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Bridget Johnson


September 26, 2013 - 6:42 am

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the secret to success for the GOP will be having the Tea Party and the national party on the same page.

Priebus called the relationship between the two entities “a full embrace.”

“The fact is, you know, we come from Wisconsin. That’s a state where you have the Tea Party, the Republican Party, number one, all on the same page. That’s the secret of all the success up there. But on top of it, the secret is you have candidates everyone in the party is proud of. You look at Scott Walker, Ron Johnson, Paul Ryan, people of their word that run for office and govern like they campaign. That’s what you have to do,” he said last night on Fox.

He brushed off observations of deep divides between the Tea Party and GOP, vowing Democrats “will understand the wrath of the Tea Party and Republican Party in 2014 when Obamacare is tattooed on their forehead and they are going to have to run for office and explain in very red states what they did.”

“Now, as far as the Republican Party is concerned, look, I think some of this stuff is way overblown. I was in a lunch just yesterday with all of the U.S. senators on the Republican side of the aisle, and Ted was there and Mike Lee was there and people were talking about procedure. This is not like — you know, there is no — people aren’t throwing spit balls at each other. They are having normal, decent conversations about whether or not a cloture vote is the right way to go on a bill that they support that’s coming from Congress,” Priebus continued.

“I’m not going to speak for Ted Cruz. But from what I’ve seen, I know that he and his colleagues get along well. I know they have intelligent conversations about these things behind closed doors. And he’s passionate. I think what you saw [Tuesday] was a person — for the average person in Wisconsin, they don’t get wrapped up in Senate rules. What they see is someone finally standing up and fighting. And I think for that he’s to be commended. As far as, like, fighting over whether a cloture vote makes sense or not, I think that’s something that’s totally in the weeds.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said on MSNBC last night that “Ted Cruz has gotten himself a little isolated on the Senate side.”

“But over here in the House, you have a lot of Ted Cruzes, and so far, they’ve been running the show in the House,” Van Hollen lamented. “…And in the Senate, of course, he is a minority when there is a minority party. But here in the House, the Ted Cruzes of the House really, as I’ve said, they’ve got their hands on the steering wheel so far. So, that’s why Speaker Boehner can’t even tell us today what he plans to do because he hasn’t checked wit his Tea Party caucus.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Looks like McCain, Graham, Boehner, and the rest of the Republican Establishment didn't get Priebus's memo.

They will next Primary season.
1 year ago
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"I Have a Dream" Republican National Committee "Washington DC Elitist" Chairman Reince Priebus said the secret to success for the GOP will be having the Tea Party and national party on the same page. HAH! Fat Chance.
This is simple to understand and figure out! It's Washington DC's Elite establishment with their:1)greed, 2)power, 3)corruption philosophy fighting tooth and nail against ALL Tea Partiers across America. These GOP Elites don't understand one fundamental, basic dictum of Marxist/Leninist political strategy...involve, cajole and gain political opponents confidence and support. When Marxist/Leninistas have achieved their goals (complete control) all those foolish enough to have "joined forces" with them, will suffer eradication and permanent banishment. Examples:Soviet Union, Cuba, Kenya, Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Western Europe, et al. To name a few examples of "command and control" economies in recent times. Why, look at Brazil as reported by Economist's latest edition (9/26/2013). What more do Americans need as proof of a "silent coup" underway by Washington DC Elite's? HHS and Obamacare are but one side of this story. Ted Cruz is the hero. Pray. Amen. Join a Tea Party.
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Good grief, Reince, Everyone knows the story of the scorpion and the frog.

Stop with the insults to our intelligence; it only infuriates people and makes them hate you. As Subotai says, you only started this theme once ObamaCare was safe.

You want to show people this "embrace" or yours isn't just a python's ploy? Key Senate appointments and money support for Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee. Bring Sarah Palin and Jenny Beth Martin and others into your advisory circle and treat them with respect and dignity.

We could do a lot of good together. You could either leave a legacy as the guy who saved the GOP. Or managed to let it die on your watch.

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No longer Republican. Definitely TEA Party. If the Republicans want to be the Democrats' enablers in all things, they are just as much the enemy of the country as the Democrats. Reince Priebus only started talking about how much he loved the TEA Party and how committed he was to killing Obamacare AFTER McConnell, Cornyn, and the rest of them agreed to vote with the Democrats.

4 ways. Long, wide, deep, and continuous.

Subotai Bahadur
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