Tea Party Fumes as Fiscal Fights Drag On
The divide between the establishment GOP and the grassroots on the right is getting bigger than it has been in years.
Movement leaders feel conservatives had momentum in the negotiations with President Barack
Obama’s administration and were could have demanded serious concessions on Obamacare and spending until establishment Republicans stepped in to
undercut them. Now, after House
Republican leadership’s latest proposal has fallen apart because House
Speaker John Boehner did not have the votes, and the focus turns back to
negotiations between Senate GOP leadership and Senate Democrats, the
Tea Party movement could not be more outraged at the way Washington is
working. As The New York Times noted in a piece published late Tuesday, conservatives and establishment Republicans are "nearing open revolt."
ruling elite is negotiating with the ruling elite and the voice of the
people is left out,” Tea Party Patriots national coordinator Jenny Beth
Martin said in an interview Breitbart News executive chairman Stephen K.
Bannon conducted on Tuesday afternoon while guest-hosting the Wilkow
Majority on Sirius XM Patriot channel.
We are doing everything we can
to remind the Senate and the House that real Americans across this
country right now today are getting letters saying their health
insurance prices are going up, they’re losing their jobs and their hours
at work and they don’t have the same access to doctors that they had
just a few months ago because of Obamacare. So we are reminding all of
these elected officials that this fight is about Obamacare and that the
American people need relief from it. You said cave, which is very much
at the moment what it looks like the Republicans are going to do. We’ll
make sure people understand that this is the Republicans looking out for
themselves rather than looking out for the American people, and the
same with the Democrats.
ForAmerica chairman Brent Bozell,
another leader in the conservative movement, said in a statement, “conservatives have no dog in this fight anymore.”
wanted ObamaCare defunded, or at least delayed,” Bozell said.
wanted the size of this bloated, bankrupt federal government reduced, or
at least kept in check. Neither of these things will happen with this
GOP leadership, not in the House, and certainly not in the Senate. This
debate is now between moderate and liberal Republicans on one side and
radical Democrats on the other, so it’s time for conservatives to walk
away. No conservative should carry water for this mess. ObamaCare is a
monstrosity and everyone knows it. It is a credit to Mike Lee, Ted Cruz
and others that they were willing to fight, and make no mistake: America
is on their side.
Bozell called for outright rebellion against
congressional GOP leadership for their role in causing this situation
after conservatives had all the momentum in the political fight before
the establishment undercut the movement.
“The Republican Party
position collapsed because ultimately neither John Boehner nor Mitch
McConnell had any position on anything,” Bozell said.
It is time for
conservatives on the Hill and Tea Party supporters across the country to
walk away from this mess and consider options and opportunities for
regime change in the Republican Party. The defund effort has
re-energized the conservative movement and the grassroots Tea Party
uprising, and the GOP can expect the full force of both to be felt going
Martin similarly thinks it is time for the movement
to look toward elections and other matters to think about replacing
current GOP leadership officials, and Democrats in Congress who are
working with them against the Tea Party movement. “When you look at what
the Senate has come up with, they clearly are looking after labor
unions and not the American people,” Martin said.
And when you look at
what the House is coming up with and they’re looking after medical
device companies and not looking after the American people. If you’re
represented by special interests it’s much easier to have a voice with
the politicians than it is if you are standing up because you are a free
American citizen. It doesn’t mean we give up; it doesn’t mean we stop
fighting. It just means this is the reality and this is what we face and
we have to keep on fighting it and fight this much harder going forward
from now until next year’s elections and beyond.
Martin points to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Susan
Collins (R-ME) as two names in the establishment she deems responsible for caving.
“It’s obvious that Sen. [Susan] Collins [(R-ME)] wasn’t with us,” she
And it’s obvious that Sen. [Mitch] McConnell [(R-KY)] hasn’t been
with us. I think a lot of the frustration that we have and are sensing
right now is on the Senate Republicans who have not stood up and backed
up what the House has done. The House has sent over 14 different bills
to fund the government. Do the Senators get out and talk about how these
are the bills that have been sent over and how Harry Reid has been
stalling it? Absolutely not. They’re in the backroom cutting deals.
Martin has previously called out House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for his role in negotiations, too.
are hardly the only two leaders of the conservative movement outraged
at what congressional GOP leadership is doing right now. “This deal is
just like all the other last minute deals, nothing accomplished on any
of the legitimate crisis we face and full of fat-cat hand outs to the
crony class,” Dustin Stockton, a national Tea Party activist who is
helping several Tea Party candidates against establishment figures
including attempting to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), said in an
email. “At this point Speaker Boehner, Harry Reid, and the
administration think that the electorate is too simple and stupid to
realize their political tricks but they've used this tactic too often
and we're on to their silly little game. The primary players in all of
this will be removed by an electorate that is far more sophisticated
than the clowns at the Capitol.”
Peter Schweizer, the president
of the Government Accountability Institute, told Breitbart News on
Tuesday that this situation, and the lack of focus on protecting the
American people from Obamacare, is proof the GOP establishment and
Democrats alike want to force that healthcare law on the American people
but do not want it for themselves. “The biggest point of contention
here is the attempt to expect the permanent political class to abide by
Obamacare like the rest of us,” Schweizer said. “That’s the third rail
that the political establishment does not want to deal with.”