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            Thursday, November 06, 2014


 How the "Tea Party 'radical' wing of the
Republican Party" did on Tuesday.

                               







Freeper Viennacon does yeomanlike work examining how the "Tea Party 'radical' wing of the Republican Party" did on Tuesday (or conversely, how the GOP wing of the Democrat party fared against traditional Americans).  This is a follow up to his/her excellent, and comprehensive  MY ULTIMATE MIDTERM ANALYSIS.

As will always be the case in any such analyses, there are quibbles (see the comments).  

Of the Tea Party caucus in the House, we lost a total of ___ members.

Michelle Bachmann (MN-6) - Retired Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11) - Lost primary to establishment hack David Trott who won the seat in the general Steve Southerland (FL-2) - Lost general election to Democrat Gwen Graham Steve Stockman (TX-36) - Abandoned seat to try an unseat Republican senator John Cornyn. Lost that primary. Paul Bround (GA-10) - Abandoned seat to run for senator. Lost that primary. Phil Gingrey (GA-11) - Abandoned seat to run for senator. Lost that primary.

So, a total of 6 Tea Party losses in the House.

Well, that means the Tea Party 'radical' wing of the Republican Party lost 6 and gained 15, for a net total of 9 pickups for the Tea Party in the house.
Now, it is true that overall, the Republicans picked up likely 17 seats formerly held by Democrats, and so this dilutes it a little, but it seems like a wash to me.
Rumors that Boehner now has enough 'spare' votes to ignore his Tea caucus are false. He's in exactly the same position he was in before, perhaps even moreso a hostage, as he did lose a couple of moderates himself (Bachus, Hall, Wolf).
What about the gains?

John Ratcliffe (TX-4) - Shot down incumbent Ralph Hall in the Republican primary. Ran unopposed.

Dave Brat (VA-7) - Astonishingly demolished incumbent house majority leader Eric Cantor in arguably the cycle's biggest upset. Won the general.

Tom Emmer (MN-6) - Succeeding Bachmann, Emmer has a solid fiery conservative record. He won easily.

Jody Hice (GA-10) - Succeeding Broun, this guy is infuriating Democrats who are calling him 'the most evil republican of 2014!'... so you know he's solid gold! Easily won in the deep red district and has said he wont vote for Boehner.

Barry Loudermilk (GA-11) - Succeeding Gingrey, Loudermilk is actually more conservative than his predecessor, endorsed by SCF, ran unopposed and won't vote for Boehner.

Mia Love (UT-4) - Early Tea Party favorite, after much struggle, she is IN!

Alex Mooney (WV-2) - Solid conservative wins the seat previously held by moderate now-Republican-senator Shelly Moore Capito in a walk.

David Rouzer (NC-7) - Been waiting to come to congress for a while, this was his year. Replaced retiring blue dog Democrat Mike McIntyre.

Ken Buck (CO-4) - Likely to be a little more conservative than now-Republican-senator Cory Gardner, former 2010 senate candidate is now a congressman.

Barbara Comstock (VA-10) - A Mark Levin pick for congress, she won easily the seat of retired RINO Frank Wolf.

Bruce Poliquinn (ME-2) - A very conservative candidate who won the primary in an upset. Establishment thought he'd lose. He didn't.

Crescent Hardy (NV-4) - Consevative state assemblyman. He beat Democrat Steven Horseford in an upset. Democrats already griping he's a radical.

Mike Bost (IL-12) - Dubbed Meltdown Mike for his explosive defenses of the 2nd Amendment on the floor of the state house, he is going to be giving as much hell to the democrats and RINOS as Stockman did.

Gary Palmer (AL-6) - Seizing the seat held by retiring RINO Spencer Bachus is a solid Alabama conservative.

Johnny Tacherra (CA-16)??? - Seems on course to unseat Democrat incumbent Jim Costa in an upset nobody saw coming. He comes out of the Tim Donnelly school of California right wing thought.

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Well, that means the Tea Party 'radical' wing of the Republican Party lost 6 and gained 15, for a net total of 9 pickups for the Tea Party in the house.

Now, it is true that overall, the Republicans picked up likely 17 seats formerly held by Democrats, and so this dilutes it a little, but it seems like a wash to me.

Rumors that Boehner now has enough 'spare' votes to ignore his Tea caucus are false. He's in exactly the same position he was in before, perhaps even moreso a hostage as he did lose a couple of moderates himself (Bachus, Hall, Wolf).

I hope this provides some encouragement. The Tea Party is ALIVE AND WELL.

 posted on 11/6/2014, 3:00:49 AM by Viennacon


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Writing in Righteous Indignation, Breitbart noted that, “the left doesn’t win its battles in debate. It doesn’t have to. In the 21st century, media is everything. The left wins because it controls the narrative. The narrative is controlled by the media. The left is the media and narrative is everything.”
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