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Republican on Republican Bloodbath -- Eating Their Own

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Ever get the feeling you were being eaten by your own?

Is the Tea Party really part of the Republican party or are they a third party? That's the question that leads to this story on the internecine battle going on right now in what's currently called the GOP ranks. But as you read more, you may come to the same conclusion that many share now -- the GOP and the Tea Party are two different organizations, kind of like conjoined twins - relying on each other for their complete existence.

eng and chang

Sadly, like with Eng and Chang Bunker, they were two very different people who couldn't co-exist without one another. They shared vital organs, one's blood fed through the other. Neither could survive alone, therefore they spent 63 years connected -- and when one died, the other quickly followed.

Is this the fate of the GOP? There's a certain movement afoot to separate the two groups. There were separate responses to the State of the Union. They have separate caucuses in Congress. They have separate agendas, and even separate fundraising. Yet they loosely still are bridled under the one banner of the Republican Party.

Here's where the malfunction is being felt the most. Forget "all politics is local." All politics is MONEY. Period.

Via Talking Points Memo:

As part of their efforts to avoid the unforced errors that have cost them in the last two elections, Republicans have been playing "hardball" with would-be donors to a leading tea party group.

FreedomWorks chief Matt Kibbe told the New York Times in a story published Monday that leading Republican lawmakers have done their part to block donations to his group.

This is beginning to sound like those species who eat their young. Where the Tea Party and the GOP share a number of commonalities, they also are facing some mutual obstacles -- mainly the Independent voters who are flocking to the Democrats. These are largely women, the poor, immigrants, and minorities.

So you'd think that if you were one party, you'd work together, sharing the chores and the funding. As two parties, they can't exist beyond another election without self-inflicted major injuries. One will not walk away from the next showdown. And when you cut the power to the GOP and exile the Tea Party members, you've got two weak and ineffective groups. When Eng died, Chang followed minutes later. Does anyone else smell the faint wafting of the Whig or the Bull Moose Parties?

FreedomWorks is backing a number of conservative candidates trying to unseat GOP incumbents such as Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.

And while the effort has drawn the ire of Republican leadership, Kibbe doesn't mind his insurgent role. In October, he suggested that there's a "real possibility" that the GOP splits into two factions.

So FreedomWorks, the fundraising mechanism for the Tea Party is starting to get shut out from the mainstream Republican donors. No money means no influence, which then means no politics. All they can do now is take what funds they can scrape together to try to usurp the larger, more mainstream GOP. But this Tea Party cancer is taking it's toll, eating away from within. Will the Tea Party cancer turn out to be malignant? Some say it already has. Just ask Speaker John Boehner.

The bigger question is whether or not this creeping disease is going to be fatal. Right now the attending physicians aren't giving great odds for survival. I hear Boehner and Cantor are meeting later today with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. The Speaker has requested a priest be present, in case last rites need to be administered. Does that give you a "tale of the tape?"

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Conservative super-PAC FreedomWorks made video of fake panda bear performing oral sex on fake Hillary Clinton

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There conservatives go again, showing off those family values of theirs. And by family values I mean hypocrisy, incredibly vile taste, and sexism.

David Corn at Mother Jones is reporting on tea party group and super-PAC FreedomWorks (where Dick Armey used to work) producing a video of a fake panda bear performing fake oral sex on a fake Hillary Clinton. The video was scrapped, but that won't erase the sick incentive, the reporting, the mental image, or the disgusting subject matter:

In one segment of the film, according to a former official who saw it, [Adam Brandon, executive vice president of the group] is seen waking from a nap at his desk. In what appears to be a dream or a nightmare, he wanders down a hallway and spots a giant panda on its knees with its head in the lap of a seated Hillary Clinton and apparently performing oral sex on the then-secretary of state. Two female interns at FreedomWorks were recruited to play the panda and Clinton. One intern wore a Hillary Clinton mask. The other wore a giant panda suit that FreedomWorks had used at protests to denounce progressives as panderers. (See herehere, and here.) Placing the panda in the video, a former FreedomWorks staffer says, was “an inside joke.”

Another FreedomWorks staffer who worked there at the time confirms that ”Yes, this video was created.” [...]

"How was that not some form of sexual harassment?" a former FreedomWorks official asks, noting that two female interns had been requested to act out a pretend sex scene. "And there were going to be thousands of Christian conservatives at this thing. This was a terrible lack of judgment."

"Lack of judgment." That's putting it mildly.

FreePAC, a FreedomWorks conference in July, 2012, was supposed to have shown the video, but that never happened. Apparently some of the saner staffers were appalled enough to change a few minds.

According to a former FreedomWorks official, Adam Brandon defended the film. He found it to be creative and funny. To repeat, he found it to be  creative and funny.

As we've noted in previous posts, including AUDIO– Fox mocks 102-year-old who waited hours to vote: “What’s the big deal? She was happy, conservatives have a very twisted, perverted definition of the word "funny."

Other examples of their so-called humor:

VIDEO: John McCain jokes about “mercilessly interrogating, waterboarding” John Kerry at confirmation hearing

Taco restaurant thinks their “How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant” t-shirts are “witty and comical”

Karl Rove: “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”

Pennsylvania GOP official’s “joke”: Obama supporter is “mentally retarded”

VIDEO- What makes Mitt Romney chuckle: Abusing dogs, gay schoolmates, employees, Medicare recipients, the sight-challenged…

I could go on, but I won't.

family values my ass

Happy Valentine's Day!

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VIDEO: "Dick Armey agreed to quit FreedomWorks in exchange for -- $8 million. Holy grassroots, Batman!"

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The Armey of Dick is marching away from FreedomWorks for a mere $8 million. People power!

Rachel Maddow:

"Dick Armey agreed to quit freedom works in exchange for -- $8 million. Holy grassroots, Batman! It was worth $8 million to FreedomWorks to make Dick Armey go away."

"For Mr. Armey's part he says that, really, his departure from FreedomWorks was just a matter of principle. That was the quote from him. "My differences with FreedomWorks are a matter of principle." Which means on the $8 million check that you write to me, please put "principle" in the memo line. Because that's why I'm leaving. Principle."

"Why would anybody think the tea party movement is in disarray..."

"The right seems to be imploding since the election, which we expected. It turns out, though, that the unexpected thing is that the implosion will happen very, very slowly. Day by day by day with new acrimonious details dripping out in every news cycle."

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Tea baggers form own "super committee", will meet at Denny's

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FreedomWorks is holding a meeting... at Denny's. What, no corporate board rooms were available? I guess they wanted to set the mood for a Grand Slam:

Washington (CNN) - As the congressional "super committee" works in Washington to cut America's federal debt, a panel of tea party activists will meet at a Denny's restaurant in Orlando to propose their own debt solutions.

And by "debt solutions" they mean they won't raise taxes.

FreedomWorks put out a statement:

FreedomWorks believes that President Obama's 'super-committee' will inevitably fall prey to special interest groups, shutting American taxpayers out of the discussion on how to reduce spending and balance the budget...

Apparently, Dick Armey's FreedomWorks forgot that Dick Armey's FreedomWorks has fallen prey to special interest groups.

The committee's goal is to create a budget plan that balances the federal budget... reduces federal spending... reduces the national debt...  and does not raise taxes.

Did I mention they won't raise taxes?

They put out yet another statement about their new Orlando SuperPAC, a little something they like to call FreedomWorks for America, that will donate money directly to candidates:

FreedomWorks for America aims to empower the leaderless, decentralized community of the tea party movement as it continues its hostile takeover of the GOP establishment...

Well, they got two things right: They're hostile and they want to take over.

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VIDEO ADDED: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: I'd vote for debt deal, "punch myself in stomach, then throw up."

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Quote-O'-The-Day:

"The debt ceiling will be raised... I won't allow it not to be lifted... [I'd do what I have to do], then go home, punch myself in the stomach, then throw up."

--Rep. Emanuel Cleaver on Hardball

He also stressed, "We've GOTTA create jobs." And that is exactly what we should have been talking about all this time, in addition to raising the debt ceiling.

Meanwhile, Chris Matthews can't get FreedomWorks' Matt Kibbe to answer a question and is accusing him/the tea baggers of not accepting responsibility to pay the bills.

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"Punch myself in the stomach" segment at about 2:50

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Tea Bagger Group Targets Romney

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Mmm, tasty infighting. Makes our job easier. Via Taegan-

One of the largest and most influential national Tea Party organizations will focus its 2012 campaign efforts on "nudging the grassroots toward coalescing behind whoever ends up being the most electable alternative" to Mitt Romney, according to the Huffington Post.

"Interviews with top officials at FreedomWorks, a Washington-based organizing hub for Tea Party activists around the country, revealed that much of their thinking about the 2012 election revolves around derailing the former Massachusetts governor... Brendan Steinhauser, who travels around the country meeting with activists as FreedomWorks' top liaison to the grassroots, said most people he talks to are 'definitely trying to stop Romney.'... So FreedomWorks plans to bring its influence to bear during the primary. They'll be violating former President Ronald Reagan's so-called Eleventh Commandment -- that Republicans should not attack other Republicans -- but Steinhauser said these are unusual circumstances."

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The Nation: Washington Lobbyists & Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind TSA Scandal

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There's no smoking gun yet, but according to this article over at The Nation, the Koch Brothers and their little friends may be behind the latest "Don't TSA me, bro" controversy.

Why am I not surprised?

While this issue is certainly important—and offensive—to Americans, we are nonetheless skeptical about how and why this story turned into a national movement. In fact, this whole campaign feels a bit like déjà-vu: As the first reporters to expose the Tea Party as an Astroturf PR campaign [1] funded by FreedomWorks and Koch-related front groups back in February, 2009, we see many of the same elements driving the current "rebellion" against the TSA: Koch-related libertarians, Washington lobbyists and PR operatives posing as "ordinary citizens," and suspicious fake-grassroots outrage relentlessly promoted in the same old right-wing echo chamber. [...]

We could take it all at face value and just trust that they're all "ordinary guys." Or we could ask, "Who profits?"

One person who seems to have the answer is Rep. John Mica, the Florida Republican who is set to chair the Transportation Committee. [...]

The links between Mica, the libertarians, the Kochs, and the TSA scandal are only now emerging...

There is much more. Please go read the whole thing.

As the piece says, the issue is an important one, privacy issues are a concern, and invasive practices should be questioned. But this is a multi-faceted story (starting with the Koch Brothers and straight through to political and profit motives) that needs to be examined in depth. Thanks to The Nation, we're on our way.

UPDATE: The Nation responds to Glenn Greenwald's criticisms of their piece.

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