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100210topEditor’s Note – Yet another sign of the success of the tea party movement.

You will notice an reoccurring theme from the Democrats, either the tea party movement is racist or far right. 

The racist charges have been repudiated entirely, and, it’s not surprising that the far left would see fiscal responsibility, limited government and respect for the constitution as extreme principles.  Is it just me, or is the choice so easy to see?

 

Tea Party Gets Official Caucus

By Molly K. Hooper & Jordan Fabian
The Hill

A House committee has approved the creation of an official Tea Party Caucus, triggering praise from an outspoken Republican but creating a dilemma for some of her colleagues.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), a favorite of the Tea Party movement, tweeted on Monday that the House Administration Committee had signed off on her request to form the Tea Party Caucus. Kyle Anderson, a spokesman for the panel headed by Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.), confirmed that it cleared Bachmann’s paperwork.

Later on Monday, House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) said he would be joining Bachmann’s group.

Seizing on the potential political volatility of the House Tea Party Caucus, a Democratic leadership aide on Monday said, “We hope that all members of the Republican Conference will join the Tea Party Caucus, starting with John Boehner.”

But House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) will not be signing up.

Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith told The Hill, “As a personal policy, Boehner is not a member of any caucus other than the House Republican Conference.”

Boehner has reached out to members of the Tea Party, however. The Ohio Republican has participated in several Tea Party rallies, and in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Boehner said, “While the other side is busy mocking the Tea Party movement, we’re going to listen to them, we’re going to walk amongst them, we’re going to stand with them.”

House Republicans in tough races this fall could face criticism if they do — or don’t — join the Tea Party Caucus.

The NAACP this month denounced the movement as racist, and Democrats in Congress have worked to portray Tea Party officials as extremists.

Bachmann’s office on Monday indicated it was unsure how many members would join the caucus.

“Time will tell,” Bachmann spokesman Dave Dziok said. “We’re just getting the ball rolling.”

Some House Republicans have courted the support of the Tea Party, which many conservatives believe will help turn out voters and energize a GOP base that was dispirited in 2006 and 2008.

Tea Party officials note they have criticized both Republicans and Democrats for expanding government, but the movement’s principles are by and large more in line with Republican philosophies. Therefore, GOP members who do not join the Tea Party Caucus could attract criticism from Tea Party activists.

Ryan Rudominer, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said, “The question now is, whether House Republican candidates who have raced to the far right and outside the mainstream will agree to join Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party caucus if elected.”

There is no Tea Party Caucus in the Senate, but Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul (R) has floated the creation of a similar group in the upper chamber.

Tom Tillison

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