Tea Party Patriots Seeks To Ensure GOP Does What It Was Elected To Do.

Galloway: “Congratulations, GOP class of 2010. Meet the Georgia woman who’ll keep you in line”

National exit polling showed that four of 10 voters on Tuesday expressed support for the tea party’s brand of constitutional fundamentalism. But jetting around the country, setting the grassroots afire, was the easy part.

Martin and her fellow tea partyists now must persuade the GOP that it would be wise not to squander the chance they’ve been given.

“If they don’t vote the way we expect them to vote, then we’re going to do to them the same thing we’ve done to many Democrats and a handful of Republicans. We’ll melt their phone lines,” Martin said.

First on the Tea Party Patriots’ post-election agenda: An orientation for freshmen members of Congress on Nov. 14 and 15, where they will be informed of tea party expectations. Martin and her group will do more than threaten brimstone and melted phone lines. They intend to offer cover.

“If they’re getting pressured from the House leadership or lobbyists, they can let us know and we’ll give them the political support they need,” Martin said.

Martin doesn’t expect an immediate repeal of health care reform – but she does expect to see it quickly defunded. “Given the current administration, an immediate repeal isn’t going to happen,” she said.

In August I heard John Fund deliver a speech. One point he made was that political turnover in Congress is speeding up. It took 40 years for the GOP to win control on Congress (1994), twelve years for them to lose it (2006), four years for the Dems to lose control, and Fund warned that the GOP could lose it again in 2012 if they don’t do what they say they’ll do.

On a related note, check out Mike Luckovich’s cartoon yesterday.


  1. Three Jack says:

    congratulations to jenny beth and all the tea party patriots around the country on a very successful election. tpp is doing it right by not getting directly involved in individual campaigns as the tea party express does (see miller, angle and o’donnell for the results of that effort).

  2. drjay says:

    tricky, tricky, tricky, the new gop, in dc esp. is going to get pressure from these tea party folks to get things done–i’m glad martin sounds like her expectations are reasonable, whether the expectations of her minions are remains to be seen–the gop overplayed their hand in 94, trying to implement 40 years of pent up conservative initiatives in 100 days and got burned by clinton successfully painting them as extremists during the shut down in 95 and coasting to reeelection in 96–folks like austin scott do need to remember what got them to dc in the 1st place, but he and some of the more vocal activists on the right need to remember not to scare the mushy middle right back into obamas open arms in the process…

    • bowersville says:

      I wish you and others would stop referring to those of us in the middle as “mushy.” I speak for myself of course and I’m an Independent and I’m dam* sure not mushy. You and other partisans whether left or right can count on people who are like minded and Independent to vote in our own self interests and not consider party loyalty.

      Perhaps you were referring to the bozos that voted for a candidate simply because they had an R by their name this time and a D last time, I don’t know. But even the bozos will wake up over the course of 2-4 years and find out if they have voted for or against their own self interest. You and other partisans both left and right can always be counted on to vote a loyalist party ticket. Not us though and that doesn’t make the middle mushy. It makes us hard headed and Independent and partisan loyalty is never a consideration.. Plus we tend to vote and more often than not we, the Independents, determine the out come of the elections. It is not mushy to vote your own self interests.

      The Tea Party movement is a good thing until it’s not.

      • drjay says:

        “mushy middle” has a nice alliterative quality to it, and while you may be an exception, i am not sure that the avg. “middler” that would vote for obama in 08 and then turn around and vote for say kelly ayotte 2 years later realy knows what they perceive their own self interests to be–or if you want to dicuss turnout–the mushy middler that has a voting record of clinton clinton bush bush obama but doesn’t even bother to vote in 02, 06 and 10 is not all that engaged either…

      • NoTeabagging says:

        I’m with you bowersville. I’m sick of politicians that treat their legislative dusty as if they were playing a team sport. I am not a fan of any team, I will never contribute to a political party or individual. I long for the day when our elected officials will use their collective brain power to solve problems and create good legislation for the good of the people, not the lobbyists and campaign contributors with big bucks. I’m tired of politicians sitting on their hands, refusing to participate, when the ‘other’ party is in the majority. If you have something to contribute, then get off your butts and make a difference.

  3. fishtail says:

    Buzz….congrats to you on the GOP win Tuesday. Deal should make you an assistant floor leader. You busted your butt for the team.

  4. John Vestal says:

    The key is ensuring that the GOP focuses on the real issues that have driven this election cycle and that will remain in the forefront in ’12……fiscal conservatism, smaller government and individual liberties. Despite a few races (especially in The Senate) where TEA Party influence may have actually helped some Dems remain in their seats, the overall impact was an unprecedented boon to the Republican Party. Learn from this. The 21st-century “conservative” electorate (especially in the younger demographics) is concerned first and foremost with the SAME issues as those of the legitimate “TEA” movement. They are, overall, much more moderate on social issues and will quickly abandon those who continue to pander to the über-right on these. The quicker they ALL figure this out, the better chance we ALL have to get the REAL issues addressed and straightened out!

    • TheEiger says:

      I could not agree with you more. I hope the Tea Party groups and the 912 groups continue to stay away from social issues and hold our elected officials feet to the fire on fiscal issues and spending. The modern Republican party was started with Nixon’s Southern strategy to win over social Democrats. It helped him pick up key states in the South, but as you mention; the younger generation of Republicans are not as socially Conservative as their parents and grandparents. A new Younger Strategy will eventually have to take place if Republicans want to continue to keep certain peoples’ votes.

      • TheEiger says:

        Sorry, Third sentence should read, “The modern Republican party was started with Nixon’s Southern strategy to win over social conservative Democrats here in the South.”

        • Progressive Dem says:

          More specifically, Nixon played to the segregationist and the people who thought staying in Viet Nam was a good idea.

          • fishtail says:

            The GOP has finally succeeded in giving us a white political party and a black political party, all thanks to subtle and some not-so-subtle tactics. We seem to have gone back in time and I don’t believe that is a good thing. Time will tell.

  5. Nathan says:

    The electorate can’t go back into hibernation until 2012. It seems like we have a bad habit of getting worked up and pissed off about a year before an election (although, this seems like to be a trend that is changing…I hope). Folks need to write and call their respective congressman. You might get a recording or a general form letter, but I’m willing to bet that they are now listening…and they’re wanting to hear from you, their constituents. Silence is passive consent. If you voice your concern and still don’t like what they’re doing, run against them or find someone to run against them in 2 years. That’s how the system works.

    With that said, we can’t expect all of this to change overnight. We’ll need to start with the low-hanging fruit and work our way forward. I hope we can cut back ObamaCare a lot, but don’t expect it to be repealed. It’ll be a slow process. We are talking about Congress, after all.

    • John Konop says:

      It look like the GOP wants to increase spending on healthcare as their first change !

      Boehner Endorses More Medicare Spending: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss?

      Cato-While flipping through the radio on my way to pick my son up from school yesterday afternoon, I was dumbfounded to hear Congressman John Boehner talk about repealing Obama’s Medicare cuts on Sean Hannity’s show.

      I wasn’t shocked that Boehner was referring to non-existent cuts (Medicare spending is projected to jump from $519 billion in 2010 to $677 billion in 2015 according to the Congressional Budget Office). I’ve been dealing with Washington’s dishonest definition of “spending cuts” for decades, so I’m hardly fazed by that type of routine inaccuracy.

      But I was amazed that the presumptive future Speaker of the House went on a supposedly conservative talk radio show and said that increasing Medicare spending would be on the agenda of a GOP-controlled Congress. (I wondered if I somehow misinterpreted what was being said, but David Frum heard the same thing)
      To be fair, Boehner also said that he wanted to repeal ObamaCare, so it would be unfair to claim that the interview was all Bush-style, big-government conservatism. But it is not a positive sign that Boehner is talking about more spending before he’s even had a chance to pick out the drapes for his new office.



  6. NorthGAGOP says:

    Serous question. Which “Tea Party”? There are numerous factions even here in Georgia, “Georgia Tea Party”,”Tea Party Patriots”, just to name two. There are also the various 912 groups.

  7. rugby says:

    Just a small note, but Republicans do not control Congress, they just control the House. Also, polls routinely show 30-40% of Americans in support of socialism and other broad statements about its theories. Basically the same numbers the Tea Party gets.

  8. rugby says:

    Someone may misconstrue this as being a substantive response but the reason the House didn’t flip for 40 years and the reasons it has in the past 20 make the scenarios so varied that any and all comparisons are inapt.

  9. saltycracker says:

    What’s next ? Individuals that are out of groups like poor, rich, incorporated, unionized or public servants are under seige.

    Republicans have the stick in Georgia and the U.S. House.

    The portion of most gov’t agency’s budget devoted to payroll, pension & health continues to grow as services are cut.

    Will we see aggressive, imemdiate positive action in confining gov’t growth and addressing areas such as :

    1. gov’t program corruption – health, welfare, corporate subsidies
    2. complete overhaul of government agencies
    3. complete overhaul of public pension & benefit programs
    4. complete overhaul of tax structures
    5. complete overhaul of foreign aid programs
    6. institute term limits

    • Goldwater Conservative says:

      Not going to happen.

      Also, typical of right wingers that have never studied history or the constitution, term limits are unconstitutional. They require an Amendment. Good luck with that!

      That being said, you would be surprised how quickly minds change when they are given security clearances and intelligence briefings regarding foreign aid.

  10. saltycracker says:

    Looks like the main stream media is getting nervous about the Tea Party as they position them as angry old white people !

    Palin, Newt, Rush and Romney are entertaining but for potential Presidential timber we might have Gov. Chris Christie of N.J. or Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana.

    • Goldwater Conservative says:

      Romney supported the health care reform, he can not win a GOP primary.

      The others on your list are so far to the right that they can not win a general election. The best bet, in my opinion, was Castle (DE)…but we all know how that turned out.

      It would be entertaining, you are right about that.

      also, the media is correct about the tea party being a bunch of angry old white people. define it in other demographic terms. They are overwhelmingly white, they are angry, and they are mostly over 40.

      They have never studied the constitution or constitutional law or constitution history…so they are not defending anything that can intelligently be called constitutional. They have no coherent platform, so they are not principled. They have no long term strategy,…so they are probably going to be seen, historically, as an ad hoc republican group. Their leaders are all part of the establishment they claim to be raging against, so they are not technically grassroots they are astro-turf.

      The one thing that could have made them attractive was the tacit populism that was expected to play a role…but the economic positions the tea baggers took was entirely about helping the rich get richer.

      The only thing they could have done to legitimize themselves to the entire country rather than just the right wing of the GOP was come out in favor of and tout Obama and the Congressional Democrats for cutting taxes (yes, nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars in tax cuts over the past 18months).

  11. Goldwater Conservative says:

    A few things:

    1.) You can not be a constitutional fundamentalist if you do not know what is in the Constitution. 2.) Grass fires burn hot, but they also burn quick leaving little room for future “fires.” 3.) Despite the “anti-establishment” mantra of some of the tea baggers, now that the GOP is in the majority I do not think they will be as committed as they were over the past few months. 4.) Trying to get a presidential candidate that is a “tea-bagger” will be a serious problem that the establishment is very much looking forward to.

    Lastly, and most importantly, Most of these tea party wins were in marginal districts…not partisan districts. It is not going to be easy for these specific congressmen-elect to get reelected on the tea-party platform…especially when they have a voting record to defend. Furthermore, if the tea party really is honest about challenging those candidates that move to the center in primaries they have another issue to deal with…long term goals. It takes a good three terms in congress, or so, to build relationships with other members, get any “seniority” in any committee, really learn the “game,” and essentially get anything done. If you keep removing people from office because they are abiding by the age old republican principle your agenda will be stuck in a cycle of perpetual infancy. All of this also leaves out a big difference in 2012, these new congresspeople will be running for reelection in a different electoral environment. These midterms had an unprecedented gap in voter enthusiasm (for lack of a better word) and were largely about one thing, “vote the [democrats] out.”

    Political strategists know that you people will all motivate your reasoning toward the goal of defending these new congressmen no matter what. They didn’t repeal or de-fund the healthcare bill? Oh, they are just being strategic and doing the smart thing. They cut funding to “project x”? I really like that program…but that information is probably liberal propaganda. All of you tea-baggers will find a way to support these candidates in 2012…nothing is going to change.

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