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  •  The tea party doesn't have any clout (12+ / 0-)

    that the Republican party, particularly John Boehner, doesn't allow them to exercise.  It's difficult to understand why John Boehner has allowed the power of his speakership to be hijacked by this group of backbenchers, and that he himself doesn't understand that they'll readily kick him to the curb when they have the chance to capture the speakership for one of their own.  He can not make these people happy.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 06:53:19 AM PDT

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    •  This is absolutely true (5+ / 0-)
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      tb mare, DocGonzo, True North, thomask, SueDe

      Boehner wouldn't allow a House vote on the Senate bill because he knew it would pass and he would be facing a coup.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 06:55:48 AM PDT

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    •  All are afraid of conservative backlash! (2+ / 0-)
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      Conservative groups and the tea party are powerful.They are well funded by several pac's with strong ties to Koch brothers and many other billionaires whose sole purpose is to further their own agendas. Our opinion or what is in our best interest appears to not be a part of this agenda.

      Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better,do better. Maya Angelou

      by pipercity1 on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 10:54:43 AM PDT

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