Where Did the Tea Party Go?

...Caucus inactive for months

By
Daniel Newhauser. Roll Call (Mar. 21, 2013)
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Democrats slam the group as a haven for radicals while conservatives tout membership among their bona fides, but the fact is Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party Caucus has been inactive for several months.

The caucus, much heralded and well-covered by the press when it was created in 2010 as a congressional conduit for the national movement of the same name, has not announced a public meeting since July, and the group’s Twitter account has been silent since September.

“To say we haven’t been real active is an understatement. We haven’t done anything,” said Texas Republican Rep. Joe L. Barton, a member of the group.

That’s not to say Bachmann has been inactive over that period of time — the Minnesota Republican was a contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination from June 2011 to January 2012, during which time the group held no public meetings. After dropping out of the running for the presidency, she was narrowly re-elected to her seat in the House.

Since then, she has been keeping a low profile and trying to rebuild her brand in her district; that may have something to do with the group’s silence, caucus members said.

“There have been a lot of other things going on,” Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland said. “Let’s face it: She had a tight race, a tough race, so she was probably paying attention to that.”

Bachmann declined to be interviewed on the subject in the Capitol.

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21 March 2013 04:00pm
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I'm terribly sorry, but the Tea Party was ginned up by the plutocrats for one reason and one reason only - to ensure that Obama's defeat in '12. And they failed. Miserably. More than that, they tarnished the already tainted GOP brand with their lunacy. And now it's time to shut down a failed effort and take out the trash. Oh, by the way, that's you, teabaggers. You failed, you're history, and please don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

So you crazy old people with the teabags hanging from your hats, get over it. The only use the GOP has for you now is to send them money, and vote the way they tell you to vote. After all, where else are you going to go? Vote democrat? They know you'll never do that, and they're the only game in town. You either toe the party line or . . . what? Form another party? Go off in a pout and join the Libertarians? The GOP laughs at that - they have billionaires backing them, and you have your Social Security checks. They can out-lawyer and money bomb you into oblivion any time they like if you get uppity.

The republicans aren't 'conservative', they just use that for marketing purposes. What they want is money. Power. Position. To be able to write the laws that guarantee their patrons an even fatter bottom line, All that 'conservative' rhetoric they spout? That's to keep you in line like a flock of good little sheep, to keep you nice and productive so you can be sheared and milked by your masters whenever it suits them. So put your tricorn hats back in their boxes, brew yourselves a nice cup of tea, and sit back and watch some Fox to receive your daily download.
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