November 3, 2010
Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who famously quipped “we need to pass the bill so we can see what is in it,” is no longer speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. On Tuesday, American voters swept out the Democrat majority and replaced it with a fresh crop of Republicans. Ohio Republican John Boehner will now become the third most powerful person in the government.
Following the historic Tuesday vote, Boehner told Tea Party activists in his south-western Ohio district: “I’ll never let you down.” It will now be up to Boehner and the Republicans to make good on that promise.
It appears establishment Republicans are already putting distance between themselves and the Tea Party.
On Tuesday night, as it became obvious the Republicans would take the House and increase their numbers in the Senate, South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint avoided a question about creating a Tea Party caucus. “One mistake we’re making in this election is to suggest,” said DeMint, “it’s all about the official tea party movement.” Instead of a Tea Party caucus in the Senate, DeMint said Republicans will “just expand the conservative caucus and reflect the tea party ideas.”
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In the wake of mixed results for Tea Party associated candidates — former state legislator Sharron Angle lost against Harry Reid in Nevada and Democrat Christopher Coons beat Republican Christine O’Donnell in Delaware — the establishment media warned the movement will now have to break bread with mainline Republicans and their entrenched interests.
“Starting today, the Tea Party movement must find a way to work with the Republican Party establishment, which at first battled against the uprising and eventually embraced it after the upstart candidates began defeating GOP favorites in the primaries. Now a new battle could take place in Congress, where the Tea Party-backed members will caucus with entrenched GOP leaders,” reports the Boston Globe.
Will the trademark Tea Party now merge with the establishment Republican corporate interest Borg hive and will it be business as usual in the district of criminals?
Adam Brandon, communications director for FreedomWorks, told Slate it may be so. Brandon used establishment terminology to describe the partial victory on Tuesday. The election confirms once and for all that America is “a center-right country,” he said. Now the Tea Party enters a new phase. “The Tea Party is done with street protests,” he added. “We’re done, that’s it. Now we’ve got Congress.”
Or does Congress have the Tea Party?
In all fairness, it should be noted that FreedomWorks cannot claim to represent the Tea Party movement out in the hinterlands. Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks is funded in part by the notorious neocon foundation run by CIA asset Richard Mellon Scaife and backed by no shortage of establishment Republicans, including Jack Kemp and Bill Bennett. The original Libertarian Tea Party movement was hijacked by establishment Republicans.
Kurt Nimmo edits Infowars.com. He is the author of Another Day in the Empire: Life In Neoconservative America.