Lies and Revelations

With McConnell’s win over his Tea Party primary challenger and the GOP primary poll lead of Senator Lindsey Grahamnesty (R-SC), the media and the GOP establishment proclaimed, “the Tea Party is dead!”

Wrong.

For example, Ted Cruz loudly and strongly supported a number of Tea Party candidates across Texas. He traveled extensively, campaigning for them. Every one of those candidates beat their primary opponents.

Ted Cruz, Tea Party Dominate Texas Republican Primary Politics

27 May 2014

HOUSTON, Texas—The clear winner in the 2014 Republican Primary and runoff election is the grassroots effort spawned by the Tea Party, no matter what candidates win. Every candidate on the ballot has shaped their campaign around illustrating their support of the Tea Party principles of limited government, reducing taxes and fiscal responsibility.

The other big winner in this Primary election is Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). His election in 2012 ignited Tea Party activists across Texas who have worked for the past two years to find viable candidates and support them through this long election process. Nearly every candidate on the ballot has tried to find some way of connecting themselves to Ted Cruz and the Tea Party movement by using quotes from or pictures with the prominent junior senator from Texas.

The Dallas Morning News reported, “In virtually every Republican matchup, candidates have espoused the movement’s talking points, attended groups’ forums, and adopted their issues.”  The Houston Chronicle also picked up this theme and reported, “Though the tea party has sputtered this year in elections around the country, Texas’ conservative insurgents are the front-runners in Republican primary runoffs for major statewide offices and positioned to bolster their ranks in the Legislature.”

In the race to be the next Lt. Governor of Texas, both the incumbent, David Dewhurst and his challenger, State Senator Dan Patrick, have claimed Tea Party support in their speeches and advertisements. Both candidates have also succeeded in gaining support from the various grassroots groups across Texas.

The same is true in the race to succeed Greg Abbott as the next Attorney General of Texas. State Senator Ken Paxton has been a clear leader in the Tea Party movement since its inception in 2009 while his opponent, former AFL-CIO union group lobbyist and State Representative Dan Branch has struggled to attempt to show Tea Party support.

Reuters reports, “Republican politics in Texas has become a race to the right,” Republican strategist Bill Miller said. “I do think the Republican Party could be eclipsed by the Tea Party here.”

State Senate District 10 candidate Konni Burton has leveraged her Tea Party relationships to place herself in a strong position for victory in this election. The Tea Party News Network reported, “The other race within the state that signals the strength of the Tea Party in Texas is the race to fill the state senate seat formerly occupied by Wendy Davis, currently the Democrat gubernatorial nominee. Konni Burton, a Republican and Tea Party leader from Fort Worth, has been endorsed by Ted Cruz in the race for that vacated seat.”

The exception to the potential Tea Party Texas takeover may be the race for the Congressional seat that has been held by Ralph Hall for thirty-six years. According to a report by Reuters, “Congressman Ralph Hall, a 91-year-old lawmaker running for an 18th term, is favored over his Tea Party-backed challenger, John Ratcliffe, a former U.S. Attorney.” Reuters stated Ratcliffe, age 48, has attempted to use Hall’s age against him. Much like Ronald Reagan who refused to use his opponent’s youth and inexperience against him, Hall has joked about his wrinkles he earned from battling liberal policies.“ Hall said, “By gosh, I’ve got room for a few more wrinkles.”

The full extent of the Texas takeover by Tea Party politics may become clear quickly after the polls close at 7 p.m. (CDT).

Of particular note is the defeat of these two GOP members of the Texas Establishment.

• “The oldest-ever member of the House of Representatives has been ousted at age 91, after a primary runoff against a little-known Republican challenger in Texas. Rep. Ralph Hall also Tuesday became the first congressional incumbent to lose a primary this year. He had told voters if he had been elected to an 18th term, it would be his last. Hall was defeated by John Ratcliffe, a 48-year-old former U.S. attorney… He also has won the support of powerful national conservative groups with strong Tea Party ties, including the Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund.” Fox News

• “Tea Party-backed candidate State Sen. Dan Patrick defeated three-term incumbent David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination for Texas lieutenant governor Tuesday after a nasty race that evolved into personal attacks. Patrick, a fiery radio talk show host who founded the Tea Party caucus in the Texas state legislature, ousted Dewhurst after a campaign full of attack ads and mudslinging over which candidate was more conservative.” Fox News

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For all you Bill O’Reilly fans out there—never forget O’Reilly is not a conservative. In fact, he’s quite the statist. On his show last night, he said the government should round up around 10% of the population and put them in gulags. “only selected, very bad people,” he said. “To fight crime,” he said.

It bothered him not that it would be the government who would be deciding whom were the ‘bad people’ that would be rounded up. I’m sure O’Reilly’s competition at CNN/MSNBC/CBS/ABC/NPR would like to have O’Reilly on one of those ‘selected’ lists.

O’Reilly Pushes Mass Incarceration Of Americans As Solution To Crime

Brendan Bordelon, 10:40 PM 05/27/2014

Bill O’Reilly and Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers clashed over the efficacy of America’s criminal justice system on Tuesday, with the Fox News host urging the imprisonment of around 10 percent of the population — “only selected, very bad people” — in order to extend the long-term decline of crime in the United States.

O’Reilly was reacting to a New York Times editorial “demanding” an end to the large-scale imprisonment of vast swathes of the population. At current levels, 2.2 million Americans — roughly 1 in 100 adults — are incarcerated, a precipitous drop from 2005-2006 but still the highest reported rate in the world.

Over half of these individuals are in jail for nonviolent, often drug-related crimes, with many being locked up for life due to arbitrary “three strikes” laws that can put someone away for life even if they commit a minor offense.

But “The O’Reilly Factor” host thinks that a decline in the prison population will lead to a rapid increase in crime, and slammed the “uber-liberal” Times for advocating such a measure.

“With victories in the gay marriage arena and legalized pot, the left is turning its attention to changing the criminal justice system,” he said. “The opinion piece says the USA is putting too many people in prison, but not ONCE did this editorial mention the victims of crime. Not once!”

But Powers pushed back on O’Reilly’s thesis. “Well, first of all, it’s not just liberals who are concerned about this,” she noted. “There are conservatives who are concerned about it. Newt Gingrich, in particular, is somebody who has spoken with the problems with mass incarceration in the country. So I don’t think we have to say this is just a liberal issue.”

“For you to quote the fact that the violent crime rate has dropped as somehow evidence of ‘We don’t have a problem’ doesn’t make any sense to me,” she continued, noting that most of the discussion revolved around “people who have been thrown in jail for 15 to 25 years for selling two ounces of marijuana.”

“Ok, that never happens,” O’Reilly replied. “If you can cite –”

“Are you kidding me?” Powers responded incredulously. “You don’t think under the Rockefeller drug laws people have been put in jail for that long? Under the Rockefeller drug laws, that’s the law, Bill! I’m sorry!”

“But that never happens,” O’Reilly interrupted, “you plea everything down.”

“That is astonishing,” Powers claimed.

Fox contributor Monica Crowley tried to walk a middle ground between the two points, but O’Reilly and Powers continued to disagree.

“I say, there are only selected, very bad people who hurt other people — maybe ten percent of the population,” O’Reilly explained. “You isolate them, you take them off the streets, and then the crime rate comes down.”

“But you don’t buy that,” he asked Powers — setting off another yell fest between the two talking heads.

Eventually Powers got a word in. “It’s a national trend,” she said, referencing the country-wide reduction in crime. “And for you to try to pretend that it’s just because you’re putting all these people in jail is not correct.”

“The more people you take off the streets, the less crime there is,” O’Reilly asserted. “And that is irrefutable.”

I’ve never cared much for Bill O’Reilly. He doesn’t support the 2nd Amendment, he doesn’t support pro-life issues, he loves to tax and spend. But…because he’s on FOX News, people think he’s a conservative. That could not be further from the truth.