Political Insiders Poll

Poll: Will the Tea-Party Wing of the GOP Have More or Less Influence Over the Party Next Year?

Michael Catalini, Peter Bell and Alex Roarty
Michael Catalini Peter Bell Alex Roarty
Oct. 31, 2013, 5 p.m.

Do you think the tea-party wing of the GOP will have more or less in­flu­ence over the party next year com­pared with this year?

DEMO­CRATS (86 VOTES)

More in­flu­ence: 34%
Less in­flu­ence: 32%
About the same: 34%

More in­flu­ence

“By this time next year, the GOP will be a wholly owned sub­si­di­ary of the tea party.”

“Thank­fully, they are the gift that will keep on giv­ing!”

“It’s an elec­tion year, and they are who the Re­pub­lic­ans in of­fice fear most in elec­tions.”

“Hell, they think they won on the gov­ern­ment shut­down! They ain’t goin’ any­where.”

Less in­flu­ence

“The main­stream Re­pub­lic­ans will fight back and win more primar­ies.”

“Para­phras­ing Win­ston Churchill: Nev­er have so few had so much in­flu­ence over so many. One can only hope that san­ity will re­turn to the GOP by next elec­tion.”

“The bank­rollers of the party will do everything they can to get it back on track.”

About the same

“As long as they keep get­ting in safe seats, they are go­ing to have in­flu­ence. And they have proven they don’t need great num­bers to cause trouble.”

“Hard to have more in­flu­ence than this year, but I don’t see it wan­ing at all. Primar­ies have a way of fo­cus­ing the mind for the GOP.”

“They will stay steady un­less and un­til their chal­lenges to ‘mod­er­ate’ Re­pub­lic­ans are shown to be in­con­sequen­tial. That will only hap­pen (or not hap­pen) in Novem­ber.”

“Hard to ima­gine how they could pos­sibly have more.”

Do you think the tea-party wing of the GOP will have more or less in­flu­ence over the party next year com­pared with this year?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (84 VOTES)

More in­flu­ence: 12%
Less in­flu­ence: 50%
About the same: 38%

More in­flu­ence

“Tea party is en­er­gized and mo­tiv­ated. They will dom­in­ate primar­ies in red and purple states.”

“The Re­pub­lic­an elites need to un­der­stand that very con­ser­vat­ive voters are the base of the party.”

Less in­flu­ence

“After the shut­down de­bacle, tea-party num­bers are tank­ing, even among Re­pub­lic­ans.”

“Re­pub­lic­ans, like most Amer­ic­ans, hate los­ing.”

“Main­stream Re­pub­lic­ans (mod­er­ates and con­ser­vat­ives) don’t want the party’s repu­ta­tion fur­ther dam­aged by Ted Cruz’s self-pro­mo­tion­al pres­id­en­tial antics.”

“The kids touched the stove and found it was hot. With the ex­cep­tion of a few, rank-and-file mem­bers un­der­stand it is bet­ter to win and move your agenda for­ward even in small steps than just to lose and feel good about yourselves.”

“The shut­down show­down was a wa­ter­shed mo­ment, when com­mit­ted con­ser­vat­ives came to the real­iz­a­tion that groups speak­ing for the tea party were in it for the money and could care less if they des­troyed the Re­pub­lic­an Party in the pro­cess.”

“The num­ber of Re­pub­lic­an lem­mings will­ing to go over the cliff is shrink­ing each day.”

About the same

“Des­pite lib­er­al me­dia out­lets’ por­tray­al of the tea party as be­ing out­side of the main­stream, they rep­res­ent mil­lions of Amer­ic­ans who are dis­pleased with the size and scope of gov­ern­ment.”

“The tea party is a dis­aster when it comes to fisc­al man­age­ment, but in an elec­tion year, their ob­ses­sion with Obama­care will help keep a spot­light on this dis­astrously dumb pro­gram.”

“Polit­ics is about who shows up. Main Street Re­pub­lic­ans have ceded the grass­roots to the fringe. Without a coun­ter­weight, the in­cent­ive is for GOP pols to pander to the crowd that’s in front of them.”

… … … … .

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. 

Do you think the tea-party wing of the GOP will have more or less influence over the party next year compared with this year?

DEMO­CRATS (86 VOTES)

More in­flu­ence: 34%
Less in­flu­ence: 32%
About the same: 34%

More in­flu­ence

“By this time next year, the GOP will be a wholly owned sub­si­di­ary of the tea party.”

“Thank­fully, they are the gift that will keep on giv­ing!”

“It’s an elec­tion year, and they are who the Re­pub­lic­ans in of­fice fear most in elec­tions.”

“Hell, they think they won on the gov­ern­ment shut­down! They ain’t goin’ any­where.”

Less in­flu­ence

“The main­stream Re­pub­lic­ans will fight back and win more primar­ies.”

“Para­phras­ing Win­ston Churchill: Nev­er have so few had so much in­flu­ence over so many. One can only hope that san­ity will re­turn to the GOP by next elec­tion.”

“The bank­rollers of the party will do everything they can to get it back on track.”

About the same

“As long as they keep get­ting in safe seats, they are go­ing to have in­flu­ence. And they have proven they don’t need great num­bers to cause trouble.”

“Hard to have more in­flu­ence than this year, but I don’t see it wan­ing at all. Primar­ies have a way of fo­cus­ing the mind for the GOP.”

“They will stay steady un­less and un­til their chal­lenges to ‘mod­er­ate’ Re­pub­lic­ans are shown to be in­con­sequen­tial. That will only hap­pen (or not hap­pen) in Novem­ber.”

“Hard to ima­gine how they could pos­sibly have more.”

Do you think the tea-party wing of the GOP will have more or less influence over the party next year compared with this year?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (84 VOTES)

More in­flu­ence: 12%
Less in­flu­ence: 50%
About the same: 38%

More in­flu­ence

“Tea party is en­er­gized and mo­tiv­ated. They will dom­in­ate primar­ies in red and purple states.”

“The Re­pub­lic­an elites need to un­der­stand that very con­ser­vat­ive voters are the base of the party.”

Less in­flu­ence

“After the shut­down de­bacle, tea-party num­bers are tank­ing, even among Re­pub­lic­ans.”

“Re­pub­lic­ans, like most Amer­ic­ans, hate los­ing.”

“Main­stream Re­pub­lic­ans (mod­er­ates and con­ser­vat­ives) don’t want the party’s repu­ta­tion fur­ther dam­aged by Ted Cruz’s self-pro­mo­tion­al pres­id­en­tial antics.”

“The kids touched the stove and found it was hot. With the ex­cep­tion of a few, rank-and-file mem­bers un­der­stand it is bet­ter to win and move your agenda for­ward even in small steps than just to lose and feel good about yourselves.”

“The shut­down show­down was a wa­ter­shed mo­ment, when com­mit­ted con­ser­vat­ives came to the real­iz­a­tion that groups speak­ing for the tea party were in it for the money and could care less if they des­troyed the Re­pub­lic­an Party in the pro­cess.”

“The num­ber of Re­pub­lic­an lem­mings will­ing to go over the cliff is shrink­ing each day.”

About the same

“Des­pite lib­er­al me­dia out­lets’ por­tray­al of the tea party as be­ing out­side of the main­stream, they rep­res­ent mil­lions of Amer­ic­ans who are dis­pleased with the size and scope of gov­ern­ment.”

“The tea party is a dis­aster when it comes to fisc­al man­age­ment, but in an elec­tion year, their ob­ses­sion with Obama­care will help keep a spot­light on this dis­astrously dumb pro­gram.”

“Polit­ics is about who shows up. Main Street Re­pub­lic­ans have ceded the grass­roots to the fringe. Without a coun­ter­weight, the in­cent­ive is for GOP pols to pander to the crowd that’s in front of them.”

… … … … .

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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