Conservative George Will: Tea Party NOW IS Republican Party


Before we take a break, I want to quickly
discuss the story of George Will. George Will wrote, of course the conservative journalist
and author, wrote… or, rather, said that the Tea Party is basically the establishment
today. And we actually have video of him saying this
to Christiane Amanpour. And it’s interesting, because for so long, we still continue to
hear, ideally, a distinction made between the Republican Party and the Tea Party, and
here is George Will himself saying it is the Republican Party. George Will: … is no Republican establishment.
Its newspaper died, the “Herald Tribune” in New York, in 1966, and it died… Christiane Amanpour: But it’s– they keep
raising their voice, though. Will: It died… look, Google “the Republican
establishment”, you’ll get 20 million hits. Google the Loch Ness Monster, you’ll get a
whole bunch. It’s dead or never existed. Amanpour: Yeah, but there is a Tea Party,
and many say that they are outside the establishment. Maybe not? Will: They are… they are the establishment
today. David: So there’s George Will saying the Tea
Party is the establishment today, which is interesting, because for so long before the
2010 election, all we heard was how the Tea Party are outsiders, the Tea Party is grassroots,
even though we knew all along it was astroturf. And what did we say right after the 2010 election?
The Tea Party is going to be the Republican Party by the next election, or they will disappear
altogether. And case in point, as we talked about, CNN
partnering with the Tea Party for a debate, and the complete lack of basically traditional
conservatism. Some people will say it’s actually Ron Paul, but as we’ve already discussed,
in many ways, it’s not. Do you agree, Louis, that the Tea Party is now the Republican establishment
default? Louis: I mean, they’re like the embodiment
of what most of the angry Republicans are concerned about now, right? David: Certainly it’s one of the loudest voices,
yeah. Louis: But have they completely replaced the
Republican Party? David: It’s not so much have they replaced
them… Louis: I mean… I mean, it’s not like there
aren’t Republicans out there who claim to be Republicans, who claim to be conservative,
but do not want to have anything to do with the Tea Party. David: That’s not what it is, it’s different.
It’s more that if you are a Republican in the House, for example, now, if you don’t
agree or are vocal about the issues that the Tea Party is vocal about, you… Louis: You’re a non-factor? David: You appear to be somewhat of an outsider.
I think that’s the best way to look at this. It’s not so much that you either have to or
don’t have to identify as part of the Tea Party. I think that that’s what it is. I think
it’s that the most identifiable and loud issues that are being dealt with on the Republican
side are Tea Party-driven issues, and if you’re not involved in those issues, you appear to
be a little bit outside of the mainstream Republican ideal. Louis: Right. But it still falls under the
whole Republican bubble, right? David: Yeah, they still have an R next to
their name, yeah. But I think I agree with George Will, which is not something I’ve said
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Comments
  1. The Tea Party today is kinda like the old National Union Party that was used back in the Abe Lincoln days.
    The Republican Party back then used this temporary name to attract some who would not otherwise vote republican.
    I hope folks see through the BS that is the Tea Party.

  2. The Tea Party is not a grassroots movement, and so many people are completely ignorant/brainwashed to believe that they are. They are merely a wing of the GOP, and not an independent grassroots movement because:

    1. They get funding from very rich corporate donors who donate to the GOP.

    2. They always endorse Republican candidates and don't seek to promote independent candidates (look at the 2010 election).

    3. Their platforms coincide with corporate interests, just like the GOP.

  3. isn't it interesting republicans now have tea baggers as their driving force.
    it's not a good indication of stability/strength when a national political party is kidnapped twice in 35 yrs.
    first jerry falwell & his moral majority hy-jacked it in 76, now the tea party's in control.
    when they fail as did falwell, who'll be the next group to push their intolerance & bigotry on republicans? and will they ever learn mixing religion (yes, tea baggers are driven religiously) & politics always fails!

  4. The "establishment" IS the part of a political party who sets the adjenda… Who's setting the controlling the Republican party right now? The Tea Party.

  5. The illusion of separation was necessary for them to distinguish themselves from George Bush and the astronomical debt he ran up, as well as the banking collapse and the unpopular bailouts. The result is that they have been made stronger by the economic collapse, rather than being blamed for it.

  6. @bobshenix Your point is bolstered by the fact that David Koch donated $15 million to fund an exhibit on human evolution at the Smithsonian. Not a very Tea Party thing to do!

  7. @bobshenix while the tea party & palin might have influences, i still contend the republican party is led by "christian" conservatives who's ignorance, intolerance, bigotry & hate are the basis of that party. as far as fiscal issues, that's just an excuse to gain control. do you think the ignorant, mostly poor "christians" on the right REALLY want their benefits cut, especially those already retired?
    please, it's all about right wing "christian" nuts who want to control this country.

  8. @wntoply6 A friend explained it to me that they can't explain Goldwater conservatism to the average person. It seems too pro-business, pro-wealthy. So they have to align with some popular movement, such as religion, hatred of minorities and immigrants, etc. Otherwise few would vote for them. Libertarians, on the other hand, take the issue head on, and reject social conservatism. And you see how many libertarian presidents we've had.

  9. The Tea Party is not the “establishment” party. The establishment is no different from the Democrats. Tea party is unique and what we want is simply put financial responsibility, constitutional mandated government. Sorry David and Lewis, again, another example of you not knowing what you are talking about.

  10. @maconsumner Unfortunately the Tea Party is a bit like a religon in the sense of,

    You speak to an educated western muslim and they will give you a very fair, balanced, understandable view of Islam….However if you go to places where Islam is the majority they still have sharia law (Beheadings, etc)

    I think a large base of the tea party are un-informed or mis-informed about whats going on – not that its their fault, theyre jst getting on with life and honestly want things to get better

  11. Small government, accountable spending so we can tax less are the unifying factor for the tea party. These are very republican- as much as Reagan era neocons would have you disbelieve. These comments are quick to disparage a largely formless group with petty and baseless remarks. It really strikes me as naive and self affirming. I am not sure what many of you are to be frank, liberal, neoconservative- but you seem to be a bunch of zealots. At least the video was mature.

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