That’s a New York Times story from yesterday….
Well people….. You’re gonna be seeing that story a lot for the next two years…
As the Democratic left has found out…
It’s one thing to make promises when you are they people not running things…
It’s another when you ARE running things….
US Congressmen and women are there for ALL the people …
Not just one party or even on segment of their party….
Just Barack Obama has found out…
The founders set the US government up to work on compromise….
So the Tea Party stuff might be good campaign slogans…
But most of it simply will not see the light of day….
GOP leaders Boehner and McConnell will be fighting rear actions from WITHIN their party for the new two years just as the President has since the Democratic primaries…..
[Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, co-founders of the Tea Party Patriots, at a November rally.]
(Cliff Owen/Associated Press)
Just a month ago, Tea Party leaders were celebrating their movement’s victories in the midterm elections. But as Congress wrapped up an unusually productive lame-duck session last month, those same Tea Party leaders were lamenting that Washington behaved as if it barely noticed that American voters had repudiated the political establishment.
In their final days controlling the House, Democrats succeeded in passing legislation that Tea Party leaders opposed, includinga bill to cover the cost of medical care for rescue workers at the site of the World Trade Center attacks, an arms-control treatywith Russia, a food safety bill and a repeal of the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.
“Do I think that they’ve recognized what happened on Election Day? I would say decisively no,” said Mark Meckler, a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, which sent its members an alert last month urging them to call their representatives to urge them to “stop now and go home!!”
“We sent them a message that we expect them to go home and come back newly constituted and do something different,” Mr. Meckler said. “For them to legislate when they’ve collectively lost their mandate just shows the arrogance of the ruling elite. I can’t imagine being repudiated in the way they were and then coming back and saying ‘Now that we’ve been repudiated, let’s go pass some legislation.’ ”
“I’m surprised by how blatant it was,” he added.
But Tea Party activists did not reserve their criticism for Democrats. “The Republicans, frankly, have been a disaster,” Mr. Meckler said. “They stood strong on some things, but the only reason they stood strong is because we stood behind them with a big stick.”
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