Senate Republicans treading carefully around tea party groups after suffering election losses

  • Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 21, 2013 - 5:19 PM
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ranger1873Feb. 21, 13 6:00 PM

"Incumbent Republicans seem eager to avoid antagonizing groups that have helped elect tea party favorites such as Sens. Mike Lee in Utah, Rand Paul in Kentucky, Marco Rubio in Florida and Ted Cruz in Texas in recent years." -- You can't tell that by some of their votes. Here's the deal: these people weren't sent to Washington to get along or to assist liberals in bankrupting the United States of America. They were sent to Washington to OPPOSE Democrats and we expect them to do that as their constituents. Tea Partiers have no problem with those who oppose Democrats. Those who don't, or those who appease the weak-kneed Republican leadership against the wishes of their constituents, need to enter their re-election campaigns with both eyes wide open. The Democrat Party does not have this problem with its base. The Democrat Party listens to its base. The Republican Party does the very best it can to ignore its base. It really is just that simple.

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furheadxFeb. 21, 13 6:39 PM

the most important sort of education a population can have, practically speaking, is political education--becoming educated as to the ways they have been systematically disempowered, had their constitutional rights stripped away through fear-mongering and in secret chambers, had their economic opportunities disappear amidst promises of trick l down wealth, and as to government's role in shaping a society of government servants, pushing the intelligentsia's version of the moral majoritarianism. the right will never provide you with economic or constitutionally protected freedoms, isn't even in their platform. rubio's remarks that the right, and not the left, care about the middle class is laughable, a total lying re-write of history.

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wowjustwowFeb. 21, 13 6:57 PM

ranger, Obama has added six trillion dollars to our deficit in less than four years. Our government is taking in about 3 billion a day yet spending about 11 billion per day. What is your suggestion?

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adliblogFeb. 21, 13 7:32 PM

If such conservatives as John Kline, the 26th most conservative politician in DC. have to keep worrying about getting primaried by candidates even less reasonable than themselves then there is no way for any politician pandering to the right wing to retain a shred of personal dignity. The good news is this fever has got to break soon. It's definitely unsustainable.

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ikyabwaiFeb. 21, 13 7:43 PM

I guess it is true - Sharks eat their own kind.

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ti1310Feb. 21, 13 8:51 PM

---- The Democrat Party does not have this problem with its base. The Democrat Party listens to its base. The Republican Party does the very best it can to ignore its base. It really is just that simple.--- Ranger the tea party is not the base of the GOP in any way shape or form. Its really that simple.

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falcon1681Feb. 21, 13 9:34 PM

Tea party terrorists were sent to Washington not by any "base" but by a select group of wealthy old white guys who managed to get the least intelligent members of our society to buy into their rhetoric and lies.

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alwayshappyFeb. 21, 1311:00 PM

This is exactly what terrifies Eric Paulsen as hw considers running for Senate. Imagine waking up each say worried that you might say something reasonable and sensible, only to enrage the Tea Party. It must be an awful life to have to go through every minute of every day having to worry about not Incurring their wrath. Imagine the alternative of not being forced to appeal to the low information base in the GOP. Why, one could actually take reasonable positions based on facts. But, that is a luxury which is not afforded to Republican party candidates. They must play ro the lowest level of intelligence seem in American politics since the Know Nothing Party of the 1800s. Must be an awful life for the likes od Paulsen andhis gop vuddies

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jcinmnFeb. 21, 1311:18 PM

How does the saying go? "Three strikes and you're out" Mr Rove. Strike 1 - Obama wins in 2008. Strike 2 - Obama wins and the Democrats sweep the battleground states. Strike 3 - Hopefully the Democrats retain control of the Senate and take over the House. That would seal your fate and you can join GWB, DC and the other idiots who brought on this fearsome debt

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potter101Feb. 21, 1311:44 PM

wowjustwow Feb. 21, 13 6:57 PM ranger, Obama has added six trillion dollars to our deficit in less than four years. Our government is taking in about 3 billion a day yet spending about 11 billion per day. What is your suggestion?**************************************This one is to easy. The wealthy have a trillion dollars a year in tax breaks just with the top 10 tax breaks , there are hundred of these tax breaks where 90% or more go to 2-3 % of the population. So simple take away those tax breaks they are against the best interest of this country. They pay taxes on less the 1 dollar of every 2 they make. Couldn't be simpler. Level the playing field.

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