The government impasse continues to baffle and anger Americans across the nation. Even the veteran Republican Party members have had enough.
The GOP is fed up with the tea party lawmakers that have given the GOP a bad name. The Republican Party is ready to show how fed up they are toward the tea party in the next election.
The former governor of New Hampshire, John Sununu faults Texas Senator Ted Cruz and the rest of the tea party Republicans who are members of the House, along with President Barak Obama for not settling this budget crisis earlier.
Haley Barbour, former governor for Mississippi is in agreement with Gov. Sununu, stating the refusal by the tea party in supporting spending measures, even monies allocated for Obama’s health care law, which was never given a chance, is creating a stand-off that is giving a bad name to the Republican Party.
Three years after the GOP welcomed the political group, believing it could bring power once again to the House, anger against the group is coming to the forefront over the unrest it is causing.
After polls have been taken and released, the blame is resting on the Republican Party by the majority of Americans. The 11th day of the shutdown has seen little resolve, forcing the GOP to plan against the tea party in the following 2014 congressional elections.
Republicans in Iowa are working with candidate Republican that will run against Rep. Steve King, one of the leaders in the fight against Obama’s health care law. The same is found in Michigan, where Rep. Justin Amash is looking at a battle against another candidate who is being encouraged by the GOP. Business interest groups are threatening to fund GOP leaders who are not aligned with the tea party lawmakers.
Former tea party organizer Katrina Pierson from the Dallas area is challenging Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas in the primary. She states:
They keep compromising. They all campaigned on fiscal responsibility. They just need to do what they campaigned on.
While Obama is being blamed for the shutdown by the GOP, over a dozen Republican Party members who are leaders, officials and strategists are focusing on the tea party lawmakers in the House. The tea party lawmakers who insist on keeping the government shutdown at a standstill until Obama’s health care tax is defunded are the main targets for the GOP election plan.
In a poll released by Associated Press on Wednesday, more Republicans stated the GOP is not handling the shutdown well. From those who state the shutdown is being mishandled, twice as many Republicans state the party representatives are not doing their fair share in discussing negotiations with Obama.
Matt Cox, the former executive director of Ohio’s Cuyahoga County GOP stated:
We’re not saying Obama is right. We’re saying what Republicans are doing is wrong.
Cox believes that Republicans should be pursuing a spending measure that would have kept dollar levels at the level set by the automatic $1.2 trillion cut approved last year. If Republicans would focus more on this cut, they could have passed it and received credit for the cut.
The same Republicans upset over the actions of their party members state that the tea party’s hardcore effort to defund what is already law means the party missed their chance to slam Obama after the Syria ordeal only one month ago. Now the focus of Americans is on the Republican Party instead of Obama’s choice on how to handle the Syrian situation.
With the polls showing their own party members are putting the blame on the tea party members, many GOP members believe they are going to have a rough go during the 2014 election.
Even though tea party backers fall at a low rate of 17% of Americans, they are fighting back. An independent political action committee, The Senate Conservatives Fund, has begun to run campaign ads. The ads are asking tea party supporters to put up primary election opponents in the Republican Party who have voted for measures that would have implemented modifications in the health care law and kept the government operating as usual.
Fairfield county Republican Chairman Kevin Thomas of South Carolina upholds the tea party lawmaker’s actions. He states:
The only leverage we have is the budget.