Boehner: Just Call Us The Tea-GOP

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Via Sahil Kapur, Talking Points Memo:

The Republican party and the tea party are one and the same.

That’s according to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who was asked Thursday at his weekly press conference if the string of victories for establishment-preferred candidates in the GOP primaries this week amount to a victory against the tea party.

“We had a lot of good candidates running across the country,” he said. “I thought the election went well. We had good candidates on the ballot.”

“I’m not going to get into this distinction between the tea party and Republicans,” Boehner added. “It’s a distinction you’re going to have a hard time finding.”

It’s Tea-GOP from now on. A convenient way to avoid the redundant phrase “right-wing Republicans.”

  1. #1 by Nathan Erkkila on May 22, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    You honestly think the Tea Party is on the republican side when they:

    A. Threaten the seats of senior republicans
    B. Threaten the financial security of large corporations?

    • #2 by Richard Warnick on May 22, 2014 - 8:57 pm

      I don’t know about sides, but wouldn’t it be great if the Democratic politicians in Washington were afraid of progressives the way the Tea-GOP fears the Tea Party?

      Given that the mainstay of Tea Party politics, Americans for Prosperity, is a Koch brothers front, I don’t think they’re threatening any large corporations.

      • #3 by Nathan Erkkila on May 23, 2014 - 6:27 pm

        Okay then. Let me further explain. The Republicans are very clear cut in their policies toward businesses. After all, they need to get campaign money somehow. Their policies from war to abortion are almost always influenced by money. The Tea Party is always influenced by one thing and one thing only, hating Obama. The reason I say they are not for big business is because of the government shut down, almost all of the tea party members voted against raising the debt ceiling and avoiding default. Do you know what would happen if we defaulted? All that money going to GE, gone. All that money going to Lockheed Martin, gone, All those oil subsidies going to Haliburton, gone, but none of that matters. They are anti-Obama. They would drop their pro-life rhetoric in a heartbeat if Malia Ann Obama got pregnant. It is also evident that they care about nothing else be it the GOP or the rich.

        • #4 by Richard Warnick on May 24, 2014 - 11:29 am

          John Boehner makes no distinction between the Tea-GOP and the Tea Party. I think he’s right. Certainly Boehner and McConnell hate President Obama as much as anybody, yet no President has been more pro-big-business than Obama.

          If he’s wrong, and the Tea Party is working independently, then they will eventually destroy the Tea-GOP and nobody will vote for Republicans anymore. Let’s hope that happens without any more government shutdowns.

  2. #5 by Larry Bergan on May 22, 2014 - 9:51 pm

    I blame the media. The tea “party” should be ignored most of the time and ridiculed for the rest of it. Did everybody see the pictures of the big 30 million patriots event.

  3. #8 by Anonymous on May 22, 2014 - 11:18 pm

    At nigh 18 trillion in debt, and the world poised to quit the dollar the Tea Party is comprised of the only people talking about limiting borrowing and spending money we don’t have, and getting those elements, people or corporations unqualified off the federal tit.

    If you have a problem with that, then you are part of the fundamental problem.

    • #9 by Richard Warnick on May 23, 2014 - 8:01 am

      The Tea Party is about lower taxes for the rich, not balancing the budget. Oh, and they are still pissed that a black guy is President.

  4. #10 by Anonymous on May 23, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Getting anything but brain dead obama supporters to show up, and even they are becoming scarce, is quite an accomplishment in the current paradigm of gutter trash America.

    Apathy or frothing at the mouth extremism is now the nation’s middle name, left or right.

    Yah, throw the race card out there, what else you have? It’s what imbeciles do.

    • #11 by Richard Warnick on May 23, 2014 - 11:50 am

      If we are to believe your unique interpretation of what the Tea Party is all about, they ought to be in favor of getting rid of corporate tax loopholes. But they’re not.

  5. #12 by Anonymous on May 23, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    So accept you live in a gutter trash fascist nation and get on with your life, whatever that turns out to be in the gutter trash nation.

    Have to wonder what a real oath sworn man might do given the gutter trash circumstances.

  6. #14 by Anonymous on May 23, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    Don’t know your reference there, but your post says it all..a lawless country led by a lawless man.

    It’s pure gutter trash motif.

    What is trulty incomprehensible is that people are acting what could be described as “normal” while the Constitutional house comes down. Hence the description of a lawless fascist gutter trash nation.

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