Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The GOP Gang War Rages On


As the GOP Gang War rages on, Sean Sullivan's article at the Washingtonpost.com, "Lobbyist’s Tea Party Tweet Sparks New Round of GOP Infighting," and Dante Atkin's piece at the Dailykos.com, "The Final Blow: Americans Think Republicans Don't Care About Them," keep us up with the latest developments in what we hope is the Armageddon of American Conservatism.

First, from the Washington Post:

"In the latest episode of infighting among Republicans, the conservative political action committee the Madison Project criticized a tax lobbyist with the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday afternoon for calling tea party activists 'retarded' in a tweet, prompting regret from the lobbyist, who said he shouldn't have used the language he did.

"Early Thursday morning, Ryan Ellis, the tax policy director for Americans for Tax Reform, tweeted at conservative author and columnist David Freddoso:

David Freddoso @freddoso
@RovingPoet @RyanLEllis @philipaklein "What's wrong with 'defunders?' Do you have another word for it?'

Ryan Ellis @RyanLEllis
@freddoso "'I've gotta tell you, man, I'm starting to think these tea party activists are freaking retarded.'
6:05 PM - 23 Oct 2013

"In a statement later in the day, Ellis praised the tea party and said he choice of language was the wrong one.

"'On Wednesday night I had a heated exchange with a few individuals on Twitter, and I used language I shouldn't have. Because this was a personal tweet, it should not be read as originating from anyone other than myself,' Ellis said.

"His tweet was part of a longer conversation that began with Freddoso taking issue with a story suggesting that the health-care law could not proceed without funding from Congress. A back and forth involving several Twitter several users ensued about the use of the word 'defunder' to refer to Republicans who sought to use the recently concluded budget standoff as a vehicle to try to defund the health-care law, known as Obamacare.




"Drew Ryun, political director of the Madison Project, which is often aligned with the tea party, sharply criticized Ellis's tweet in a statement.

"'This offensive remark is exactly what’s wrong with the K Street Republicans in Washington, DC,' said Ryun. 'Instead of fighting for hard-working families that struggle every day to make ends meet, they choose to attack them. We work closely with the Tea Party movement and these people are salt of the earth Americans that take the future of our nation seriously.'

"In another tweet issued late Thursday afternoon, Ellis alluded to his earlier tweet, saying he should not have used the word.

Ryan Ellis @RyanLEllis
"'As someone with a Down Syndrome first cousin, I should not have used the word 'retarded' in any context. It was a throwaway heated term.'
11:42 AM - 24 Oct 2013

"In a Daily Caller op-ed published last week, Ellis slammed Republican lawmakers and groups spearheading the effort to defund Obamacare in the budget showdown.

"Americans for Tax Reform is headed by by Grover Norquist, a well-known activist in the fiscal conservative movement. Norquist recently said that the effort to defund the health-care law 'hurt' the conservative movement.

"Below are the full statements Thursday from Ryun and Ellis.

"Ryun:

"'This offensive remark is exactly what’s wrong with the K Street Republicans in Washington, DC. Instead of fighting for hard-working families that struggle every day to make ends meet, they choose to attack them. We work closely with the Tea Party movement and these people are salt of the earth Americans that take the future of our nation seriously. They are hurting from the costs of Obamacare and feel completely disenfranchised by the Washington elite. The last thing they deserve is to be disrespected by Grover Norquist and his so called ‘conservative’ operation. At the very least, the Tea Party deserves an apology from ATR.'

"Ellis:

"'The tea party is responsible for the grassroots success in the fight to tackle government spending over the past several years. Without the tea party, the Republican party would not have captured the House in 2010. Without the tea party, we would never have ended earmarks. That is why it was so annoying to see a Twitter argument with a couple of people (on my personal Twitter account) end up misrepresented by others. And worse, there was an effort to suggest that I was speaking for Americans for Tax Reform. Both misrepresentations were less than accurate or honorable. I have always had and continue to have the highest regard for the activism and successes of the modern tea party movement. One or two people trying to assert the opposite had to go to great lengths to suggest otherwise. On Wednesday night I had a heated exchange with a few individuals on Twitter, and I used language I shouldn't have. Because this was a personal tweet, it should not be read as originating from anyone other than myself. Last thought: If you don't enjoy Twitter arguments, stay out of them, and for heaven’s sake don’t try to jump in the middle and misrepresent somebody’s overall views. That is a violation of Twitter etiquette.'"



(Sean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.” Prior to joining the Washington Post in the summer of 2012, Sean was the editor of Hotline On Call, National Journal Hotline’s politics blog. He has also worked for NHK Japan Public Broadcasting and ABC News. Sean is a graduate of Hamilton College, where he received a degree in Philosophy. He lives in Washington, D.C. Follow Sean on Twitter.)

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And on to the second article, "The Final Blow: Americans Think Republicans Don't Care About Them.":


"Good going, dude!Over two years ago, I penned a piece here calling for a direct challenge to the intentions of the Republican Party. It espoused the theory that the failures of conservative governance and policies were being masked by an existing narrative in the minds of voters that the Republican Party was that of patriotism, tradition, and small-town American values.

"It's an image that the conservative movement had done an excellent job of cultivating since the September 11 terrorist attacks. In the narrative they promoted, they were the true American patriots who would preserve the country's values and keep it safe from harm, while the Democratic faction that opposed them was at best feckless, and at worst bent on surrendering and letting the terrorists win. And even as corruption, a failed occupation, incompetence and financial collapse swept Democrats back into power in 2006 and 2008, many Republicans still campaigned continuously on the narrative of putting America first, especially in contrast to supporters of Barack Hussein Obama.

"That story, however, may now be at the end of its arc. More below.


If the tea party faction thought that they could lay claim to the idea of representing 'real America' by dressing up in colonial clothes and calling President Obama some sort of foreigner, that idea is now out the window. After the Republican-controlled House of Representatives decided to shut down the government in a desperate attempt to take away the ability of the less fortunate to get health insurance, their polling took a major hit. Over half the country now thinks that it's a bad thing that the Republican Party controls the House; three quarters of Americans believe that Republican members of Congress don't deserve re-election.

"All of those numbers would be bad in their own right, but there's one that's even worse, as Steve Benen at MSNBC reports:

"The results cover quite a bit of ground, but there was one question in particular that stood out for me: respondents were asked whether they believe the various officials in Washington are more interested in doing what’s best for the country or what’s best for themselves politically. It’s an interesting question because it speaks to something that isn’t often polled: perceptions of motivations.

"I put together the chart above to capture the results, which should terrify Republican officials. By a nearly four-to-one margin, Americans believe GOP lawmakers in Congress aren’t concerned with the nation’s best interests. That’s just astounding.Given the revulsion that the American public feels toward Congress in general, it's unsurprising that Democrats on Capitol Hill are operating at a deficit in this regard as well, even if it isn't nearly as steep as that faced by their Republican counterparts. But what should scare Republicans even more than their own abysmal numbers? President Obama's. Despite every single thing that Republicans have said and done to delegitimize the President, ascribe evil intentions to him, and impute that he does not share American values, a majority of Americans think that he cares about what is best for the country more than being motivated by selfish intentions.

"Yet despite these drastically horrible numbers, some in the tea party faction seem predisposed to favor yet another shutdown, yet another hostage fight with President Obama as the country's economic future hangs in the balance. If that is indeed what they choose to do, the message is very simple: this group of House Republicans simply does not care about this country and its people. It's a stark message, but the polling bears out its resonance. Even though the midterm elections are over a year away, Democrats have the best opportunity they have had in many years to permanently damage the opposing brand.

"The specifics of policy positions are relevant to this opportunity, of course; but far more relevant is the simple fact that House Republicans have placed their political vendettas over the well-being of the country as a whole. The American public no longer trust that these Republicans are the type of people who want to do the right thing, and that is far bigger than any policy issue.

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Although "(b)y a nearly four-to-one margin, Americans believe GOP clowns in Congress aren’t concerned with the nation’s best interests," voters' memories are very short and it's up to non-Conservatives to hold the Conservatives' feet to the fire until the 2014 Election.

In politics, timing is all.  And this may indeed be the window of opportunity for the voters to take American back from the Conservatives once and for all.

Generations of Americans rebuffed the GOP after their policies drove the country into the Great Depression.  It took an Eisenhower to break the pattern, as new voters who had no memory of the Crash voted for the seemingly amiable Ike.

The criminals had a toehold in the American polity and dug in, starting us on the way to a new Crash - but this time with a totally wrong move by the Conservative cartel as they shut the government down.

The voters may finally see the "Conservative Movement" for what it is: the vast, rightwing conspiracy to take over the government, the murderous, traitorous criminal syndicate that has purposely caused misery, death, and heartache to millions of their own people for decades upon decades.



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"I had rather be an oyster than a man, the most stupid and senseless of animals."

George Berkeley, also known as Bishop Berkeley (Bishop of Cloyne), was an Irish

philosopher. 1685 – 1753.)


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