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Republican establishment may be preparing to primary Mike Lee in 2016

October 26, 2013

  According to this story the establishment ruling class Republicans may be considering running a primary opponent against Mike Lee in 2016 because he has been unwilling to fall in line with the GOP Overlords.

  There is already talk of who this replacement might be:

The Post reported that a potential Republican establishment challenger to Lee has already surfaced in “Thomas Wright, who stepped down this spring as chairman of the Utah Republican Party.” According to the Post, “Wright said he is considering running against Lee in 2016 because he has grown ‘exasperated’ with the junior senator’s governing style.

  I am sure there is some animosity towards Mike Lee because he primaried the establishment Republican candidate in 2010 but this goes much deeper than that. The ruling class elitists in the Republican party do not like him because they have not been able to mold him and make him conform.

   For a great look at the mindset of the establishment ruling class Republicans we need look no further than what Orrin Hatch said about Tea Party Republicans:

“[i]t’s time now… for Lee and other tea party Republicans to be ‘rehabilitated’ for refusing to pass a budget bill needed to keep the government operating unless money for the act better known as Obamacare was removed.”

  They need to be rehabilitated as if they have some disease, crippling injury, or mental disorder simply because they are not willing to go along to get along. This is precisely what is wrong in Washington today, or more accurately, part of what is wrong–a big part.

  It is still way too early to be thinking about 2016 for anything can still happen between now and then but this mindset is not going away and if this comes to be this will not the first time the establishment ruling class Republicans looked to punish their own for what they feel is their malfeasance.

  Almost one year ago John Boehner stripped four conservatives of their key committee positions as punishment for not falling in line with the establishment and then at a meeting the next day reminded others that it could also happen to them if they did not acquiesce to his will. (I wish he had the balls to fight Barack Obama this fiercely!)

  But I would be remiss here if I did not remind everyone what the establishment Republicans did to Allen West: they redistricted him into a more liberal district where he eventually lost. Do not think this was unintentional for he was also bucking the establishment and so he was dealt with. He went from a likely win to a close defeat and it was orchestrated by the establishment and, rumor has it, Mitt Romney.


11 Comments leave one →
  1. Petermc3 permalink
    October 26, 2013 2:57 pm

    Makes sense. Hillary will need all the allies she can muster in both houses to finish in her first term what Obama started but left hanging in two terms. Proving once and for all that an american white women is smarter than a half black african man.


  2. October 26, 2013 4:11 pm

    I had read earlier that Karl Rove and his PAC was going to primary House members as well and try and get rid of the Tea Party folks.


    • October 26, 2013 6:15 pm

      Karl Rove did start his PAC in order to protect incumbent establishment candidates against the Tea Party candidates and now it looks like he will go after incumbent Tea Party candidates rather then help them.


  3. LD Jackson permalink
    October 26, 2013 7:04 pm

    Clearly, the Republican establishment has a certain way they want to use their majority in the House. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, along with a few others, go against that grain in the worst kind of way. It should be evident that we need new leadership in our party.


  4. October 26, 2013 7:54 pm

    I’m not surprised one bit. The GOP establishment are already talking of how they can modify ObamaCare. There has never been an entitlement program defunded; only tweeked. The Republicans got just over 50 million votes in 2012. They keep this up and they will be lucky to get 45 million votes in 2016. I can see it now: Jeb Bush against Hilary Clinton.


    • October 27, 2013 7:18 am

      Yep, they are going the wrong way and they are too stupid to realize it. Don’t count out Christie either, ugh!


  5. Petermc3 permalink
    October 26, 2013 8:31 pm

    …and we know it’s the Clinton’s’ turn, soooo…


  6. October 27, 2013 7:07 pm

    Sheesh, can you image the backlash from the base if they try to primary Lee?


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