Emboldened Tea Party

Today’s title is taken from a headline that appeared in the Washington Times. The dems and leftists think the Tea Party was heavily damaged in the debacle that just occurred in Washington. Boehner’s and McConnell’s surrender was evidence of that, thought the dems.

They were wrong.

If anything, the antics of Boehner, McConnell and Reid helped clear the decks for 2014. We, the Tea Party and conservatives, now know who is committed to conservative principles and who are only committed to themselves.

Boehner thinks he is in a ‘safe’ district. The dems keep him in office just as much as the GOP establishment clique that prevents any strong opposition to Boehner. That could easily change if a strong independent or GOP candidate could get on the ticket—preferable a GOP opponent who could remove Boehner in a primary election. Boehner is blessed with not one, not two, but, now, three opponents seeking to oust him, two in the upcoming GOP primary election.

One such opponent, J.D. Winteregg, is a school teacher from Troy, Ohio. Winteregg has received a number of endorsements from local Tea Party organizations.

Boehner to face Tea Party challenger in Republican primary

Staff Reporter- Dayton Business Journal

A third local person has thrown a hat in the ring to challenge John Boehner, R-West Chester, for Congress in 2014.

J.D. Winteregg, a school teacher from Troy, Ohio, announced his campaign against Boehner this month.

Active in local tea party groups and having received the endorsement of board members of several north Cincinnati Tea Party groups, Winteregg says his limited political experience means “his ideas truly represent the people in (Ohio’s eighth Congressional district).”

Among his political positions, Winteregg advocates for defunding Obamacare, a limited free market Capitalist system approach to the economy, and says the government should focus on forming public-private partnerships to shift dollars supporting economic growth from tax money to private investment.

Winteregg is the third local person who has announced his plans to challenge Boehner in the May 2014 primary. Matthew Trisler, a truck driver from Tipp City, is running on a constitutional conservative platform, while Butler County businessman Eric Gurr also announced he would challenge Boehner in the Republican primary.

McConnell has opposition, too.

Senate Conservatives Fund endorses Matt Bevin over Mitch McConnell

Oct. 18, 2013 11:22 AM

The Senate Conservatives Fund said Friday it has endorsed Republican Matt Bevin over U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s 2014 U.S. Senate race.

The group has been toying with the endorsement for some time. It has aired television commercials critical of McConnell as not conservative enough and it recently polled its members asking if it should officially back Bevin, a tea party-favored Louisville businessman.

“We have interviewed a lot of candidates this year and Matt Bevin is one of the very best. He’s principled, passionate, and has Ted Cruz-like courage,” said Matt Hoskins, the group’s executive director, referring to Cruz, the U.S. senator from Texas, who led the fight to shut down government in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The endorsement comes just days after McConnell, the Senate minority leader, brokered a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling before the U.S. defaulted on its debt.

In response to the McConnell-Reid deal, Bevin said Wednesday: “When the stakes are highest, Mitch McConnell can always be counted on to sell out conservatives.”

The group lambasted McConnell the same night as the shutdown-ending vote, accusing him of receiving a “Kentucky kickback” because the bill contained a higher $2.9 billion spending limit for the controversial Olmsted Dam and locks on the Ohio River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Congressional leaders later rebutted that accusation.

Boehner and McConnell are not the only two RINOs who are receiving opposition in the coming primaries. All of those who voted to support Obama, Reid, and Obamacare, like our MO Senator, Roy Blunt, have marked themselves. Blunt still has a number of years left to his term. Others, however, do not.

A call to arms: Emboldened tea party moves to finish off weak Republicans

Mississippi senator first to face challenge

By Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times, Thursday, October 17, 2013

Far from chastened by the debt debate, tea partyers and conservative groups signaled Thursday they’ve concluded they didn’t lose, but rather were sabotaged from within by weak Republicans — and they took the first steps to oust one of them.

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced he would challenge U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the Republican primary next year, a day after the GOP’s senior senator voted to end the 16-day government shutdown and grant President Obama more borrowing authority.

Mr. McDaniel immediately saw a flood of support from the outside groups that had rallied against this week’s debt and spending agreement.

“Our country can’t afford any more bad votes that stem from old friends and back-room deals,” said Daniel Horowitz, deputy political director of the Madison Project. “And as witnessed from the recent budget battle against Obamacare, we cannot win against Democrats if we don’t grow our conservative bench in the Senate.”

For the past two weeks, the deep divisions within the GOP have been on very public display.

Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and their allies pushed to withhold all government spending unless Mr. Obama agreed to cancel Obamacare, while party leaders called that a losing strategy and tried to come up with alternatives.

On Thursday, the GOP accepted defeat, passing a bill that gives Mr. Obama a “clean” bill to reopen government through January, and to raise debt through at least February.

A majority of Republicans supported the deal in the Senate, but the situation was reversed in the House, where Cruz allies refused to sign off on a series of plans put forward by GOP leaders to end the stalemate.

The article continues on a second page noting Sarah Palin’s support for change in the “permanent political class” in Washington.

The result of the acts in Washington this month, while a setback for conservatives, is not capitulation. Instead, it is just the beginning. The Tea Party was fundamental is winning the House in 2010. Now, our goal is to widen that control in the House, eliminating the establishment stalwarts, replacing them with strong conservatives and to take the Senate from dem control,  dumping Harry Reid into the waste-bin of history.