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Headaches Loom For Senate GOP As Tea Party Takeover Squeezes Out Moderates

Tea Party Newcomers Plan To Push Congress Further Away From Compromise

NBC News: “Senate Faces Potential Influx of Conservative Republicans” “The Senate is likely to assume an even more conservative tenor come January as a crop of insurgent-minded Republicans replace some of the GOP’s old guard in the upper chamber.” [NBC News, 8/2/12]

Washington Post: “Why Ted Cruz’s Win Isn’t All Good News for Senate Republicans.” “Cruz’s victory will almost certainly make [presumptive No. 2 Senate Republican John] Cornyn’s life — and the lives of the other members of the Senate Republican leadership more difficult.” [Washington Post,8/1/12]

NY Times: New Conservatives In Senate Could Increase “Conflicts Between Moderates And Far-Right Republicans Disinclined Toward Compromise.” “The infusion of new conservative blood could alter the complexion of the Senate, increasing the sorts of conflicts between moderates and far-right Republicans disinclined toward compromise that have characterized the House for two years.” [NY Times, 8/2/12] 

NY Times: Conservatives to Give McConnell “Added Aggravations.” “As a result, the group could also present the sort of added aggravations for Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, that befell the House speaker, John A. Boehner of Ohio, as he sought to draft difficult deals with Democrats and the White House at a time of a complex fiscal mess.” [NY Times, 8/2/12]


GOP’s Rightward Shift Has Squeezed Moderates Out of the Party

NY Times: Chance of More Conservatives in Senate is a “Corollary Trend Of The Moderate Congressional Members Fleeing The Scene.” “The Tea Party’s sinewy stamina among Senate candidates is the corollary trend of the moderate Congressional members fleeing the scene, best represented by this week’s surprise retirement of Representative Steven C. LaTourette, Republican of Ohio, who announced his decision through a flame of recriminations about partisanship, and Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, who left her party in a tough spot.” [NY Times, 8/2/12]

NY Times: “Most Moderate Republicans Who Served in The Senate Just a Few Years Ago Will No Longer Be in the Congress When it Meets Again 2013.” “The bigger story here, however, is that Mr. Lugar is the latest in a long line of relatively moderate Republican senators to meet an electoral demise. In fact, most moderate Republicans who served in the Senate just a few years ago will no longer be in the Congress when it meets again 2013.” [NY Times, 5/8/12]

Rep. LaTourette (R-OH): Republicans Who Want to Make Deals now Face Angry Taunts.“LaTourette said Republicans who want to make deals now face angry taunts: ‘You’re a coward; you’re a facilitator; you’re an appeaser; you’re a RINO” — a Republican In Name Only.’” [Politico, 8/1/12]

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY): “I’m Frustrated By How Much We — I Mean the Republican Party — Are Willing to Give Deferential Treatment To Our Extremes” “I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history,” he told The Post-Standard editorial board.” [Syracuse Post-Standard, 7/30/12]

BuzzFeed: Republicans Feel Boehner “Has Forced Them To Go Along With Conservative Demands But Has Provided Them Little In Return.” “According to Republicans, moderate members of the House GOP conference feel that Boehner, who has struggled with an often raucous and openly defiant right wing, has forced them to go along with conservative demands but has provided them little in return.” [BuzzFeed, 7/30/12]