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Gresham Barrett and the Perils of the TARP Vote

South Carolina Republican Rep. Gresham Barrett's vote last fall in favor of legislation that created the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) came back to haunt him earlier this week when an angry crowd of conservative activists booed him at a tea party gathering in Greenville.

The video, which you can watch below, is excruciating -- particularly since Barrett is embroiled in a competitive three way primary for governor in 2010. Loud and long booing punctuated by shouts of "go home" can be heard on the footage.

Barrett's tough reception is a sign that while there is a certain section -- of unknown size -- within the Republican base that is vehemently opposed to using the government to spend the country's way out of the economic recession in which it finds itself.

It's also a warning to the 90 other Republicans who backed the bill that their political futures might be rockier than they had imagined.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 18, 2009; 9:08 PM ET
Categories:  Governors , Republican Party  
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-- VP Joe Biden

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Before the naivete of liberals empowers the saboteurs and Dr. Strangeloves who say "No!" to change.

OR (if links are corrupted/ disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 19, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Phillies fans, Republicans, it's all the same - they eat their own! Apologies to the vegans, but not always a bad thing!

Posted by: fr3dmars | April 19, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

It shows the dividends of hate.

A congressman (an apparent hater), appealing to the lowest common denominator, is rejected by a constituency of dim-witted haters.

If this man wants to lead, he ought at least to try to raise the level of debate, and get it out of the gutter.

Wallowing in it, he only worsens the situation for himself and for all of us.

Posted by: jackson251 | April 19, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

You knucklewalkers screaming "socialism" to people who didn't live through the Cold War are only making socialism respectable. If a country looking after the well-being of its citizens is socialism, then socialism is clearly a good thing, so please by all means continue with your howling.

By the way, adolescent stylistics like "Democrap" just make you sound stupid. Which I'm sure it accurate.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | April 19, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The most part of all: it's a staple in the GOP antitax message that people are better capable of determining where their interests lie than some "government bureaucracy," yet here are these GOP yahoos screaming in protest that their taxes are going to be cut and that Obama is trying to prevent a Depression. These remaining 23-percenters have NO clue, wouldn't know what's good for them if you put a big shiny piece of tinfoil on it.

Cut spending to address a deep recession? Bloody idiots.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | April 19, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

It is a little hard to be sympathetic towards the speaker, when he engages in the usual divisive politics of hate himself. He gets booed even as he tries to stir the crowd up against immigrants, and engages in the false rhetoric of portraying the Obama Administration as being against the troops. He is getting a good dose of what he is serving .... that is his destiny.

Posted by: Mark35 | April 19, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"Conservative activists." Yeah, right. Great code-word for unhinged lunatics.

With all the recent talk among the Yahoos of "secession," "states' rights," "state sovereignty," preserving "our way of life" and "values," lists of "17 socialists" in the House, and the evils of "forced" "diversity" (see Kathleen Parker's idiotic WashPo op-ed today), I have to remind myself it is 2009, not 1954.

Do we really want to go back to segregated water fountains and polio?

This is scary way-back machine stuff.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 19, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

So some Republicans that aren't total troglodytes are now about to lose their primaries to actual trogolodytes who will thereupon be crushed by Democrats because even in the Carolinas the regular voters recognize that they need the stimulus help? Huh.

Where's the problem?

Posted by: greenmountainboy | April 19, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I guess they didn't want to use their ATM cards back in September.. maybe still had some Confederate currency laying around. Ex Post Facto complaining..

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 19, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Notice: S.C. Rep. Gresham Barret is a Republican who is now in trouble with the S.C. Republican voters because of his TARP vote.
Compare that to how the Democrap Socialist Party voters treat one of their own when he/she gets in trouble or votes against their wishes. They circle the wagons, defend him/her at all costs, and then re-elect him/her.

Posted by: armpeg | April 19, 2009 1:24 AM | Report abuse

As long as you're self-correcting falasifa, it's "seceded" and "Fort Sumter."

Other than that, I agree with your sentiments.

Posted by: Bondosan | April 18, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

*their* vote is dependent on keeping down the... (ahem!)... Well, you know (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

Posted by: falasifa | April 18, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

And the one that first succeeded during the Civil War, firing on Fort Sumpter. Conservatives down there are mostly on the same page: they're vote is dependent on keeping down the... (ahem!)... Well, you know (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

Posted by: falasifa | April 18, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

That's correct, it's the Carolina that gave us Strom Thurman...

Posted by: pumor | April 18, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

This is the Carolina south of the one that elected Jesse Helms over and over again, right?

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | April 18, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

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