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Moran, Tiahrt join Tea Party Caucus in U.S. House

July 22, 2010


— Kansas Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt have joined the new Tea Party Caucus in the U.S. House.

Tiahrt and Moran are seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the Aug. 3 primary. Both have been running to the right — and courting tea party movement members.

Tiahrt has represented the 4th Congressional District of south-central Kansas since 1995. Moran has held the seat for the 1st District of western and central Kansas since 1997.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a Republican who represents the 2nd District of eastern Kansas, also joined the caucus after Moran and Tiahrt.

The caucus was formed by Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, a Republican who's become a tea party favorite.


KUJayhawk2009 7 years, 10 months ago

Hopefully! I'm tired of paying for illegals. BC is ready!

nobody1793 7 years, 10 months ago

Half the global tea production comes from China and India. Why do these people hate America so much?

olddognewtrix 7 years, 10 months ago

H.L.Menkin once coined the term "Boobis Americanis" The Kansas Republicn candidtes have refined that to "Boobis Kansiensis"

Paul R Getto 7 years, 10 months ago

Michelle and Todd: What a pair of crazy eights to draw to. This should get interesting. One of my favorite Michelle quotes: "No one that I know disagrees with natural selection — that you can take various breeds of dogs ... breed them, you get different kinds of dogs," she said. "It's just a fact of life. ... Where there's controversy is (at the question) 'Where do we say that a cell became a blade of grass, which became a starfish, which became a cat, which became a donkey, which became a human being?' There’s a real lack of evidence from change from actual species to a different type of species. That's where it's difficult to prove." - Michele Bachmann quoted in the Stillwater Gazette, September 29, 2003." Hint to M.B.: Read Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin. It's short and even has pictures.

Ralph Reed 7 years, 10 months ago

So tell me, how would this be different than it is now?

The KS legislature is overwhelmingly Republican, and they spend their time trying to control people's bodies and who they can live with rather than bring jobs to Kansas, funding schools, and balancing the budget.

One Senator is a Rep and the other Senator who's not a Senator is also a Rep.

Our Governor is a Dem.

So I guess there wouldn't be any changes. Tom Holland will be elected and Moore will be elected.

jamoca 7 years, 10 months ago

The only person that can control your body (unless you're violently attacked) is you. End of story.

blindrabbit 7 years, 10 months ago

All we need is Sarah to come in and jury the Tiahrt-Moran love fest. Maybe an afternoon session of tea and crumpets.

Jimo 7 years, 10 months ago

So neither Tiahrt nor Moran plans to actually balance the budget, just blow hot air?

Mary Darst 7 years, 10 months ago

This is why I'm writing in autie as a write in.

Ralph Reed 7 years, 10 months ago

It's funny, but I had to go back and read the headline again. I though it read, "Moran, Tiahrt join Tea Party Circus in U.S. House."

overthemoon 7 years, 10 months ago

The Teabaggin' Party burned such a strong reputation of being screaming, ill-behaved, uninformed tools last August they will have a great deal of work to do to prove that they are a legitimate voice in America. If and when they accomplish that, they will find that they're just Republicans. If they haven't destroyed the Republican Party by then.

whats_going_on 7 years, 10 months ago

someone clarify this for me...IS there a republican party anymore, or is it just the tea party now? Is there anyone here who will not be in the tea party but who is republican, or vice versa? Seriously, I'm curious.

beatrice 7 years, 10 months ago

That is for the Republicans to decide. If they want to throw the moderates out with the bathwater, that is their call.

dinglesmith 7 years, 10 months ago

Does this remind anyone else of junior high? You know, when one cool kid joined the club all the other cool kids joined so they could all be cool together. What would be really funny is if there was a Tea Party table in the House Lunch Room and all the cool kids fought over chairs at the table...

Paul R Getto 7 years, 10 months ago

"IS there a republican party anymore, or is it just the tea party now?" === What's: That's the heart of the matter. I think the R's are conflicted and don't want the TP to take over the entire party. They are useful in promoting the most extreme right wing portions of the party, but not practical for governing in the middle. It should be an interesting Kabuki dance this summer as they pretend to like the Tea Party, but find ways to not carry out their agenda after the election. This has been going on since Reagan allowed them to glom onto the platform back in the 1980's. Republicans have catered to the right since then, and tried to ignore them as much as possible after the elections are over. The Tea Party should become an official 3rd party and take their chances. Let the R's stick up for bankers, farmers and big business and eschew the nuts.

blindrabbit 7 years, 10 months ago

What about Todd and Jerry throwing a "Mad Hatter" themed Tea Party . Need some costumes, some looking glasses, a little grass, a white rabbit, a pink elephant and a well invited guest list. Ryun, Jenkins, Kobach, Brownback, Palin. Let Beck be the master of ceremonies; the whole thing funded by Fox.

bangaranggerg 7 years, 10 months ago

As a moderate republican, I'm glad there's a new party that can draw out the racists and conspiracy theorists under their own hat. Much as if I happened to be an african american democrat, I'd be happy the Black Panthers had formed.

staff04 7 years, 10 months ago

I'm not surprised that Tiahrt joined this goofy bunch, but I thought Jerry Moran had principles that placed his constituents and principles before politics.

verity 7 years, 10 months ago

Unfortunately, with all the money involved in politics, people are afraid they can't be elected if they place "constituents and principles before politics."

What if we started voting on principle rather than who spent the most money or knee-jerk reactions to hot-aired rhetoric?

average 7 years, 10 months ago

Too late to switch for the primary (Monday was the deadline). I had seriously intended to do that, knowing how much I didn't like Tiahrt. Hadn't counted on Moran pissing me off as much as he has over the last few months. Pox on both.

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 10 months ago

Yep, Moran is on a race to the depths of right-wing insanity, just like the the ol' maverick.

How's that moderate-ey, centrist-ey thing workin' out for ya, there, Jerry?

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

Where was Tihart,Moran and Brownback? Too busy gathering Special Interest money?

Yes where were they when the worlds grandest fraud was being perpetrated against the citizens and taxpayers of this nation? What in the world were they doing besides NOT paying attention.

Retirement plans went to hell and 11 million more were suddenly without jobs? Thus far they are against any plan that might ignite new industry thus new jobs thus economic recovery.

" Often, government plays a role in bubbles. The housing bubble was in part generated by the Federal Reserve maintaining low interest rates. Easy money meant readily obtainable loans and, at least in the short run, low monthly payments. Also, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan denied the housing bubble’s existence—not fraud exactly, but deception that kept the bubble going. (Greenspan, whose view was ideologically driven, got support in his bubble denial from the academic work of the man who was to be his successor, Ben Bernanke.)

In addition, government regulatory agencies turned a blind eye to the highly risky practices of financial firms, practices that both encouraged the development of the bubble and made the impact all the worse when it burst. Moreover, the private rating agencies (e.g., Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s) were complicit. Dependent on the financial institutions for their fees, they gave excessively good ratings to these risky investments. Perhaps not fraud in the legal sense, but certainly misleading.

And, yes, substantial fraud was involved. For example, mortgage companies and banks used deceit to get people to take on mortgages when there was no possibility that the borrowers would be able to meet the payments. Not only was this fraud, but this fraud depended on government authorities ignoring their regulatory responsibilities.

So, no, a bubble and a Ponzi scheme are not the same. But they have elements in common. Usually, however, the losers in a Ponzi scheme are simply the direct investors, the schemer’s marks. A bubble like the housing bubble can wreak havoc on all of us."

Dollars and Sense =====================

Now what exactly does the repub party have in mind to restore 11 million jobs that went out the window under the watch of their regulatory jurisdiction that which was the Bush administration?

If tax breaks were the key to great paying new employment opportunities the USA would have a huge surplus of jobs no matter what.

Who exactly is going to employ the new 11 million unemployed?

blindrabbit 7 years, 10 months ago

Tweedledee and Tweedledumber (your choice) and a race to the bottom.

Steve Jacob 7 years, 10 months ago

The tea party is like what Pat Robertson used to be. If your a Republican, you have to play nice, kiss butt, but secretly hope they go away.

Mike Ford 7 years, 10 months ago

I love the sight of these two racing to hitch a ride on the crazy train... sorry ozzy....

RogueThrill 7 years, 10 months ago

But you get to deal with a whole new level of crazy in Ben Nelson.

deec 7 years, 10 months ago

True. But only one set of inmates in state gov't!

beatrice 7 years, 10 months ago

My favorite pandering to the Tea Party story is J.D. Hayworth here in Arizona, running against John McCain. Hayworth has been pounding his chest calling himself the "true conservative," then copies of the infomercial came out that he made a few years back after he lost his House seat where he advertised a company that would help you get FREE Government Money! It was a bogus company that had an F rating with the Better Business Bureau, had to settle lawsuits for fraud and then folded. And J.D. Hayworth was promoting it! The fiscal conservative was wanting to make sure others got their FREE Government Money, although he is telling people he is a Tea Party advocate interesting in cutting government spending! What a scream.

While Hayworth seemed to actually contend for McCain's Senate seat, the race for the Republican candidate is pretty much over now. It took the negative commercials with the informercial snippets to wake people up.

At any rate, it is a lesson about being careful of these folks who are suddenly describing themselves as supporters of the this new movement.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

President Obama: the previous government destroyed the economy and jobs Therefore it is the responsibility of the new government to restore the economy and jobs aka logic by way of directly funding employment by any means.

Brownback,Tihart and Moran were there and did nothing to stop their party from destroying the economy and 11 miilion more jobs!

Alexander Smith 7 years, 10 months ago

The Tea Party is a joke and is an insult to the original Tea Party in history. This one is about a bunch of majority rich people that are more concerned about their money then America. To be very conservative is scary, that means a person is blinded by religion and other values that are not flexible and are intolerant to other cultures. As long as it is good for them then its okay, as soon as it is not then it’s bad. The words “understanding” and “acceptance” do not exit in the Tea Party vocabulary. What is really funny is to see how many people that attend the Tea Party events are minorities? You do see a lot of BMWs, Mercedes, Volvos, and large SUVs!

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