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GOP leadership creating new post for freshmen GOPers -- may be occupied by Tea Partyer

By Greg Sargent

Now this is interesting: With many wondering how the House Republican leadership will accommodate the newly elected House GOPers who are soon to arrive in Washington, many of whom are Tea Party-backed, I'm told the leadership has hit on a solution. They are creating a new leadership post: Representative of the incoming freshman class.

A GOP aide tells me that the decision has been made to create the post, and newly elected Tea Party favorite Kristi Noem, who unseated Dem Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in South Dakota and is known to her fans as the "next Sarah Palin," has "indicated a strong interest."

In another nod to the incoming freshmen Republicans, the position will be elected by only those freshmen, not the leadership.

If Rep. Noem or some other Tea Partyer does get the post, which has been in discussions for weeks, it could satisfy the Tea Party's demands for some kind of representation within the leadership.

UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: This post has been edited for accuracy.

By Greg Sargent  | November 8, 2010; 4:37 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections, House GOPers, Tea Party  
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I wouldn't be surprised if Rep. Bachmann gets a leadership position too.

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 8, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

is known to her fans as the "next Sarah Palin,"

*****

Wait, what? Her fans call her that? What do her detractors call her, Moronica Dumbarse, Queen of BuggerEating, South Dakota?

Posted by: nisleib | November 8, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

And that will keep Michelle Bachmann out of the inner circle, and the new position will have about as much influence on Party votes and policies as I will. Slick move, GOP!

Posted by: Michigoose | November 8, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

This is equivalent of getting a gold star in school. It's neat but doesn't mean squat.

Looks like the extremists got schooled by the establishment GOP.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | November 8, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what the shelf life of this position will be?

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | November 8, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling that by the time 2012 rolls around the GOP will be running from the Tea Baggers as if chased by zombies.

OT - Speaking of zombies, I strongly recommend "The Walking Dead" on AMC.

Posted by: nisleib | November 8, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Was the headline "edited" again to be MORE fair (as if Greg Sargent could ever post anything that could be argued to be un-fair ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 8, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Chuck: January 4, 2011.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | November 8, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Fitting to call an incoming Republican congresscritter "the new Sarah Palin," given that the term is two years.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | November 8, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Yep, I think this was a very deft move to keep Michele Bachmann
out of any leadership position.
If there's going to be a TeaBagger in the leadership, it will be THEIR Teabagger.
Darn, I was kinda looking forward to Bachmann telling us that it costs 5 Billion dollars a day for President Obama to use Camp David.

Posted by: cms1 | November 8, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

bearclaw FTW!

Posted by: Michigoose | November 8, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Kristi Noem is cuter than Bachmann and drives much faster than her too.

Posted by: Observer691 | November 8, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Gee, and I thought the vice presidency wasnt worth a bucket of warm spit. True conservatives will have many battles to fight and the hardest ones will be internal. Thankfully the Dems will keep Pelosi and Reid in the spotlight and that will remind the voters what November's victory was all about when 2012 rolls around.

Posted by: freods | November 8, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Gee, and I thought the vice presidency wasnt worth a bucket of warm spit. True conservatives will have many battles to fight and the hardest ones will be internal. Thankfully the Dems will keep Pelosi and Reid in the spotlight and that will remind the voters what November's victory was all about when 2012 rolls around.

Posted by: freods | November 8, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Gee, and I thought the vice presidency wasnt worth a bucket of warm spit. True conservatives will have many battles to fight and the hardest ones will be internal. Thankfully the Dems will keep Pelosi and Reid in the spotlight and that will remind the voters what November's victory was all about when 2012 rolls around.

Posted by: freods | November 8, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

And the true leader of the teabaggers has some great ideas:

DAVID GREGORY: I want to be very-- very-- very specific, because going back to 2008-- spending levels will not get anywhere close to balancing the budget. So, you’re saying that everything has to be on the table. Cuts in defense. Cuts in Medicare. Cuts in Social Security. Is that right?

DEMINT: Well, no, we’re not talking about cuts in Social Security. If we can just cut the administrative waste, we can cut hundreds of billions of dollars a year at the federal level. So-- before we start cutting-- I mean, we need to keep our promises to seniors, David. And cutting benefits to seniors is not on the table.
Excuse me –let me grab a sip of water.

GREGORY: But then-- but where do you make the cuts? I mean, if you’re protecting everything for the-- the most potent political groups, like seniors, who go out and vote, where are you really gonna balance the budget?

DEMINT: Well, look at-- Paul Ryan’s roadmap to the future. We see a clear path to moving back to a balanced budget over time. Again, the plans are on the table. We don’t have to cut benefits for seniors. And we don’t need to cut Medicare. Like-- like the Democrats did in this big Obamacare bill. We can restore sanity in Washington without cutting any benefits to seniors or veterans.

http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-chait/79003/demint-standard

How dare those nasty Democrats cut Medicare!

Posted by: pragmaticagain | November 8, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Well I hope Kristi is ridiculous as the old Sarah Palin. That was a lot of fun. Does she have home schooled kids, any funny names?

Anyway, if they put out the Republican dumpster fire right away I'll be very disappointed in the TP, remember, they're not supposed to just be the same old "values voters", the Republican base. But Jim DeMint says you can not be a fiscal conservative if you are not a social conservative.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 8, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

pragmaticagain-

Sweet! TeaBaggers for FDR and LBJ!

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | November 8, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

pragmaticagain

Nicely done. Not to be outdone by Demint, Rand Paul, who campaigned vehemently against earmarks, has done a 180. That took less than a week, golly, these "principles" the Tea Baggers hold sure are flexible (imaginary?)

"In a bigger shift from his campaign pledge to end earmarks, he tells me that they are a bad “symbol” of easy spending but that he will fight for Kentucky’s share of earmarks and federal pork, as long as it’s doled out transparently at the committee level and not parachuted in in the dead of night. 'I will advocate for Kentucky’s interests,' he says.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704353504575596591626268782.html

Posted by: nisleib | November 8, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Yep, those teabaggers are a principled group, willing to cut anything ... except defense, social security, medicare, earmarks, veterans... wait a minute ...

What ARE they going to cut?

Oh ... that's right ... taxes on rich people.

Posted by: pragmaticagain | November 8, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Well, they insist that the victims of rape and incest not be allowed abortions, so maybe they would be up to cutting some umbilical cords?

Other than that, nothing. If they cared about cutting costs Medicare Part D would never have happened.

Posted by: nisleib | November 8, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

...we don't want "some kind of representation", we want leadership! RINO's have made this mess so they don't get to choose.....revolution!

Posted by: Pompey | November 8, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Observer691


AND you don't like fast women?


.

Posted by: BeautifulBeginning | November 8, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

More on the global warming models


http://joannenova.com.au/2010/08/the-models-are-wrong-but-only-by-400/#more-9813

.

Posted by: BeautifulBeginning | November 8, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

So Demint and Rand are now RINO's?

Posted by: pragmaticagain | November 8, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I called it last week (not that it takes much predictive ability to know that the Republicans lied to the voters):

+++++

Also, look for the GOP House to rather quickly abandon the stance against earmarks. Why? Simple. If you are a Republican in the House, which would you rather do: give unrestricted budget dollars to federal agencies run by a Democratic Administration, or send those dollars to the agencies with strings (earmarks) attached, to ensure GOP districts get the benefits of those dollars?

Posted by: bearclaw1 | November 3, 2010 2:07 PM
+++++++++

Posted by: bearclaw1 | November 8, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Well maybe I shouldn't give up on the Republican dumpster fire too soon...

"The Senate would be Republican today except for states (in which Palin endorsed candidates) like Christine O'Donnell in Delaware," Spencer Bachus (R) said. "Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate." 44

Posted by: shrink2 | November 8, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"...not that it takes much predictive ability to know that the Republicans lied to the voters..."

Yes, we're still waiting for the man bites dog story.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 8, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Kristi has more common sense and intelligence that most anyone currently in Congress.

Posted by: ahender1 | November 8, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

shrink2:

The Senate would also be Republican (in January, not "today") if other so-called Republicans hadn't trashed the candidates that Gov. Palin endorsed and/or McMahon, Rossi, Raese, and Fiorina had won ; )

I still wish that Peter Schiff had been the one running against Chris Coons.

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 8, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful-

So, if your science is a slam dunk, then why are hearings on it dead in the H2O?

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | November 8, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

The same so-called Republicans like Spencer Bachus think that Gov. Palin cost McCain the White House (completely forgetting that she RAISED the excitement and ratings of that campaign for the only time against Obama ; )

That's OK, if the choice is between Palin and Obama in 2012, I still think that most Republicans will vote for her.

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 8, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/11/happy_hour_roundup_124.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | November 8, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

This crazy nutcase Sargent has a following of wingnut moonbats that are going crazier by the minute. I'm stocking up on ammo.

Posted by: djman1141 | November 8, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

shrink2:

Keep in mind, also, that Governor Palin did not endorse either Sharron Angle or Ken Buck in their respective primaries. So, which Palin-endorsed candidates is Bachus talking about?

We could play hypothetical "what if" games all day. "What if" Obama, Biden, Clinton, etc. were still in the U.S. Senate? My favorite is "what if" Jeri Ryan had just gone along with her husband's request?

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 8, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Liberals worst nightmare...Newly elected Congressman Lt Col Allen West

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP2p91dvm6M

I think he should hold a position. You know what, he doesn't need it coz he'll go as high as the next President of the United States!

Posted by: nbercasio | November 8, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Sure, I agree, Bush Cheney cost the Republicans the White House. Palin was not a deciding factor, for some she was like refreshment, for others a distraction. And why did she endorse Tancredo?

Posted by: shrink2 | November 8, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Sounds smart to me. This way Boehner and Cantor won't have to put up directly with the newly elected riff-raff.

Posted by: chucko2 | November 8, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I say give the Tea Baggers what they want and see what happens.

My bet (and hope) is that come 2012, they split the ticket and give it back to the Democrats.

Everybody knows how crooked the GOP is, they can give the Tea Baggers their own corner to caucus in, and then ignore everything the Tea Baggers say, just like the GOP ignores the rest of America.

Posted by: lindalovejones | November 8, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

TO: nbercasio who wrote:
“Liberals worst nightmare...Newly elected Congressman Lt Col Allen West..”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

We could care less about your wet dreams.

Quit trying to flatter yourselves.

We have our own country now.

It’s called “California” -- land of the free, home of the brave.

Posted by: lindalovejones | November 8, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

shrink2:

Gov. Palin endorsed Tancredo because he was polling better than the REPUBLICAN at the time and the only chance we had to keep the Democrat out was if all of the Dan Maes votes went to Tancredo! It would have at least been a much closer race.

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 8, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

To Lindalovejones,

Have fun with your San Andres fault!

Posted by: nbercasio | November 8, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

To Lindalovejones,

You can have California and shove it. It is going to be overrun by illegal immigrants pretty soon anyway.

Posted by: nbercasio | November 8, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't that be like the blind, deaf and dumb leading the blind deaf and dumb?

Posted by: WmLaney | November 8, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Another Sarah Palin? Is this real? The GOP is raising a little army of Sarah Palins to dispach in congress, in the senate, in the quest for the presidency, and who knows where else? Is this a nightmare or a huge joke? The republicans can't be that dumb... And the democrats better watch out they don't do something equally dumb with Pelosi around...

Posted by: RegisUrgel | November 8, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to know how these Republican extremists, who actually have some real power now, think they can square their bloviating rhetoric about "cutting spending and balancing the budget" with their fanatical desire to give unfunded, deficit producing tax cuts to billionaires at a price tag of over $800 Billion to the American tax payers? I've got news for the Teabagger Republican goons - as the new majority party in the House you will no longer be able to get away with just standing on the sidelines every day throwing verbal bombs at the Democrats, going golfing and then hitting the DC cocktail party circuit at night. Now that you're in power you will be expected to, you know, WORK! And if you don't create some jobs in the next year and a half you'll be gone again in 2012.

Posted by: DrainYou | November 8, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

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