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Monday, September 26, 2016

In the August of 2009, as Congress took its August recess, the newly formed Tea Party swarmed townhalls across the nation to yell things at Democrats who were supporting health care reform. These activists were armed with questions and strategies to unnerve the representatives, by groups like the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity and the then-Dick-Armey-led FreedomWorks.

Almost exactly four years later, the Tea Party has used those same tactics on Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), the author of more than a dozen bills to repeal Obamacare.

These activists want Pittenger to join with Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) who — from their perches of two of the safest seats in the Senate — want to shut the government down in order to convince President Obama to defund his signature legislative accomplishment.

Cruz doesn’t buy the argument that government shutdowns hurt Republicans in 1995 and 1996, and he thinks that closing the government down over an issue most Americans assumed was decided in the last election will be no bigger a deal than government offices closing for the weekend.

Many Republican insiders, including Ramesh Ponnuru and Charles Krauthammer, disagree.

Robert Pittenger

  • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

    This verse from the song in Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory describes Tea Party and their elected officials:
    “And if I don’t get the things I am after
    I’m going to scream!
    I want the works,
    I want the whole works!

    And now!
    Don’t care how I want it now!
    Don’t care how I want it now!”

  • Bill Mohon

    They’re like fat kids at a Dairy Queen having a temper tantrum in the floor because they can’t have another “Hunger Buster” with a “Blizzard” for dessert!

  • FT66

    Anyone who thinks Tea Party members have an half ounce of brain, might think again. All of them behave as if they are smoking the same stuff including their leaders. They do not think about consequences incase the Government is shut down. These buffoons think they own everything and everyone. Pathetic. Go to hell with your horrible behaviour.

  • MasterWes

    And, Alice’s Tea Party was led by the Mad Hatter WHY????

    • Allan Richardson

      Just like this one is led by a bunch of Mad Hatters (that’s what happens when we don’t ban mercury pollution). And THEY are led by a few crazy-like-a-FOX billionaires who stand to profit personally from their tantrums.

  • Allan Richardson

    Send that man an invitation to join the Democrats. He’s got the main qualification: standing up to ideological idiots. He can learn the rest on the job (and maybe teach THAT quality to a few others).

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    As I have said repeatedly over the past four years – it is time for the Grown-ups in the Republican Party to take control back from their unruly red-headed step-children, and return to the principals of governing instead of brinksmanship.

    • stcroixcarp

      The real republicans need to purge their party of these nuts and force them to form their own political party. They could call themselves the T(aliban) E(vangelicals) of A(merica) Party.

  • bcarreiro

    all who you know and not what you know when it comes to the so called elite who are corrupt and we the people cant do anything but to form an alliance and defeat the party by petiitoning the notion to set forth in motion to deplete this party one by one and justice for all these liars and deceitful means to keep their wallets fat is their only objective and its plain ot see!!!

    • LotusJoan

      Incoherent rage is the best ally of The Tea Party and Fox. Thank you for your contribution.

  • ococoob

    They sound VERY stupid!

    • jmprint

      Stupid is as stupid does.

  • Eagle_Rock_Tom

    I think the folks in the “Tea Party” have been drinking too much tea that has been steeping in the bottom of Boston Harbor since 1775.

    • Ford Truck

      Actually, 1773.

  • howa4x

    The most ironic thing about this is that the tea partyers need health care more than any other group. Have you ever looked at any of their rallies. More overweight people than other groups, and older too. And those people with children, don’t they know what the insurance companies will do to them when the protections of Obama care are gone? If this isn’t ship of fools I don’t know what is.

  • Pamby50

    These tea party people just don’t understand. He tried to tell them he vote against Obamacare. Not acceptable. He tried to tell them it won’t get pass the senate as long as Harry Reid is running things. They still believe that if you say no, that’s it. Just shut the government down. What a bunch of clowns.

  • ralphkr

    I am amazed that he did not say lie and just say yes. The Tea-baggers just do not seem to realize that shutting down the government merely increases the cost of government. Judging by past shut downs, employees shall be furloughed without pay BUT shall be paid for the days they were off when the government is funded, employees shall then draw overtime pay to do the tasks that were put off by them being furloughed. The beauty of shutting down the government because Obama refused to de-fund/cancel ObamaCare is that then the Republicans can claim that it was Obama who shut down the government and that is why you can’t get your passport, qualify to start your SS or SSI or Medicare, and the Parks are shut down.

    • JO

      The Tea Party does not care what happens when the government shuts down nor the costs of the restart, because they want it shut down forever. That has been their main objective all along.

      • ralphkr

        They probably shall start caring if they are successful and THEN they discover that they no longer has SS checks or Medicare. I have noticed that the majority of T-baggers are either on Social Security or have VA pensions but they also vehemently deny that Medicare or VA medical benefits have anything at all to do with the government. The fact that they are suddenly penniless plus the fact that their neighbors are rounding up rails, tar & feathers to help the T-Baggers on their way out of town just MIGHT get their attention.

        • JO

          You are right, they don’t have a clue. Remember when they first started talking about ObamaCare in the town hall meetings– the very loud battle cry then was “keep the governments hands off my Social Security and Medicare”.

          It would be nice – actually a miracle – if we could get their attention prior to such drastic consequences.

        • tax payer

          Social Security and Medicare will be here, but only for us, and not for those that are paying into it today. Like those that get Food Stamps say ” Thank You “.

          • ralphkr

            I do not understand why you would be so sure, tax payer, that SS & Medicare shall be for us. Perhaps you missed the various moves by Republicans to privatize SS so the SS trust fund can be turned over to their Wall Street buddies and their various schemes to modify Medicare to enable various entities to make huge profits from Medicare while impoverishing the elderly. In case you are wondering, I have neither SS nor Medicare because of so many years in exempt jobs but I still fight for fairness in the administration of the programs.