The Republican Establishment wants the IRS harassing the Tea Parties more than the Democrats

Pat Caddell was a longtime Democratic operative and pollster, we doubt he’s worked for a Democratic candidate for a long time because he’s a reasonable man. He understands the workings of Washington inside and out and here’s what he has to say about the IRS harassing conservatives.

“The Tea Parties are an outside threat to their power hold.”

Let’s be clear right now. People don’t spend millions – or billions – to hold office because they’re going to make a lot of money. A Senator or Congressman makes less than $200,000 per year. A good car salesman can make that, and the jokers occupying House and Senate seats are all very good car salesmen. They run for office for prestige and for raw power. Nothing more.

Everything that gets done in Washington is done with one thing in the background, everybody understands that the most important thing an elected official has on his or her plate is getting reelected. Campaign finance reform wasn’t about getting “big money” out of politics, it was about making sure the only people who have access to big money are currently elected officials.

John McCain, the guy who has made a career out of railing about money in politics and whose name is on the current legislation regulating campaign finance, spent $50 million getting reelected in 2010 in a state that has two relatively small and easily accessible media markets. He won his primary in a landslide and followed it up with another landslide in the general election and he wouldn’t have had to leave his home in Washington to come back and campaign because his primary opponent was a well raving idiot and the Democratic opponent in the general wasn’t even well known to his family.

The Tea Party creates huge problems for the GOP Establishment. They really create no problems for the Democrats. Democrats use the Tea Parties, in general, as a target for demagoguery any time they need to move ObamaCare off the front pages. Tea Party Senators and Representatives keep the old line media in business – see reporting on Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

The GOP Establishment, on the other hand, has huge problems with the Tea Parties. Just ask Dick Lugar or any one of a number of former House Members or former Senators who got retired because of a Tea Party candidate. Ask Pat Roberts, the soon to be former Senator from Kansas who’s been a US Senator ostensibly representing that state for 46 years. Never mind that, like Dick Lugar, he doesn’t have a home in his “home state” and hasn’t for decades. He’s got what is essentially a time share.

The GOP Establishment is working hand in pocket with the US Chamber of Commerce – the premier big government organization in the US – to fund campaigns for people like Pat Roberts. They want them in Washington because they’re reliable big government providers. They may “advocate” on some conservative issues but they’re every bit as opposed to the concept of “small government as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

That’s why you don’t see senior Republicans talking about the IRS scandals every time they’re in front of a camera. They want the IRS to keep conservatives as far away from the polling places and from election issue advertising as they can keep them. It’s the GOP Establishment who get hurt, not so much the Democrats.

The Curmudgeon urges you to support solid Tea Party backed candidates and for starters, check out Matt Bevin who is running against Mitch McConnell and Dr. Milton Wolf who is going to send Pat Roberts to a retirement home somewhere in the DC suburbs.

If you can spare a buck or two please help out, electing people like Matt and Milt is far more important than a Starbucks latte this week.

Your kids’ future depends on it.


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  • stan25

    Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts have chairs already polished for them in a major K Street firm, should they choose to go that route (that is a given that they will)

  • Lawrence Westlake

    You could call this sort of blog post a non-sequitur, but that would be an insult to non-sequiturs. Not talking about something doesn’t mean you support it. How dumb and paranoid are you? Plus, FYI, von Spacey, the reasons why senior Republicans in power don’t talk about the IRS scandal 24/7 are because (1) it’s not even the worst scandal of the Obama administration (do Benghazi, the “Stimulus,” GM, Solyndra and, uh, Obamacare ring any bells?) and (2) because the zombies who make up the voting electorate don’t know anything about the IRS fiasco. It wasn’t reported by any major source other than Fox News. Fox News’ audience is far smaller than that for “Downton Abbey.” Outside of the cocoon of your own thick skull people care a lot more about why they don’t have jobs, why they can’t pay their bills, why they can’t get their kids educated, why their health insurance premium costs have skyrocketed, why their houses are under water, and why they can’t save anything for retirement. The IRS scandal would rate, oh, say, 99th on a list of the 100 most important matters affecting the electorate, right after the “global warming” peer review scandal and right before a bridge over the Hudson being shut down for some reason or another. There’s a whole other world out there, Cochise. Check it out sometime. You might learn something useful.

    • Jwb10001

      Could you possibly be a bigger waste of time?

      • jim_m

        Not likely, but he does try.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          Well, he is trying, I suppose.

          • jim_m

            I find him very trying.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Which was what [edit] I was trying to impart.

  • 914

    Give the GOP a rinoplasty and see where it leads.

  • jim_m

    The GOP establishment does not want to silence the TEA Party because they are concerned about primary opposition. By and large this is minimal and usually unsuccessful and most seats are so safe that it is pointless to think that there is much influence there.

    What the GOP establishment wants is to silence the vocal disagreement and unrest with their go along to get along policies. What they want is to stop the public from second guessing how they do business inside the beltway. Politicians have a serious allergy to having to explain themselves. The TEA Party wants transparency and this is the last thing any DC politician wants to provide.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    I see Matt Bevin, running for McConnell’s nomination has four adopted kids from Ethiopia, one of my favorite countries. Impressive, good for him! I hope the Kentucky Rovians in the GOP or the evangelical wing doesn’t make too much of that, or.. for that matter some of the insufferables in the Democratic party. I can see the likes of Biden now making a tasteless joke.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Oh good lord, I up-dinged you. Surely a sign that the apocalypse is nigh. From the bio you linked, he looks like a good guy. Thanks.