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Washingtonians Who Have Threatened Conservatives

As establishment Washingtonians continue to lose popularity with voters, they are becoming increasingly protestant of anyone who criticizes them. Here’s a list of establishment Republicans who have condemned or threatened conservative organizations in recent memory.

Sen. Mitch McConnell

On November 19, McConnell told donors on a conference call that he was going to punch anyone involved with the Senate Conservatives Fund in the nose. “You know how you deal with schoolyard bullies? You punch them in the nose and that’s what we’re going to do,” he said.

Sen. Orrin Hatch

When FreedomWorks reminded voters  in 2012 that Orrin Hatch had voted to raise the nation's debt limit 16 times and also voted in favor of bailing out Wall Street bankers, Hatch was not pleased. He said he was going to punch someone in the mouth for reminding people how he voted. “I despise these people, and I'm not the guy you come in and dump on without getting punched in the mouth,” he said.

Rep. Pete Sessions

When FreedomWorks pointed out that House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions refused to sign any letter calling for Obamacare to be defunded, Sessions disputed it. “FreedomWorks’ claims are a blatant misrepresentation of the facts,” he said. “I have stood firmly on the side of the people of the 32nd Congressional District who want to see Obamacare thrown in the dustbin. “

Yet Sessions did in fact refuse to sign any statement that called for Obamacare to be defunded. If that had not been the case, he might not be facing a primary challenger in Republican Katrina Pierson today.

Sen. John Cornyn

Continuing Rep. Sessions’ lamentations, Sen. Cornyn bewailed the fact that conservatives were no longer working for Republicans who didn’t support conservative policies.

“FreedomWorks is an organization that uses Republican on Republican violence,” Cornyn said. “They don’t exist to run against Democrats, they use it to try to divide Republicans, and I think… they’ve undermined our ability… to govern.”

The problem is that Washingtonians view “governing” as agreeing most of the time, even when it leads to policies bad for the country.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

When Kinzinger appeared on ABC News’ This Week at the end of the October shutdown, he took the opportunity not to talk about the forthcoming Obamacare rollout, but to complain that conservatives were getting too uppity.

 My concern with what’s going on… is we’re seeing conservatism in essence being redefined in this country… it’s being redefined by some of these outside groups, your Heritage Action, your Club for Growth, your FreedomWorks. And you have a small group in Congress that has become the surrender caucus. They’ve surrendered their voting card to the wishes of these outside groups.

On the other hand, Republicans in leadership have surrendered their voting cards to the wishes of Democrats in Congress. Kinzinger hasn’t spent much time complaining about that problem.

 Rep. Renee Ellmers

In September, Rep. Ellmers grumbled that it wasn’t her fault she had a low score with Heritage Action or FreedomWorks. Asked by a voter at a town hall why her scores with conservative organizations were so low, she replied by complaining that groups like FreedomWorks were wrong to attack Republicans for funding Obamacare:

My question is, why did you go to [Sen.] Richard Burr's (R-NC) office...  this is FreedomWorks,  why did you go to Richard Burr’s office and protest about Obamacare  but you didn’t go to [Sen.] Kay Hagan’s (D-NC), and she was the deciding vote for Obamacare in the Senate?

Ellmers went on to say that groups like FreedomWorks “pick and choose” who they’re going to target. That is true: FreedomWorks’ PAC and other organizations chose to endorse Ellmers during her first campaign in 2010 because she ran on a platform of opposition to Obamacare. Yet it wasn’t until she failed to follow through on that promise that she decided she had a problem with those organizations.

Gov. Haley Barbour

Speaking last month, former Mississippi Gov. Barbour attacked the Senate Conservatives Fund and Club for Growth for spending money promoting the conservative Chris McDaniel for Senate in his state. “We’re not very influenced by outside groups, even outside groups that describe themselves as conservatives. Maybe we’re a little resentful of people trying to tell us our business…. Every penny that’s been spent… has come from New York, California, Chicago.”

Yet Barbour doesn’t oppose all outside spending – only spending by conservatives. He served as an advisor for Karl Rove’s establishment defense fund American Crossroads last year.

RNC Growth & Opportunity Report

Conservative organizations have caused so much consternation for professional Washingtonians, the Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Report said they were unhealthy and suggested outlawing them earlier this year:

This is not healthy. A lot of centralized authority in the hands of a few people at these outside organizations is dangerous for our Party. This report pushes hard for campaign finance reform that would help the RNC return to its rightful position as the national Party leader.

It is ironic that Gov. Barbour’s nephew and former campaign manager, Henry Barbour, was one of the leading authors of the report.

From punching them in the face to outlawing their political participation, Washington Republicans have some pretty dystopian visions for what should be done to conservatives who criticize them. It’s cause to wonder whether those Republicans are very conservative at all.

Kathleen Oshea's picture

They also threaten FREEDOM and AMERICA. They look out only for themselves and their positions. I always did loathe GREEDY persons. Greed has caused so much heartache in this world, I believe it tops addiction, I believe it to be an addiction actually. Some of these people go to DC with good intentions and get addicted to the greedy borderline criminal activities giving them lavish lifestyles. The same activities that would put regular Americans in jail is at most questionably ethical. We need to demand citizen groups watch every cent spent, no matter how big government grows. We should have to give permission on every cent before it is spent. We need to translate dollars into hours we are working and away from our families. Most urgent is to is to impeach Eric Holder - the gate keeper of criminal activities. The QUICK FIX = CONVENTION of the STATES. GET INVOLVED !!!!!


Can't we please eliminate the 'Conservative' label. It's too tainted, and it isn't really clear what it means anymore, at least when applied to fiscally responsible government.

If you insist on the conservative label, please at least qualify it with 'fiscal' or 'social'.

jeffrey woods

I'm a fiscal Conservative. I've voted straight Libertarian party tickets since Reagan's 2nd term. The federal government has no business in most social issues. Without financial freedom I don't believe there can be any freedom at all.

jeffrey woods

I feel validated. I've had 2 heated arguments with people from the RNC requesting my money. The RNC is not interested in winning against Democrats. They are only interested in defeating Tea Party candidates. I will be donating my money directly to candidates or organizations I believe are in line with my principles.

D Williams

Jeffrey, I feel the same and have told them the exact same thing. I am currently unemployed so money is tight but everything I spend will go to independent candidates and FreedomWorks etc. that are working for true reform. To ALL - keep up the fight.

Adrian Rogers: You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.