GOP Civil War – Tea Party will primary GOP traitors

  • Published on November 14th, 2013

Will the GOP hold the house in 2014? Not if the Tea Party has its way…

Intent on making all GOP politicians purer than pure (and not caring who gets hurt in the process – children, moms, the US credit rating, or the environment), one Tea Party organization is now announcing it will primary 87 GOP traitors.

That’s right – every single house member who kept the world economy from melting down by voting to raise the debt ceiling, up to and most importantly including Speaker of the House John Boehner.

The fund’s treasurer, Dan Backer, told Buzzfeed they were finding “credible candidates” to take on each of the 87.

“From our perspective, we see this as a signature vote. You can’t be a conservative and vote to raise the debt ceiling,” Backer said. “I recognize there are some places where voters may actually think that was the right vote. And there may be places where you have an incumbent who wins with 90% of the vote every time and there’s not a credible challenger. I recognize that, but we’re certainly going to do our best.”

Here’s who they’re particularly targeting:

  • Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis
  • New York Rep. Peter King
  • North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger
  • Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany
  • Ohio Rep.  John Boehner, the House Speaker

What does all this mean?

On the one hand, it will probably increase the pressure on GOP members of the House to never ever ever vote favorably toward any kind of environmental regulation. Of course, right now they’re voting in lockstep on this anyway… but don’t expect that to change.

On the other hand, this could presage a serious battle for the party’s soul come next year’s midterm elections. And that’s good for us.

Republicans manage to win the middle when they pretend not to be Republicans. They talk all squishy and moderate – and then go to Washington and vote like hard-liners. It’s when Republicans proudly stand up and say what it is they want to do – whether it’s raping the environment, shuttering abortion clinics or throwing the poor and vulnerable to the wolves – that voters flush them down the electoral toilet in disgust.

So it’s possible we may see a more environmentally-friendly House of Representatives in a year… thanks to the Tea Party.

(Mad Boston Tea Party image via Brandi Karl)

About the Author

Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.