ICYMI: Ingraham and Brat Trash Gillespie Hours Before Brat To Appear With Gillespie

Just hours before Ed Gillespie is scheduled to campaign with Rep. Dave Brat in Goochland, Brat appeared on Laura Ingraham’s radio show to discuss Gillespie’s failing campaign.

As Brat murmured in agreement, Ingraham trashed Gillespie’s campaign, calling his high-dollar fundraising appearance with George Bush a “huge mistake” and saying, “Ed Gillespie is seen as a strong member of the establishment GOP. The establishment GOP has approval ratings up in the high teens.”

She goes on to complain, “He never picked up the phone and contacted me. We’ve invited [Gillespie] on this radio show. He refuses to come on the radio show despite its popularity throughout the commonwealth — and that tells you everything you need to know. You know who else didn’t come on this show? Eric Cantor. John Boehner.” She concludes, “the track record for people who haven’t come on our show is not very good.”

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TEA COZY: The New Crop of Extreme Tea Party Republicans Settling Into Washington

Today, the first of the 114th Congress, finds Tea Party favorites Representatives Ted Yoho and Louie Gohmert each planning to challenge John Boehner’s reelection as Speaker of the House. The Tea Party darlings’ bids for the speaker’s gavel might have long odds, but don’t let that fool you: nothing about the Republican Party’s extreme, Tea Party agenda has changed as a result of the GOP’s “rebrand.” Indeed, a quick scan of some of the newest members of the House being sworn in today shows just how extreme this latest crop of Tea Party Republican members of Congress truly are.

Fortunately, American Bridge has done the work for you and included these Tea Partiers’ top extreme hits in our new report:

Tea Cozy: The New Crop of Extreme Tea Party Republicans Settling Into Washington

Representing districts from Georgia to Maine, Virginia to Nevada, Illinois to Iowa, extreme Tea Party Republicans will be sworn today into the U.S. House of Representatives. Take Glenn Grothman in Wisconsin’s 6th District to start. We’ve already detailed the long list of Grothman’s greatest extreme hits, but as a quick refresher, the Congressman-elect has: proselytized about the “war on men,” fought for a seven-day workweek, and proposed a law to formally consider single parenthood a contributing factor to child abuse.

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Meet Glenn Grothman And The *New* GOP

After an embarrassing cycle for the GOP in 2012 — from a clown show of a presidential primary season that saw the likes of Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain as temporary frontrunners, to Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock and friends mansplaining the intricacies of rape-induced pregnancy — Republicans knew something needed to change. So they commissioned an autopsy report that identified their shortcomings and charted a new course to broaden their appeal.

Then, the GOP promptly took that report and used it as kindling at a giant Tea Party bonfire, and continued on their merry way rightward, to the ever-shrinking base they know and love.

Tonight, the “New GOP” added its latest star: Glenn Grothman, winner of the WI-6 GOP primary.

Here’s an overview of some of Glenn’s greatest hits:

Argued that John Kerry upset God by trying to stop Uganda’s anti-gay bill
Attacked Kwanzaa as a “false holiday” that “almost no […]

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Dave “No Questions” Brat to Hold “News Conference”

Since Tea Party prince Dave Brat did the unthinkable and dethroned Majority Leader Eric Cantor, he’s been hard to get a hold of. In fact, he actually shot a text message to the Associated Press saying he wasn’t doing any public appearances. That might cut it for a teenager who isn’t coming home for dinner, but Dave Brat is running for the United States Congress.

Well Brat is putting an end to his disappearing act this morning. He’s putting on what his campaign is calling a “news conference.” We’re just trying to figure out what makes something a news conference when you announce in advance you won’t take any questions…

Then again, it’s understandable. The last time Brat tried to take a question, the economics professor didn’t “have a well-formed response” to whether we should abolish the minimum wage, though as Chuck Todd pointed out, getting rid of the minimum wage certainly seemed to be the argument Brat was making.

So the world will have to wait for Dave Brat to answer questions on his plans to slash social security and education funding. But hey, he’s answered one important question already: Is the Tea Party dead? Far from it. Watch:

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Dave Brat’s Grand Old TEA Party

The Republican establishment was dealt a shocking blow last week when Eric Cantor, an ardent conservative and supposed young star of the GOP, was defeated by little-known Tea Party candidate Dave Brat.

The upset sent shockwaves through the Republican Party, and Brat wasted no time in demonstrating his extreme views. In an interview with Chuck Todd the day after winning his primary, Brat, an economics professor, appeared to lay out a case for abolishing the minimum wage, before backpedaling and claiming that he didn’t have a “well-crafted response on that one.”

But the real story isn’t Brat’s bumbling, or even Cantor’s fall from grace. The real story is that the positions of Dave Brat and his Tea Party friends and the positions of today’s “Republican establishment” aren’t any different. Whether you ask overnight Tea Party sensation Dave Brat, or longtime Washington elite Speaker Boehner, they’ll tell you the same thing. There ain’t any difference between the Tea Party and the GOP.

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