This missive from the Dick Armey/Koch lobbying amalgam known as the Tea Party Express, (former home of this guy)… explains pretty much everything you need to know about the tea party, and why they have made the House of Representatives completely non-functional …
From the in-box:
TEA PARTY EXPRESS OPPOSES 2 MONTH PAYROLL TAX EXTENSION
Senate Republicans Tone Deaf to 2010 Election Results
|Sacramento, CA – Tea Party Express, the largest tea party political action committee, is firmly urging House Republicans to reject the Senate’s 2-month extension on the Payroll Tax Cut.
Sal Russo, Chief Strategist of the Tea Party Express, said, “To begin the new year with continued economic uncertainty without addressing the fundamental problem of out-of-control spending is irresponsible.
“The goal of Senator Harry Reid is to again out-maneuver House Republicans by trying to ram through legislation at the last second that only positions Democrats to continue to spend without heeding the message from the 2010 elections. While we always support letting taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money, there must be corresponding spending cuts that bring down the cost of government and our outlandish deficit.
“Senate Republicans who have criticized House Republicans for standing up for taxpayers should be cognizant that Americans want fiscal responsibility in Washington. They are sick and tired of more deals that make for fancy press releases, but do nothing to reign in the out-of-control growth and spending of the federal government.
“It is disappointing to see Republican Senators Scott Brown (R-Mass), Dean Heller (R-Nev) and Dick Lugar (R-Ind) blame House Republicans when it is their capitulation to Harry Reid that has caused the current crisis. With all three up for election in 2012, you would think that they realize the public does not support the big government approach of Harry Reid; they support trimming the size and cost of government.
“This provides further evidence that the Tea Party Express has made the right decision in endorsing Indiana State Treasurer, Richard Mourdock, in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate against Dick Lugar.”
To schedule an interview with Sal Russo or another representative of the Tea Party Express, contact Shawn Callahan at 916-768-2686 or Shawn@FrontLineStrat.com
And there you have it. The Tea Party people still think it’s November 2010. They still think the national conversation is about spending and deficits. They have completely lost the plot, and missed the memo that the present national conversation is about jobs, tax fairness and inequality. They simply haven’t adapted to the new reality and are still doggedly determined to fight on the battlefield of a year ago.
That’s what Speaker Boehner is up against. 87 members of his caucus are literally an anachronism, built on yet another anachronism: the years in which the John Birch Society and Ayn Rand had their 15 minutes of fame. Which is why Mr. Boehner is now having to result to a 3 a.m. vote — strong arm tactics in congressional-speak, to pass the “take it or leave it it” payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance short-term extension, and avoid even further tanking Congress’ poll numbers — and watching the blame for raising middle income taxes fall squarely on his House, and the tea party that continues to bedevil it.
Meanwhile, on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, good polling news for the president, and even more bad news for Congress. Putting aside that none of these poll numbers matter, seeing as how we’re a year out from the election, it’s a relative boost for Obamaland versus the GOP.
Read this: Boehner’s three-legged stool of doom