Movement leaders feel conservatives had momentum in the negotiations with President Barack Obama’s administration and were could have demanded serious concessions on Obamacare and spending until establishment Republicans stepped in to undercut them. Now, after House Republican leadership’s latest proposal has fallen apart because House Speaker John Boehner did not have the votes, and the focus turns back to negotiations between Senate GOP leadership and Senate Democrats, the Tea Party movement could not be more outraged at the way Washington is working. As The New York Times noted in a piece published late Tuesday, conservatives and establishment Republicans are “nearing open revolt.”
“The ruling elite is negotiating with the ruling elite and the voice of the people is left out,” Tea Party Patriots national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin said in an interview Breitbart News executive chairman Stephen K. Bannon conducted on Tuesday afternoon while guest-hosting the Wilkow Majority on Sirius XM Patriot channel.
We are doing everything we can to remind the Senate and the House that real Americans across this country right now today are getting letters saying their health insurance prices are going up, they’re losing their jobs and their hours at work and they don’t have the same access to doctors that they had just a few months ago because of Obamacare. So we are reminding all of these elected officials that this fight is about Obamacare and that the American people need relief from it. You said cave, which is very much at the moment what it looks like the Republicans are going to do. We’ll make sure people understand that this is the Republicans looking out for themselves rather than looking out for the American people, and the same with the Democrats.
ForAmerica chairman Brent Bozell, another leader in the conservative movement, said in a statement, “conservatives have no dog in this fight anymore.”
“Conservatives wanted ObamaCare defunded, or at least delayed,” Bozell said.