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The Tea Party on Tuesday picked off the second-most powerful Republican in the House in a stunning upset. Does the surprising reemergence of that party ultimately hurt or help the GOP in general?

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Kozy62

Jun-18-14 7:31 AM

You are correct, the Tea Party is not a political party however, there is one accomplishment the tea party can solidly boast of having accomplished or at least helped accomplish: the firing, in 2010, of Nancy Pelosi as House speaker. That has undoubtedly slowed President Obama’s agenda on Capitol Hill. Of course, it has not stopped him from using his “pen and phone” to pursue his controversial agenda by way of unilateral, and in a number of cases almost certainly unlawful, executive actions. And therefore, a strong case exists for firing Harry Reid as Senator majority leader too, so at least Obama will have to use his veto pen and not just his executive order pen.

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GrantMingus

Jun-17-14 11:25 PM

The Republican Party has done it to themselves. But I guess some folks still haven't wised up to the fact that we have one big party.

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questioner

Jun-17-14 8:56 PM

Don't you all remember the US Taxpayers Party which is now the Constitution Party.

Why aren't the Tea Partiers part of that (other, of course, than the fact that the members usually lost elections)

But it is an actual party. The Tea Partiers are Not a party, they've just hijacked part of the Republican Party.

Just like Ron Paul ended up doing. Why throw him in as a "republican" and split the votes?

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questioner

Jun-17-14 8:35 PM

I think it does matter because as a whole, Tea Partiers have not worked well with others. They have not moved our country forward. They have not accomplished things. They have contributed to Obama's frustration which contributed to his rule by fiat, which takes us far away from where we'd like to be--and we ain't never going back on a lot of those issues.

Tell me what Tea Partiers have actually done, how we as a country are in a better place because of them in government positions.

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Kozy62

Jun-17-14 6:21 PM

However, as a part of the republican party...does it matter, really?

The thing that needs to happen if we are to bring back an honest Washington and a smaller Washington, is to find real believers in the Constitution...no matter what they call themselves.

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questioner

Jun-17-14 3:41 PM

In primaries and runoffs without incumbents, 16 tea party House candidates have won the GOP nomination in their districts and 81 have lost, according to the study. Four tea party Senate primary candidates have won — including one, Tom Cotton, who ran unopposed in Arkansas — and 30 have lost.

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GrantMingus

Jun-17-14 2:24 PM

Major Tea Party groups that didn't commit a SINGLE DIME to Brat's campaign:

Club for Growth Madison Project Tea Party Network Tea Party Patriots Tea Party Express

In fact most of them haven't donated to any winnable race. The six largest Tea Party groups have spent 37.5 million dollars on the mid-term elections and only 7 million have gone directly to candidate campaigns. Most of it has gone to "consulting fees", lucrative salaries and benefit package and sprucing up their DC area homes. In fact Tea Party Patriots, Tea Party Express and the Madison Project, 3 of the biggest Tea Party groups in the country, have only spent 5 percent or less of their money directly on election related things. For context, groups like FreedomWorks donate more than 40% and Super-PAC's typically upwards of 60%.

That IS reality.

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Kozy62

Jun-17-14 12:15 PM

To respond...

1. True and maybe

2. True

3. Maybe

Does that cover everything?

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questioner

Jun-17-14 8:42 AM

Just my opinion, but he did not win because he espoused Tea Party values, but he won because Eric Cantor lost. And Cantor lost because of the grasping, be-anything-to-move-up, switch positions or stab them in the back type of person he was.

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questioner

Jun-17-14 8:41 AM

I'm afraid that by making 2 paragraphs someone may dislike the second one and ignore the first, so I'm rewriting my comments in 2 sections.

Disagree all you want here, even tho it's a true statement:

Other places the Tea Partiers pretty much lost.

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questioner

Jun-17-14 7:59 AM

Just my opinion, but he did not win because he espoused Tea Party values, but he won because Eric Cantor lost. And Cantor lost because of the grasping, be-anything-to-move-up, switch positions or stab them in the back type of person he was.

Other places the Tea Partiers pretty much lost.

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Kozy62

Jun-17-14 7:25 AM

It's high time we all demanded some honesty and change...

The question of what Nixon knew about the break-in caused a national controversy when investigators discovered that 8 1/2 minutes were missing from the tapes.

Now there are two years of emails missing and a spokesman for the WH (Josh Earnest) says, questioning by democrats and republicans is "far-fetched" and "not particularly believable"...Really?

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WatchDog

Jun-16-14 5:48 PM

"There are Tea Party groups that collect money to donate to campaigns."

Name them Grant? What groups affiliated with the Tea Party?

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WatchDog

Jun-16-14 5:41 PM

ns, phew, i was missing my daily comedian who never ceased to put a smile on my face!

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WatchDog

Jun-16-14 4:57 PM

Grant, pay attention dear, it is called "campaign finances" and they are available online. It is not in my mind honey, it is "REALITY" junior. LOL

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Numnudz

Jun-16-14 7:23 AM

" Brat ran as Republican, carrying forth the Tea party values as Numnudz said."

Save you fingers, Watchdog... just call me ns :)

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GrantMingus

Jun-15-14 7:10 PM

There are Tea Party groups that collect money to donate to campaigns. Not a single one of those groups donated a single dime in any way towards Brat's campaign. This is not a lie. But as I've said before, you're psychotic, so what you see as "reality" is whatever you're making up in your own mind.

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WatchDog

Jun-15-14 4:24 PM

So Grant, you making that statement like you did was a lie.

If you look at Brat's official campaign finances, you see those names listed as donors, you, me any of us can't know if those people were tea party supporters or republicans. Brat had a lot of money donated to him by the tea party members.

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WatchDog

Jun-15-14 3:51 PM

Grant, come into reality. Brat ran as a Republican.

"Tea Party groups didn't donate a single dime to Brat's campaign."

That is a half truth Grant. First, any donation to or from the Tea party is not tax deductible. Brat ran as Republican, carrying forth the Tea party values as Numnudz said. What do you think all the hub bub has been about with IRS and the tax exempt drama. There is no such thing as an official tea party candidate. This whole thing in retrospect is getting out of hand. Tea Party can not donate money officially under the term TEA PARTY because that would mean they are backing a Republican. Therefore all the support and donations must come from individuals of the Tea party. This whole thing is getting whacked out. Even by the news.

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Numnudz

Jun-13-14 4:21 PM

He did run on TEA party principles, but no, no backing I have read about.

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GrantMingus

Jun-13-14 7:31 AM

Also, the Tea Party didn't do anything here. Tea Party groups didn't donate a single dime to Brat's campaign. They're just claiming victory for the press, and of course, our horrible press is giving it to them regardless of facts.

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Numnudz

Jun-12-14 6:55 PM

It's all Bush's fault, right, bug?

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ladybug

Jun-12-14 1:06 PM

It's not whats going on in the party .But the fact nothing is getting period.

We have bridges ready to fall down and their cutting funding.

Where's the tax reform, just to name a few.

If they spent as time on addressing problems as they did fusing over one soldier.

The military is capable of doing it's job without all the side shows.

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ladybug

Jun-12-14 1:02 PM

Just like some said Cantor was to busy trying to get the Speakers job and hb knobbing in DC

Now their all fighting over his job while nothing gets done.

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rpmwwe

Jun-12-14 12:56 PM

The Democratic party seems to have better puppet masters. They all seem to be working toward a common goal without an overt competition of agendas, and thereby seem to have better control of what is going on in their party.

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