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Bloomberg reporter and GOP ‘leadership’ favor GOP being junior members of the Beltway ‘uniparty.’ Majority of right of center Americans disagree, want two party system, don’t want to be junior democrats

December 24, 2013

12/23/13, Boehner’s Christmas Wish: To Roll the Tea Party, Bloomberg Business Week, Joshua Green

“In July, Pew Research conducted a broad study of Republican voters. By and large, their views aligned more closely with right wing groups such as Heritage Action than with party leaders:

  • Some 54 percent wanted the party to become more conservative
  • and only 40 percent, more moderate.

These views endured, even during the shutdown. An October Pew poll showed that a majority of Republicans still held a positive view of the Tea Party.“...(this item near end of article)


12/15/13, “Breaking The UniParty,” Angelo M. Codevilla,

The Republican Party’s leaders have functioned as junior members of America’s single ruling party, the UniParty. Acting as the proverbial cockboat in the wake of the Democrats’ man-of-war, they have made Democratic priorities their own when the White House and the Congress were in the hands of Republicans as well as in those of Democrats, and when control has been mixed. The UniParty, the party of government, the party of Ins, continues to consist of the same people. The Outs are always the same people too: American conservatives. They don’t have a party.”…


Comment: The Bloomberg author and GOP “leadership” want the GOP to be polite junior members of the democrat “uniparty.” Most Republicans and even “the general public” think otherwise and agree with so-called “right wing groups”–that GOP ‘leadership’ isn’t paying “too much attention” to conservatives and the TP.


Pew Poll, Oct. 3-6, 2013:

10/9/13, “Tea Party backlash? Not among rank-and-file Republicans,”, Bruce Drake

“Recent news reports have suggested that the hard line taken by Tea Party and other conservative Republicans in the House in the budget and debt ceiling battles may be producing a backlash among party supporters and donors who are concerned about the political impact of the government shutdown and a possible U.S. default on its debt.

But to whatever extent that pushback may be happening, it’s a point of view not shared by rank-and-file Republicans. Just 18% of Republicans believed their leaders were paying too much attention to the Tea Party, up slightly from 13% two years ago, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted last week. Most Republicans said the party’s leaders were either paying the right amount (40%) or too little (24%) attention to the positions of the Tea Party.

Even among Republicans and Republican leaners who do not agree with the Tea Party movement, more than half said either that the GOP was paying the right amount of attention (34%) to the ideas of the Tea Party or too little (21%). Just 22% of non-Tea Party Republicans said the movement receives too much attention from the Republican Party.

Another aspect to the political forces at work is the views of Republicans who most frequently vote in primaries. An analysis of a September Pew Research poll found that among Republicans and Republican-leaning registered voters who say they always vote in primary elections, 53% said they wanted lawmakers to do what they could to make the health care law fail, which has been a goal of the Tea Party bloc in the House. Just 32% said lawmakers should instead try to make the law work as well as they can.

In addition, about four-in-10 of GOP primary voters also say Republicans in Congress have compromised too much with Democrats compared to 22% who say they have not compromised enough.

When it comes to the general public, a minority (35%) of those surveyed said Republican leaders were paying too much attention to the Tea party. Read more.”


Pew Poll 10/3-10/6 finds majority of Republicans supported so-called shutdown and its goal of stopping ObamaCare:

10/7/13, “Partisans Dug in on Budget, Health Care Impasse,” Pew Poll,

“There is little support for compromise among members of either party.

The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Oct. 3-6 among 1,000 adults, finds 44% say Republican leaders should give ground on their demand that any budget deal include cuts or delays to the 2010 health care law. Nearly as many (42%) say it is Obama who should give ground, by agreeing to changes in the health care law.

Even when asked if the only way to end the shutdown soon is for their side to give ground on the health care issue, most are unwilling to back down. A majority of Democrats (58%) say it would be unacceptable for Obama to agree to cuts or delays in the Affordable Care Act, even if this is the only way to resolve the shutdown soon. Roughly the same share of Republicans (54%) say it would be unacceptable for GOP leaders to agree to any deal that does not include cuts or delays to Obamacare.

Notably, Tea Party Republicans overwhelmingly oppose Republican leaders making concessions to resolve the impasse. Nearly nine-in-ten Republicans and Republican leaners who agree with the Tea Party (88%) say Obama should agree to cuts or delays in the health care law and 72% think it would be unacceptable for GOP leaders to agree to a deal that does not include those changes, even if it is the only way to quickly end the shutdown. Among non-Tea Party Republicans, 63% say Obama should agree to changes in the health care law, but only 39% feel it would be unacceptable for GOP leaders to drop their demand for health care changes.”...

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