Source: DeMint might back primary challenges against Republicans who supported deal

posted at 9:22 pm on August 1, 2011 by Allahpundit

DeMint himself told Politico not three hours ago that he won’t support primary challenges against incumbents, a position he’s held for months, so presumably this is just a shot across the bow from someone on his team trying to keep centrist Republicans in check.

But since I know roughly 98 percent of the HA faithful feel about this deal the way they’d feel chewing on broken glass, here’s a little something to brighten your evening. RINO Purge 2012?

DeMint had promised after last year’s election that he would not endorse any opponents to his fellow GOP lawmakers in the 2012 cycle. But now he is angry enough with the debt-ceiling compromise that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) struck with President Obama that he might back serious challengers to Republican senators who support the plan, according to a source close to the senator.

“He’s already opened the door to changing that policy in terms of supporting people in primaries — this deal could bring him to the point where he says he’s not going to make any guarantees,” said the source, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of intraparty relations. “It’s not a threat that he’s going to oppose anybody, but … if he does, nobody should be surprised.”

There are eight Republican senators running for reelection next year, among them Dick Lugar, Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe, Bob Corker, and Orrin Hatch. The first three are all voting yes tomorrow; we’ll see about the latter two. Of the five of them, Hatch is obviously the easiest/least risky to primary given that the Republican nominee will surely win the seat while Brown, of course, is the most risky. If DeMint’s going to make a mark it would be by boosting challengers to the other three. Presumably he’ll focus only on Senate races, too, although watching his PAC go after Allen West and Paul Ryan for their heresy on the debt-ceiling vote would be pure blog magic. Exit question: Will the reaction to Jim Jordan in last week’s House caucus meeting affect DeMint’s calculus on this? Republicans were afraid to confront tea-party heroes last year during the big red wave, but after Joe Miller, Sharron Angle, and Christine O’Donnell lost, there may be less patience this time for primaries that risk fumbling a seat away to the Democrats. Especially since Democrats have a lot more to lose next year than we do.

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“Oh my”

Oh my what?

Gohawgs on August 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Thank you, DeMint!

FloatingRock on August 1, 2011 at 9:25 PM

But since I know roughly 98 percent of the HA faithful feel about this deal the way they’d feel chewing on broken glass

Are you sure it’s that high? Maybe they’re just a very vocal minority.

SouthernGent on August 1, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I’ll cool off and look hard before I give, but I’m in the mood to swear allegiance to anyone who primaries these RINO bastards.

See you all in hell, RINOs.

rightwingyahooo on August 1, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Sweet. Primaries! the best friend an accountable government voter can have.

astonerii on August 1, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Downgrade, bitchez!!!!

rightwingyahooo on August 1, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Well the facts are that if things don’t change and change soon in the leadership of the country there won’t be much of a country to lead.

whbates on August 1, 2011 at 9:27 PM

No, no primary action against any GOP incumbent. Why, because the GOP is on the Long March and that means we need to be patient until about 2028, that’s when the positive results will come flooding in.

Mike Castle, please come back, we need you.

Bishop on August 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM

So, you believe that Joe Miller losing to Murkowski was tantamount to him losing to a dem? I agree…

Gohawgs on August 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM

DeMint gains stature more week by week.

petefrt on August 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Downgrade, bytchezz!

rightwingyahooo on August 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM

But now he is angry enough with the debt-ceiling compromise that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) struck with President Obama

A compromise between hanging America with a stiff rope and an even stiffer rope.

Lon Chaney on August 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Bishop on August 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM

dood, I was all set to open on you when I realized bwaaaa! snarkage…

rightwingyahooo on August 1, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Key is to not let the Roves and other establishment ho’s talk us out of any votes!

golfmann on August 1, 2011 at 9:30 PM

I hope he does it.

Bugler on August 1, 2011 at 9:30 PM

RINO Purge 2012?

sure….how about RINO Purge 2011
Rino Purge 2013
Rino Purge 2014
Rino Purge 2015

Let’s make the RINO extinct by 2016.

PappyD61 on August 1, 2011 at 9:31 PM

more hobbits less goblins

unseen on August 1, 2011 at 9:31 PM

He can make the check out to “Committee to Re-elect Barack Obama”

pedestrian on August 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

dood, I was all set to open on you when I realized bwaaaa! snarkage…
rightwingyahooo on August 1, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Sucks bringing back the hook sans fish and the bait chewed to hell.

Bishop on August 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

The GOP will put Uncle Sugar on a diet when he reaches 1,100 pounds. They promise. Trust them, they know what they are doing.

Lon Chaney on August 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

If our “thought leaders” perceived a bit of (negative) energy in ’10, 2012 should be a bit more fun for them…

Gohawgs on August 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Especially since Democrats have a lot more to lose next year than we do.

Something to think about. How much more effective would it be if we worked on getting conservatives in all those slots?

KingGold on August 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Sucks bringing back the hook sans fish and the bait chewed to hell.

Bishop on August 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Heh. There’s still a certain bass I have a score to settle with…preferably with sticks of TNT thrown in the lake.

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 1, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Bs! It will never happen. Even though we all loved it when Murky did the write in campaign.

Vince on August 1, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Bishop on August 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHA. Ha.

Sporty1946 on August 1, 2011 at 9:35 PM

I’d suggest with his co-Senator that he keep his nose out of other states and work in his own yard.

Marcus on August 1, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Especially since Democrats have a lot more to lose next year than we do.

Let’s make this easy.

Think of it this way (since it’s true):

RINO’s are Democrats.

PappyD61 on August 1, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Brown voted for the Reid plan.

He voted for the plan so liberal that even Democrats went on record opposing it.

amerpundit on August 1, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Now we’re talkin…

Zorro on August 1, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Yes, yes, a million times yes.

My local tea party group discussed this at our meeting tonight. We will start recruiting primary challengers ASAP. Anyone who voted for this travesty are dead to us.

Norwegian on August 1, 2011 at 9:40 PM

2012. Target Rich Environment.

The big RINOs would be good to bag, but we just need enough to take over the cauci in both houses. We have to eliminate this GOP leadership this next election or it will definitely be time for a third party – or worse.

Sporty1946 on August 1, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Norwegian on August 1, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Excellent.

Bugler on August 1, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Go for it!
I’m ready for some thrills! We got nothing to lose! Get rid of every one of them!

We’re sinking into the pit anyway!!

JellyToast on August 1, 2011 at 9:41 PM

If our “thought leaders” perceived a bit of (negative) energy in ’10, 2012 should be a bit more fun for them…

Gohawgs on August 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Negative energy in ’10? Ha. Child’s play.

Karmageddon is coming in ’12.

Geochelone on August 1, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Too late. The GOP can all go straight to hell.

Not one more dime of my money.

Not one more minute of my time.

Not one more of my votes.

EVER.

fossten on August 1, 2011 at 9:43 PM

I wonder if Laura Ingram will have a panic attack over this?

portlandon on August 1, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Any primary challenge that involves allowing lawmakers like John McCain to stay in office while targeting people like John Campbell is a joke. It’s time to primary Republicans with ACU scores of 80 and below.

Also, what about the so-called centrist Democrats in moderate or slightly-Republican leaning districts? Only a few true Blue Dogs actually exist and conservatives could win those districts. So why not focus on that?

youngTXcon on August 1, 2011 at 9:43 PM

What about last November did these folks not get? We were sold out in a big way here People. Giving Obama another blank check signed by the tax payers, thank you Mr. Boehner, is not what I’d call a win.

Arlen Specter can be a great help to those who voted for this pig because those so called Republicans that voted yes will need to make this transition if they want to stay in politics. Arlen can simply educate these on how to make that transition.

Tangerinesong on August 1, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Any primary challenge that involves allowing lawmakers like John McCain to stay in office

All together now…. 1,2,3…. THANKS SARAH PALIN!!!!

rightwingyahooo on August 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

“said the source, who asked not to be identified”

Whew.. You really had me going there, for a while.

franksalterego on August 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Exit question: Will the reaction to Jim Jordan in last week’s House caucus meeting affect DeMint’s calculus on this? Republicans were afraid to confront tea-party heroes last year during the big red wave, but after Joe Miller, Sharron Angle, and Christine O’Donnell lost, there may be less patience this time for primaries that risk fumbling a seat away to the Democrats.

Exactly.

We’ve got a good chance to take the Senate next year. I don’t want DeMint and his parade of losers coming along to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Keep your CODs / Angles to yourself, Jimbo. Or better yet, just start looking for YOUR replacement.

Vyce on August 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

I wonder if Laura Ingraham is going to yell at him.

miConsevative on August 1, 2011 at 9:48 PM

What about last November did these folks not get?

Tangerinesong on August 1, 2011 at 9:44 PM

They way they see it, its what about “GET YOUR ASS IN LINE” do YOU not get?

rightwingyahooo on August 1, 2011 at 9:48 PM

RINO Purge 2012?

I wish, but I don’t think it’s going to work. The Republican Party is hitched to the Obama economy now and is no longer distinct. Additionally, it has just ticked off a large portion of it’s base at the same time. I think the Republican Party just shot itself in the head.

The tea party isn’t responsible for that, the old guard establishment Republicans are, and I don’t think the tea party should go down with D/R ship.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Thank you John Boehrner. It is so comforting to know that instead of going off a cliff into the abyss at 250mph, we will be only be going 248mph.

Lon Chaney on August 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM

The tea party should triangulate, IMO, and make sure the blame for the economy falls on those responsible, the Republican and Democrat Party’s.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM

DeMint isn’t the only one.

Payback’s beach, Republicans.

james23 on August 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Thank you John Boehrner. It is so comforting to know that instead of going off a cliff into the abyss at 250mph, we will be only be going 248mph.

Lon Chaney on August 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM

249.9, if you count the change in wind direction…..wait, that’s pee….. damn never mind,

rightwingyahooo on August 1, 2011 at 9:51 PM

The tea party isn’t responsible for that, the old guard establishment Republicans are, and I don’t think the tea party should go down with D/R ship.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I sure hope not, because if they do we have lost all hope. Imperfect as it is the Tea Party is the only viable organization to change things around election-wise; there’s just not enough time or energy to restart from scratch.

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 1, 2011 at 9:51 PM

2012. Target Rich Environment.

The big RINOs would be good to bag, but we just need enough to take over the cauci in both houses. We have to eliminate this GOP leadership this next election or it will definitely be time for a third party – or worse.

Sporty1946 on August 1, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Absolutely!
That is so funny.. I was just using that phrase in our last Tea party meeting! That was the term our captain always used when i was in the army. “You are never surrounded, you are in a target rich environment!”

JellyToast on August 1, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Exit question: Will the reaction to Jim Jordan in last week’s House caucus meeting affect DeMint’s calculus on this? Republicans were afraid to confront tea-party heroes last year during the big red wave, but after Joe Miller, Sharron Angle, and Christine O’Donnell lost, there may be less patience this time for primaries that risk fumbling a seat away to the Democrats.

Exactly.

We’ve got a good chance to take the Senate next year. I don’t want DeMint and his parade of losers coming along to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Keep your CODs / Angles to yourself, Jimbo. Or better yet, just start looking for YOUR replacement.

Vyce on August 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

I’ve long been a fan of DeMint but he’s not always been a conservative stalwart himself. He also will promise to do something– like filibuster or have an entire bill read– only to decide against it at the last moment. How does this make him more conservative than some of these other individuals?

youngTXcon on August 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

DeMint is an ingrate.

Chudi on August 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Something to think about. How much more effective would it be if we worked on getting conservatives in all those slots?

KingGold on August 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Mass. and possibly Maine are lost causes. You can’t get a conservative elected in New England outside of New Hampshire. (I live in Mass. Jr., otherwise know as Connecticut, I know of what I speak.)

Those other three are doable, especially in Utah and Tennessee. Hell, Utah already did it in 2010 and Tennessee is about as solid a red state as you can get east of the Mississippi.

The trick is to make sure we flip the Dem seats that are easy pickings to conservatives, not to “centrists” or “pragmatists” or rumbled old bastards who refer to The People as “hobbits”.

SuperCool on August 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

No, no primary action against any GOP incumbent. Why, because the GOP is on the Long March and that means we need to be patient until about 2028, that’s when the positive results will come flooding in.

Mike Castle, please come back, we need you.

Bishop on August 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM

hahahaha! Its gonna be fun beating he*ck* out of Republicans in 2012.

james23 on August 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Exactly.

We’ve got a good chance to take the Senate next year. I don’t want DeMint and his parade of losers coming along to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Keep your CODs / Angles to yourself, Jimbo. Or better yet, just start looking for YOUR replacement.

Vyce on August 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

You know what’s better than having one chamber cave to the Democrats and screw us all?

Having TWO chambers cave to the Democrats and screw us all!

Yay for power!

fossten on August 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Thank you John Boehrner. It is so comforting to know that instead of going off a cliff into the abyss at 250mph, we will be only be going 248mph.

Lon Chaney on August 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Don’t be so optimistic.. we won’t know all the details until after it’s signed into law.

JellyToast on August 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Something to think about. How much more effective would it be if we worked on getting conservatives in all those slots?

KingGold on August 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

No. We need Mike Castle types or else we will lose.

fossten on August 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM

This result would never have happened had congress been composed of conservative stalwarts in the Mike Castle/Arlen Specter mold.

Bishop on August 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM

What I don’t get is why this is a surprise to any of you.

Rino supporters, betrayed by RINOs, and SHOCKED I tell you! SHOCKED! ….

Get a clue, you ain’t seen betrayal yet, till they try to ram amnesty thru.

With Perry or Palin on point, no less. Both, probably, with McCain and Jeb Bush close behind.

rightwingyahooo on August 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM

As I said in a headline thread, The Tea Party name reveals itself as more and more appropriate as we again find ourselves with a ruling class that looks down on us unruly ‘colonists’ who are here to send them our money then sit down and shut up.

Time for another r3votlution – and no, I’m not talking guns and stuff – but people have got to see that just like we got fed up with the Kings across the ocean, we’ve got our Kings inside the beltway. And electing an establishment GOPer doesn’t fix a damn thing – it’s just electing a Windsor over a Tudor (and that’s just as true with the ‘anyone but Obama’ crew). The monarchy needs to be overthrown.

miConsevative on August 1, 2011 at 9:54 PM

I wish that I could ask Boehner and McConell to their faces “How stupid do you think we are?” I hope DeMint does support the primary challengers.

Okay guys time to get busy, this might absolutely be our last chance to turn this country around.

CCRWM on August 1, 2011 at 9:54 PM

But since I know roughly 98 percent of the HA faithful feel about this deal the way they’d feel chewing on broken glass,

You could not have said that better.

JellyToast on August 1, 2011 at 9:54 PM

It wouldn’t hurt at all to target a few of the so-called “Moderates” or RINOs or whatever you want to call them, as long as you’ve got a seriously viable candidate to take their place. The effect on the remaining ones will be wonderful to watch as they scramble to “get right” with the conservative mojo and learn the new rules of survival in the beltway jungle.
The only good thing about a professional fixer like these folks is that they are malleable when you surround them with stronger people. Once they get a look at a few of their friends’ scalps hanging on the city gates, it’ll be charming to watch how fast they’ll line right up.
So let’s not waste all our resources gunning for every single RINO in the briar patch, when we can get the same result with a few highly visible “removals”.

Lew on August 1, 2011 at 9:55 PM

I wonder if Laura Ingraham is going to yell at him.

miConsevative on August 1, 2011 at 9:48 PM

More likely he will YELL at her.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 9:55 PM

DeMint is an ingrate.

Chudi on August 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

GFY.

We’ve got a good chance to take the Senate next year. I don’t want DeMint and his parade of losers coming along to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Yeah. All will be well once McConnell is ML….

Yep.

rightwingyahooo on August 1, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Thank you John Boehrner. It is so comforting to know that instead of going off a cliff into the abyss at 250mph, we will be only be going 248mph.

Lon Chaney on August 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Don’t be so optimistic.. we won’t know all the details until after it’s signed into law.

JellyToast on August 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

The bill is here. It was posted to the House Rules Committee website around 2am. Same with the CBO score posted earlier today.

youngTXcon on August 1, 2011 at 9:58 PM

If this turns into a double dip recession or depression, the first dip might be called Obama and the second dip, Boehner.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2011 at 9:58 PM

SuperCool on August 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

That wasn’t precisely what I meant. Instead of using our time, money, and energy to get rid of Orrin Hatch, wouldn’t it be better used to get rid of Bill Nelson? Instead of Corker, how about Debbie Stabenow?

Based on voting records and the states they come from, I think only Dick Lugar can be cleanly primaried. Brown and Snowe are untouchable, and would only serve to replace them with Democrats – which would set us back.

KingGold on August 1, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Yeah. All will be well once McConnell is ML….

Yep.

rightwingyahooo on August 1, 2011 at 9:56 PM

You’d prefer Obama winning in 2012 and Reid staying ML?

Hell, why not lose our House majority too?! Let’s kick out all the RINOs and get ourselves 30 Marco Rubios and 125 Bachmanns instead. I mean, the Dems will pass anything they want with a supermajority, but our conservative avatars will be TOTALLY mad about it.

Good Solid B-Plus on August 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Senator Lugar from Indiana, my senator, is going to face a primary challenge from the Tea Party conservative wing regardless of his debt-ceiling vote. He’s been drifting left for several years now and is invariably the name that comes up when liberal Democratic senators start talking about ‘reaching across the aisle’ and ‘bipartisan’ legislation.

I met Senator Lugar at a book-signing once, had a chance to talk with him for almost a half-hour about his article in Foreign Affairs magazine regarding the Philippine elections after the end of the Marcos dictatorship, where Lugar served as an election monitor. Lugar is a brilliant man, a Rhodes scholar and accomplished legislator and former Indianapolis mayor, as well as friendly and approachable, so I have mixed feelings about seeing him in a fight for his political life at the end of his career and what surely would be his last term, given his age. But hey, Dick Lugar is now a Democrat in all but name: RINO personified. It’s time to go.

troyriser_gopftw on August 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Good Solid B-Plus on August 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

I can hear you blubbering from here, RINO. Give it a rest.

rightwingyahooo on August 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Good Solid B-Plus on August 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

It’s the RINO’s and Democrats that’s are responsible for ruining our economy.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM

I wish that I could ask Boehner and McConell to their faces “How stupid do you think we are?” I hope DeMint does support the primary challengers.

Okay guys time to get busy, this might absolutely be our last chance to turn this country around.

CCRWM on August 1, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Honestly, I admit, I have had such high hopes. But seriously, how could we possibly have believed that the very people who have assisted the Democrats all along.. the very people who have been compromising for years would’ve performed any differently at such a crucial time?
They are as much responsible as the Democrats. It was McConnell who even suggested just quitting and handing it all over to Obama.

I now realize it will be impossible for us to advance in any real way until the GOP is rid of these dinosaurs. We need a fresh new generation of leaders! And when they arrive, and they will, they will dismantle and repeal! There is no other way!

JellyToast on August 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Jeff Flake needs to run for Senator in AZ.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

SuperCool on August 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

That wasn’t precisely what I meant. Instead of using our time, money, and energy to get rid of Orrin Hatch, wouldn’t it be better used to get rid of Bill Nelson? Instead of Corker, how about Debbie Stabenow?

Based on voting records and the states they come from, I think only Dick Lugar can be cleanly primaried. Brown and Snowe are untouchable, and would only serve to replace them with Democrats – which would set us back.

KingGold on August 1, 2011 at 9:59 PM

I agree. Why wasn’t the idea of seriously challenging Nelson done during the last election, and why aren’t we discussing it now? It’s a better use of time and resources.

youngTXcon on August 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Good Solid B-Plus on August 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

The tea party just made an honest, open and transparent attempt to save America’s credit rating but we were shot down by the RINO’s and Democrats, who gave us a corrupt bill instead that does not save America’s credit rating.

RINO’s and Democrats killed the US economy together.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Jeff Flake needs to run for Senator in AZ.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

He already is.

youngTXcon on August 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM

How many senators do we even have up for re-election in 2012? It seems that in 2006 we lost all the competitive states. Who cares?

TheQuestion on August 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM

If this turns into a double dip recession or depression, the first dip might be called Obama and the second dip, Boehner.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2011 at 9:58 PM

To be known in history as the OBoehner recession maybe? Cause that is what we are getting out of this and not even getting a kiss!

bluemarlin on August 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM

youngTXcon on August 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Thanks, I didn’t know that. Great news.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Vyce on August 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

DeMint is an ingrate.
Chudi on August 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

The RINO wing has spoken. If nothing else, this debt crisis has flushed out who the true RINOs are so we can get rid of them next year.

Sporty1946 on August 1, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Time’s up. Primary or not, time’s up.

Bishop on August 1, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Karmageddon is coming in ’12.

Geochelone on August 1, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Ha! Karmageddon… I LOVE it!

greeneyedconservative on August 1, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Thune on Greta, “we have to get the Senate back in 2012″. So it has started already, pay no attention to the screwing we just gave you, we had to do it but f you vote for us we can change it next time around! Sick of their BS!

bluemarlin on August 1, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Great. Just heard on Greta that we have have a CR that expires September 30 with no budget after that and the House has just adjourned for a 5 week vacation.

And Lindsey Graham just complimented the Tea Party.

What the hell is going on?

miConsevative on August 1, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Jeff Flake needs to run for Senator in AZ.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Didn’t he vote for Boehner’s sham bill?

FloatingRock on August 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Thune on Greta, “we have to get the Senate back in 2012″. So it has started already, pay no attention to the screwing we just gave you, we had to do it but f you vote for us we can change it next time around! Sick of their BS!

bluemarlin on August 1, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Again, please explain to me how keeping the Senate in Dem hands helps us get the country back in solid fiscal shape.

Bonus points if you can tell me how a 2nd Obama term helps this country.

Good Solid B-Plus on August 1, 2011 at 10:10 PM

What the hell is going on?

miConsevative on August 1, 2011 at 10:08 PM

What’s going on is that Boehner just dealt the Republican Party a potentially mortal blow.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Jeff Flake Sarah Palin needs to run for Senator in AZ.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

FIFY

TheQuestion on August 1, 2011 at 10:10 PM

There once was a elephant who went to a party.
His follower thought he was hardy
When he woke the next morn,
His truck was replaced by a horn.

tjexcite on August 1, 2011 at 10:10 PM

RINO Purge 2012?

Sweet sweet God yes please.

Aquateen Hungerforce on August 1, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Jeff Flake needs to run for Senator in AZ.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Wait! Did he vote for this bill?

Vince on August 1, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Let’s bring it back a bit. The term RINO should never apply to people like Mike Pence and Paul Ryan

TheQuestion on August 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Why doesn’t he just start his own party and only let in people who meet his list of criteria?

HawaiiLwyr on August 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM

I look forward to supporting the candidate who will primary Simpson in 2012.

csdeven on August 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Great. Just heard on Greta that we have have a CR that expires September 30 with no budget after that and the House has just adjourned for a 5 week vacation.

And Lindsey Graham just complimented the Tea Party.

What the hell is going on?

miConsevative on August 1, 2011 at 10:08 PM

October 1st is the beginning of a new fiscal year, so it would be the beginning of a new budget which we do not have! Lindsey is up for election this cycle so he has to swing to the right, just like McCain did for his reelection. He will go back to hugging McCain and Brown the day after he gets elected. This from the guy who said the Tea Party in not serious and they will fade away.

bluemarlin on August 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

There once was a elephant who went to a party.
His follower thought he was hardy
When he woke the next morn,
His truck TRUNK was replaced by a horn.

FIFY

TheQuestion on August 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Jeff Flake needs to run for Senator in AZ.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Didn’t he vote for Boehner’s sham bill?

FloatingRock on August 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

He voted for Boehner’s bill but not the compromise. Perhaps language requiring the passage of a BBA was once again the issue?

Also, if you go back in time, you’ll find some bad votes or ones with which you strongly disagree from every member of Congress. In my opinion, the issue should more be whether the good out-ways the bad and how often they vote for absolute conservative principles. If that’s not the metric, then every member of Congress deserves to be primaried.

youngTXcon on August 1, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Jeff Flake Sarah Palin needs to run for Senator in AZ.

derft on August 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

FIFY

TheQuestion on August 1, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Ooh, Palin vs Giffords, could get nasty.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Purged RINO… Tastes like chicken!!

Khun Joe on August 1, 2011 at 10:14 PM

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