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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tea Party Targets Republican Old Guard?

From an ABC news article posted on Yahoo! News, we "learn" of a Tea Party Republican Hit List for 2012 , supposoedly targeting "moderate" Republicans. The article, short as it is in length, is immediatley below, followed by comments:

Spinners and Winners

In Texas, conservative Ted Cruz is looking for a Marco Rubio-esque victory. Like Rubio, Cruz came out of nowhere to challenge an established Republican candidate for the Senate nomination.

The similarities are striking: Rubio's father came from Cuba to the U.S. in 1958 and got a job as a bartender; Cruz's father came from Cuba in 1957 and got a job washing dishes; Rubio is 40, Cruz is 41; Rubio took on a powerful governor, Cruz is taking on a powerful lieutenant governor.

Ted Cruz is the whole package, says Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, a conservative group with links to the Tea Party. "He's got the values, he's got the resume of someone that has always fought for these ideas, he's got the charisma, and he's willing to burn a little shoe leather getting elected and it's got to be that combination." Cruz has already raised $4 million - a staggering sum for an underdog.

Conservative activists are also trying to topple Senators Orrin Hatch and Richard Lugar, the two most senior Republicans in the Senate. In Indiana, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock is looking to take down Lugar. Over in Utah, recently resigned State Senator Dan Liljenquist is trying to topple Hatch.

These battles pit Republican against Republican, which have the potential to hurt the party's chances of taking back the Senate.

"Well sometimes you got to clean house," said Kibbe. "Sometimes you got to bring in new energy. If you have a firm that's failing, sometimes you go to bring in new management, new ideas, that's what we're doing."

It's a Tea Party's power test, whether any of these three end up in the U.S. Senate.

Cowboy's comments: I'll have to admit when I first stumbled across the title to this article I expected some Bull Crap from ABC about Republicans tearing the party apart, etc. Actually, it's a benign article, however it is now really a test of the Tea Partie's power to elect new comers over estabished Republicans icons. It will be more a test of the People's will to save the country across the entire country. But for one thing the Republican Party is not timid in brusing debates between candidates so the people can tell their stances apart on the issues and get the measure of the candidate.

In the on-line version, at the time I read the article there were over 4,200 comments and not surprisingly most of them were comments like, "through all the bums out", "what about term limits for everyone?",
"All the Parties need to be cleaned up! Corruption is the norm now", "Career politicians are the ones that caused this mess!" and hands down my favorite, which sums up what I wanted to say in the first
place,. ......"There are term limits in any society such as ours. It is called get off your butt and vote." - thanks to RD from Buckfield, Maine.

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