TLP: This is the Kind of Thing that Makes Politics Effing Awesome
Nothing like a little taste of victory to get power-mad political blood flowing. Not only are Republicans tearing into the hapless, ass-whipped Democrats, but the GOP leaders are already turning on each other.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican, was just fine as a loudmouth and money-raiser ($11 million in this cycle, topping all other House candidates), but, hmmm, maybe she's selling a little too much crazy now that the game is won. Texan Jeb Hensarling (who?) seems to have more appeal for a GOP caucus leadership position.
As a Tea Party favorite, Bachmann has attempted to portray herself as the would-be voice of “constitutional conservatives.”Wait, Bachmann hangs with Sarah Palin? Seems she was another useful idiot. To a point. At least in the view of Alabama's Spencer Bachus.
But the tactic might be rubbing members the wrong way, according to a GOP aide familiar with the situation.
GOP lawmakers are becoming resentful that the Minnesota lawmaker, a close pal of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, is running as the only voice that would represent the Tea Party in leadership.
They say Hensarling has long fought for Tea Party goals such as limited government and reduced government spending.
“Members are getting resentful of Bachmann, who they say is making the argument that you’re not really a Tea Party supporter, unless you support her. That’s gone through the formation of the Tea Party Caucus and the formation of this candidacy of hers. It’s just not so,” the GOP aide told The Hill.
Shelby County Reporter:
Shelby County’s congressman, U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., said former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin likely cost the Republican Party control of the U.S. Senate.And what would a story about the ugly innards of the GOP be if someone wasn't trying to take out RNC Chairman Michael Steele?
Bachus made his remarks on Nov. 4 at the monthly luncheon meeting of the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce, held at the Columbiana United Methodist Church.
“The Senate would be Republican today except for states (in which Palin endorsed candidates) like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware,” Bachus said. “Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate.”
Some senior party officials are maneuvering to put pressure on Michael Steele, the controversial party chairman, not to seek re-election when his term ends in January or, failing that, to encourage a challenger to step forward to take him on.Makes you wonder about the behind-the-scenes chatter and the scrapescrapescrape of sharpening claws that went on in GOP war rooms before the election.
So far, the effort has been tentative, with Mr. Steele’s most ardent opponents working behind the scenes to persuade an alternative to run against him — fearful that any overt moves will create a backlash in Mr. Steele’s favor among those committee members who tend to view the establishment in Washington with suspicion.
One man leading the effort is a Mississippi Republican Party committeeman, Henry Barbour, who is a nephew of Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi — a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, himself. Governor Barbour is said by people involved in the discussions to be among those eager to see a change at the top of the party and recently criticized party fund-raising under Mr. Steele.
Officials close to the presumed new House speaker, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, and the Senate minority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said that both men would prefer a new chairman as well, but that they were also resigned to Mr. Steele’s continued leadership should no clear alternative emerge to defeat him.