While some Republicans continue to perpetuate this idea that they’re “100% unified” when it comes to the government shutdown, most sane Americans know that’s not the case. There are two distinct factions waging war within the GOP right now, with the future of the party — and our country as a whole — at stake.
On one side you have people like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, the tea party darlings who represent the most vile and disgusting parts of their party. Years ago these kinds of people still existed within the GOP, you just rarely heard from them because they were kept in the dark and basically told to sit down and shut up. They were tolerated, but never had any real influence within the party.
On the other you have your prototypical Republican establishment types like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. Horrible politicians for sure, but they’re not the tea party right-wing radicals like a Michele Bachmann or Steve King.
As this shutdown continues, there have been numerous stories surfacing about many Republicans who are simply sick and tired of dealing with these tea party radicals. And apparently, in a closed-door meeting, a few of these Republicans lit into Utah Senator Mike Lee and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Which seems to have hurt their feelings. Aw, too bad.
During an interview with a conservative media personality, Senator Lee gave some insight to the rumors that he and Cruz had a barrage of attacks slung their way by members of their own party.
“Normally, I don’t comment at all on closed-door meetings between Republican Senators. It’s a pretty strict rule we have. It was an all-out attack against Ted Cruz and me. It was unflattering. It was unfair. It was demeaning. It was demeaning to Senator Cruz and to me, but more than anything it was demeaning to those who engaged in the attacks.”
Senator Lee also went on to say that not a single Republican at the meeting came to either he or Ted Cruz’s defense.
Is he really whining because members of his own party were mean to him and Ted Cruz? Well maybe, like most Americans, they’re sick and tired of these tea party antics which always seem to be getting in the way of everything we try to do in this country.
Hell, we can’t even raise the debt ceiling without bringing our economy to the brink of collapse. People are sick of this obstructionist crap that’s primarily orchestrated by tea party Republicans. And you know it’s gotten bad when even other Republicans are growing sick of it.
The tea party has made so many Republicans fearful of being “primaried” (having the tea party turn on them during their primaries and losing their seat to a tea party-supported candidate) that many Republicans think they have to constantly give in to ridiculous demands by these right-wing radicals who seem determined to sabotage our government for their own political gains.
But forgive me if I don’t give a crap that Republicans brought Senators Lee and Cruz into a closed-door meeting and tore into them.
Good. They should have done it long ago and more often. It’s time Republicans start standing up to these right-wing radicals that seem to be taking over their party. Liberals can’t convince Republicans to return to some form of sanity, but sensible Republicans can.
But trust me when I say this is just the beginning. Once primaries really get started and some of these Republicans face challenges from tea party-backed radicals, it’s going to get really ugly.
The thing is, they brought all of this infighting on themselves. The GOP embraced the tea party to be its savior, but instead it’s turning out to be the catalyst for what just might destroy the Republican party.