Has The Tea Party Peaked? No … next question


Has The Tea Party Peaked?.
Other signs abound that the tea-party wave of 2010-2012 has peaked. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., up for reelection next year, is openly taking on the conservative base on immigration without facing any retribution from a conservative challenger. Sen. John Cornyn, who took conservative flak for supporting moderates as NRSC chair from 2010-2012, is expected to cruise to another term without primary opposition in Texas. The Club for Growth, agitating for intraparty challengers, has rallied behind only one GOP target so far. Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller, the erratic tea-party insurgent in 2010, isn’t polling as well among Republicans in his second go-around.

All this is a far cry from the deeply antiestablishment, anti-incumbent sentiment that swept Washington for much of the last decade. Despite polling that shows Congress is as unpopular as ever, the intensity that drove Republican primary challengers seems to be abating. Over the last two elections, three sitting Republican senators were defeated in the primaries. Four House members apiece lost primaries in each of the last three House elections (not including the member-versus-member redistricting matchups). As significant is the fact that in the last two elections, at least 20 representatives (20 in 2010, 20-plus in 2012) won less than 60 percent of the vote in primaries—unusually high numbers that illustrated the anger at Washington across the country. Those numbers don’t look like they’ll be matched next year.

There are many reasons why that’s the case. Conservative activists have already pushed some of their biggest enemies out of the Congress, leaving fewer targets behind. Outside groups aren’t raising money the way they did in 2010 at the apex of the tea-party wave and in 2012 during the high-stakes presidential election. The disappointment felt by the grassroots after Obama’s reelection sapped some of the base’s enthusiasm. Jim DeMint, the main agitator inside the Senate, is now operating from the outside, with less political influence.

Read the article at: NationalJournal.com.

The Tea Party was mugged, beaten and left for dead by Lois Lerner and the IRS gang. Surviving that attack only to be kicked while down by the John McCain / Karl Rove branch of the RINO Republican establishment.

But down does not mean out. Many more people (many of whom have only marginally been observing current events and politics up to now) have taken notice of the scandal-paloosa, they see an ever expanding Stasi like surveillance state, they observe the lawless IRS actions, and some are only now taking notice of an ostensible one party system. Those missing millions of conservative voters can and will join the Tea Party movement – whatever the party is named.

To be sure, this type of thing may take several more election cycles to play itself out.

When it happens, the rise of a new party will likely come as a “complete surprise” to most of the Rep & Dem establishment because many of the new party voters will express their support only with their votes at election time – and shock the established Rep & Dem regime.

It’s almost as if the Republicans have forgotten the Whigs, forgot their own party history and forget how the Republican party was started to begin with.

HT: HotAir

Rand Paul gives Christie the smack down

He may have heard that the Republican party is on life support in the northeast. Republicans are in danger of becoming an endangered species, so it’s not real smart for Republicans to be attacking Republicans. But I would remind him that I think what’s dangerous in our country is to forget that we have a Bill of Rights, to forget about privacy, to give up all of our liberty to say ‘we’re going to catch terrorism, but we have to live in a police state.’ I think it’s really kind of sad and cheap that he would use the cloak of 9/11 victims, and say, ‘I’m the only one who cares about these victims.’ Hogwash. If he cared about protecting this country, maybe he wouldn’t be in this, “Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme all the money you have in Washington, or don’t have,’ and he’d be a little more fiscally responsive and know that the way we defend our country, the way we have enough money for national defense, is by being frugal and not by saying, ‘Gimme, gimme, gimme’ all the time. … I’m for spying in terrorists, I’m not for spying on every American. And so people like the governor who are, I guess, flippant about privacy, flippant about the 4th Amendment, and flippant about the Bill of Rights, they do an injustice to our soldiers. Our soldiers are laying their life on the line for the Bill of Rights. So, if we’re not going to stand up for the Bill of Rights, we don’t care about liberty, then I think it’s really a mistake and we’ve gone too far.

When the NSA started spying on the home front they became a defacto extra-constitutional military organization deployed within our borders and thus eligible for defunding with extreme prejudice.

Their hooking up and listening to every electromagnetic eminence coming from within your domicile may even violate the third amendment of all things!

It’s too bad that some elected officials don’t take the oath to “Defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC” seriously but, lucky for us, others do.

The Patriot Act was bad law exactly because of what is currently being done under its auspices by the Democrat party. Which is exactly what we were all warned was going to happen by those nutty libertarians.

via Hot Air.

Renee Vaughan & Texas Campaign for the Environment are Racist & Proud


Renee Vaughan & Texas Campaign for the Environment are Racist & Proud.

Why else would the sign use the word “We’re”?

Yes she works there even though she has been “Internet scrubbed” recently.


via The Gateway Pundit.

The Hut Where the Internet Began – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic

leyte-thumb-570x374-126499Good read…
The Hut Where the Internet Began – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic.

Also a link to Engelbart’s extensive archive

How handgun carry laws have changesd since 1986

The Volokh Conspiracy » Chicago: From a Handgun Ban to a Right to Carry Concealed Handguns.


Sultan Knish: Wrong Side of the Street

Spot on analysis of the Zimmerman trial.

Sultan Knish: Wrong Side of the Street.

The Zimmerman case is about many things, but it isn’t about George Zimmerman, an Hispanic Obama supporter who campaigned against police brutality only to find himself plucked up by the hand of Big Brother to play the villainous white racist in the latest episode of liberal political reality television.

Zimmerman is the latest Bernie Goetz; another wholly unlikely cult figure who currently campaigns for vegetarian lunches in public schools and squirrel rescue. It’s not that the two men had anything particularly in common. Unlike Goetz, it is very unlikely that Zimmerman jumped the gun, so to speak, but they both fill a similar niche. They represent the embattled lower half of the middle class.

To understand the Zimmerman case, you have to live in a neighborhood that has just enough property values to keep you paying the mortgage and just enough proximity to dangerous territories to make you feel like you’re living on the frontier.

Read it all and you will find the ideas strangely familiar…

Illinois enacts nations final concealed-gun law

At least the Illinois CCW law is more permissive than New York’s CCW law.

Illinois enacts nations final concealed-gun law.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns as lawmakers rushed Tuesday to finalize a proposal ahead of a federal court’s deadline.

Both chambers of the Legislature voted to override changes Gov. Pat Quinn made to the bill they approved more than a month ago. Even some critics of the law argued it was better to approve something rather than risk the courts allowing virtually unregulated concealed weapons in Chicago, which has endured severe gun violence in recent months.

The Senate voted 41-17 in favor of the override Tuesday afternoon after the House voted 77-31, margins that met the three-fifths threshold needed to set aside the amendatory veto.