Toothless Teabaggers? House GOPers ignoring Tea Party threats over budget

In February, the Tea Partier’s first successful candidate, Scott Brown, basically quit them in a very public way. He challenged them to primary him in 2012. Part of that, no doubt, was posturing by Brown, who is trying to appear more moderate in Massachusetts. But, it was a blow to the Teabaggers.

Well, it’s getting worse for the Teabaggers. Now, members of the GOP freshmen class are dissing the Teabaggers en masse:

Mark Meckler, co-founder of one of the nation’s largest Tea Party groups, said votes in favor of the budget deal and raising the debt ceiling will make for a toxic electoral combination for House Republicans.

“I’m literally getting emails by the hour from people talking about primary challenges,” Meckler, a leader of the Tea Party Patriots, said.

But freshman members of the House don’t appear concerned.

“It’s not that I’m not worried about them. And I would like to be all things to all people, but if you try to do that, you’re nothing to anybody. So I’m more inclined to just vote yes and move this in the right direction,” said Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), a freshman lawmaker who’s a favorite of Tea Party activists back in his home district.

That didn’t take long. These freshmen have been in DC for barely four months.

The Hill also reports that the votes are there in the House to pass the budget deal. This will be the first major loss in the House for the teabaggers, who were supposed to be in charge.

Also, if the House GOP freshmen aren’t afraid of the Tea Party, why should anyone be?


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