Saturday, September 07, 2013

Judson Phillips Wants to Kill the #GOP

Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation wrote an insane op-ed in The Washington Times. Phillips wants to kill off the Republican Party by having the Tea Party become its own official party.

In 2010, the Tea Party swept the Republicans into power in the House of Representatives.

What does the Tea Party have to show for it?

For the last two and a half years, the Tea Party has watched House Speaker John Boehner raise his freshly laundered white flag of surrender time and time again.

Phillips hysterically thinks that John Boehner's problem is compromising with President Barack Obama too much. Phillips fails to cite instances when Boehner waved the "white flag of surrender." My favorite part of the op-ed is Phillips making Boehner sound more liberal than Bernie Sanders.

The Republican leadership has not held the line on spending. They have capitulated repeatedly on the debt ceiling. They have surrendered on taxes. They have wanted to get along on Amnesty even though it is political suicide. They have given us meaningless, symbolic votes to repeal Obamacare, while making no real effort to do so. With barely disguised contempt for the base, they have ignored the calls to defund Obamacare.

As I have written before, the deficit has gone down under Obama. Republicans don't control the White House and the Senate. Yet, Phillips believes Republicans have the power to repeal Obamacare. Phillips is horribly misinformed.

As for Phillips brilliant plan to have an official Tea Party; that will fail as badly as the Green and Reform parties. An official Tea Party is more likely to split conservative votes and help Democrats get elected. An ABC News/Washington Post poll found people strongly against the tea party out number those that strongly support the tea party 2 to 1. Apparently, Phillips hasn't looked at polls showing tea party support tanking.

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