Tea party Republicans remind me of bullies. They like to intimidate, threaten and aren’t afraid to use force to try to get their way. But once those they’re trying to bully rise up against them and stop putting up with their crap — they’re usually the biggest cry babies of anyone.
As many liberals are aware of, there’s a “civil war” going on right now within the GOP. It’s the more mainstream Republicans vs. tea party Republicans. Honestly, what this “war” really breaks down to is the Republicans who aren’t afraid to compromise and work with Democrats vs. radical right-wing Republicans who believe this country should be ran based on the most extreme conservative beliefs only supported by by a fraction of Americans.
Well, Sarah Palin and Sean Hannity recently got together to whine about how many Republicans are throwing the tea party “under the bus.”
Of course they addressed the growing momentum New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has gained since his overwhelming reelection. It’s becoming increasingly clear that, outside of Hillary Clinton, Christie will be the primary target of tea party Republicans leading up to 2016.
Palin suggested that it’s troubling to see Christie gaining so much momentum as a possible GOP front-runner, while suggesting that she didn’t think the Republican party would back someone who might dare have some things in common with President Obama.
The most “praise” Christie was given came when Palin said that having Christie as governor of New Jersey is still better than having a Democrat in charge of the state. Though that isn’t what I’d call a ringing endorsement of the New Jersey Governor. Palin did have plenty of praise for Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for trying to stop “Obamacare.”
Basically, the attitude of tea party Republicans is that while Chris Christie might run as a Republican, he isn’t a real Republican. He’s something many of them call a R.I.N.O. — a Republican in name only.
You saw evidence of this soon after Christie’s victory, when Texas Senator Ted Cruz walked away after a reporter asked if he thought Christie was a real conservative.
Even Texas Governor Rick Perry alluded to as much when he said, “Is a conservative in New Jersey a conservative in the rest of the country? We’ll have that discussion at the appropriate time.”
You know, what this all boils down to is these people are still angry that last year, following Hurricane Sandy, Governor Christie chose to put the people of New Jersey ahead of partisan politics and dared to praise President Obama for the quick response to the devastation.
For that moment, Christie put the American people ahead of the tea party agenda — and to many within the tea party, that makes him nearly as bad as us filthy liberals.
And this is exactly what you can expect to see going forward. Tea party conservatives whining about other Republicans who might dare to rise against the radical tea party agenda.
But one thing is for certain — it’s going to be very interesting to follow leading up to next year’s midterm elections and beyond.