The Tea Party Is Over

Reading the recent post about how Ted Cruz is some Biblically-prophecied “anointed king” caused me to have a severe horror flashback of the previous Republican administration, in which the commander-in-chief  of that time essentially declared the “divine right of kings” as the reason for his place in the Oval Office.

But then I come to read that our corporate overlords have decided to deprioritize the Tea Party as an electoral brand. It’s nice to know that fascists plutocrats won’t put just anybody in office.

VIA Yahoo! News:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A slice of corporate America thinks tea partyers have overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year’s congressional elections[. . .]

Call it the wrath of establishment Republicans and corporate America, always considered the best of friends. Since the Republican takeover of the House in 2010, they’ve watched the GOP insurgents slow a transportation bill and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, block a treaty governing the high seas and stand in the way of comprehensive immigration legislation.

The final straw was the bitter budget standoff that partly shuttered the government, precipitated by Republicans like Amash and Bentivolio who enlisted early in the campaign demanding that President Barack Obama dismantle his health care law in exchange for keeping the government operating.

Even after 16 days of a shutdown, falling poll numbers for the GOP and a threatened economy-jarring default, the two broke with their House Republican leaders and voted against the final deal to reopen the government.

Long before the shutdown, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent tens of millions boosting mainly Republicans in congressional races, urged the GOP to fund the government and prevent a default, then double back and try and work out changes to the health care law later.

A significant number of House Republicans have given a cold-shoulder to the Chamber’s agenda. Rob Engstrom, the group’s political director, said the Chamber will see how races develop before deciding on its involvement next year.

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  • Andrew

    To preempt an argument I expect in these comments, I’d like to point out that saying the Republican Party is significantly worse than the Democratic Party is not the same as saying the Democratic Party is good or even acceptable.

    • DeepCough

      Agreed, but I feel the need to elaborate further: the only reason why the Democratic Party looks more reasonable is because the Republican Party, since the turn of the 20th century (1980′s if you wanna split hairs), has gone out of its way to be the stupid party.

    • denverover

      Saying one is different in basic idoligy from the other is disingenius

      • Andrew

        I agree, it would not be ingenius at all.

    • ishmael2009

      True, but only because the Republican party has a significant element of batshit crazy fundamentalism that makes it instantly recognisable as unacceptable. The Democratic party on the other hand seems rational by comparison, but look back at where the major structural cuts and “reforms” have come from – welfare reform, globalisation, the removal of limits on speculative finance. Sometimes i wonder which is more dangerous: the obviously stupid party or the seemingly rational party.

  • 1captainhooker1

    I dunno. Gerrymandering is going to make it real hard to get rid of these idiots.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    “A slice of corporate America thinks tea partyers have overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year’s congressional elections[. . .]”
    Should I be happy about the Tea Party’s demise or disappointed that it was corporate ‘Merica what done it?

    • FAGATRON

      la di da, la di da…

    • DeepCough

      Think of it this way: the enemy of my enemy is the lesser of two evils.

      • denverover

        In this case the enemy of my enemy is NOT my friend.

        • DeepCough

          And that’s all you can hope for under the circumstances.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        I really don’t know. Part of me suspects that this just signals the part where the corporocrats begin playing in earnest.

        That could be partially good, in the sense that we might stop wasting time with Tea Bag bullsh*t and realize who the True Enemy is.

        But I doubt it. Most likely it will just mean that international corporations squeeze harder, and that even the concept of a theoretical opposition is lost forever.

        America is doomed.

        • DeepCough

          Yep.

    • godozo

      I doubt the Tea Party has finished their mission yet. They’re still getting funded like crazy from certain parts of the Elite, and many of their districts are safely Republican and therefore open to pressure from the Corporate Purists.

      When the time comes to finally kill off DC (i.e. the Corporations are ready to run the country by themselves) the Tea Partiers will be there to finally pull the Switch. From what I’ve read about the structure, evidently the Corporate Overlords aren’t ready to run things by themselves YET.
      Key word: YET.

  • over2soon

    Damn it. This is a battle of monsters, here, and I don’t think I can root for either of them. Either I support the cockblocking Tea Partyers, or greed-driven corporate interests.

    • ishmael2009

      Divide and conquer.

      • Andrew

        Done and done.

  • Reality_Bytes

    Excellent. Just what this county needs: a return to the politics before the Tea Party sullied the Repub’s integrity. /s

  • ishmael2009

    This is worrying news, – what will Salon, Yahoo News and all the other non-news ‘news’ sources do for their daily hate? And who will they blame for everything that the current administration is supposed to be doing but isn’t? Diversionary tactics need a patsy to blame.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      There is always the IWW. Lord knows how their influence peddlers have been perverting the course of American democracy for decades now.

      • emperorreagan

        We can never be safe, not as long as there’s one wobbly left walking the earth.

      • ze’ev

        Are you serious?

  • InfvoCuernos

    I thought they already decided to secede, are they still here?

  • Haystack

    The Tea Party have elected a crop horrible, unskilled legislators, and will probably suffer a backlash from that, but I think that in the long term the libertarian wing of the Republican party will come take a more defining role as the demographic sands shift. For now the GOP can make do on protecting what remains of white/Christian/male privilege, but as the country becomes more diverse, that’s going to become a smaller and smaller portion of the electoral pie.

    The libertarians, one the other hand, have a philosophy that isn’t wedded to specific ethnic or religious group, and they have real energy behind their movement. The problem is that they haven’t figured out a productive way to be in government while also being against most government. Their approach so far has been to obstruct everything, and you just can’t solve real-world political problems that way.

    My hunch is that it may take them 10-20 years to mature, but eventually the Republican Party will look more like Ron Paul and less like Sarah Palin.

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