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Response to pampango (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:30 PM

6. Comments about those senators:

So BOTH Tennessee senators (Alexander and Corker) may get primaried. The Tea Party Express did not even endorse Corker when he was up for 2012 re-election.

Ditto with Arizona (Flake and McCain). But McCain has kept getting re-elected for decades despite his moderate reputation all the way til 2010. And Flake was endorsed by the Tea Party Express in 2012.

And speaking of Hoeven, Markos Moulisitas wrote an article for The Hill in 2010 detailing Hoeven's rather moderate politics as Governor of North Dakota. He was nonetheless a popular red-state governor who won landslide re-elections in 2004 and 2008 and 75% of the US Senate election in 2010 during the tea party revolution. In 2010, the Tea Party Express endorsed Hoeven for the senate.

Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Chiesa, and Susan Collins? OF COURSE a Northeast Republican is going to be dissed by the Tea Partiers! Remember in 2012 how the right wingers were trashing Romney? (Jeff Chiesa is the former Attorney General of New Jersey appointed by Gov. Chris Christie, much hated by the TPers, to replace the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg.) The TPE endorsed Ayotte but not Collins, and Ayotte got plenty of outraged words from the conservative radio host Howie Carr recently.

Orrin Hatch is going to be over 80 years old by the time his seat is next up for re-election and is most likely going to retire. Utah is a conservative state and will probably get another Mike Lee type in.

Lindsey Graham? I wonder how that guy managed to get elected in a super red state despite being rather moderate (he was part of the Gang of 14 back in 2005 and has been supporting of CIR). Just became of the R after his name? Go to right wing website they'll call him Graham Cracker, Goober Graham...yowza!

Dean Heller of Nevada? Another TPE-endorsed candidate in 2012.

Marco Rubio? From Tea Party rising star to turncoat, according to right wingers.

Mark Kirk? Isn't he a rather moderate guy too yet he got a Tea Party Express endorsement?

Remember Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign that successfully knocked out Tea Partier Joe Miller back in 2010?

Keep in mind that Nevada, Arizona, Florida, and Utah all have significant Latino populations, and the Latino population in those states most likely influenced the republican senators from those states to go for the bill.

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