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Tea Party Flexes Muscles In Primaries Across The Nation

May 12, 2010 by  

Tea Party flexes muscles in primaries across the nation The strength and influence of the Tea Party movement was on display again last weekend, when GOP delegates in Utah voted incumbent Senator Robert Bennett out of the party. Bennett, who came in third in the vote, lost to two candidates put forward by the Tea Party movement who will now vie for the Republican nomination.

Over the last several months, the 76-year-old three-term senator came under increasing criticism from the movement for his support of the bailout of financial firms and co-sponsoring a healthcare bill with a Democrat, according to media reports.

In the end, not even an endorsement from the NRA and Mitt Romney was enough to save Bennett, who is now rumored to be considering running as an independent.

Commentators are seeing this as "the beginning of a trend," in the words of journalist Robin Wright who spoke Sunday on ABC News‘ "This Week."

In fact, fresh media reports have suggested the Tea Party movement is setting its sights on Republican primaries in other states, including Kentucky, where a vote is set to take place in mid-May.

The developments come just days after Florida’s Republican Governor Charlie Crist announced he was leaving the Republican Party to run for the United States Senate as an independent, after polls showed he was losing popularity to conservative, Tea Party-backed Marco Rubio. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19768522-ADNFCR

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  • EltonJ

    Yep. Senator Bennett is someone we should have sent back here to Utah a while ago, especially after 9-11-2001. Now we are fed up with him and asking him to retire.

    In the Utah primary, we are going to have to choose between a Constitution conservative and a Neo-Con.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      E J,
      Which one are you gonna vote for??? Just kiddin!

  • JeffH

    For all of you that feel the Tea Parties don’t have a voice in America, think again. This grassroots group is a fair and honest representation of the American voice. The nice part is “anybody” can participate, join in and participate with the individual Tea Parties around the country. Up to this point in time, the Tea Parties have shown their commitment to stay focused and not waver under the intense White House and media blitz to discredit them.

  • s c

    I can’t yet say how much power the Tea Party exerts, BUT I can say that West Virginia is about to be minus a long-term sleazoid (can’t think of his name). In his case, he was ousted by a Democrat (my, oh my).
    What matters is that the Tea Party do what the so-called Republican party won’t (grow a spine, throw out RINOs, honor the Constitution, act like Americans, call a spade a spade, go for the jugular, don’t be afraid to flush a political “toilet,” see traitors as traitors, demand results from those who go to Washington, etc.).

  • Palin12

    If you would like to see a quick slideshow of my photos from the Searchlight Tea Party, click my link. I took all the photos except the aerial shot (a few dozen in attendance, LOL) and the shot of Sarah waving.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/palin12/show/

    • JeffH

      Palin12, that’s so cool…some great shots of Palin as well. I’ll share it with others. Good job, You go girl!

      • Palin12

        Jeff, I’m a guy…sorry for any confusion. Yes Sarah is very photogenic…she stands out in a crowd.

        • JeffH

          OOPS!.. I knew that too, my bad!

          • Claire

            JeffH– What kind of camera do you use?

          • Claire

            JeffH—Sorry I meant Palin 12!!

          • Palin12

            My camera is a Canon Digital Rebel. I’ve had it about 5 years. Takes a lickin and keeps on tickin. I’ve taken it to Alaska and Iceland.

        • JeffH

          Yes she does. I hope to get my copy of her book “Going Rogue” autographed someday.

          • Palin12

            I got her autograph when she was campaigning for VP in Henderson, NV. Daughter Piper also. Got some really good photos that day!

          • Palin12

            I added 7 more photos from VP campaign.

          • JeffH

            Nice, I’ve saved the link to my favorites.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Palin12,Also thanks for clearing that up for me as well!!
          GREAT shots!!!! They are very good shots though and thanks for sharing them!!! You go GUY!!!

  • Claire

    I will honor the Tea Party movement providing the Republicans don’t take over. They are sure taking over the tea party movement in town. RINOs and all.

  • Jim H.

    To all the people who’s state hasn’t had their primary yet, please get out and vote. Illinois has already had theirs and we had a very poor turn out( Kane County 20% turnout). Now our choice for senator is a lib. and a RINO. The Primaries are just as, or even more important than the general elections. Please vote. At least one of our choices for Governor is pretty good.

    • Claire

      And who would that be?

      • Jim H.

        Hi Claire, Bill Brady is one of the better choices Il. has had in quite a while. Not part of the Chicago gang.

  • Palin12

    Today, Congressman Dean Heller, (R-NV) says House incumbants, mostly democrats, could lose up to 60 seats in November. That would be great. Pelosi no longer Speaker and goodbye air force jet rides.

    • Palin12

      …and it will be a big goodbye to Dirty Harry also, who has not picked up any ground at all with his “bartering with chickens” commercials on TV. All 3 Republicans, Lowden, Tarkanian, and Angle would be whip him in double digits if the election were held today.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Palin12,
        Are those repubs conservative or RINOS??? I hope conservative!!

  • Palin12

    Angle is the most conservative of the 3. She is endorsed by the Tea Party Express and she’s gaining momentum, having passed Tark.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      palin,
      then I’m for Angle. Here’s to her success!!!

      • Palin12

        She has fought tirelessly fow lower taxes throughout her career in Assembly. Also against any benefits for illegals.

  • Doc Sarvis

    A friend of mine sent me this link to an article I found very interesting regarding the Tea Party:

    http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/the-tea-party/Content?oid=1409591

    The start of it seems off topic at first but I thought it had some really good insights.

  • JeffH

    Doc, what, no rats or guinea pigs around? I don’t think your medicine will be approved by the FDA.

  • Anthony

    I admit, up to now – with all the research I’m investing many evenings to – that I’ve always voted conservative my entire life. I never voted for guys like Carter (too young to vote against LBJ), nor Clinton and certainly NOT the latest character in a string of fianncial anarchists to this Country. It’s not much of a claim, but the Repubs do not have the distinction of holding majority power over the last 100 years – the Dems do.

    But more to the point of your LINK, DOC —-

    Please prove for us, that you or anyone else knows FOR SURE that each of those terrorist incidents spoken of in that Article were committed by “registered” Republicans. I’d really like to see it. I’m not talking about some Mainstream “hack” article, either. I mean real proof, on the characters named in these incidents – their life histories.

    This I see is the real problem – people allow themselves to force fed a mantra.. and in their proverbial high school social attitudes, they go on to repeat that mantra constantly, like a “where’s the beef” commercial. And, if they can’t make it to a TV screen to be told what next to think & believe… their hold day is in ruins.

    This behavior mode I speak of – is indoctrination. SIT UBU SIT.

    I can’t say whether the Article is dead on or not. What I do see is a lack of proof to the commentary. Especially from you, Doc. A Press Person has a Press badge to hind behind – you don’t. Just the same, I feel it our own patriotic duty to call these “hiding” Press People, to come to the table with real proof and not blogging-opinion. Because, right now, this is the majority of what we keep getting.

    Back in the early 1980′s the bean counters of wall street made it apoint to invade the national Press – those “feet on the street” and they systematically went about deleting one Press person after another until all that was left, especially at the end of the 1990′s, was just those that had online BLOGs. Throughout the 2000′s, they went about plastering Press Articles from this slant – no research, no eveidence, mostly opinion, etc. The Dan Rather fiasco is such an event. There is a video from the national Press Club, where a former AP reporter essentially ADMITS this occurrence as being the whole truth and nothing but the truth – how else do you think I got it(?) He also staes that the Press of the Future is NOT going to come from Mainstream. It will, instead, come from local towns, villages, and smaller cities (at first) in the form of DOT.orgs or DOT.nets and it will slowly, once again, become “feet on the street” which has been kicked to the curb for almost two decades in favor of GREED and the bottom line, for the Publishers. It’s also the main reason the Chicago and NY (Times) are essentially in bankruptcy and quietly petitioning Obama, as we speak, for bailouts of their own — MSM shove propaganda at us all day long, and they somehow deserve a bailout, to keep funneling that pollution at us. WHY ?

    Please provide proof of what the writer speaks on. There is no way, with the malice we see from Liberals day in and day out, that all of those incidents were happening only from the so-called right-wing-extremists. Based on the Left’s out-of-the-closet behavior these days… I say it’s more likely to be a bucketful of false Flag incidents, to stir things up.

    Did ya eve notice that the only time we ever really see Churches being burned to the ground, was during the Clinton Regime? Oh, you may find one or two in Bush’s first term.. but the MAJORITY were when Slick Willy was in there. Curious that…..

  • JeffH

    Anthony, you’ve nailed it down pretty good.
    Thanks for the good read.

  • Doc Sarvis

    I am not a journalist and I seriously doubt that most of the folks on this site are journalists. I posted this link as an offering for those who wish to venture to another perspective. People on this site often post links to similar pieces on the web and I seriously doubt any of them would take the time to research every fact (or supposed fact) placed in these articles. It is a nice little tactic to try to divert the attention from what the article says though. If others on this site were as scrupulous as that then I would make the effort as well.

    Prior to posting this I found that the author had been a staff writer for TIME and media critic for NEWSWEEK and has a large body of respected work. Pretty good credentials I’d say.

    As for malice you observe from “Liberals day in and day out” the same can be said for conservatives. You don’t have to listen long to Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, etc. to hear hate, fear mongering, and dissregard for facts. I know there are left wing wackos too, the Uni-bomber for one, and I’ve often said what you see on one extreme you can find on the other.

    As for churches being burned to the ground I know there were plenty during the civil rights struggle in the 50′s and 60′s. And probably at other times. You might want to check your facts.

  • http://?? Joe H.

    Doc, After some of your more imbecilic posts I don’t bother to read your sources anymore!!! they all say the same thing over and over again. Yadda, Yadda, Yadda, Bush bad, Conservatives bad, Obummer good!!!

  • Doc Sarvis

    Open your mind Joe H., I know you will be able to think for yourself instead of letting others tell you what to think. There is still hope for you.

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