View Full Version : Who wins? T-party idealogues vs. mainstream Repubs??

David G
01-26-2015, 11:44 AM
Norman... I hope you've got enough popcorn for the whole gang of us...


WASHINGTON (AP) This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats.

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Some conservatives are fighting back, demanding that Senate Republicans stand firm against President Barack Obama. But their leverage is limited. And now, however reluctantly, some tea party-affiliated House members are acknowledging a political landscape in which the GOP-run Senate will dilute House legislation, and Obama's vetoes may be insurmountable.
The divide between Republican pragmatists and ideological purists may be on display this week when the House takes up a border security bill. Democrats say it sets unreasonable goals, but some conservative Republicans say it doesn't go far enough. That's a familiar dynamic that often makes GOP leaders work hard to pass bills.

For the first six years of Obama's presidency, Republicans' internal disputes were largely symbolic. Democrats, who controlled the Senate, kept Republican initiatives from reaching the president's desk.

Republicans now hold 54 of the Senate's 100 seats. But Democrats still can block many GOP measures with filibusters, which require 60 votes to overcome.

The House's most outspoken conservatives chafe at talk of crafting compromise legislation to win at least six Democratic senators' votes. They prefer principle-over-pragmatism defiance.