We all know those splendid tea party nominees for the US Senate, you know the ones – they were Jim DeMint backed candidates who cost us the majority in the Senate – they’re a little ticked with John McCain.
Wednesday evening, Hannity was the first to attack.
“…Hannity came out swinging at Sen. McCain, wondering why the senator had turned on the Tea Party– “why not attack the President?” Sen. McCain corrected that he did intend to attack the Tea Party but that he disagreed with their obstinacy, especially if it would mean a plan like that of Sen. Harry Reid’s– “one of the most flimsy, transparent, phony spending cut things, proposals, that I’ve ever seen”– being put into law. The alternative to Hannity, however, was Republicans “competing with themselves, which infuriates me a little bit.” He noted that the Rep. Paul Ryan plan in the House was a good start, and that “the House Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare,” all things it frustrated him not to see in the Senate.
“What I was trying to point out,” Sen. McCain explained, “as the Wall Street Journal was, that we need to act with our own spending cuts, with our own legitimate spending cuts, then all the pressure will be on the President and the Democrats and Harry Reid.” But Hannity continued to argue against the infighting– “I think Republicans in the House and Senate need to regroup, lock themselves in a room, and get behind one plan.” Sen. McCain disagreed strongly with this, as he argued that the Republicans opposing Rep. John Boehner’s plan were demanding too much. “To somehow think that we don’t need to pay 40% of our bills is just wrong,” he argued. “I saw this movie in 1995… they [Republicans] won’t get to prioritize what doesn’t get paid.” Telling Hannity he was proud of his record, Rep. McCain concluded that “to shut down the government and take the blame for it is not something I want to do… I think the Boehner plan is a viable option; you clearly disagree.”
The major rift between them during the debate was not the Boehner plan, however, but the fact that Hannity did not believe Americans would blame the Republicans for a debt default, supporting the Rep. Connie Mack plan: “the country is going to burn and opportunity is going out the window and we’re saying we can’t but 1% a year for six years?”
While Hannity and Sen. McCain ended up not finding common group on the compromise front, Sen. McCain did address the Tea Party, not apologizing, but thanking them: “I admire, respect and appreciate the Tea Party, and they’re the ones that gave us a majority in the House of Representatives so that we can get something done.”…”
Rand Paul is considered one of the most arrogant people in the Senate. This is one of those reasons why.
Giggles O’Donnell is furious with him.
Sharon Angle fired back.
“…”Ironically, this man campaigned for TEA Party support in his last re-election, but now throws Christine O’Donnell and I into the harbor with Sarah Palin. As in the fable, it is the hobbits who are the heroes and save the land. This Lord of the TARP actually ought to read to the end of the story and join forces with the TEA Party, not criticize it.
It is regrettable that a man seeking dialogue, action and cooperation for votes on the floor of the United States Senate has only one strategy to achieve that effort: name-calling. Nice.
“It is similarly unfortunate that Senator McCain brings no new ideas to the Senate floor. In fact, so unoriginal is Senator McCain’s effort that he is reduced to borrowing words from an editorial – rather than bringing anything constructive to this debate.
“While Senator McCain advocates raising the debt ceiling as a solution – world markets and credit rating industries propose to down-grade our credit worthiness, impacting the value of the U.S. dollar and the state of our economy because of our world-famous spending problem.
“Senator McCain can continue on with his borrowed soliloquies, just as he can continue to vote to raise our nation’s debt ceiling – all in an effort to spend money that we don’t have, to fund programs and policies that don’t work, with a currency that continues to lose its value.
“Meanwhile, we look forward to meeting members of Congress and the president at the polls in 2012… when ‘We the People’ choose the names we call to serve us in Washington – and we will keep in mind those who supported increasing our nation’s mountain of debt, what could be called their very own Mount Doom.”…”
Is it possible the tea parties are the big losers? Apparently John McCain is not the only person who is sick and tired of them. One thing The Pink Flamingo has learned from a source is that NORMAL Republicans are finally starting to surface. You may soon be seeing that we NORMAL Republicans greatly outnumber the tea party losertarians.
“…Some Republican Members seemed to chafe under the tea party supporters’ dogmatism. “They have already lost about half of their followers because they spend so much time ‘holding Republicans accountable’ and demanding purity instead of going after Democrats,” said one GOP Congressional Insider. Another echoed, “People are beginning to realize that the Tea Party has overreached and causing more harm than good. We can’t govern with an ideological gun to our heads no matter which side of the aisle is pointing it.”
Other Republicans felt that the movement would alienate swing voters. “The tea party is increasing the heat to deal with spending,” said one GOP Congressional Insider. “But the tea tastes more bitter than average voters expected which will limit their appeal.”
And some Republicans simply felt that their influence in a presidential election year is bound to be less. “The higher the turnout, the less important the tea party is,” said one GOP Member. “And turnout will be very high in 2012.”…”