House committee approves Bachmann’s plan for Tea Party Caucus

posted at 4:10 pm on July 19, 2010 by Allahpundit

Pure candy for political junkies. Not only will it be fascinating to see who does — and doesn’t — want to join, but Bachmann et al. may have to make some tough decisions on whether a given applicant is “pure” enough to be admitted. Or maybe she’ll simply decide that anyone who wants to be in it can be in it. In that case, think it’ll go over well with grassroots conservatives when some House RINOs in red districts inevitably stampede to join so that they can brand themselves with the “tea party” label ahead of the midterms?

Another question: Will any Democrats make the cut? Remember, the Tea Party Express endorsed Walt Minnick.

Bachmann tweeted on Thursday: “Just got word that the Committee on House Administration officially approved the House Tea Party Caucus.” Kyle Anderson, a spokesman for the panel, confirmed that it approved the creation of the group.

In her letter last week, Bachmann spoke of the group’s affinity for small government.

“As Members of Congress, we have an obligation to represent the views of our constituents, and this Caucus would do nothing more than promote the timeless principles of our founding, principles that all Members of Congress have sworn to uphold,” he said.

The Democrats have had a lefty caucus in the House for years; you might remember them for their many pathetic empty threats regarding a public option during the ObamaCare debate, which of course they ended up caving on when crunch time came. That’ll be the first test for the Tea Party Caucus — standing on principle if/when the GOP retakes the House and Boehner needs their votes on a bill that’s more centrist than they might prefer. The other obvious challenge will be dealing with whatever the media’s tea-party outrage du jour is. Every time some idiot is spotted at a rally with an offensive sign, Bachmann, Pence, and the rest of the caucus will be asked to denounce it, not because anyone seriously questions whether they will but merely as a pretext to link them to the offense however obliquely. I wonder how many members will eventually decide it’s not worth the headache, especially in light of the infighting now going on between the Tea Party Federation and Tea Party Express. Remember, no less than Dick Armey advised GOP candidates last month that it might be time to start inching away from the tea-party brand.

Incidentally, Rand Paul’s planning a similar Tea Party Caucus for the Senate if/when he’s elected. Says pork-loving lobbyist Trent Lott, bring it on:

Paul, who beat GOP establishment favorite Trey Grayson in Kentucky’s primary, told the National Review that he would seek to join forces with GOP Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.) and Tom Coburn (Okla.), “who are unafraid to stand up” and who have blocked numerous bills advanced by both parties deemed by the pair as expanding government.

“If we get another loud voice in there, like Mike Lee from Utah or Sharron Angle from Nevada, there will be a new nucleus” to advocate causes such as term limits, a balanced-budget amendment and “having bills point to where they are enumerated in the Constitution,” Paul said in the interview.

Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), now a D.C. lobbyist, warned that a robust bloc of rabble-rousers spells further Senate dysfunction. “We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples,” Lott said in an interview. “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

But Lott said he’s not expecting a tea-party sweep. “I still have faith in the visceral judgment of the American people,” he said.

The Club for Growth replies: “Corporate lobbyist Trent Lott is apparently afraid Congress’s incoming freshman class will put an end to the earmarks, handouts, and bailouts that make him rich.” Heh. Exit question one: Given how thoroughly coopted the “Contract With America” class of Republicans became, why should we doubt that Lott’s ilk will succeed? Exit question two: Since we’re now getting a Republican analog to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, will we ultimately get an analog to the Blue Dogs too? Some sort of “Red Dog” bloc, maybe, that includes Collins, Snowe, Scott Brown, etc.? I think they’d be nuts to do that anytime soon with tea-party fee-vah still going strong among the base, but remember, it’s the Blue Dogs who hold the balance of power among the Democratic majority. The Red Dogs would be in the same position if/when the GOP retakes the Senate, and don’t think they don’t know it. Maybe in 2012 or 2014, after a few more centrists (e.g., Mike Castle) land in the Senate? Maverick could lead them!


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Too bad Olbermann is in self-imposed exile… ah well, Lawrence O’Donnell will have to suffice.

mjbrooks3 on July 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Go Michelle!! Don’t let up!

AubieJon on July 19, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I wish the Tea Party would be “bigger” than the GOP. Sort of like conservative independents for one reason or another don’t want to join the GOP.

Oil Can on July 19, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Maybe in 2012 or 2014, after a few more centrists (e.g., Mike Castle) land in the Senate? Maverick could lead them!

Only if they collapse as easily as the Blue Dogs did when the conservative Holy Grail comes up for a vote.

Lehosh on July 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM

I don’t care who they caucus with or what they claim they believe. They’re to be judged by their actions, not their words or PR stunts.

Erickson’s anecdote about a group of Reps openly mocking the Tea Party after appearing at an event should remain fresh in our minds.

obladioblada on July 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Ideally there wouldn’t even be a need for a Tea Party Caucus because about 80+% of the GOP House and Senate members would be solid fiscal conservatives. But this is a good start.

Doughboy on July 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM

This is cool … is she going to be the sole person in charge of who can and cannot join?

The BC is limited to only liberal blacks, so no cloakroom secrets can get out.

tarpon on July 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Since we’re now getting a Republican analog to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, will we ultimately get an analog to the Blue Dogs too? Some sort of “Red Dog” bloc, maybe, that includes Collins, Snowe, Scott Brown, etc.?

Lets combine the red dogs and the blue dogs and call them what they really are :
Purple fence-sitters

macncheez on July 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Actually having a House Tea Party Caucus actually makes it a lot easier for someone to ‘call out the racists’. Since there is no actual racist agenda in the Tea Party to begin with, a nice ceremonial statement is really all it takes to respond to the political lies of the left.

How effective or relevant it becomes will depend on the actions by Republicans following the next election.

Freddy on July 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

But Lott said he’s not expecting a tea-party sweep. “I still have faith in the visceral judgment of the American people,” he said.

Lott’s “visceral judgment” told him that a cute remark about Strom Thurmond’ older political views was acceptable.

Wethal on July 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM

How long before it is corrupted by Rinos?

portlandon on July 19, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-INO.), now a D.C. lobbyist, warned that a robust bloc of rabble-rousers spells further Senate dysfunction. “We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples with strong spines,” Lott said in an interview. “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them and make them corrupt like us.” But Lott said he’s not expecting a tea-party sweep. “I still have faith in the visceral judgment of the American people,” he said.

Isn’t he gay or something?

Akzed on July 19, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Trent Lott says “it’s hard out here for a lobbyist”…heh

d1carter on July 19, 2010 at 4:24 PM

He is unctuous.

Akzed on July 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I suggest they call it the Anti-Racism Caucus

faraway on July 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Lott, Gingrich, McCain, etc..

All about Party power, not a care for the citizens.

Out with the old, in with the new.

First Tea Party Caucus application question:

1. Did you vote for any/all of the following:
Porkulus,
ObamaCare,
or the ObamaBank bills?

If no, proceed to question 2. If yes, the TPC suggests you consider retirement.

2. Have you ever voted in favor of abortion, in any manner or for any reason?

If no, proceed to question 3. If yes, get lost baby killer.

BobMbx on July 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Or maybe she’ll simply decide that anyone who wants to be in it can be in it

She’s got some framework to go by, with what state senator Dan Patrick has done in Austin. Here’s the page describing how to be a member and stay a member, including a board of directors. It will be a fine line, but it could be something really good. It could also turn out really crappy.

Weight of Glory on July 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I’m beginning to think that there isn’t something like a strong republican. As soon as we get one, take Sarah Palin for example, they get shredded and told to go sit in the corner.

Mirimichi on July 19, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Exit question two: Since we’re now getting a Republican analog to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, will we ultimately get an analog to the Blue Dogs too? Some sort of “Red Dog” bloc, maybe, that includes Collins, Snowe, Scott Brown, etc.?

Yeah. They’re called the Nor’eastahs!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 19, 2010 at 4:28 PM

I love Bachmann. What a gal!

Nope. No Dems. No Rino’s. No selling a membership like the CBC.

That leaves Mac and his pocket pal, Goober Graham out. No to Snowe and Collins.

Keep it exclusive, Bachmann.

Cody1991 on July 19, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Anyone else getting spastic colon from all of this? *THUD*

capejasmine on July 19, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Exit question two: Since we’re now getting a Republican analog to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, will we ultimately get an analog to the Blue Dogs too? Some sort of “Red Dog” bloc, maybe, that includes Collins, Snowe, Scott Brown, etc.?

And then it comes: The Congressional White Caucus

BobMbx on July 19, 2010 at 4:29 PM

The Tea Party Caucus is a stupid idea… bad for the tea party and bad for the GOP…

ninjapirate on July 19, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I suggest they call it the Anti-Racism Caucus

faraway on July 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I suggest they call it the PRO AMERICA CAUCUS.

Cody1991 on July 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Since we’re now getting a Republican analog to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, will we ultimately get an analog to the Blue Dogs too? Some sort of “Red Dog” bloc, maybe, that includes Collins, Snowe, Scott Brown, etc.?

How about “Lap Dogs?”

CurtZHP on July 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Still bothers me they’re using “Tea Party” in the name — in part for reasons AP and OilCan (above) listed. The other part is that when politicians start flocking to such names, we should be doubleplusaware.

I don’t care if it would have been Ronaldus Magnus himself who started it: There’s always potential for abuse.

eforhan on July 19, 2010 at 4:31 PM

How long before it is corrupted by Rinos?

portlandon on July 19, 2010 at 4:22 PM

already has.

upinak on July 19, 2010 at 4:32 PM

The Tea Party Caucus is a stupid idea… bad for the tea party and bad for the GOP…

ninjapirate on July 19, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Your diaper is wet and needs changing. Perhaps you haven’t noticed?

Cody1991 on July 19, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Trent Lott is this era’s Benedict Arnold. To think this man was the top representative of the Senate GOP and pretty much the whole party for a time…it boggles the mind.

Jim-Rose on July 19, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Well, it was fun while it lasted. At least we’ll always have Summer of ’09.

This is kind of like the ASPCA starting a Michael Vick Appreciation chapter.

Or the Empire starting a Skywalker Fan Club.

Being part of the bureaucracy is never a good thing. Please note the time of death.

DailyDanet on July 19, 2010 at 4:34 PM

No no no, we’re not the Tea Party Federation, we’re the Federated Tea Party!

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 4:35 PM

The Tea Party Caucus is a stupid idea… bad for the tea party and bad for the GOP…

ninjapirate on July 19, 2010 at 4:29 PM

You have no credibility in Conservative Dialogue.

portlandon on July 19, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Future headline: “Tea Party denounces Congress”

faraway on July 19, 2010 at 4:36 PM

All this does is give a target so the left can claim, any and all tea party member takes their racists order directly from the TPCC (Tea Party Congressional caucus). Rules for Radicals #13 Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. Until now they did not have a person that it worked with, they tried with Glenn Beck, Raul Paul, Mark Williams now they have Michelle Bachmann and the TPCC.

But it is needed to get it under the right banner so when 2011 comes and the dems are outside they can not claim they are and have been tea party members the whole time as they would and forget about the race cards.

tjexcite on July 19, 2010 at 4:37 PM

I am a little sad to see the Tea Party become a brand. I just liked that I could go and stand with my neighbors to express our distress and the crazy financial situation of our country. At this point the Tea Party doesn’t give a candidate extra brownie points with me.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Future headline: “Tea Party denounces Congress”

faraway on July 19, 2010 at 4:36 PM

How about: “Tea Party Shuts Down Congress”

Cody1991 on July 19, 2010 at 4:38 PM

I said the TEA party caucus was a bad idea… but I guess it kind of works as being a foil to the progressive caucus… somewhat… I think it hurts both the GOP and the TEA party…

Something will need to change within the next year though for the TEA partiers… they need to keep it simple and stay focused… meet up and organize for real change… no controversy, no divisions…

ninjapirate on July 19, 2010 at 4:39 PM

The Congressional Black Carcus thinks the Tea Party Caucus is Racist!

dhunter on July 19, 2010 at 4:39 PM

The Tea Party Familia is in house!

abobo on July 19, 2010 at 4:39 PM

“Blue Dog” Democrat … in name only, e.g. my Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL2) likes to claim he is a “Blue Dog” Democrat, but he is actually a “MoveOn.org” Democrat

Karmi on July 19, 2010 at 4:41 PM

BobMbx on July 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM

You forgot one.

TARP

joshlbetts on July 19, 2010 at 4:41 PM

I’m against it myself. The surest quickest way to corrupt a good idea is to send it to Washington.

Guardian on July 19, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I suggest giving “Dead Ted” an Honorary membership since he “Kicked Off” the Tea Party takeover!

Oh, on the Senatescum side I guess.

dhunter on July 19, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:37 PM

If some figurehead is ever officially appointed I will not accept them. I dread the day the fund raising mailers start showing up in my mailbox, begging for money to be sent to some organization HQ somewhere.

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 4:45 PM

God I hate Trent Lott.

WisCon on July 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM

You forgot one.

TARP

joshlbetts on July 19, 2010 at 4:41 PM

So many to pick from….so little time.

BobMbx on July 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Maybe in 2012 or 2014, after a few more centrists (e.g., Mike Castle) land in the Senate?

Castle is toast. The real conservative choice for Delaware is Christine O’Donnell

UltimateBob on July 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM

http://spectator.org/archives/2010/07/16/americas-ruling-class-and-the

I haven’t had time to delve into every thread here today, has this been discussed here anywhere? Rush read from it extensively today. I’ve only started page two but so far it is the best description of the present state of the nation I’ve read anywhere to date. I hope it warrants a thread here at HotAir soon.

FloatingRock on July 19, 2010 at 4:48 PM

No no no, we’re not the Tea Party Federation, we’re the Federated Tea Party!

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 4:35 PM

SPLITTER!!!!

BigWyo on July 19, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Stupid Minnesotans, morons all.

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 4:49 PM

SPLITTER!!!!

BigWyo on July 19, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Earl Gray or Orange Pekoe faction?

BobMbx on July 19, 2010 at 4:50 PM

It’s the dawning of the Bachmann-Tea Party Overdrive

And she looked at Obama with those big brown eyes and said:

B-B-B-Baby, you ain’t see tax cutting yet…

Mister Ghost on July 19, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Amen. Now answer this. Why would our little S10 pick up (4 cylinder) crank but not catch? Does that make sense. Husband is not here and I don’t want to get caught uneducated.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I forgot to ask please and say I was O/T sorry.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Trent Lott is this era’s Benedict Arnold. To think this man was the top representative of the Senate GOP and pretty much the whole party for a time…it boggles the mind.

Jim-Rose on July 19, 2010 at 4:33 PM

It’ll be key come January 2011 that we NOT have sellouts like Lott or Delay running the show. They helped nearly destroy the GOP in the last decade. The House leadership seems pretty solid right now. Boehner and Cantor seem alright and other prominent members like Ryan and Bachmann do a great job of articulating fiscal conservatism.

The Senate is where the real fight will be. McConnell is a sleep-inducing moron. McCain is….well, he’s McCain. He’s a great conservative as long as it’s an election year. Grahamnesty’s a pain in the ass and the epitome of a RINO. And unfortunately I have a really sick feeling the GOP leadership would love nothing more than to sabotage Rand Paul and Sharron Angle rather than have to deal with them in the Senate for 6 years.

We’re in for a real fight with not only the Democrats and the media(I know, I’m being redundant), but the GOP establishment as well.

Doughboy on July 19, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Shouldn’t they wait until an actual tea party supported candidate wins?

Speedwagon82 on July 19, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Why would our little S10 pick up (4 cylinder) crank but not catch? Does that make sense. Husband is not here and I don’t want to get caught uneducated.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM

No fire or fuel or both. Might be a bad tank of gas, might be water in the fuel, depending on the year could be the distributor and/or cap.

Inanemergencydial on July 19, 2010 at 5:00 PM

as someone on the other side for most of my life ( Dem voter for 25 years until 2008, now indi. Terent Lott can blow it out his a$$. He’s so irrelevant he doesn’t even hold office. For any of those elected Repubs that have the attitude the Tea Party can go to he@@ I say this “you first”.

Those Repubs will get their fat, greedy and corrupt fannies booted out as well. Two words for you elected idiots….Bob Bennett. That is your fate

Niteowl45 on July 19, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Amen. Now answer this. Why would our little S10 pick up (4 cylinder) crank but not catch? Does that make sense. Husband is not here and I don’t want to get caught uneducated.
Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Is the battery dying? Will it jump start? Try jump starting and see if it runs, if it wont run even after jump starting then your alternator is probably shot.

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 5:04 PM

One of the really appealing things about the Tea Party movement is its narrow focus on economic issues. It has been able to attract broad support because most Americans agree with its first principles: the government taxes too much and spends too much. It’s the easiest proposition to sell in American politics. Michele Bachmann is the wrong choice for the face of any Tea Party caucus — which is itself a dubious idea — because she undermines the core, non-partisan appeal of the popular grassroots movement.

RightOFLeft on July 19, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Simple things first. Check the battery. Turn on just your headlights and nothing else, are they bright or dim (dim points to crappy battery and not enough juice to turn over).

Then try starting with headlights on and have someone watch the lights; if they dim significantly while you are trying to start the truck then you have a voltage drop somewhere, probably your starter itself which would have to be replaced.

Check all fuses, make sure something isn’t blown.

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Won’t jump start and it won’t start when you push it and try to pop it in gear (standard transmission obviously). Alternator? Is that something that can be read by the computer?

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Also your spark plugs could be fouled but that’s usually not the cause or the case, though it wouldn’t hurt to check them because thats the easiest and cheapest repair option and you might get lucky.

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Your ECM board might be blown somewhere. The prob with engine codes is that you usually need to start the vehicle to get the proper code readings, cars that are not started can give false codes.

Wont jump start? Have you checked the battery with a meter? Can you turn your headlights on, does the radio work?

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Ho yeah, one word, Traction baby, Traction!

Now we are getting somewhere.

Archimedes on July 19, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Amen. Now answer this. Why would our little S10 pick up (4 cylinder) crank but not catch? Does that make sense. Husband is not here and I don’t want to get caught uneducated.
Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Got gas?

BobMbx on July 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM

I think this is a great idea, and love the fact that Michelle Bachmann is the one doing it. This will not only make left lose it’s mind, but the GOP establishment as well.

If they never do anything but meet secretly, drink ice cold beer, and light each others farts, they will have provided a service.

If Bachmann is behind it, it will be something positive. She’s like Palin, she doesn’t put up with BS.

gary4205 on July 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Worst case scenario, your engine is dead on the inside. Can you get a tool on the crankshaft bolthead and turn it manually?

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Former Senate majority leader Trent Cave-A-Lott (RPIG-Miss.), now a D.C. lobbyist, warned that a robust bloc of rabble-rousers spells further Senate dysfunction. “We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples,” Lott said in an interview. “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

But Lott said he’s not expecting a tea-party sweep. “I still have faith in the visceral judgment of the American people,” he said.

First things first, that needed a ReWrite™. Cave-A-Lott is the embodiment of the lesser half of the bipartisan Party-In-Government, from his days of abdicating a proper trial of Bill Clinton to his lobbying.

Underestimating voter anger like Cave-A-Lott is is one of the reasons why he and his good friend the former leader of the stronger half of the bipartisan PIG in the Senate are no longer in the Senate.

steveegg on July 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM

That would be bad, it’s been replace once already.

BobMbx on July 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Now that would be funny. If it wasn’t such a cheap fix, I would kill the youngest Boy Wonder if that was it.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Exit question two: Since we’re now getting a Republican analog to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, will we ultimately get an analog to the Blue Dogs too? Some sort of “Red Dog” bloc, maybe, that includes Collins, Snowe, Scott Brown, etc.?

In the Senate, that already exists as the NRSC.

steveegg on July 19, 2010 at 5:19 PM

That’ll be the first test for the Tea Party Caucus — standing on principle if/when the GOP retakes the House and Boehner needs their votes on a bill that’s more centrist than they might prefer.

Why else do you think they will be/were elected? Jesus! We’ve had 100 years of “centrist” sh!t and look where that’s gotten us.

If it DOES NOT shrink spending/government and reverse the rush to socialism, by ALL MEANS, block it….. no matter which party is in control.

CC

CapedConservative on July 19, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Fuses, battery, plugs, starter, engine block.

Go through the steps and find out where the problem most likely is. If all fuses are good and the headlights are bright even while cranking then it’s probably starter, but before replacing starter try to turn the crankshaft by hand; it can be tough to turn but it should go 360 degrees. If its locked up then you are in trouble.

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 5:27 PM

“Actually having a House Tea Party Caucus actually makes it a lot easier for someone to ‘call out the racists’. Since there is no actual racist agenda in the Tea Party to begin with, a nice ceremonial statement is really all it takes to respond to the political lies of the left.”

A nice way to counter the racist charge is have Allen West chair it, privded he wins, but things in FA’s 22nd look good so far.

Archimedes on July 19, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Et tu, Trent?

listens2glenn on July 19, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Oh and, it would be interesting to see if any of the Black Caucus would have the stones to call West “Uncle Tom”, or “Negro” if he were to Chair the TEA Party Caucus.

Archimedes on July 19, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Stop it. She said its cranking, just not starting. Thats either gas or spark.

Gas is simple…you either don’t have any, or it ain’t getting to the cylinders (fuel pump).

Spark is different. Can’t fix that through email.

BobMbx on July 19, 2010 at 5:35 PM

The Tea Party doesn’t want Boehner to get the job. It’s going to “Mama Grizzley” Michelle.

Get used to it. This also means Romney is toast.

Jayrae on July 19, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Damn, fliters keep screening my comments. Lets try this again.

It’d be damned interesting if West chaired the caucus if the CBC would have the stones to employ the racial pejoratives the have have used in the past against AA TEA Party members. My felling is if they tried,Col WEST would go nuclear in a heartbeat.

Now, lets see if my comment is PC enough to navigate the filters.

Archimedes on July 19, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 5:27 PM BobMbx on July 19, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Thanks, you gentlemen have been very helpful. You’ve given me good ideas and at least I won’t be the lamb up for slaughter.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Maybe when the repugnicans completely co-opt the movement they will retract the TEA Party Express endorsement of Walt Minnick (Rat 1-ID).

borntoraisehogs on July 19, 2010 at 5:46 PM

remember, it’s the Blue Dogs who hold the balance of power among the Democratic majority.

I just don’t believe this.

Because after Obamacare, and other awful pieces of legislation, the Blue Dogs have proved time and again that they will fold like cards as soon as Granny Rictus puts the screws to them.

Vyce on July 19, 2010 at 5:50 PM

BobMbx on July 19, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Tee hee, cranking doesn’t mean the shaft is turning. Just gas or spark is about as simple as…well…just gas or spark. If only it were always that easy.

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 6:08 PM

If only it were always that easy.

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Keep your fingers crossed that it will be that “easy” for me.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 6:30 PM

I suggest they call it the Anti-Racism Caucus

faraway on July 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM
I suggest they call it the PRO AMERICA CAUCUS.

Cody1991 on July 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM

The Tea and Cracker Caucus.

barnone on July 19, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Every time some idiot is spotted at a rally with an offensive sign, Bachmann, Pence, and the rest of the caucus will be asked to denounce it, not because anyone seriously questions whether they will but merely as a pretext to link them to the offense however obliquely.

Because of the NAACP’s public vitriol regarding perceived racism, even just a fringe element, within the ranks of the Tea Party, I would expect that the Lefty/Progs will step up their efforts to have some of their people show up in disguise as if they were TP people, and wave disgusting racist signs around to try to discredit the Tea Party on a larger scale.

Not the first time they’ve done that, and the TP is aware of it. They’ll be policing the crowds more diligently now, I’ll bet.

KendraWilder on July 19, 2010 at 6:55 PM

The Tea and Cracker Caucus.

barnone on July 19, 2010 at 6:43 PM

I like that.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 7:31 PM

A caucus for fiscal sanity in the House? OMG. What next I wonder?
Randy

williars on July 19, 2010 at 7:47 PM

“Here we go…”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wtiNzci1Wc

RalphyBoy on July 19, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Bachmann has been really impressive lately (and Sarah hasn’t been shabby either). I’m not sure who I like better.

Choices like this we should all have always.

petefrt on July 19, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Good news! Yaaya.

Bachmann et al. may have to make some tough decisions on whether a given applicant is “pure” enough to be admitted. Or maybe she’ll simply decide that anyone who wants to be in it can be in it.

Easy as pie. Anyone can join, but if you don’t vote for smaller government and lower taxes going forward, your candy-ass gets booted out.

Maverick could lead them!

Gross. I just threw up in my mouth a little.

bitsy on July 19, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Bachmann has been really impressive lately (and Sarah hasn’t been shabby either). I’m not sure who I like better.

Choices like this we should all have always.

petefrt on July 19, 2010 at 9:16 PM

President Palin and House majority leader Bachmann?

BWAH HA HA HA ha ha.

bitsy on July 19, 2010 at 9:27 PM

President Palin and House majority leader Bachmann?

bitsy on July 19, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Yup, with VP Nikki or Jan. Dream ticket. Women with balls that most of our men don’t seem to have.

When I was a kid, I thought woman rule was absurd, a comic book fantasy. Now I’m thinking it may be our best hope, and the best hope for our children. How times change.

petefrt on July 19, 2010 at 10:23 PM

That’s too bad. Formalizing populism doesn’t work, in my opinion.

AnninCA on July 19, 2010 at 11:26 PM

Now if they just made Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell” their official anthem, this would officially be the Most Awesome Thing EVER(TM).

Cylor on July 20, 2010 at 9:45 AM