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Tea Party Coalition: Bachmann's Support For Blunt "An Abomination"

10:14 AM ET, 07/28/2010

KMBC's Micheal Mahoney: "More that two dozen Missouri TEA parties  say a bid by US Senate candidate to capitalize on their movement has 'shocked' them...'Roy Blunt voted for TARP and Cash for Clunkers. For Michele Bachmann to come to Missouri and give the impression that all the Missouri Tea Parties support Roy Blunt is an abomination of everything we have been standing up for,' said Jedidiah Smith, a Tea Party leader in Franklin County, Missouri."

UPDATE: The coalition's full release is here, with statements from a number of tea party leaders.  From that release:

  • Franklin County Patriots: "Roy Blunt, like other RINOs, wants to be associated with the Tea Parties for his own political advantage.  However, his record of voting for Cash for Clunkers, the TARP bailout, No Child Left Behind and other unconstitutional legislation does not reflect the conservative values of Tea Party Patriots.  In addition, Roy Blunt’s association with Washington D.C. lobbyists has earned him a reputation of being one the largest recipients of lobbyist support, including Fannie and Freddie."
  • "In God We Trust PAC has not endorsed and would never endorse Roy Blunt for the U.S. Senate. Roy Blunt does not stand for the conservative values and principles the Tea Party movement represents. He is a career politician and Washington insider who has sold out his constituents for special interest money. Roy Blunt is, in fact, what we are endeavoring to "purge" out of Washington."
  • Jefferson County Tea Party: "Big spending Republicans that voted to increase the size and scope of Government during the Bush years are part of the problem, not the solution...If posing as a fiscal conservative were a crime, Roy Blunt would be on top 10 wanted list."
  • Sikeston Tea Party: " not endorse or even want Roy Blunt for our next Senator."
  • SW MO Conservative Network: "We invited Congressman Blunt to several of our meetings over the last year and were told by his scheduler that he would not attend a candidate forum until after the Primary."

Blunt's upcoming event with Bachmann obviously won't the first time he's filtered his record for the tea party crowd:

  • Blunt skipped the first tea party rally in Jefferson City in April 2009, even though he was in in the Capitol that day.
  • He was not invited to the Springfield Tea Party in April 2009; organizer Vincent David Jericho said "we’re only inviting conservative politicians." 
  • He was not allowed to speak to the July 4, 2009 Tea Party in Washington, MO, an even organized with the St. Louis Tea Party folks like Dana Loesch, Bill Hennessy and Jim Hof.
  • He was the target of open criticism at almost all of the early tea party rallies, and
  • Was described by Dana Loesch as the epitome of what tea partiers claim to hate: "the old-school Republican guard, the ones intent on enslaving us in the tunnel of Democrat-lite."
  • Jefferson County Tea Party leader Ken Horton told an April 2010 gathering that "Blunt needs to be held accountable for his votes," and said he'd be endorsing state Sen. Chuck Purgason instead.


Image credit: Frankling County Patriots

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True Tea Partiers in the state of Missouri should run an Independent candidate now.

Posted by: paul65 | July 28, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

These tea party characters are more than lunatics. They're wild fanatics.

Posted by: mybandy | July 28, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"If posing as a fiscal conservative were a crime, Roy Blunt would be on top 10 wanted list." I agree.

Posted by: kms123 | July 28, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Where is the protest for this week's vote to spend 37 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a vote supported by most Republicans in the House? They are all angry about TARP and Cash for Clunkers but where is the outrage over the one TRILLION dollars spent in seven years to invade Iraq and Afghanistan? Where is the outrage over the 8.3 billion spent on Star Wars this year alone? Where is the outrage over the bloated defense budget?

Posted by: nyrunner101 | July 28, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

HYPOCRITIES - That is what most tea Party members are. The only news tea party members get is from Glenn Beck and Fox noise....

Where were the tea party members when Bush gave the the top 2% a huge tax cut... Why are the now not protesting those Republicans who want to extend this "tax cut for the rich."


The fact is most, not all, tea party members are racist and read or watch very little main street news...AND YES, they all look under their beds at night!!!

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | July 28, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

God, I just love the Tea Party. It's like somebody handed out fire axes to all the passengers on the Titanic, so they could chop holes in the lifeboats so they'd have running water.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | July 28, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I saw a bumper sticker today that said Palin/Nugent 2012.

That's an interesting idea but I'd rather see Bachmann/Palin 2012 with Nugent appointed Secretary of State. Orly Taitz could be Attorney General and Glen Beck Director or the Treasury. Rush Limbaugh would be Secretary of Defense and John Boehner head of HHS.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | July 28, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

My recollection is that laws are not unconstitutional because the Tea Party says they are. The Constitution says you have to bring such questions to judges.
Other than that, if you don't like the candidate who is running, then run your own candidate. These guys want a Free Lunch - the right to complain about everything and no responsibility for fixing it.

Posted by: djah | July 28, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is where all the black helicopter people went.

Paranoia! It's got to annoy ya!

There's a mugger round each bend, there's an enemy in each friend, paranoia, it's got to annoy ya, when you're paranoid.

They're out to get ya! When you're paranoid.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | July 28, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Tin Foil Hat ACTIVATE!

Beware, the Tea Baggers are loose on the streets...

Posted by: HillRat | July 28, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Tea Partiers sure are slow in figuring out that Michelle Bachmann is just another establishment neocon using libertarian ideas to get elected. Once elected, she'll immediately drop any resemblance to a libertarian and continue full sanctioning of the military-industrial complex and uber-Keynesian deficit spending.

Posted by: jhope432 | July 28, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

As a lifelong Republican I say the party must purge itself of the Tea Party acivists and mentality. It is a dead end and will only lead to the institutionalization of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: AnotherContrarian | July 28, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I love it! The tea party and the republicans are imploding together. All the talk about being anti-incumbent is just more crap from the tea parties of crap!

Posted by: Prakosh | July 28, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The primary funding sources for the Tea Party are Oil Industry funded conservative groups:

“Americans for Prosperity”, “FreedomWorks”, “Cato Institute”, “American Enterprise institute” and the “Heritage foundation”.

which receive substantial funding from Exxon Mobil, ChevronTexaco and David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, and the conservative Koch Family Foundations. Koch industries are responsible for hundreds of Oil spills spread over multiple states.

The Tea Party is fighting for what's best for Wall Street Criminals, for Oil and Coal Industry Criminal negligence resulting in Deaths and Pollution, and the Policies that allow them to continue doing so Without Oversight or Regulation.

Why isn’t the Tea Party organizing and demonstrating against Industries causing the Deaths and Lost Livelihoods of Millions of Americans? Why aren't they protesting Lack of Regulation against Wall Street, Oil and Coal companies that are Killing People and caused the Financial Devastation of Millions of Americans? Why aren't they protesting against BP and Halliburton's Gross Negligence in the destruction of Multi-Billion dollar Tourism and Commercial Fishing Industries in the Gulf Coast Oil disaster?

Because the Companies Responsible is who Started, Fund and Direct Tea Party actions.

The Tea Party has a Clear Allegiance: The Rich, Oil and Coal and their ability to Pollute and Poison and dodge taxes at Public Expense while they rake in the profits.

Posted by: Airborne82 | July 28, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Too funny.

I am a TEA party regular. I don't look under my bed at night, don't listen to Glenn Beck and don't even have cable to watch Fox News. And if you want to call me racist, I guess you can...but I'm not.

All in all, the talking points from the far left side of the political spectrum are just noise without substance. But they must enjoy repeating the same slander because so many of them do. And perhaps someone who is so inclined will believe them. :D

Posted by: RonR3 | July 28, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Teabaggers, for continuing to tear the Republican party apart. We appreciate it.

Posted by: js_edit | July 28, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Too funny.

I am a TEA party regular. I don't look under my bed at night, don't listen to Glenn Beck and don't even have cable to watch Fox News. And if you want to call me racist, I guess you can...but I'm not.

All in all, the talking points from the far left side of the political spectrum are just noise without substance. But they must enjoy repeating the same slander because so many of them do. And perhaps someone who is so inclined will believe them. :D

Posted by: RonR3
the point of the article is that Republicans pretending to be tea party types are being rejected as frauds by the tea party, and that if Michelle Bachman is the measure of an impostor, then the tea party is really on the lunatic fringe, because she used to define same.

Posted by: JoeT1 | July 28, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

The present-day teapartiers are a poor excuse for a group of people who protested a government that wanted to tax without giving those who were being taxed any representation. The new group has evolved from a disgrunted group who did not like the outcome of a particular national election. Many have tried to say that it has nothing to do with race. However, it is the only thing that has evolved in many years that smacks of the Old South. Being a Southerner, I am not pleased with the bigoted South or attitude that has taken center stage with certain media outlets. They tell us it is about patriotism, first amendment rights, and on and on. It is as close to a neo-Nazi movement as you can get without being put on the FBI's watch list. For those who do not know their history, please go back and review the disdain that the Nazis had for the established government. When the nazis took over Germany, the rest is a sordid historical record of a people who deemed everyone else to be inferior. Just listen to the new hate language. Listen to the words that have become hated: liberal, evolution, compromise, government, taxes, tolerant, and so forth.

May God bless America. But Rev. Jeremiah Wright probably had it correct during the sermon that was so utterly detested by the fundamentalist so-called patriots in our midst. I mention Jeremiah's sermon because FOX noise was sure to have shown it over and over to its group of "super patriots."

Posted by: EarlC | July 28, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Teapartier RonR3 is definitely a curious sort of person. I will have to give him credit for being a very rare specimen in a group of like-mided anti-intellectual radicals. At lesat Ron has associated himself with a group that considers Michelle, Glenn, Rush, Bill, and many others to be their spokespersons. The age of the enlightenment did eventually make its presence felt on this planet. There is hope.

Posted by: EarlC | July 28, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes, you have to take the lesser of two-evils, rather than "split the ticket" and risk Carnahan from getting elected.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | July 28, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

just the latest example the Tea Party is not a single monolithic movement and that an endorsement by "crazy Michelle" Bachman can be the kiss of political death. This is the same woman who advised her constituents to refuse to cooperate with census takers because to do so would be some abridgment to their right of privacy.

The Democrats are going to run against the Tea Party and its dysfunciton and radical fringes in November. So far, it is the only strategy which seems capable of uniting them when much of their agenda and ticket is in disarray.

Posted by: bobfbell | July 28, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I am speachless. For them to not think Blunt is conservative enough. It is funnu though that they did let it slip that they want a true "conservative". I thought the Tea Party was not about "political" affiliation and there were "lots" of Dems who wanted "reform" as well. Hogwash. they are the most strident conseravative Reps of all.

Posted by: cadam72 | July 28, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Dang, now Blunt actually has a chance to win now that he's shedding that albatross named T Party...

Posted by: ScottChallenger | July 28, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Choke on it establishment GOP. You stoked the fires of these ignoramuses and now you're going to have to deal with the fallout. They'll destroy your primary process and leave vulnerable candidates in the general.

Get ready to eat crow in November when the extremists lose for the 3rd cycle in a row.

Posted by: theobserver4 | July 28, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Republicans & johnny-come-lately fiscal conservatives that were mum as mum could be while Bush opened the henhouse door to all raiders foreign and domestic... are themselves an oil slick gumming up any real progress in this country. Tea bags unknowingly defend the same folks who want to keep them under their thumbs in an eternal economic state of terrorism. Those are the people that pay the Becks and Limbaughs to convince anyone that any alternative to the economic slavery crucial to their very existence -is unamerican. Ever since Reagan, this country has gone to hell in a handbasket with a GOP bow on it. I would be proud to say that I have the blood of a beck, limbaugh, bush, cheney, cantor, boehner, hannity, palin, bachman, McConnell, Gomert, Demint and pals... on my hands. Damn proud.

Posted by: jfern03 | July 28, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Shut up dumb Tea Partiers and vote for who you're told.

Posted by: thinkingcap | July 28, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The teabagggers appear to be enthusiastic participants in the GOP circular firing squad.

Pass the popcorn!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 28, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

While I generally consider myself informed, I totally missed the immense tax increase that Obama implemented to give birth to the Tea Party protests.

What? There wasn't a tax increase? Well maybe it's because Obama promised a tax increase. But NO, he said there would be no tax increases for anyone making under $250K a year. Maybe it's because the wealthy decided to band together to fight for renewal of their disproportionate tax cuts. But again, no. After all, have you really looked at the tea partiers? I don't know any wealthy people who would dress that way (and I should know 'cause I'm one of 'em.)

Maybe it was Obama's getting us involved in two wars without any way of paying for them. No, that was Bush. Where were the tea partiers then? Where were the tea partiers when Bush pushed for TARP, or when new records were reached in the national deficit under his administration?

I haven't subscribed to the notion that the complaints against Obama are racist, but given that there have been no new taxes imposed, no new restrictions on gun rights, and generally nothing that would change their lot in life, how do you explain the phenomenal growth in the number of middle-aged and older white people who identify themselves as tea partiers? Did they suddenly start caring about the future of the national economy after being oblivious to eight years of the Bush administration trashing it?

The tea-party's prophet, Glenn Beck so frequently claims parallels to the Nazis, he surely is familiar with the quotes from Hitler's Mein Kampf: "The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force", and "the great mass of people ... will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one."

The tea partiers have fallen for a whopper -- hook, line and sinker.

Posted by: emm2 | July 28, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Not enough of a wacko for the wackos. How dare he call himself a teabagger when he's not COMPLETLY insane. The nerve of some people.

Maybe he'll stop taking his meds and become a TRUE teabagger.

Posted by: xconservative | July 28, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

They can call themselves patriots, but they're a bunch of extremist whack jobs who're a threat to the coherence of the country. Their message of radicalism & decidedly anti-government positions do not support the US Constitution, or the Bill of Rights, and they support actions that are clearly against American values. These are radical nuts, and they're unwilling to deal with the fact that their favored policies already failed, along with the people who they've voted for in the past. Instead, they think the solution to their problems is more extreme forms of the same failed ideas.

At least they don't want to call themselves Republican, since they are not that at all. Roy Blunt may be a sleazeball, but hey they're the very same people who put him in office. They just don't want to own their results.

Posted by: Nymous | July 28, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

You tell 'em psycho-pee-party nerds... Yeeper...Bachmann-turner-oversize can dish it out but NOBODY can take back talk...You people are SO STUPID..!!

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | July 28, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

The crazies are fighting the looney tunes. The question to be answered is which group is the most insane.

Posted by: merrylees | July 28, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I never thought that watching cannabalism could be so entertaining!

Posted by: AverageJane | July 28, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Tea Party.

Robin Carnahan

Posted by: StevefromSacto | July 28, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Republican Party = Tea Party = illiterate, backward-looking nitwits.

They would be happier living in Iran or N. Korea.

Posted by: jjedif | July 28, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

As a liberal, I just LOVE watching you conservatives gather in a circular firing squad! Go Tea jihadists! I support you in your endeavor to rout out the RINOs. Philosophical purity is way more important than compromise. After all, if you don't get your way, you always have your Second Amendment Rights that your angry conservative protestant god gave you.

Posted by: janouzpoha | July 28, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Any coincidence that she started the widely publicized Tea Party Caucus last week? I'd say Tea Partiers just got punked big time.

Posted by: jack824 | July 28, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

oh jezus mother maria those teabaggers are so much fun!!

Posted by: willemkraal | July 28, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect when you allow Republican operatives in the door? Look, the Republican Party leaders are as bad as the Democrats. They have exactly the same economic and foreign policies and neither party has had an original idea since Reagan left office, Why do you think people talk about the CLINTON-BUSH-OBAMA Free trade-job outsourcing train wreck?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 28, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

The statement from the Tea Party says Blunt is a "RINO". A "Republican in name only".

More evidence that Tea Party people are just Republicans. Not some special new movement.

Posted by: unitcaptain11 | July 28, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly the kind of entrenched, party-bred politician who has been representing special interests for way too long. Vote 'em out!

Posted by: allamer1 | July 28, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh please! "I'd say Tea Partiers just got punked big time." You'd better believe they did! And Michele Bachmann is like the other RINOs who sidle up to the Teabaggers before the election and act as if they see eye to eye. They do not and as soon as the election is over, they will reject the real teabaggers by sundown on November 3rd.

Bachmann is Chief Crazy in Charge of the Republican leadership. How those citizens in her Minn. district can pull a lever in favor of this lunatic is beyond the reasoning of most same Americans.

Perhaps Dems and Progressives should stay home and let these fools have these jobs. Americans would awake in January 2011 to realize their country is at war with itself.

Even "W" won't be seen with or endorse the teabaggers. Even he sees them as lunatic fringe Hell bent on destroying the country by "taking it back" from all the unAmerican Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, gays, etc. The Teabagger's America is for Whites only.

Finally, I believe that President Obama's election, the election of the first non-White to THE highest office in the land, scared the crap out of the "Conservative" (code for racist) whites who saw their last bit of a "Whites Only" job crumble. Glenn Beck says that his America is dead. Yes, Glenn, YOUR America, the one that lives in your brain, is dead, and thank God as it took forever to die! Your America looked like 1950's America, Your America sounded like 1850"s America, and Your America acted like 1750's America, where Whites were royalty and non-whites were either not allowed in or were subjugated to the role of slave.

America! Wake up! Our country is no where near as bad off as the right wing, conservative Republican, teabagger movement loonies would have you believe. In fact, it is moving in a great direction that is fully supported by most countries across the world. Before you vote for anyone this season, ask yourself if you AND OUR COUNTRY are better off now than during the Republican reign of 2001-2009. What is our standing in the world no compared to the "W" years?

If you vote in the Republicans to regain power in the House and Senate, you will get a repeat of 1996-2000 when the Repubs did no legislating and instead spent their time and your $$$ prosecuting Bill Clinton and other in his administration. And what did that get us...NOTHING! The Repubs will do the same to Obama and his administration.

If you vote in the Republicans to regain power in the House and Senate, you will get a repeat of the "W" years with MORE WARS in IRAN, CUBA, VENEZUELA, and God knows where else. More dead soldiers and more unfunded trillions for war spending.

Just Say No to any Repubs in 2010.

Posted by: Woodie731 | July 28, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Roy Blunt isn't conservative enough. Bob Bennett (senator from Utah) isn't conservative enough. Wow!

Good Lord! Which of the following high-profile persons from the past would have been conservative enough for them? George Wallace? Lester Maddox? Jesse Helms? Joe McCarthy? By their standards Ronald Reagan would have been a RINO; Dwight Eisenhower, an outright Marxist; and William F. Buckley, Jr, an Eastern effete elitist snob (he had a Yale degree, you know . . . no Joe the Plumber, he). These Tea Party people make the John Birch Society seem downright moderate. Jeeeeeez . . . . .

So let's try this one more time, boys and girls: ideological purity may be emotionally satisfying and (Lord knows) intellectually simple, but it makes for horrible governance.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | July 28, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

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