, they’ll be next.


19 posted on 12/06/2012 4:47:24 AM PST by littleharbour
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To: neverdem

I don’t know the people Boehner busted, I don’t know much about why he busted them.

I do know it was a damned stupid move.

One of many stupid Boehner moves.

I believe Boehners closest advisor is Jack Daniels.


20 posted on 12/06/2012 4:58:27 AM PST by Venturer
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To: littleharbour

I have served in local government, and I can attest to the truth of your statement.

The reason is very simple, people naturally want to get along with those they work along side for a long period of time, and even the most committed person will eventually start to go along to get along.

This is why term limits are so critical.

We need a constant infusion of people with new ideas and the boldness to stand up for them into government and simultaniously need to be purging those who have been in government the longest who have consolidated power and who actively attempt to muzzle the thoughts and actions of the newly elected.


21 posted on 12/06/2012 5:20:25 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: neverdem

The sooner conservatives separate from the GOP the better for conservatism in America. At this point the best bet for us is to form a 10-20% presence in Congress on our own party not accountable to the GOP dolts.


22 posted on 12/06/2012 5:25:48 AM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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To: DISCO

I sent a strongly worded message to Boehner last night. I asked him, among other things, why is it he can be a hardass, dictatorial prick with his fellow republicans, but conciliatory and compromising with the democrats.


23 posted on 12/06/2012 5:28:01 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Boehner does not represent me.


24 posted on 12/06/2012 5:32:43 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: wastoute

LOL! My Samsung Galaxy pad does the same thing and drives me bonkers. I had to turn off intuitive spelling on the keyboard settings.


25 posted on 12/06/2012 5:47:06 AM PST by EricT. (The GOP's sole purpose is to serve as an ineffective alternative to the Democrat Party.)
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To: littleharbour
Where is Bachmann and the rest of the Tea Party caucus?

Tea Party Caucus ... you're our only hope.

26 posted on 12/06/2012 5:52:12 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: littleharbour

“RINO Boehner?!?”

How can someone be a “Republican In Name Only” if he was elected by the entire GOP caucus to be Speaker of the House?

People, there is no such thing as a “RINO.” They are just Republicans doing what Republicans do, lying about being conservative while playing their role as minority members of the Ruling Class.


27 posted on 12/06/2012 5:59:12 AM PST by EricT. (The GOP's sole purpose is to serve as an ineffective alternative to the Democrat Party.)
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To: Venturer; All
I don’t know the people Boehner busted, I don’t know much about why he busted them.

I do know it was a damned stupid move.

In other words you're happily ignorant but outraged anyway. That's come to typify "conservatives" and elements claiming the Tea Party.

The Left doesn't need to work hard to defeat us, they let us fight amongst ourselves and self-defeat.

28 posted on 12/06/2012 6:20:24 AM PST by newzjunkey (grr)
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To: SueRae; wastoute

You know you can shut off the “Auto-Correction” & “Check Spelling” features on your iPad and iPhone - go to General Settings then to Keyboard to shut off which ones that you want off.


29 posted on 12/06/2012 6:30:07 AM PST by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

This is why it is important to maintain control of the house and it parliamentary rules and get the 17th amendment repealed so senators actually represent the states as originally designed. That way the president being elected by the unwashed masses is not that big a deal. Unlike now where we have a want to be dictator in power being facilitated by the senate elected by basically the same demographic.

This should be the focus.


30 posted on 12/06/2012 7:00:53 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: newzjunkey

I love the way people in here jump to the wrong conclusion and put words into people’s mouths.

I am sure you are thoroughly familiar with the Representatives he busted you know their records through and through, and you feel people like me should just STFU.


31 posted on 12/06/2012 7:18:22 AM PST by Venturer
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To: wastoute

The rat bastard GOP still doesn’t get it! We are going to have to kick the hell out of them!..Then kick the hell out of liberals.


32 posted on 12/06/2012 7:19:07 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: EricT.

Hell, I suspect half of them are commiecrats who became Republicans to undermine the party from within. The others are bleeding heart libs for whom the commies are just a little too far left.

The Boner faction can’t win elections. They have to be pushed out of their leadership positions. But it all comes down to the votes - do you have enough to do it?


33 posted on 12/06/2012 7:28:58 AM PST by ichabod1 (Spriiingtime for islam, and tyranny. Winter for US and frieeends. . .)
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To: Truth29

Good for Michelle.

On the other hand, Coulter was on Fox last night saying that we have to cave to the Dems on certain things for PR purposes. That idiot has lost her mind.


34 posted on 12/06/2012 7:34:45 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: neverdem
Introduction to America's Party
35 posted on 12/06/2012 7:38:14 AM PST by EternalVigilance (America's creed: Our rights come from God, not men. Governments exist to secure those rights.)
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To: chemicalman

I agree. We already lost a month!


36 posted on 12/06/2012 7:49:48 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: EternalVigilance

I understand that the house votes for leader on Jan 16. If a sufficient number of conservatives just don’t vote .then the house will have no leader for a year. To be elected leader you have to have 217 votes . Pelosi wont ever get there and if we can get 20 abstentions neither does boo hoo boehner. I would rather have no leader than Boo Hoo.


37 posted on 12/06/2012 8:05:09 AM PST by willowdean
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To: willowdean

I would rather have no leader than Boo Hoo.

Ditto! Find someone with balls who believes in individual liberty and the Constitution above everything else!


38 posted on 12/06/2012 8:22:25 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: willowdean

FUGOP/FUBO


39 posted on 12/06/2012 8:23:35 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: wastoute
F’n IPad!

I'm getting a top of the line iPad for Christmas instead of a mac laptop -- I sold the idea to my wife as the cheaper solution. Did I make the right decision? I hope so, it's a "done deal."

40 posted on 12/06/2012 8:32:02 AM PST by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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To: neverdem
When do you think it'll be time to jump ship for "The Conservative Party?" I'm getting really sick of the GOP. But I've stayed in the hopes of reforming from the inside. What do y'all think?
41 posted on 12/06/2012 8:34:23 AM PST by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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To: chemicalman

Me! I told the RNC when they kept calling me for money that I only donated to TEA Party backed candidates and directly to their campaigns. Then hung up in their ear.


42 posted on 12/06/2012 9:17:43 AM PST by southernindymom
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To: neverdem

Boner is a Leftist Establishment Big Government Hack.

Defeat the eGOP!


43 posted on 12/06/2012 9:18:42 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (BOHICA eGOP!)
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To: Venturer
"I believe Boehners closest advisor is Jack Daniels."

That's impossible because....

Boner doesn't know JACK!

44 posted on 12/06/2012 9:21:03 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (BOHICA eGOP!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

And that a fact Jack.

45 posted on 12/06/2012 9:33:29 AM PST by McGruff (No New RINOs!)
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To: neverdem

I am a conservative first and a Republican second. This purge crap is an example of why I put my conservative values far ahead of any notions of party loyalty. I’m as loyal to the GOP as the GOP is to me.


46 posted on 12/06/2012 10:06:47 AM PST by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: CatherineofAragon
“Coulter was on Fox last night saying that we have to cave to the Dems on certain things for PR purposes.”

I heard her say that. Do what you have to in order to get good press - that's the only way to win. If she had any principles, they are gone.

47 posted on 12/06/2012 1:05:32 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today.)
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To: willowdean

I believe the number is 16.

We need to start taking names now. Get pledges from congressmen that they will not vote for Boehner as speaker.

Someone needs to put up a blog or running list maintaining who is and is not on board.


48 posted on 12/06/2012 1:06:57 PM PST by Brookhaven (theconservativehand.com - alt2p.com)
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To: Marcella

I agree; I don’t know what happened to her. Hannity told her she sounded just like a liberal.


49 posted on 12/06/2012 1:32:39 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: FreedomPoster
I hadn’t heard that about Tom Price. That is not good news, he’s one of the good guys.

That's why I included it in the excerpt.

50 posted on 12/06/2012 2:14:36 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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