Tea Party Groups Seek Vengeance For Fired Staffer

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

The Tea Party wants to avenge Paul Teller.

Teller was fired last week from his post as executive director of the Republican Study Committee, a congressional group that steers the right-wing agenda, after allegedly leaking private conversations over the course of years to outside political groups.

“This is personal,” says Brent Bozell, a conservative commentator and chairman of For America. “They are making it personal by attacking people by personally besmirching their integrity. I’m just not going to stand for it. Paul Teller is a good man.”

“What it’s telling the conservative movement is ‘we don’t want to do business with you,’” adds Bozell. “It’s political suicide.”

“This is clearly a line in the sand that the establishment in Washington DC is drawing with the conservatives,” says Jenny Beth Martin, President of the Tea Party Patriots. “With a tax and spend budget, and you combine that with the comments that Speaker [of the House John] Boehner said [last] week and the statements Sen. McConnell has said in recent weeks, it adds up to a pattern of lashing out at the conservative voter base that Republicans actually need to get elected.”

Last week Bozell and Martin signed a letter with more than 50 figures in the conservative movement, including Ronald Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese, Heritage Action’s Mike Needham, RedState’s Erick Erickson, FreedomWorks’ Matt Kibbe, Tea Party Express’ Amy Kremer, and David Bossie of Citizens United, praising Teller as “one of the true heroes of the conservative movement.” Bozell and Martin deny that Teller has ever leaked any confidential information to them.

Conservatives are furious in particular with Boehner, despite the fact that it was Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the RSC Chairman, who fired Teller. Last week Boehner told the press that outside groups had “lost all credibility” for opposing the budget deal created by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) before it was announced. FreedomWorks, Heritage Action, and the CATO Institute were among those groups. Unfavorable views of the Tea Party have nearly doubled to 49% since 2010, according to a Pew Research poll published Oct. 16, at the end of the government shutdown.

A lawmaker in the RSC leadership, who asked not to be identified, told TIME that the Teller firing was an “isolated incident” and that further staff changes were unlikely. According to the lawmaker, the RSC fired Teller after he leaked details of a December 5 meeting where Ryan outlined aspects of the forthcoming budget deal.

“Paul Teller was in that meeting and taking notes and then all of a sudden we’ve got these off the Hill groups that are talking about how they’re going to oppose the deal because it covers this and that and the other,” says the lawmaker. “He [Ryan] didn’t even have an agreement. There was nothing in writing. Then all of a sudden these groups said they are going to oppose it. That is not fair to Paul [Ryan], and that is not fair to Steve Scalise.”

The lawmaker stressed that it was not a first time offense. In 2011, during the debt-ceiling showdown, Teller reportedly was caught sending emails to outside groups in an attempt to tank a Boehner proposal. Members chanted “Fire him, fire him!” when they found out, according to Politico.

But firing Teller has provoked scorn and outrage within conservative communities, forcing some Republicans to try and make public amends.

“John just kind of got his Irish up,” Ryan told Meet the Press Sunday. “I was frustrated too, but I think these are very important elements of our conservative family.”

“I would prefer to keep those conversations within the family,” he added. “I think these taxpayer groups are indispensable to keeping taxpayer interest accounted for, keeping people accountable.”

37 comments
SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

How ironic, a guy named Paul Teller, who leaks documents.

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

Anything that aggravates the Tea Party lunatics is OK with me. America is fed up with you, your phony patriotic movement which just a front for big business Libertarian groups, and assorted mega-wealthy individuals, using well-intentioned individuals who can't spell, for your nefarious goals.

drudown
drudown

It is quite ironic- if not tragically so, that the “paid for” Tea Party protests often invoke “communist” or “socialist” memes when, in fact, the “no new taxes, ever” + “cut ALL entitlements and Food Stamps” GOP is far more similar to Stalin starving 3,000,000 Ukrainians in the 1930s. Moreover, whereas the Tea Party-led GOP seems to delight in comparing the ACA to some “despotic” mandate…they seem conspicuously incapable of even acknowledging that the CBO determined the ACA SAVES THE TREASURY TRILLIONS over the next 100+ years. It cannot be both. Either the GOP Congress’ course of conduct is in furtherance of FISCAL PRUDENCE, or it is simply thwarting duly Federal law with no Compelling or even Legitimate State Interest in mind. Funny, even challenging the Tea Party supporters to rationalize these glaring contradictions only invites judgmental and hateful responses. It is sadly just another form of the selfsame, seditious “chaos” that the Tea Party seeks to sow into the fabric of American society.

 

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.” – Bible, Proverbs 13:12

Not content to regurgitate the GOP shopworn pleas of “crying poor”, the (once mighty) media cites meaningless "poll numbers" that conspicuously omit any comparison between, say, the People's alleged "dissatisfaction" with President Obama and, among other things, the Tea Party-led GOP's decision to "shut down" the government instead of COLLECTING INCOME TAXES FROM CORPORATIONS (see, e.g., “We’re Not Broke” documentary on Netflix or Youtube), much less their stated intention to "cut Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security." So what probative value does "falling poll" numbers have for outgoing President Obama in terms of allegedly "bolstering" the GOP's chances when there is NO DATA to support such a ridiculous assertion? Even assuming, arguendo, the "conservative" media purports to have "poll data" to support its wishful prognostications in the upcoming mid-terms, that is hardly dispositive on how PEOPLE ACTUALLY VOTE (see, e.g., Rove's "disbelief" when Ohio was lost).  

As Gracian aptly noted, "everyone acts according to self-interest." 

Accordingly, conspicuously absent from "poll" analysis is HOW ISSUES THAT SHAPE ACTUAL LIVES dictate voting patterns, i.e., the entire "liberal" vs "conservative" litmus test doesn't win out. The CAUSE/EFFECT of POLICIES (e.g., democrats running on closing Corporate Income Tax loopholes) vs. the "suicidal" Tea Party politics. And given the GOP is going to "bet" its fortunes on the Tea Party candidates that effectuated the injurious "shut down" and overt threats to "end all entitlements", voters are just going to vote them out. Between (1) "a democratic majority that ends corporate giveaways" and (2) "a Tea Party-led anarchy that wants to nail the coffin shut on the middle class by refusing to even fund the State, Education, Health Care, General Welfare and Common Defense"? For what the democrats may lack in terms of controlling the Media message, they make up for in pragmatic appeal and clearly provide the best path back to what America WAS under Clinton Administration. 

 

"After the event, even the fool is wise." - Viscount Symonds 

Moreover, simply because the “conservative” media controls more of the message dispensed to the People- say, the GOP talking points about the (enter Halloween screech) “horrors of the Obamacare website”…at the end of the day, the EVIDENCE unequivocally PROVES that since the Obamacare (or the “ACA”) was enacted, Health Care costs have SLOWED to most favorable levels both FOR CONSUMERS and the GOVERNMENT in decades. So, regardless of one’s “partisan identification,” the GOP “talking points” are going to be exposed basic FACT-CHECKING including, but not limited to the FACT the ACA LOWERS HEALTH CARE premiums and IMPROVES COVERAGE to such a degree that by the time the mid-terms run around, the FACT the GOP “leaders” in Red States have DENIED their own constituents the BENEFITS is likewise going to win out over the lobbyist-driven “liberal vs. conservative” blah blah blah.  Notably, the ACA “fears” the GOP and its Faux News has tried to continuously drum up and exacerbate is no more than an imageless act.

“True nobility is exempt from fear.” – Shakespeare, Henry VI

To be sure, I think many, many GOP voters are completely DISILLUSIONED with the half-baked, LOBBYIST-driven “strategy” to “deny President Obama any victories” at the EXPENSE of the public and proper FUNCTIONING of Government.

To the contrary, the VOTERS now understand that the GOP is unapologetically OBSTRUCTING the President's ability to implement not only additional Stimulus on account of the GOP's Filibuster abuse and "no new taxes, ever" mantra, but this "strategy" is not going to change. 

What possible relevance does “being true to [allegedly] ‘conservative’ values” really have to a struggling Middle Class family that WANTS actual COVERAGE for their LOVED ONES. I mean, the “game” is up for the GOP. No independent or “undecided” voter actually believes the GOP’s crocodile tears over the “poor people with their policies dropped” in Blue States that implemented the ACA and its CONSUMER PROTECTIONS because the “old law” (i.e., still operative in the aforementioned Red States) SANCTIONS the Evil Insurance Companies to indiscriminately DROP COVERAGE on a dime, often on account of real or fabricated technicalities, and the people with no Health Insurance coverage to begin with are, upon closer inspection, NO DIFFERENT than someone that gets so arbitrarily DENIED in non-ACA jurisdictions. This should be carefully considered.  

“The facts are to blame, my friend. We are all imprisoned by facts: I was born, I exist.” – Luigi Pirandello

HudsonValleyTim
HudsonValleyTim

The problem is that the tea-baggers pander to the willing. People who watch pro wrestling, hockey for the fights, and Jerry Springer. It's all fun until you forget that it's just a show.

Fastgirl
Fastgirl

The bullies are being bullied and they don't like it.

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

RINO's are nothing but democrats in a republican suit. RINO's hate socialism, big government and big deficits ............ until they are the majority, then it's okay.


I don't have to vote for Boehner or his kind on election day. I can just as easily stay home or skip that part of the ballot.

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

These so called conservative groups are no real conservatives. Real conservatives would help their nation in time of needs not tearing it down. These are just a bunch of self-serving people out to line up their own pocket books. They have sold their souls to the highest bidders and those are satins in high places...

We ordinary American people have seen through them very clearly.

mcflyer54
mcflyer54

Just when you thought the GOP couldn't possibly do more damage to themselves they go and prove you wrong. Unfortunately I live in Boehner's district and there probably isn't a safer seat in congress. So let the Tea Party draw their swords and do battle - all the better for the Democrats if the Republicans would prefer to destroy their own chances. There isn't a Tea Party candidate anywhere that can win an election without the help (financial and otherwise) of the much hated mainstream Republicans. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

For all their talk about taking responsibility, the Tea Party seems loathe for their own people to have to take responsibility for their actions.  They don't want people to take responsibility, they just want anyone who's not 100% in lock step with them to get out of town.

bill1
bill1

The Tea Party should follow the tea and jump in the harbor.  They're a bunch of idiots who have no appreciation for the traditions of America - democracy, compromise, respect for others, compassion...

notsacredh
notsacredh

Dear Santa,

 I would like a full-scale civil war in the GOP for Christmas.

                                                         Your friend,

                                                         sacredh

P.S. The bloodier, the better.

MrObvious
MrObvious

That's the tea party for you; only a bunch of boobs want revenge for losing a political game they're terrible at. The whole x or the country gets it type politics is for children, not adults.


And you wonder why most people don't like the teabillies.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I can't wait for the protest marches and all of the signs with hilarious spelling errors.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

Extremism in any form is bad for the people that are subject to this influence.  In our country it's the Tea Party whose extreme sense of what's patriotic is toxic to all of us.


Boehner and other sensible GOP "leaders" should emasculate these thugs who are doing so much damage to this country.

notsacredh
notsacredh

The Tea Party holds the GOP hostage. The Tea Party holds the economy hostage to get their way. The Tea party holds the country hostage to try to push their agenda. Isn't it time to quit pretending that they're anything other than a bunch of unpatriotic thugs?

notsacredh
notsacredh

" Conservatives are furious in particular with Boehner, despite the fact that it was Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the RSC Chairman, who fired Teller."

The mail was late Saturday. I am so mad at the garbage man.

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

“I think these taxpayer groups are indispensable to keeping taxpayer interest accounted for, keeping people accountable.”


Tax payer interests. Interesting! I bet not a one is average. They are only concerned with the interest of the few and accountable to no one. It's time to end these special interest groups, super funds and the like. Limit donations to individuals only and put a cap on it. 


DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Teller was fired last week from his post as executive director of the Republican Study Committee, a congressional group that steers the right-wing agenda, after allegedly leaking private conversations over the course of years to outside political groups.
So what's the problem with firing him?  Oh right, the Tea Party are an emotional, petty, senseless lot.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

 lashing out at the conservative voter base that Republicans actually need to get elected.”


Well there's your trouble right there. The Conservative voter base is actually toxic to America and America is quickly catching on.



BabuG.Ranganathan
BabuG.Ranganathan

SOCIETY’S RIGHTS VS. CAPITALISM’S RIGHTS

Babu G. Ranganathan

Many in society have been taught to believe that the public has no right to tell corporations what to do with their money any more than a private citizen has the right to tell his neighbor what to do with the money he earns from a business or store. This is not a fair analogy.

True enough that a private citizen doesn't have the right to tell his neighbor what to do with his money but the public does have the right to tell corporations what to do with their money. Why? Because corporations couldn't exist without very special and unique government help. Corporations are special legal entities that have unique rights, privileges, and protections given by government that ordinary citizens and business owners do not have. And, since the government in a democracy like ours comes from the people (the majority in society) the people have the right to determine how corporations act and how they spend their money. The majority in a democracy own the franchise of government! 

Therefore, the public has a right to demand something from corporations in exchange for giving corporations the right to exist. Would I not have the right, even as a private citizen, to demand something from a business built on my property? The same logic applies to the relationship between the public (society) and corporations. Corporations cannot hide behind the specious argument of rugged individualism!

Many in our society have been brainwashed to believe that an absolutely free market place with no government controls or regulations would automatically fix our nation's problems. Have we forgotten already that the Great Depression of the early 1930's was the direct result of a free market economy with no government control or regulation?

Rugged individualism teaches that the individual has the right to benefit from social and economic interactions with society, but that society has no right to demand any benefit from the individual.

However, if it is true that a person has a moral right to be a rugged individualist, looking out only for himself, then it also follows that individuals (plural), by mutual consent and agreement, have a moral right to look out for themselves. Such a moral right of individuals (plural) is the basis for majority rule and unions in our society.

Certainly, if an individual is benefiting from commerce with the many individuals of society, then the many individuals of society have a right, by mutual agreement among themselves, to demand certain benefits from the individual, benefits such as decent wages, clean air, clean water, safe working conditions, safe products, etc.

No one has absolute individual rights in society. Those who want absolute individual rights must live outside of society. Those who want to be part of society with the benefits of government and law must be willing to grant what the majority want, even if it's at their own expense.

Yes, minorities have rights, but the majority has more rights.

Absolute individualism is absolutely unfair. The majority has the right to tax an individual and collect money to build a park even if that individual doesn’t want the park and will never use the park. The majority has a right to tax an individual and use the money to provide welfare or help those who genuinely can’t help themselves in society.
 
Self proclaimed rugged individualists in society want all the benefits of what the majority has to provide - government, law, security, and protection - but they do not want to give up anything to the majority in exchange for these benefits. These so-called rugged individualists are the real leeches and parasites of society.

The fact is there are no real rugged individualists in society!  

If capitalism and social consciousness cannot coexist then how is it that modern industrialized nations such as Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and others can have a high degree of social consciousness and still be capitalistic with a thriving free enterprise.

The rich are not paying their fair share of the taxes. Even billionaire Warren Buffet has said that his office secretary pays more in taxes in proportion to her income than he does.

In fact, one of President Obama's ideas for reviving our economy is by the federal government spending money to repair the infrastructure in our country (roads, bridges, highways, etc.). Much of this money would come from taxing the wealthy and corporations and making them pay their fair share taxes.

People can still become wealthy in a socialist society but not at the detrimental expense of others in society.

Many of the basic rights, especially regarding safety in the work place, that we take for granted were not graciously given to society by the rich but won by the blood of bludgeoned workers and strikers in the early twentieth century.

The Bible doesn't say that money is the root of all evil, but that "the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil." That love of money must be constrained in society or the worst aspects of capitalism will make a living hell for millions. Thank God, of course, that there are some capitalists who don't put money first or love money. God bless them!

The Christian Scriptures have much to say against the rich and wealthy who obtain and maintain their wealth through the detriment of the rest of society (James 2: 6, 7; 5: 1-6).

Read the author's Internet article:

THE FAR LEFT AND RIGHTS OF THINGS

The author, Babu G. Ranganathan, has his bachelor’s degree with concentrations in theology and biology and has been recognized for his writings on religion and science in the 24th edition of Marquis “Who’s Who in The East.”

martykz
martykz

"Nest of Vipers" comes to mind for these vitreolic regressives.  I look forward to finally seeing the back of them.

JamesGordon1
JamesGordon1

By the  way ,,I  still  have  not  forgotten Grover Norquist  and  his  association  with the  Muslim  brotherhood,  and  the  Christian  community  bowing  to  him  while  at the  same  time  preaching  hatred  against  Muslims ,  shame  shame  shame  

JamesGordon1
JamesGordon1

" Vengeance " , "avenge" . These  words  certainly  fit  these derange Fanatics ,  In the  good  old  days   they  would be  called  demon  possessed , however  now days  the  christian  right  surround  themselves  with these  people.such a  sad  day  for  Christianity  

jmac
jmac

This made me want some popcorn.  

mcflyer54
mcflyer54

@mary.waterton - please feel free to stay home, nothing would make the us liberal Dems happier. And if you, like me, actually live in Boehner's district your failure to vote for him will only serve to increase the value of my vote against him. Thank you for your lack of participation. 

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@mary.waterton

I love you extremists.  RINO = not black enough!  Lol! 

As for Boehner, he's been held hostage by your extreme element called the Tea Party for too long a time now.  He has gone to the mat for you people.  And what is his reward?  It's a "what have you done for me lately?" thank you!

You'd deny your own mother food stamps if she had no other way to eat.  We need a lot fewer like you and a lot more people willing to work together for the prosperity of all.  So yeah, stay home on election day.

bill1
bill1

@RobertNguyen Conservatives?  Fascists come to mind.  They're beyond the pale.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@RobertNguyen

I can't agree Mr. Robert.  These Tea Party people are very extreme conservatives.  They are of the same extreme mindset politically as the Taliban is theologically.  Both are extreme and both are damaging.

Fastgirl
Fastgirl

@forgottenlord Just like Obama and his friends.

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

@AlphaJulietteProblem being that Boehner is no more "leading" the House than I am. He's doing the bidding of whoever is holding his leash at the time. 


Meanwhile the country pays for this mindblowing mix of a small group of crazies bullying the "leaders" into (not) doing whatever they (don't) want (done) that day.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

Sounds like teabillies; they don't know what they're mad at - details don't matter anyways. They're mad and someones going to get it.

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

@JamesGordon1 : I was unaware of the alleged association of Norquist with the Muslim Brotherhood, so I had to look it up. The first thing I found was a looney toons comment by Glenn Beck. 

“[Norquist] is the guy responsible for a lot of the Muslim Brotherhood stuff that goes on in the White House, isn’t he?” Beck asked his guests on Monday.

There seems to be no limit to the insanity of the Islamophobes, and no limits to the depths someone like Frank Gaffney will stoop to in order to smear someone who disagrees with him. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/01/frank-gaffney-grover-norquist-muslim-brotherhood_n_1699604.html

This is the first time I have ever felt any sympathy for Grover Norquist.

Cactus44
Cactus44

@jmacOr maybe it's time to queue Michael Buffer:  "Let's get ready to rumblllllllllllllllle"

scoobydube007
scoobydube007

@S_Deemer Glenn Beck ???  Is he STILL around and being "listened" to ???  And here I thought that "NIGHTMARE on ELM STREET" was a 'HORROR' film !!!  Here's a question for you; Who's "CRAZIER" ??  Glenn Beck OR El Rushbo ??  Inquiring minds want to know ????