Tea Party’s “Dirty Dozen” for 2012?

It is hard to believe, but the Tea Party activists are already formulating lists of targets of United States Senators — both Democrats and Republicans — up for reelection in 2012. On the Republican side, the Tea Party groups will be closely watching the votes and actions (in committees on which they serve) of such Republicans up for reelection as Indiana’s Richard Lugar and Texas’ Kay Bailey Huchison, among others.

There are a number of Republican senators who should be concerned about primary challenges — who may be running for reelection in 2012 — who saw conservative Senator Bob Bennett from Utah being challenged in the Republican primaries and being defeated.

The Tea Party groups also scared Republican Senator Arlen Specter so much with their support for the now Senator-elect Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, that he fled the party. They now are even talking about challenging conservative Utah Senator Orrin Hatch up for reelection in 2012.

Likely targets amongst Democrat Senators up for relection — and these just might be labeled by the Tea Party, the “Dirty Dozen” — are the following: Kent Conrad, North Dakota, Claire McCaskill, Missouri, Ben Nelson, Nebraska, James Webb, Virginia, Jon Tester, Montana, Joe Manchin, West Virginia, Bob Casey, Pennsylvania, Bill Nelson, Florida, Maria Cantwell, Washington, Debbie Stabenow, Michigan, Herbert Kohl, Wisconsin and Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota.

The likely outcome of the 2010 elections will show a Senate line-up of 47 Republicans, 51 Democrats and 2 left-wing independents who caucus with the Democrats. To take over the majority in two years, the Republicans only have to knock off 4 of the “Dirty Dozen” targets. The most likely targets are from the very conservative states of North Dakota (Kent Conrad); Missouri (Claire McCaskill); Nebraska (Ben Nelson) and from the fairly conservative southern state of Virginia (James Webb.)

Other likely Democrats at the top of Tea Party lists for defeat in 2012 include West Virginia Senator-elect Joe Manchin, who almost ran as an arch-conservative Republican, opposing Barack Obama at every turn. Needless to say, every vote that Joe Manchin takes in the Senate will be under close scrutiny not only by the Tea Party groups, but by the Republican who barely lost to Manchin, the successful businessman, John Raese, and who, undoubtedly, will run against Manchin again in 2012. The late Senator Robert Byrd’s six year term, whose place Manchin has taken, ends in 2012.

There are other targets of opportunity for the Tea Party and Republican activists amongst the 21 Democrats up for reelection, which is a huge number of Democrats up for reelection (compared to only 11 Republicans up for reelection in 2012.) Many Senators, both Democrat and Republican, will be cautiously looking over their shoulders before they cast every vote during the next two years and that is a good thing.

Submitted by Capitol Notebook on November 4, 2010 – 10:19am.
reprinted from Christian Coalition of America


Wikipedia:  [The phrase, “All politics is local” is a common phrase in U.S. politics. The former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill coined this phrase which encapsulates the principle that a politician’s success is directly tied to his ability to understand and influence the issues of his constituents.]

O’Neill’s phrase is as accurate today as it was when it was first spoken.

You can be a part of the movement to take America back from the socialists democrats by getting involved in the activities of your local Tea Party and your local Republican Party. Let’s make sure we elect true conservatives and replace those who are not!

One response

  1. Orrin Hatch? That might be a bit of an overreach.

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