“Shut down” Limbaugh and Trump, GOP’s Steve Schmidt tells “party leaders”

The next round in the battle between now old-line Movement Conservatives (like Boehner, McConnell, and yes, Steve Schmidt) and the Tea Party (Americans for Prosperity) types has started. In the video below, Schmidt lays down a marker, trying to wrest party control from the billionaires and Americans For Prosperity financiers who now control the Republican levers of power.

Listen carefully. He doesn’t name the billionaires, but calls out their surrogates — the Rush Limbaughs and Donald Trumps of the world — instead. In modern Republican-speak, “Limbaugh” is code for David Koch’s AFP. Here’s an excerpt of Schmidt talking about shutting down Limbaugh and Trump:

“It’s gotta be shut down, it needs to be repudiated by serious leaders in the party.  Look, conservatism is a serious governing philosophy…. Conservatism shouldn’t be defined by fidelity to all of these crazy statements by talk-radio personalities, or by reality show hosts who go out and say outrageous things. And when you have these reality show hosts, like Donald Trump, who are hanging around with our presidential candidates, they are, by virtue of that, given some platform for seriousness, and they call for “revolution” on their Twitter accounts, after the president has been legitimately re-elected by the American people. It’s gotta be shut down by serious leaders in the Republican party.”

This battle will be one to watch. The “leaders” Schmidt is talking about are the billionaires themselves, who fund all or almost all Tea Party candidates. In effect, he’s asking the coup to stop being the coup. And I think he knows exactly what he’s asking for, and whom he’s asking it of. Sounds like a marker to me.

I said in an earlier interview that I thought the takeover of the R party was about 60% complete. Watch in the weeks and months ahead, as the forces move into the field to vie for that last 40%. It will be interesting, for example, to see where Chris Christie stands, now that people like Schmidt are drawing lines in the sand. Fascinating stuff.

UPDATE: And just as we’re about to go to press with this piece, the other side responds. Note the name “Tea Party Patriots” as source for the quotes; more on them below. Also note that the publishing site is breitbart.com (h/t Digby):

The Tea Party Patriots declared war on the Republican establishment after moderate establishment Republican Mitt Romney’s loss to President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, criticized the Republican Party for hand-picking a Beltway elite candidate who did not campaign forcefully on America’s founding principles and said the “presidential loss is unequivocally on them.”

“For those of us who believe that America, as founded, is the greatest country in the history of the world – a ‘Shining city upon a hill’ – we wanted someone who would fight for us,” Martin said. … Instead, Martin lamented, “what we got was a weak moderate candidate, hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country-club establishment wing of the Republican Party.”

“While it might take longer to restore America’s founding principles with President Obama back in office, we are not going away,” Martin said. “With the catastrophic loss of the Republican elite’s hand-picked candidate – the tea party is the last best hope America has to restore America’s founding principles.”

The “Tea Party Patriots” are not a grassroots organization. They are a heavily-financed billionaire-funded organization (but you can’t know the names). This is Wikipedia, my emphasis and paragraphing:

The organization was founded by Jenny Beth Martin, Mark Meckler, and Amy Kremer in March 2009.[5] Tea Party Patriots was a co-sponsor of the 9/12 March on Washington,[6] but refused to participate in the National Tea Party Convention.[7] Tea Party Patriots is most notable for organizing citizen opposition at the healthcare town hall meetings of 2009,[8] as well as various other anti-government run health care protests.[9]

In September 2010 the group announced it had received a $1,000,000 donation from an anonymous donor.[10] The money was distributed to its affiliated groups and must be spent by Election Day, though it could not be used to directly support any candidate.[10] In 2012, the group along with the Southern Republican Leadership Conference organized a presidential debate that aired on CNN.[11] 

Rolling Stone and Talking Points Memo have alleged that the organization is run with the help of Freedomworks, a conservative nonprofit led by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey.[13][14] Tea Party Patriots denies this claim.

A 2011 investigation by the magazine Mother Jones alleged that the Tea Party Patriots organization was using its 501(c)(4) status to avoid disclosing its expenditures both to the IRS and to local contributors. The magazine reported that when local Tea Party groups pressed for more details on the group’s expenses, they were removed from the umbrella organization and threatened with legal action.[15]

Freedomworks is itself a billionaire front group, funded by corps like Verizon and individual donors. Note that Tea Party Patriots also got a sweet million dollars in a single individual donation. This is an org with angels; not for the down-and-struggling whites who vote “tea party” in Tennessee.

So with that in mind, here’s how to read the breitbart.com piece above (my obvious changes):

The [billionaires who finance the] Tea Party Patriots [surrogate organization] declared war on the Republican establishment after moderate establishment Republican Mitt Romney’s loss to President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Jenny Beth Martin, [who draws a large salary from the billionaires who finance the] Tea Party Patriots, criticized the Republican Party for hand-picking a Beltway elite candidate who did not campaign forcefully on America’s founding principles and said the “presidential loss is unequivocally on them.”

“For those of us who believe [in] America, as founded, … we wanted someone who would fight for [the rightwing billionaire aristocracy and its inherent right to rule],” Martin said. … Instead, Martin lamented, “what [the billionaries] got was a weak moderate candidate, hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country-club establishment wing of the Republican Party.”

“While it might take longer to restore America’s founding principles with President Obama back in office, [the billionaires who are financing the modern Republican Party] are not going away,” Martin said. “With the catastrophic loss of the Republican elite’s hand-picked candidate – the [billionaire coalition who finance the so-called] tea party is the last best hope America has to [guarantee our continued hegemony].”

Bottom line — The billionaires are making their counter-move, and doing it now. Battle joined, Mr. Schmidt.

Tea Party Rally

Tea Party rally via Shutterstock

Folks, if you don’t see the billionaire sports owners, you don’t see the union-busting game. If you don’t see the hands moving the chess pieces, you don’t see the players, just the rooks and kings who appear to have wills of their own. And if you don’t see the Republican billionaires, you don’t see the party as a whole, just the minions as they move around and speak.

It’s the billionaires vs. the Schmidts and the Frums (more at the link). That’s the game to watch in the next six months. (By the way, my money’s on Money to sweep almost every time. But I guess we’ll see, won’t we.)

Did you notice, by the way, that Norquist is now in the billionaire camp? (Click the link above, then click through to the caption. He speaks at — i.e., milks money from — AFP events.) If you did catch that, you’ll be one of the few, even among the media, even among the left media.

And since David Koch now says taxes-for-grand-bargain is a good enough deal for him, you can watch knowingly as Norquist fall in line with the tax-raising, safety-net-killing deal.

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  • Roy.

    Rush only tells the ugly truth,, the left has brainwashed the public to believe nhere is no god except govt when they run it, and the public needs to be told what to do and think! They tried that in comunissum
    Obama is a socialist who takes responsibility for nothing which if true makes him the most inept man in the world, his wife tells you to pay more of your money so she can buy $5000 shoes,, bet she didn’t do that before he was electedl,,, such a Hippocrates

  • colleen2

    “That had the GOP nominated one of the more extreme of their party, Obama would have been re-elected in a landslide”

    What’s 330+ electoral votes and the fact that the South was irrelevant mean to you? It was a landslide. The winner was declared 15 minutes after the polls closed on the West Coast and the South was irrelevant.

    “Independents, even if they don’t like Obama, understand that governing comes from the center.”

    Oh please. Not if ‘the center’ means that we’re going to bend over and allow the Democrats to steal our pensions and healthcare. That’s just stealing.

  • colleen2

    There are few things I enjoy watching more than a Republican power vacuum. It’s their own darn fault. They’ve been pandering to the worst religion and human nature has to offer for a long time. At one point (late 90′s) the House Republicans declared Jabba the Limbaugh a National Treasure and they continued to pander to him even after it became apparent that his form of conservatism was greatly influenced by a severe addiction to Oxycodone and a personal life that reminds others, once again, that entitled conservatives are exempt from the demands of personal responsibility.

  • ThumperNM

    If there is indeed a still functioning moderate/centrist wing of the Republican Party the first action should be the exile of Mitch McConnell. He has done more to denigrate a functional Washington than all the Tea Baggers combined. He is the Republicans worst emissary.

  • Gertie_CO

    @nicho, I was more worried about MittWit than any of the rest of them, I thought he had the best chance of beating Obama. Thank my stars I was wrong!

  • Gertie_CO

    I was surprised when they did that in ’08, but I would not be surprised if they thought that again in ’12. They just can’t change their ideology at all. However, I loved the political cartoon in my local paper today – a sad elephant, looking at an empty bookcase except for one – old white men. That’s the constituency, except for the old white women who vote with their men. I’d love to see the GOP/Tea Party go down as either a split party who becomes ineffectual or extinct.

  • Houndentenor

    and hope they don’t destroy America first?

  • Houndentenor

    A couple of weeks before the election, I was in my car coming back from lunch. I turned on my radio and there on Rush Limbaugh’s show was a “comedy routine” depicting the Obamas. It was the most racist thing I’ve ever ever heard. I’m currently taking a class on American popular music in which was have looked at minstrel show songs and other racist material. It was that bad except they didn’t use the N-word. There’s no other way to describe it but racist. I don’t know why it didn’t get a big press reaction except that maybe he does so much of that sort of thing that no one in the mainstream media pays attention. I can’t imagine the mentality of someone who would listen to his racist diatribes every day. Yes, they need to stop pandering to Limbaugh. I just think they’re afraid to.

  • Butch1

    If he wasn’t so rich they would have hung him for treason. This country, especially republicans have short-term memory lapse and they will have forgotten about Dubya’s dragging this country into two wars without paying for them and taking this country from no debt into owing China a ton of money. They will have forgotten how both Bushes have been terrible on spending us into horrible debts and will think that one more Bush will be the answer to bring this country “into the promise land.” Of course, what he will do is finish the job that all the republicans have been trying to do to this country and that is get rid of our Social Security, Medicare and any other protection we regular people have to live on. There will be no jobs except the menial ones at minimum wage which they will get rid of as well. We will be back without unions to protect the worker without any rights and it will be the Gilded Age or Robber Baron age where they own the land and we all will be renting little huts on them. That is what these rich bastards want. We just have to make sure they never get it again. We have to break this corporate control over the government and that’s going to be hard since it controls both parties. We need to make third parties much stronger so that they weaken the present two parties and take their power away from them.

  • Butch1

    I agree. Are the republicans ready for another Bush? ( are we ready? ) ;-)

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    “Pelosi and Reid are too much of lightening rods for the far left.” There is no far left anymore. The Demo Party has become what used to be called Reagan Democrats. Pelosi and Reid have been selling out liberal/progressives for decades.

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    “I am sure many felt as if Romney just didn’t care about their plight.” He didn’t, he doesn’t, unless the are LDS ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    Bush Dynasty has a long history of selling-out America. Prescott Bush was involved in a plot to overthrow the goverment. This family is so detestable that even Kevin Phillips (the founder of the Southern strategy) turned against them.

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    But Jebbie Bush, the quiet one, will eat any shit that Romney would.

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    But, ‘Dancing with the Trash’ has become a kitsch classic.

  • Editor Dustin
  • Butch1

    I don’t think Christy will put up with the crazy nonsense of the right-wing. He will tell them off the minute they go crazy on him to stand behind their abortion issues. I think he is pro-choice from what I have read and they do not like that. I doubt he will change it for them like flip-flop Romney who would be anything you wanted him to be only just elect him. No back bone, no position and no votes or at least not enough people trusted a person who had so many positions so many times.

    Bush carries the Bush Dynasty name and I wonder if there has been enough time lapse for the short-term memories of the right to forget about what Bush did to this country? Jeb is perfect for them. He will do exactly what they want. You may be correct that he may be the next person running in their party.

  • Papa Bear

    It’ll be Christy and Jeb fighting it out…I betcha!

  • http://www.ryanstake.net RyansTake

    Schmidt is drawing battle lines to a war he’s already lost. The Republicans can’t be moved into moderation until the party totally breaks down and there’s nothing left. To be honest, I think it’s more likely the GOP will become the next Whigs than people like Schmidt will be able to restore the party into sanity and competitive in the decades ahead.

  • Steve

    I would not donate but your point is taken. My take on this. I would applaud the GOP and will encourage them to keep doing this (take extreme path)!! Please bring in a new Akin, Murdoch to replace the loss. You will do fine in the next election!

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    T-baggers and RWNJ’s are needed to put the real face of the GOP to the rest of decent America.

  • Ford Prefect

    That’s extremely doubtful. The Dems will run another Dukakis campaign so Jeb! or a reasonable fascimile (as in chosen by Jeb!) can “win” the WH. The establishment media will make sure this happens. Even if it means Gore v. Bush 2.Do’h!

  • Derpman

    well, looks like were getting a new Dem president again after Obama is out if these wackjobs campaign again

    Im ok with this though.

  • Ford Prefect

    Ahem. They’re supported by billionaires and Trans-National Corporations.

    They’ll exist as long as their funders think necessary. No “little people” money required.

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    ‘artistic types’ How many saaaadilllas in that thought.

  • Ford Prefect

    Remember: Barry wanted to nuke Hanoi. So Teh Krazy was alive back then as well!

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    Thank you Becca, the Schmidt movement is unfathomable to me—- comparable to Chris Mathews fanjulation of racist Haley Barber.

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    Thank you! The Steve Schmidt man fan club is very irritating.

  • Not-a-RINO

    As for the Republican Party and the Tea Party, I think many have no idea what they are talking about. It is just mindless rabble about “teabaggers” and talking about the Republican Party as if they themselves are bona fide members. Still, that being said, I do understand the gist of their message.

    I did not support Romney at any time of the race until the anointed one was pronounced the winner of the primary. If you have been around Republican movers and shakers for a while, you know there’s a circle of high rolling, deep pocket elites who are very LIBERAL. Although on Election Day we may be opting for the same candidate, we are doing it for different reasons. They pick their candidate because they have money, power or both. Their ideology is a trivial factor. A candidate like Romney can be viewed as a RINO because of his stance on big government being able to meet the needs of the nation better than individuals and the free market. A guy like Romney has to be “cleaned up” by the party machine to make him acceptable to the millions of party loyalists who will be casting their votes with hopes he will be a free market supporter of individual rights, pro life, smaller government, lower taxation man whose family is much like the Cleavers.

    Since Ronald Reagan was such a popular president, each candidate is dressed to look like him. How? Take healthcare. Romney came out saying he would repeal ObamacCare and replace it. With what? Do average Americans want a different version of the same thing or do they want to keep everything as-is? I haven’t seen any stats on the issue, but most did not want RomneyCare either. It is this issue Liberatrians and Ron Paul supporters beat Romney up as being the same thing as Obama. The average Republican who comes home from work, has dinner with his family and has a couple beers while watching the ball game can’t defend the candidate he is voting for at work or with his neighbors. Romney gave his catch phrase of repealing ObamaCare, but politely left out any details of what he was going to replace it with. I can guess a whole lot of Republican voters stayed home on election day for this issue alone. Strike One.

    Romney says his plan will help small business, the sector of the economy where 80% of the jobs are created. Okay, sounds good. Most of us like small Mom and Pop businesses. Help how? Oh, he has a plan? Okay, what is in this plan? For all we know it could be just as bad if not worse than Obama’s version of big government and overreaching bureaucracy. Strike two.

    Romney said that Obama was going to steal $716 billion from Medicaid to help pay for ObamaCare and he will put it back. Hmm–I thought this was one of the huge programs this country can’t afford any more according to the Tea Party and fiscal conservatives in the party. Medicaid is a huge liberal program that I have heard more than my fair share of complaints about where doctors won’t see Medicaid patients, too much paperwork, etc. Would putting the $716 billion back help anyone other than trying to pander to scared Seniors who think Romney may make the program worse? It certainly won’t make it any better, will it? For that much money, wouldn’t it be better if Uncle Sam bought insurance policies for Seniors or at least subsidize them? It may actually cost less because seniors could buy any free market policy they wanted with a government voucher. All of the sudden, Medicaid is 10% of its size whose primary role is to cut checks, answer complaints and weed out fraud instead of being a healthcare provider. Not cutting Medicaid is no plan at all. It is the same old, same old. Strike three.

    Many Republicans and Tea Party people are concerned with the unsustainable amounts of debt this country is piling up. I did not hear one word about how he was going to positively address the issue other than he has a plan for 12 million jobs. Most thinking people know it is private people who create jobs, not government. How can he, the leader of the free world, create 12 million jobs? If he did have a plan, it must have been so short I missed it. Strike four.

    Everyone knows Republicans won’t raise taxes unless they fall for another spending deal with the Democrats that always fails to cut anything, but raises taxes. No gain here.

    Everyone knows Republicans stand for a strong military. The Democrats tell people the government spends too much money on the military fighting unjust wars. The money should be spent on entitlements to help those on assistance pay for wine, beer and condoms and spread around some “Obama money”. No gain here.

    Many people claimed they wouldn’t support a Mormon. Being a leader with cojones means standing up for your principles and for who you are. Romney never addressed this issue and I heard today that some 3 million people stayed home because of this. Strike five.

    Romney should have looked presidential by touring the victims of Hurricane Sandy, but let Obama and Governor Christie do it instead. That makes Romney look like a cold SOB instead of a compassionate leader. While touring the damage, Romney could have appealed to America’s sense of generosity towards their own citizens who need help by asking everyone to send a donation to the Salvation Army or other agency helping people who lost everything. I am sure many felt as if Romney just didn’t care about their plight. It was reported many voters decided who they were going to vote for that day. Strike six.

    The problem with the Republican Party is they drifted to the left so far that many voters couldn’t tell the difference between them and a Democrat. This ushered in the Tea Party which tried to add a layer of accountability in office and support the forgotten Republican platform. It is unfair and untrue the Tea Party is bankrolled by some high rollers. If anything, it is the Left which is bank rolled by the likes of George Soros and many other radical, left wing groups (read “We’ve Been Had” by James R. Keena). I am a Tea Party member simply because I think piling up unsustainable amounts of debt is detrimental to our country and our way of life. If indeed it is bankrolled, the how come the one I belong to doesn’t even supply free coffee at our meetings?

    The bottom line is Romney was the Establishment’s pick which didn’t win over the hearts and minds of the average Republican. If voters want to hear lies, talking points and BS, the Democrats have a virtual monopoly on it. If the Republican Party does the same thing by throwing out plans with no details, then they lost before the race started. I would say most of the people who voted for Romney did it for one reason: He wasn’t Obama.

  • ronbo

    I would not be too giddy about the implosion of the Republican party. We have our own little Trojan horse Republican at the head of the party. Once Obama starts slashing Medicare, Social Security and enforcing austerity (Republican style), we’ll see the Democratic party sinking faster than the Republicans.

    True Liberals and Progressives have only been proping up the Dems the past 20 years because the alternative is so gravely repugnant – we had no choice.

    Christy has achieved something that no Republican since Bush accomplished – he can project sanity and conceal his policies against the working-class. Almost as effectively as Obama.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Shhhh! Don’t tell them. This has proven to be an extremely effective way of extracting those unearned millions from gullible rubes with more money than sense.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Yeah. I will never forgive Schmidt for inflicting the Wasilla Chillbilly and her entire trashy clan on the rest of us.

  • Butch1

    It will be interesting to see what scum comes boiling up to the surface in the next four years. ;-) I Think Chris Christy would be an idiot to want the job; this party is too crazy and he wouldn’t have the patience to even want to follow their orders.

  • Ford Prefect

    There can’t be a civil war within the GOP. They’re all Confederates.

    Spot on about Schmidt though. He’s been a GOP hack for a couple decades. One doesn’t get to run a POTUS campaign without having proved one’s self many times. He was a part of the problem all that time, until he just couldn’t hack it anymore.

  • Cfox

    Maybe I’m crazy, but does anyone remember Chairman Mao’s “Let a thousand flowers bloom”/   Once all of the liberals, free thinkers, artistic types etc had self identified themselves–He ordered the Red Guard to kill them.   Could there be something like that going on with the Tea Party–identify the crazies, then get rid of the permanently?  If so,  who would be the puppet master?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PRMUHABK5PZE5EYVCXI4D7P5UM Max

    I’ve actually donated to Tea Party, and I am Obama supporter. I advise everyone donate to Tea Party, their idiocy needs to be supported. They will destroy the Republican party.

  • silas1898

    Maybe they will storm off into a third party and start running their own candidates.

    Democrats would easily win those three-way races.  Thank you Ross Perot 20 years ago.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I, for one, would happily make popcorn and endless pitchers of top-shelf margaritas with the prospect of watching a potential GOP civil war. “In the corner, the few remaining sensible, rational GOP conservatives and moderates who actually believe they have a job to do in helping to run the government.  And in the other corner, a horde of billionaire-funded irrational, reality-denying, hyper-conservative, misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic zealots who tolerate not a hair’s width of deviation from hard right wing dogma and doctrine, and who will happily burn the country to the ground if they get less than 100% of everything they demand. And in the middle, a few hapless fools who think the horde can somehow be controlled and directed.”

    Anyway… Steve Schmidt bears a degree of personal responsibility in the current state of American political discourse. He was the one who first pushed for John McCain to pick an unknown, untested half-term Alaska governor to serve as his running mate. And we all know how that turned out.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Exactly. Now that they’ve lost, the Baggers refuse to admit that whatever position they demanded Mitt Romney take, he did so, all the way down the line. There was nothing about his own past that Romney wasn’t willing — indeed eager — to repudiate, just to win their approval and support.

    For instance, when the radical TB’ers began pushing their “no abortion, not for any reason — not rape, not incest, not even to save a woman’s life” — this being territory where even Romney didn’t feel comfortable going, at first he hedged and hemmed and hawed, and then stopped answering the questions. (Meanwhile, his running made, Paul ‘Method of Conception’ Ryan happily went right ahead, fully engaged with his party’s forced pregnancy movement.)

    But no — they didn’t lose the 2012 general elections because their ideas were repulsive to a majority of the electorate. As ever, the cause cannot fail, it can only be failed.

  • Ford Prefect

    One tidbit: Under Bush, the top 1% got 65% of all income gains. Under Obama, the top 1% garnered 93% of all income gains. For them, it’s Mission Accomplished.

    Why on earth would these billionaires stop funding this crap when they’re getting everything they want? Schmidt knows better than to think the GOP will somehow divorce itself from its owners. This is just a PR stunt.

  • Naja pallida

    Even bull riders are smart enough to know you get off the bull after eight seconds. Republicans just don’t seem to learn. All this election proved for them is that you cannot win by only appealing to old, white, men… unless you’re from Maricopa county, Arizona.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1346923821 Linda Uselmann

    Will there be lessons learned? Adelson won NO races. Rove won NO races. The country’s fine; Eisenhower Republicans, take your *party* back.

  • disqus_Tq1cQbeWFW

    Its sad that these people don’t get it!  That had the GOP nominated one of the more extreme of their party, Obama would have been re-elected in a landslide.  Independents, even if they don’t like Obama, understand that governing comes from the center.  Had Perry or Santorum been nominated, would have been far worse for the Tea Party.

    But now lets go forward, first up the “fiscal cliff” as it is being called.  I really believe that POTUS and Boehner are going to strike a balanced deal, the tea party will have fits.  Grover’s head will explode.  The tea party will continue to fight, for sure and some of what they want in principal is fine.  It’s their methods of obstruction that has now been rejected, Boehner knows this, as do I suspect Ryan does.  Cantor probably does as well, since POTUS won VA, his home state.  Once this is accomplished and the new Congress is sworn in, they can than start working on the other things, tax reform in a big way, perhaps tweaking Healthcare reform to make it better without ripping it all the way down.  CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM!!  A Must after the Citizen’s United night mare decision.

    Face it… while the DEMS didn’t take control of the house, they picked up seats, they also picked up seats in the Senate.  And I like that we have a split Gov’t…IF THEY WORK TOGETHER to find common ground and solutions.  The GOP leadership, no matter what they say in public has to realize, the days of the extreme, obstructionist methods of the Tea Party are OVER!!  McConnell got spanked, his #1 agenda item, defeating POTUS, was a big lose!  

    Now, on the other side, while I don’t think it will happen, I wouldn’t mind seeing new DEM leadership in Congress.  I think Pelosi and Reid are too much of lightening rods for the far left.  

  • Sweetie

    A populist GOP? hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    That’s almost as good as a truly populist Democratic party.

  • Naja pallida

    I’m not sure what the rules are for tax deductions on donations to SuperPACs… but you can pretty much be guaranteed that at no point are these billionaires ever actually feeling any pain from their “contributions”.

  • kingstonbears

    It would be easier to stop my bulldog from farting than to get the billionaires out of the picture.

  • WarrenHart

    They don’t seem to get it. I bet nothing changes or they go even further right thinking that Romney just wasn’t conservative enough.

  • Heidi

    Yes…and they will continue to be voted out or not really have a chance at winning…team OBAMA!!!!

  • Butch1

    I don’t think it will take that long. There aren’t many people left in their party that can run for office that aren’t certifiable. ;-)

  • Butch1

    They will never admit that they had their puppet and he would have done anything they wanted of him if he had been elected. They cannot admit defeat or why they lost. They blame the person instead and not that it was THEY who chose him. I hope they continue to keep leaning to the right. I want to see who’s available on the right that is considered not certifiable and will be able to run for election in 2016? Will they even have a party left by then that isn’t wearing brown shirts and goose stepping by then?

  • Hue-Man

     Canadian cable and satellite providers replace the U.S. feed with the Canadian feed so I’ve been spared much of the political advertising in LA, Seattle, NYC, and Boston but what I’ve seen is negative, repetitive, and downright annoying. At some point, it must have negative returns where there is no programming, only political attack ads.

    Two things are particularly hypocritical: first, I assume that the big corporate donors are getting a tax deduction for business expenses which means that the taxpayer is unwittingly paying some sizable amount of the $6 billion and second, the whole concept of fiscal austerity is lost when you blow $6 billion of yours and taxpayers’ money….to end up with nearly the exact result when you started! (Insert definition of insanity here.)

  • Butch1

    Perhaps, more of the Tea Party dolts can expose themselves to their constituents and be voted out of office. They need to be replaced just like Joe Walsh and some of the others who have no respect for women or gays serving in our Armed Forces or who have served. Let them speak up and voice their opinions so we all can see them. ;-)

  • Naja pallida

    Of course, the Canadian election cycle lasts 6 weeks, where ours last 3.5 years. :)

    But it says a lot when even conservative, Republican-loving, Canadian politicians don’t want to see their system turn into what the Republicans have turned the US system into.

  • benb

    I wholeheartedly agree with Ms. Martin.  This country needs more Republican candidates like Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Allen West, and Joe Walsh. 

  • mirror

     I don’t think they are stupid.  The more wacked out the far right, the more someone like the right-of-Rockefeller Obama looks like a “centrist” or even “leftist” who the Liberals and centrists will follow behind.

  • Guest

    The circular firing squad has assembled.  Let the shooting begin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janice.adams.5855 Janice Adams

    Let them keep going, they can destroy themselves while the rest of us continue thinking sanely. 

  • http://twitter.com/johnnybogosity John Bogosity

    Note to Steve Schmidt:  The last serious leader in the Republican party was Barry Goldwater.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    After the clown car primary campaign season it was entirely obvious that the Republican Party had lost it’s way. There was no pretending that this was not the case, regardless of how moderate MittWit tried to appear during the general election.

  • http://twitter.com/intotheabyss81 Aaron Riley

    You made the monster, you feed the monster. What’s a matter teabaggers? You really never expected your rabid dogs to turn around and bite you? You’re even more stupid than I thought.
    To quote that bible you simpletons love to shove in everyone’s face: “Reap what you sow”

  • ARP

    I find billionaires to be cynically practical.  They wil do whatever makes them the most money, principles, moral, etc. be damned.  So, I don’t understand why they’re funding the Tea Party, if that leads to defeats of Republicans due to their extremism. 

    Or, is it that they’re making a long term investment in hopes eventually dragging the whole country right (which they’ve already succeeded in doing), so that even Dems will be centrists and they’ll win either way?  But it seems like getting moderate Republicans in office would be more beneficial to them by chipping away at regulatory structures.

  • Hue-Man

    The billionaires may not have got their money’s worth this time but we all know that they’ll win in the end. Here’s how ridiculous U.S. campaign spending has become when viewed by non-U.S. politicians.

    “Canadian politicians watching the outcome of the U.S. presidential
    election came together across party lines Tuesday as they denounced the
    record $6 billion US spent in the bitterly divisive political race south
    of the border.”

    “[Conservative Foreign Affairs Minister John] Baird touted Canada’s Federal Accountability Act, which among other
    things banned contributions by corporations, unions and organizations,
    and lowered the individual annual limit of donation to a political party
    to $1,000 from $5,000.” (Linked article uses words like “obscene” and “illusion of democracy”.)

    http://www.thespec.com/news/elections/article/831847–canadian-mps-blast-record-campaign-spending-in-obama-romney-showdown

  • nicho

    The Teabaggers are idiots. Mitt was a product of The Teabaggers. If the Crazy Wing of the GOP hadn’t been terrorizing the GOP, the party might have run a candidate who could have beaten Obama. Instead the primary candidates were like a mental asylum therapy group with no leader. Mitt, thanks to the Teabaggers was the best of a very bad and very scary lot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001426939279 Carl Kerstann

    I hope the tea baggers keep control, they’ll completely destroy the party in a couple of more election cycles.

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