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Aug 19 2013

Tea Party Groups Threaten Alexander

Lamar Alexander has long been known as a relatively reasonable Republican legislator, one of those rare creatures known as moderate pragmatists. A coalition of Tea Party groups don’t like that at all and have written him a letter telling him that if he doesn’t retire from the Senate, they’ll be mounting a primary challenge from the right. The language of that letter is quite interesting:

A coalition of conservative Tea Party groups published an open letter Wednesday urging Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to retire instead of seeking a third term next year.

The letter warns Alexander that if he refuses to “retire with dignity,” he will eventually face a significant primary challenge from the right.

“Unfortunately, our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship, two traits for which you have become famous,” the letter reads.

This confirms what I’ve been saying about the Tea Partiers all along, that they are extremists for whom no one is ever pure enough. That’s why the GOP has such a problem trying to simultaneously harness their energy and votes while keeping them under control.

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  1. 1
    John Pieret

    Unfortunately, our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship

    Because, of course, it is so much better under gridlock. They fantasize that eventually they will win the entire government so they can rule unopposed but the demographics are against that but they are too stupid to see the writing on the wall. So they will go on turning the Republican party into the John Birch Society, which will get less and less relevant until the grownups can, if ever, get back control.

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    Doug Little

    “Unfortunately, our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship, two traits for which you have become famous,”

    Wow, that really sums up the tea party quite succinctly. They would rather drive the country into the dark ages than to compromise for the benefit of all of us.

  3. 3
    raven

    The closest the Tea Party came to controlling the US was Bush. As in the Bush Catastrophe.

    Two expensive wars, the Great Recession, and a lost generation. The Fed Reserve is projecting that we might recover by 2018.

    And Bush wasn’t even trying to wreck the USA!!

    The Tea Party are just nihilists, in the colloquil sense. It’s always easier to destroy than build. They really do want to head on back to the Dark Ages.

    Oh well, once a nation of 316 million people decide to commit national suicide, there isn’t much you can do. The Tea Party is just a symptom. It’s the voters that give them power. Don’t forget a nonxian Reptilian-human hybrid called Romney got 47% of the vote not so long ago.

    If it happens, I’ll just spend time with the cats and frequently raise a glass of wine to our once great nation.

  4. 4
    Gretchen

    Unfortunately, our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship

    There can be no compromise between super crazy conservatism and super crazy ultra mega conservatism! It’s super crazy ultra mega conservatism or nothing!

  5. 5
    Ace of Sevens

    I can’t believe I supported Steve Forbes on Lamar Alexander in the 2000 primary. In my defense, I was 19.

  6. 6
    D. C. Sessions

    Because, of course, it is so much better under gridlock.

    Yes, it is. Remember, these are the people who provide us with so many “I loved my children and rather than let _____________________ I killed them” news stories. With the blanks often filled in with demons or slightly different Christian churches.

    They fantasize that eventually they will win the entire government so they can rule unopposed but the demographics are against that but they are too stupid to see the writing on the wall.

    The demographics only count if those people are allowed a say in the outcome.

  7. 7
    MikeMa

    Hard to believe that quote doesn’t result in political ostracism followed by a rapid political death. Not long ago it would have.

    The environment favorable to this lunacy may have predated Palin but I think not. Since her arrival (McCain owes us big time) the right wing rock dwellers have burst out and seem to have no incentive to crawl back under their rocks. Governance is the farthest from their minds.

  8. 8
    exdrone

    “You’ve got a nice office here, Senator. We wouldn’t want anything to happen to it. ‘Cos primaries happen, don’t they? Careers come to an end? Terms get limited? Be a shame if someone was to challenge you. It wouldn’t be good for business would it, Senator?”

  9. 9
    John Hinkle

    You’d probably see a mushroom cloud from some rural area of Tennessee if Alexander wrote back and said: “Not planning on retiring. Oh, and I’m planning to endorse Hillary for president.”

  10. 10
    Modusoperandi

    This is moderate?

  11. 11
    democommie

    “I can’t believe I supported Steve Forbes on Lamar Alexander in the 2000 primary. In my defense, I was 19.”

    Lamar’s a “bottom”?

    @ 10:

    Modusoperandi, it’s MODERATE super crazy ultra mega conservatism as compared to hardline, no compromise, movement super crazy ultra mega conservatism. Did I mention “turbo”? cuz it’s turbo, too, also.

  12. 12
    grumpyoldfart

    “great nation” !!!

    Not from where I’m sitting.

  13. 13
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    “Great nation” is just an oratorical buzzword meant to inspire or excuse, amaze and confuse. Usually followed by a pre-planned pause for applause.

  14. 14
    Moggie

    A nation with no room for “compromise and bipartisanship” is no longer great. Henceforth, the Tea Partiers must use the words “big nation” instead.

  15. 15
    democommie

    @14:

    Only until they are comfortable saying, “WHITE Nation (under GOD)!”. Oh, and they’ll have to brush up on their german.

  16. 16
    Who Knows?

    And all these years I thought, “United we stand, divided we fall” had some meaning.

  17. 17
    Ben P

    This is moderate?

    53% with the Club for Growth (i.e. Norquist), 55% with the Heritage Society?

    He’s not liberal by any stretch of the imagination, but, like McCain and like Lieberman, and many others, he’s an almost stereotypical DC insider. That is, he works the process in DC and he’s one of the ones in the power circles that actually sits down and tries to some extent to hammer out the difficult compromises. Then he votes for those compromise bills.

    That makes him a moderate compared to the Tea Party republicans these days who have no interest in comprimise and just want to watch the government burn.

  18. 18
    eric

    Unfortunately, our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship

    The saddest thing about this accusation is that it’ll work. Alexandar will not issue a public statement defending bipartisanship as a good strategy. What he’ll do is try and reassure the far right that he’s not as bipartisan as they think he is (while reassuing the less far right that he’ll work across the aisle to get things done). He’ll take the (analogous of the) “I’m not gay!” approach to defending himself, rather than the more ethcal and principled “What’s wrong with that?” approach.

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