Quotes of the day

posted at 8:00 pm on April 22, 2012 by Allahpundit

“The Republican Party establishment has withstood the tea-party revolution…

“While tea-party activists have won county chairmanships and seats on state central committees, few (if any) activists have clinched slots on the Republican Party’s 168-member governing committee. That’s not to say that tea-partiers have disappeared or that they won’t get their moment in the sun — but it may take years for them to climb the party ladder the same way as everyone else…

“Many Republicans here said that tea-party activists now understand that things will run more smoothly if those with experience are in charge rather than those who put a premium on ideology over process…

“‘We’ve all been through it. We just got there before they did,’ Crocker added. ‘It’s just learning that everybody who is in government is not evil, that we’ve got some really good people in government. Let’s don’t burn the barn down to get rid of the rats. Number two, there’s a way to get things done and a way where you can work hard and not get anything done.’”

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“Texas Gov. Rick Perry this morning endorsed David Dewhurst for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison…

“‘David’s been a loyal supporter of mine, and I, in turn, am a loyal supporter of him and his task to become the next United States senator,” Perry told Dallas TV station KTVT.

“Perry’s endorsement — while not surprising — is a blow to the campaigns of [Ted] Cruz and James, who have been portraying themselves as the true conservative in the race and have knocked Dewhurst for being too moderate.”

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“The activists working to oust centrist Republicans are often lumped together under the Tea Party heading, but in addition to scrappy protesters, they include such well-funded groups as FreedomWorks and the Club for Growth. This year, these groups are playing a more prominent role than the raucous Tea Party rallies prevalent in 2010.

“Leaders of the movement say that does not mean its influence is fading. ‘In 2009 and 2010, the effective thing to do was to vocally and publicly show your outrage through protest,’ according to Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots. ‘In the past year, a lot of groups have taken a step back and learned how to work the system.’”

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The tea party isn’t dead. It’s just looking down ballot. While fiscal conservatives remain split over the GOP presidential candidates, grassroots activists are coalescing around a stellar slate of limited-government candidates looking to reinforce and reenergize the right in Washington.

“And in the spirit of the modern-day tea party movement, no entrenched incumbent — Democrat or Republican — is safe…

“The 36-year, six-term [Orrin] Hatch was first elected in 1976 on an anti-entrenched incumbent platform. Hatch’s campaign line then against his opponent Frank Moss: ‘What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.’ Now, Hatch is clinging to power after almost four decades in government — and vainly attempting to claim the tea party mantle to stave off Liljenquist’s David vs. Goliath primary challenge…

“It’s time for Orrin Hatch to go.”

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“‘Freedomworks, the group of Dick Armey, is gunning for you,’ Van Susteren informed Sen. Hatch, who seemed to mind only what he insisted were lies from the group. ‘They take a few dozen of my votes out of the better of 12,000 votes that I’ve cast, distort those votes and lie about them, direct lie about them.’ He argued they were only trying to raise money. ‘They take someone like myself who everybody knows and they trash Orrin Hatch and they raise a lot of money from conservatives all over the country who think what they’re saying is true.’ He concluded with a flourish, ‘they’re not people I have very much respect for. I don’t have any respect for them, in fact.’

“Van Susteren appeared perplexed at someone like Hatch receiving an attack from the right, though Sen. Hatch noted that he did, in fact, have Tea Party support. Freedomworks was a separate issue, a group who ‘have plush offices right down on Capitol Hill’ and are ‘in it for the money.’ ‘You can go down the list vote after vote after vote,’ he insisted, and find lies. As for Armey himself, Sen. Hatch was plain in his language. ‘I have no respect for Dick at this particular point,’ calling the group ‘radical libertarians’ but noting that ‘I’m libertarian in a lot of ways. But I’m not a radical.’”

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“Some of Hatch’s attacks have been aimed directly at FreedomWorks, the grassroots group I’m the president of, which he insults as being ‘run by two libertarians who don’t really believe in the Republican Party.’ I’ve been called far worse than ‘libertarian,’ and I know FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey has too. It happens when you come from the Republican wing of the Republican Party. And we can take it.

“But when the senator turns his fire on his own constituents, everyday Americans who are disappointed in their elected official’s record, he’s gone too far.

“‘Some of their disciples here who are Utahn say they’re not Republicans but they are going to take over the Republican Party,’ Hatch has said. ‘We don’t want radicals to take over our party.’ Radicals? Isn’t that what Nancy Pelosi and President Obama call us?”

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“There was a time when the tea party represented a hope for conservatives and for America. The tea party started out as a grassroots reaction to the liberalism of the new administration in Washington and its overreaching programs. The new movement focused on the bailout, cap-and-trade and Obamacare. Across the country, there was a kind of awakening among those who had been disconnected from the political process.

“Unfortunately, there were so many new volunteers, they burst the old pathways of activism, spreading in all directions. Existing conservative groups simply couldn’t organize them quickly enough and, without a leadership to provide focus, dozens of local warlords — each with his or her view of the world — began to call the shots.

“In place of the old Reagan coalition, we now have many tribes. The chiefs of these tribes do not have much political experience. Many didn’t even bother to vote before 2009 and most will tell you that they ‘woke up’ only after the election of President Obama. They don’t understand that democracy — especially representative democracy — requires patience and compromise. That’s the way a republic works.”

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“Viewed broadly, it appears that the tea party may well be a victim of its own success. In 2010, it proved its powers — beating establishment-backed candidates in Senate races in Delaware, Colorado, Florida, Utah and Alaska to name a few. The result? Candidates are far more wary of crossing the tea party this time around, moving to embrace it rather than stare it down.

“‘The reason for the appearance of less tea party success is that the establishment candidates have moved markedly to the right this cycle,’ Lerner said. ‘As the establishment candidates have moved to the right, there is less of a gap for tea party candidates to exploit.’…

“The question then is what the tea party does for an encore. Having moved the GOP — and the broader debate on fiscal issues — further to the ideological right, does it re-incorporate itself into the Republican Party? Disappear entirely? Or find another cause such as fiscal austerity around which to rally?”

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Via NBC/WSJ.

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“A lot of Republicans in Congress want to cooperate, they know better, but they are in the thralls of this reign of terror from the far right that has dragged this party to the right.”

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Hey Mark …. how ya doing …

left a little note their for ya ….

you are one of the few “true believers” that can
make me smile and sometimes even
agree with ya ….

most of the others just get my bp up ..

honey and vinegar I guess

conservative tarheel on April 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

What I keep seeing on Hot Air is a continuing battle between those who have decided to support Romney, and those Ron Paul supporters and others who say they will stay home or (God forgive) vote Obama rather than support Romney.

I’ll just say that Romney was never my first choice. I was originally a Palinista and was ready to go all-in for Sarah. When she decided not to run, I jumped on the Perry Ferry. When it sunk, I got on board the Cain Train. When it was derailed, I hopped on the Newt Caboose, and eventually wound up at Santorum’s Forum. Now – finally – I’ve decided to become a Romulan.

Am I 100% happy with Mitt Romney? Of course not. But let’s be practical – he’s NOTHING like Obama. Our best shot is to keep electing more Constitutional Conservatives to Congress, hold the House, take the Senate – and then we will be in a position to hold Romney’s feet to the fire. As far as I’m concerned, staying home or voting Obama will contribute to the end of this Republic.

TarheelBen on April 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

THIS.

I took the same scenic tour of candidates, except Perry. We’ve got what we’ve got, and the thought of replacing 0bama with Romney is starting to make me enthusiastic, when I consider the alternative.

Something like the old sci-fi movies where the aliens have invaded and only two people – a really grungy, ugly old dude missing three fingers and an eye, and a hot young chiquita, are the last two humans left.

Last Chiquita is looking for a mate and she checks out all the alien dudes and suddenly the old fart is looking pretty good!!!

;-)

cane_loader on April 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

If enough of this is done by all of us, maybe some voices in the black community will help calm things a bit, and also preserve friendships.

cane_loader on April 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

most of my black friends are already ABO ….

for the rest … I am stocking up on food .. first aid supplies … and ammo …

conservative tarheel on April 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The new Republican motto: “More of the same! …’Cuz you ain’t got a choice……..right-wing A$$HOLES!”

I know it’s a little-in-your-face, but then, we have to vote for them, I quess, so it doesn’t really matter.

Oh, I left out “Hahahaha!” and a picture of a guy pointing and laughing.

Dongemaharu on April 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

TarheelBen on April 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

We agree,.. a lot of us are coalescing around Romney now, from every corner of the party. All have made a pragmatic decision..

Only the Paulites and a handfull of others are sitting there in denial.. if they want to kid themselves, fine.. but to screech at the entire rest of the GOP as “enablers”… well that’ll make em want to join you, just insult everybody..

Conservatives broke ranks with Bush and his father over spending.. it’s not like this is our first rodeo. Then you get kids joining Paul who act as if no body ever opposed spending before THEY got to the scene..

Sorry,.. I was with Reagan in 80,.. and spending was a huge issue then too. The problem was getting past a democrat house which never allowed a GOP budget to survive.

We’ve never had a perfect storm on our side to get control, to give us the chance to cut vast tracks of spending..

If we can get Romney across the line, with the Senate.. finally, we have a chance.. I’d much rather work with Romney and the Tea Party, the House and Senate GOP all together,.. than stay home this year.. Romney isn’t perfect, but this is a chance to make history, rather than just watch it flow by.

We’ll have to keep Romney’s feet to the fire,.. but I like our chances to modify his behavior a lot more than anything from Obama.. we know he’ll grant us nothing.

mark81150 on April 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

most of my black friends are already ABO ….

for the rest … I am stocking up on food .. first aid supplies … and ammo …

conservative tarheel on April 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I still think you gotta talk tho them quietly and sincerely, and really drive home that you have policy differences, and not racial ones, and that if you agreed with his policies you’d vote for him in a heartbeat.

Person to person, this conversation has to happen, to help keep the peace.

November to January will be a truly frightening time in the USA if 0bama loses – akin to watching Saddam fire Scud missiles at Tel Aviv and wondering if WWIII is about to break out.

cane_loader on April 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

My great hope with Romney is that he values numbers and statistics and balance sheets – and will be as ruthless and unfeeling at cutting federal employees as he was with Bain at cutting American jobs.

Right now we need sort of a callous, machete-swinging president, IMO.

cane_loader on April 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

if we can control spending .. we are half way there …

conservative tarheel on April 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM

tarheelben …

I took the same travel itinerary who was your agent ??? :D
it must be a NC thing ….

conservative tarheel on April 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

200 more comments to go …. come on we can break 1000 …

conservative tarheel on April 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Texas Republican committeeman Bill Crocker says the tea party has joined forces with the party in his state, but that the newbies are still figuring out how the game is really played.

Yes, the “newbies” haven’t figured out that the point is to be corrupt and elitist and to use the position to enrich yourself and your friends. How silly and naive for them to believe that it’s about serving thier state and country.

peacenprosperity on April 23, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Yeah, well, I’ll be voting for the candidate that I have, not necessarily the candidate I wish had.

Bob's Kid on April 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

tarheelben …

I took the same travel itinerary who was your agent ??? :D
it must be a NC thing ….

conservative tarheel on April 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

LOL. If you go back and look at the national polling, and the polling that was done right here at Hot Air, I think a lot of conservatives took that route. Romney never led a single poll at Hot Air until recently. But yet, you’ve got some people saying stuff like, “everything was fine until all you ROMNEY people showed up!”

TarheelBen on April 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

conservative tarheel on April 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Just saw your note,.. that was very kind of you.. I know that we’ve all been pushing our positions pretty hard.. happens when you believe passionately..

I try to keep in mind, whatever our differences, we still agree much more more than we disagree. No one here is my enemy..

A true believer, yes, I don’t deny it.. and you rarely post anything that I find much issue with,.. certainly never anything I don’t respect.

Maybe that’s the key.. so many here have found a way to agree or disagree without getting outraged or angry about it.. I hope to be able to do that too..

mark81150 on April 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

But I really do think we all had better start engaging our black friends early, even if we know they will robotically vote 0bama, so that in the fury that will follow his defeat (or victory), they will know that we are sincere, and disagree on policy – not race. If enough of this is done by all of us, maybe some voices in the black community will help calm things a bit, and also preserve friendships.

cane_loader on April 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Black friends and young people who are OWS sympathizer-types. I have a number of cousins, nieces and nephews who are quite emotionally young and reactive.

Fallon on April 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Something like the old sci-fi movies where the aliens have invaded and only two people – a really grungy, ugly old dude missing three fingers and an eye, and a hot young chiquita, are the last two humans left.

Last Chiquita is looking for a mate and she checks out all the alien dudes and suddenly the old fart is looking pretty good!!!

;-)

cane_loader on April 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Cane_loader, if you ended up as one of the last humans alive, the other would be Nancy Pelosi. Be careful what you fantasize for. An example of what can go wrong is Time Enough at Last.

Gladtobehere on April 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

The Tea Party is dead?

Pining for the Fjords maybe…but not dead.

I strongly suspect that plenty of them (us) are just biding our time. We have real lives to lead, and can’t camp out in public parks for weeks.

But go ahead MSM….sleep my pretties.

connertown on April 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM

We are the dead.

Bmore on April 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

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