On July 8, 2013, Rick Perry announced he would not seek re-election in the 2014 election. The Texas governor would complete his term, but added this statement.
"The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership," Perry said of his decision.
"It's been an improbable journey that has taken me from a farm in this place called Paint Creek, Texas to the governor's office," Perry said of his time in office. "Each day has been an honor."
Governor Perry unsuccessfully ran for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, leaving the race ahead of the South Carolina primary. He held an incredible lead in national polls before he entered the campaign. His entry had high hopes for the GOP, but a few missteps and his campaign was crushed. He returned to Texas.
Perry, a TEA Party favorite, was actually second in line of throwing in the towel and giving up the extreme right wing fight because on May 29, 2013, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) announced she would not seek a fifth term in office. The TEA Party firebrand and 2012 Presidential contender was adamant on her stand against Obamacare, almost to a frenzy.
Although Bachmann didn't give an exact reason for her departure, she explained that an eight-year term in the House was enough.
"The law limits anyone from serving as president of the United States for more than eight years, and in my opinion, well, eight years is also long enough for an individual to serve as a representative for a specific Congressional district," Bachmann said.
August 16, 2013 Sean Hannity could lose both his prime-time Fox News slot and his radio show.
Mediate "learned from multiple talk radio sources" that Hannity will get the heave-ho from Cumulus radio, a rumor backed up by a brash Michael Savage:
I predict, right here, right now, that I Michael Savage and the Savage Nation is going to take over The Sean Hannity Show time slot by the end of the year.
Hannity blows away the competition in his 9 p.m. slot on Fox News, easily trouncing CNN's Piers Morgan and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. But his current audience may not be what his bosses are worried about. Indeed, his rumored ouster could simply be a reflection of Fox News chief Roger Ailes' plans for the future. Salon's Jordan Chariton points out that Fox News lost 11 percent of its younger viewers, ages 25 to 54, in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same time last year.
Last year, March 6, 2012, at least 45 companies pulled their ads from the “The Rush Limbaugh Show” since the conservative talk show host called a law student a “slut” on the air the preceding week and the social media blitz against the popular radio program escalated.
The mantra of the TEA Party in 2009 was small government, tax reform and jobs. But, its primary goal was the obstruction to the recent elected president or even better for them, the removal of President Obama from office. Though, the party faction has gained somewhat of a political stronghold, not one of its objectives have been met by them, not one, except obstruction to legislation, now on that account they have been magnificent.