Republicans turn on the Tea Party….

The Republican Ciivil War spreads….

From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.

The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall’s elections.

“It’s time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process,” former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu argues, faulting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and tea party Republicans in the House as much as President Barack Obama for taking an uncompromising stance.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is just as pointed, saying this about the tea party-fueled refusal to support spending measures that include money for Obama’s health care law: “It never had a chance.”

The anger emanating from Republicans like Sununu and Barbour comes just three years after the GOP embraced the insurgent political group and rode its wave of new energy to return to power in the House.

Now, they’re lashing out with polls showing Republicans bearing most of the blame for the federal shutdown, which entered its 11th day Friday. In some places, they’re laying the groundwork to take action against the tea party in the 2014 congressional elections.

Iowa Republicans are recruiting a pro-business Republican to challenge six-term conservative Rep. Steve King, a leader in the push to defund the health care law. Disgruntled Republicans are further ahead in Michigan, where second-term, tea party-backed Rep. Justin Amash is facing a Republican primary challenger who is more in line with — and being encouraged by — the party establishment. And business interest groups, long aligned with the Republican Party, also are threatening to recruit and fund strong challengers to tea party House members.

Tea party backers are undeterred and assail party leaders….

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  1. Even though it cannot possibly be worth the price, a default could seriously damage the tea party and turn the tide internally on the right.
    But at a way too high cost.

  2. Manila Calling!

    Moderation in the pursuit of justice blah blah blah.

    Sometimes you just have to follow through.

    No Senate deal is going to get through the House unless the tea baggers say so. And if the pathetic GOP leadership cannot keep the Indians on the reservation then maybe they are not leaders at all. Ronald Reagan has been out of office for a generation and dead for almost a decade.

    I think it shows.

  3. “Sometines you just have to follow through”….another debt limit denier — and Ted Cruz wasn’t born in Canada.

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