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January 16, 2014 - 6:00 am

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) unleashed on the Tea Party while promoting his new book, saying the movement has “destroyed the Republican Party and use it only in name.”

“It’s often said this is not your father’s or grandfather’s Republican Party. It’s not even the Republican Party of five years ago. These folks have gone Tea Party over the edge and they’re obsessive. They’re extremists,” Ellison said on MSNBC, blaming the Tea Party wing for a “do-nothing” session of Congress.

“We’ve only passed about 60 bills. Most of them are suspensions, post office namings and a few of them have been bills to simply reopen the government after they shut it down,” he said. “Skip things like immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, unemployment insurance. Those critical issues, they’re not going anywhere near them.”

On the minimum wage, Ellison predicted, “We may end up getting them to capitulate and agree to do what’s right for the American people.”

“Here’s the thing. If you talk to Republicans on the sidelines, in the different places that we can talk informally, many of them are not all the way for this extremism. Now, I’m not saying that they’re ready to join the Progressive Caucus or anything, but the fact is that, you know, there is a hard core ideological crew that other people get swept away with because they fear a primary from their right,” he continued.

“That is one of the problems. I’m waiting on those Republicans who, you know, remember Eisenhower, who remember Dole, who remember people like even Reagan and Bush. I’m looking for those guys to reassert themselves. They have been buffaloed and corralled by the extreme. And that’s a sad thing.”

Ellison’s new book, My Country ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, My Future, talks about being the first Muslim elected to Congress.

He was asked about Dave Agema, a Michigan member of the Republican National Committee who reposted a comment asking, “Have you ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?”

“Well, you know, my 19-year-old son is active duty, a member of the United States military. We’re very proud of that. He’s a Muslim. He loves his country. And I think Mr. Agema owes him and about 6,000 other Muslims serving in our armed forces an apology,” Ellison said. “…In the book, I talk about Salman Hamdani, who was a first responder who ran into the towers site when other Americans were trying to escape the flames of the burning towers because he so loved his fellow countrymen and women. So I mean it’s a — Mr. Agema just doesn’t have the facts. He’s wrong. But he wants to divide us. He’s trying to create scapegoats.”

“And he is exactly what’s wrong with the modern Republican Party. They need to denounce this guy and reject him. And if they want to talk about conservative ideas on politics and taxes and spending, fine. But this hate stuff has got to go. Herman Cain tried it. Others tried it. They tried to make it part of the Republican brand. Thank God it’s — you know, there are people who, in Dearborn, who are saying no to it.”

Bridget Johnson is a career 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 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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Yes, the Republican Party was so Servile and Malleable, easy to manipulate, until those Tea Partiers came along and Ruined them.
13 weeks ago
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Muslim fifth-columnists have nothing of interest to say -- especially when they're as stupid as this slob.
13 weeks ago
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Ellison seems to be upset about this. Golly gee, why would a radical, socialist Dem be upset about the destruction of the GOP? Just one of those things that make you go hmmmmm.

Actually, I kinda think that what he's upset about is a thriving opposition.
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This black fifth-columnist Muslim should just shut his mouth and quit trying to sound like he has a opinion worth listening to.
12 weeks ago
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Dishonest Muslim Democratic Socialist provides useful counsel for Republicans to follow? Because he wants to help the Republicans, right? The sad part is that there are too many Republicans who would sell out if they could and will if they are able. A typical American politician lives in an entirely different country than that of the Tea Partier. It is sad seeing how people are being routinely dehumanized by their government. Nothing good will come of it.
12 weeks ago
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Notice that only conservative Republicans are 'extremists', never Progressive Caucus or Workers' Families Party types. It's almost certainly true that it's only the GOP that's a 'big-tent' party and it's the Dems that have only a left wing.
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Goldurn TP'ers won't fall into lockstep with the RINO's and meet the progressive agenda with nothing less than total acquiescence .
Ellison , as a progressive , believes in nothing human . Ellison as a muslim , believes in nothing human . I got it ! > There is no dichotomy between the two cultures , as they each are epitomised by their murderous lack of humanity .

Validate your 2nd Amendment Rights . Carry
12 weeks ago
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When you have a radical Muslim on the extreme left of the political spectrum defining what the opposition should be, it makes me wonder if he's concerned about the Republican Party or the fact that it won't be possible to maintain his party's hole on the congress or the presidency.
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Ellison disgusts me on many levels. Let's start with the fact that I grew up in that district. Did I ever think it would be represented by a muslim extremist; a tiny clone of the usurper himself? I think not. The fact that he criticizes the Tea Party is not even news, it is simply business as usual for those who seek to destroy this great nation. We now know that the Tea Party is under fire from Ellison's ilk AND from the mainstream Republicans who fear the loss of their status quo. BTW, I departed the left-wing enclave known as Minnesota; otherwise known as a safe harbor for hundreds of thousands of potential terrorists, AKA, Somali's. Now I'm in the company of many, many like-minded individuals in the great state of Wyoming. Do you want to carry concealed? Just go ahead - no permit necessary. Do you want to build a house? Very few (if any) permits required. Do you wish you had genuine conservative congressmen? We do. BTW, we have plenty of open space, come on down! But, you better have an affinity for sagebrush, because we have lots of that too!
12 weeks ago
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From someone who wishes they could escape from one of the Northeast's People's Republics, it sounds like heaven.
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Representative Ellison, my regret is that the Tea Party hasn't been extreme enough in scaling back government, out-of-control bureaucracies & the outrageous spending. Exhibit A: The latest budget proposal.

Furthermore, if the Tea Party is responsible for a do-nothing Congress, I say keep up the great work and Amen!
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And yet Keith Ellison is guilty of exactly what he accuses Dave Agema of. To accuse us of being extremists because we support and stand for the American values of the Founding Fathers, pretty much shows you what we are up against which is doublespeak, a la George Orwell's "1984". The reason that the Tea Party Movement stands up against every issue that Mr. Ellison mentions is that we are not as easily led as the Democrats and we have taken the time to research the issues and find them although self-serving to buy votes, they will create more harm than good. How can legalizing 12 million more workers possibly be beneficial when ACTUAL unemployment is 12% and in the Black American community it is DOUBLE that amount? How can raising minimum wage, which is a temporary trining wage, be beneficial when it will also create more unemployment as business owners will not pay that high of an amount for unskilled, untrained labor. Extending unemployment insurance for long term unemployed is also a crutch for many gaming the system as it is a fact that when unemployment runs out, 60% of those people miraculously find work. Unemployed union members do not even have to look for work which is a travesty. Many people will only work when they have to and that is an unfortunate fact of life. Many Republicans do not stand up for the values they insist that they stand for which is why the Tea Party exists in the first place. If they did and demanded truth and that laws were enforced, they would immediately draw up Articles of Impeachment for Eric Holder and Barack Obama. Their lack of moral fortitude has made our country weaker, increased the poverty level and has pitted half the country against the other with our Constitution being shredded in the process.
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I keep waiting for someone to publish incidents of all the hate assigned to the Tea Party. I remember the congregation of Tea Partiers in Washington. Quiet, respectful and they cleaned up the grounds when they left. For those on the left I again inform them that TEA stands for taxed enough already. Get it? No hate, no bigotry, no namecalling, all are welcome who want less government intrusion in our lives. It that so bad? Why the hatred of the Tea Party? Back in my day (see the 60's) democrats and lefties decried the overreach of the government. Now they want the government dictating every element of citizens life. WTF?
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Prediction: In about two months, Ellison's joke of a book will be on sale at the 99 cent store with no takers. Who was the idiot publisher that gave a contract to this moron?
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