Has the Tea Party been tamed?

November 7, 2014

Establishment Republicans are crowing that their resounding wins Tuesday night repudiated the Tea Party’s insistence that ideological purity is key to electoral success.

But don’t tell that to conservatives, who aren’t admitting defeat.

In fact, they’re claiming victory on the issues, if not for the candidates themselves, and pledging future fights to hold the GOP-led Senate accountable if senators stray from their campaign promises.

“Every single Republican ran as a conservative,” Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, told The Hill. “Name me one moderate issue that won. Moderation was defeated everywhere.”

The numbers don’t bear that out. The national party made an early and aggressive play to neutralize conservative challenges and make sure the most electable candidates won the party’s nominations, to great effect.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • peter says:

    The tea party is the true American values party. We stand for what’s wrong with America and the establishment. The democratic party is the party of failure and many establishment republicans are too.

  • jwd says:

    We will be watching the CINO(Conservative In Name Only) and replacing them, how about that!

  • jwd says:

    TeaParty, Just getting started!

  • Judyann J says:

    Hear me, there is not one, single candidate who would have won their election without Tea Party/Conservative support.

    GOP, who do you think manned your phone banks, wore out shoes banging on doors, attended every rally and debate, planted lawn signs all over every town, donated until it hurt? It sure wasn’t “Moderate Republicans.”

    But that is the Republican way, bite the hand that feeds them. Take all they can get from the people who care enough to get involved, stay involved, then turn on them. They can crow all they like but, as a Tea Party organizer, I know what is really going on within the Tea Party movement and assure you, their days of crowing are coming to an end. Not going to happen overnight but its not that far off either.

    We, in this congressional district, were very fortunate to have a rock solid, Conservative running for office. Our TP group met more than two years ago and discussed who we wanted to run and were in 100% agreement. We then approached him, strongly prevailed upon him and, wah lah, he is now our new representative in the House.

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