Political Insiders Poll

Poll: Do Tea-Party Challenges to GOP Incumbents Help Your Party?

Michael Catalini, Sarah Mimms and Peter Bell
Michael Catalini Sarah Mimms Peter Bell
Dec. 12, 2013, 4 p.m.

For the most part, how help­ful for your party would you de­scribe tea-party chal­lengers to Re­pub­lic­an law­makers?

DEMO­CRATS (94 VOTES)

Very help­ful: 78%
Some­what help­ful: 17%
Some­what un­help­ful: 1%
Very un­help­ful: 4%

Very help­ful

“Look­ing for a Christ­mas present for Harry Re­id and your lib­er­al friends? The tea party is the gift that keeps on giv­ing.”

“The suc­cess of re­dis­trict­ing means Re­pub­lic­ans now have a bench of elec­ted can­did­ates who do not un­der­stand the mod­er­ate swing elect­or­ate needed to win statewide in many states.”

“More. Please. It may be the only way to save the Sen­ate.”

“Really? John Cornyn too lib­er­al? Second-most-con­ser­vat­ive mem­ber of the Sen­ate!”

“We should be form­ing in­de­pend­ent-ex­pendit­ure com­mit­tees and su­per PACs to sup­port any tea parti­er in­ter­ested in tak­ing on Re­pub­lic­an in­cum­bents.”

“Di­vide and con­quer.”

“Thank you, Steve Stock­man.”

Some­what help­ful

“They help in drag­ging the na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an im­age away from the main­stream, but most of the chal­lenges are in safe seats that Demo­crats are un­likely to win in the event of an up­set.”

“It’s a mixed bag. While they help us keep the Sen­ate, if they win, they keep us from do­ing any­thing pro­duct­ive.”

Some­what un­help­ful

“Over the long haul, they in­hib­it the abil­ity of mod­er­ate or just-right-of-cen­ter Re­pub­lic­ans to en­gage in con­struct­ive gov­ern­ment. Demo­crats do bet­ter when gov­ern­ment works.”

Very un­help­ful

“They tend to make in­cum­bents, who still have a vote, cra­zi­er, and can do dam­age.”

For the most part, how help­ful for your party would you de­scribe tea-party chal­lengers to Re­pub­lic­an law­makers?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (93 VOTES)

Very help­ful: 1%
Some­what help­ful: 10%
Some­what un­help­ful: 24%
Very un­help­ful: 65%

Some­what help­ful

“In the long run, it’s help­ful since it forces sen­at­ors-for-life to get back in touch with their dis­tricts, something Dick Lugar should have done long be­fore there was a tea party.”

Some­what un­help­ful

“Most are run­ning against sol­id con­ser­vat­ives and dis­tort­ing their re­cords. They are an ex­pens­ive and coun­ter­pro­duct­ive dis­trac­tion.”

“Tak­ing out safe in­cum­bents bor­ders on polit­ic­al stu­pid­ity.”

“Polit­ics is a game of ad­di­tion, not sub­trac­tion. Tea-party folks don’t un­der­stand those fun­da­ment­als.”

“When tea parti­ers turn de­struct­ive, es no bueno.”

Very un­help­ful

“Let’s shoot at the op­pos­i­tion, not our own troops.”

“Groups like Club for Growth need to start tar­get­ing Demo­crats in­stead of Re­pub­lic­ans. Frat­ri­cide is nev­er help­ful ex­cept to the oth­er party.”

“If tea parti­ers put 10 per­cent of the en­ergy they put in­to beat­ing up R’s in­to go­ing after D’s in­stead, they could be a help.”

“Most Re­pub­lic­ans think they’re idi­ots.”

“Cir­cu­lar fir­ing squads and the prac­tice of eat­ing your own hardly is help­ful.”

“This ob­ses­sion with ideo­lo­gic­al pur­ity is why we don’t have Re­pub­lic­an sen­at­ors in Delaware, Mis­souri, and Nevada.”

“The Re­pub­lic­ans’ civil war is con­sum­ing pre­cious re­sources and fo­ment­ing in­tense dis­trust and de­mor­al­iz­a­tion. And for every Rand Paul and Marco Ru­bio, you get five Ken Bucks and Todd Akins.”

“It’s em­bar­rass­ing to call John Cornyn a ‘lib­er­al.’ Give me a break.”

… … … … … . .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

For the most part, how helpful for your party would you describe tea-party challengers to Republican lawmakers?

DEMO­CRATS (94 VOTES)

Very help­ful: 78%
Some­what help­ful: 17%
Some­what un­help­ful: 1%
Very un­help­ful: 4%

Very help­ful

“Look­ing for a Christ­mas present for Harry Re­id and your lib­er­al friends? The tea party is the gift that keeps on giv­ing.”

“The suc­cess of re­dis­trict­ing means Re­pub­lic­ans now have a bench of elec­ted can­did­ates who do not un­der­stand the mod­er­ate swing elect­or­ate needed to win statewide in many states.”

“More. Please. It may be the only way to save the Sen­ate.”

“Really? John Cornyn too lib­er­al? Second-most-con­ser­vat­ive mem­ber of the Sen­ate!”

“We should be form­ing in­de­pend­ent-ex­pendit­ure com­mit­tees and su­per PACs to sup­port any tea parti­er in­ter­ested in tak­ing on Re­pub­lic­an in­cum­bents.”

“Di­vide and con­quer.”

“Thank you, Steve Stock­man.”

Some­what help­ful

“They help in drag­ging the na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an im­age away from the main­stream, but most of the chal­lenges are in safe seats that Demo­crats are un­likely to win in the event of an up­set.”

“It’s a mixed bag. While they help us keep the Sen­ate, if they win, they keep us from do­ing any­thing pro­duct­ive.”

Some­what un­help­ful

“Over the long haul, they in­hib­it the abil­ity of mod­er­ate or just-right-of-cen­ter Re­pub­lic­ans to en­gage in con­struct­ive gov­ern­ment. Demo­crats do bet­ter when gov­ern­ment works.”

Very un­help­ful

“They tend to make in­cum­bents, who still have a vote, cra­zi­er, and can do dam­age.”

For the most part, how helpful for your party would you describe tea-party challengers to Republican lawmakers?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (93 VOTES)

Very help­ful: 1%
Some­what help­ful: 10%
Some­what un­help­ful: 24%
Very un­help­ful: 65%

Some­what help­ful

“In the long run, it’s help­ful since it forces sen­at­ors-for-life to get back in touch with their dis­tricts, something Dick Lugar should have done long be­fore there was a tea party.”

Some­what un­help­ful

“Most are run­ning against sol­id con­ser­vat­ives and dis­tort­ing their re­cords. They are an ex­pens­ive and coun­ter­pro­duct­ive dis­trac­tion.”

“Tak­ing out safe in­cum­bents bor­ders on polit­ic­al stu­pid­ity.”

“Polit­ics is a game of ad­di­tion, not sub­trac­tion. Tea-party folks don’t un­der­stand those fun­da­ment­als.”

“When tea parti­ers turn de­struct­ive, es no bueno.”

Very un­help­ful

“Let’s shoot at the op­pos­i­tion, not our own troops.”

“Groups like Club for Growth need to start tar­get­ing Demo­crats in­stead of Re­pub­lic­ans. Frat­ri­cide is nev­er help­ful ex­cept to the oth­er party.”

“If tea parti­ers put 10 per­cent of the en­ergy they put in­to beat­ing up R’s in­to go­ing after D’s in­stead, they could be a help.”

“Most Re­pub­lic­ans think they’re idi­ots.”

“Cir­cu­lar fir­ing squads and the prac­tice of eat­ing your own hardly is help­ful.”

“This ob­ses­sion with ideo­lo­gic­al pur­ity is why we don’t have Re­pub­lic­an sen­at­ors in Delaware, Mis­souri, and Nevada.”

“The Re­pub­lic­ans’ civil war is con­sum­ing pre­cious re­sources and fo­ment­ing in­tense dis­trust and de­mor­al­iz­a­tion. And for every Rand Paul and Marco Ru­bio, you get five Ken Bucks and Todd Akins.”

“It’s em­bar­rass­ing to call John Cornyn a ‘lib­er­al.’ Give me a break.”

… … … … … . .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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