Republican Party Loses Even Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade UPDATE: And Grover Norquist

The Republican Party shutdown is even losing Brian Kilmeade, a Fox News HostThe Republican Party’s shutdown of the federal government is so extreme they are even losing hardcore supporters like Fox News host Brian Kilmeade and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist.

Tuesday morning on Fox & Friends, usually a reliable source of support for all things Republican, two of the hosts began with their accustomed partisan agreement. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, formerly of The View, praised Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for giving up his salary, saying he was “going down with the fight.” One of her two male co-hosts, Steve Doocy, spotlighted Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) for doing what he campaigned to do by fighting Obamacare at all costs. “While (the Affordable Care Act) is the law of the land,” Doocy said, expressing his admiration for those fighting Obamacare, “it is wildly unpopular in this country.”

Then, the unthinkable happened. A Fox News host disagreed with the party line.

As soon as they cut back from footage of an interview with Gowdy from the night before, Brian Kilmeade offered his simple rebuttal. “You say it’s unpopular and over 50 percent of the country doesn’t seem to want it,” Kilmeade said. “But 8 million more people voted for it, because Mitt Romney would have been president.”

He was quickly interrupted by Doocy, who said, “But the November election last time was not about Obamacare.”

Kilmeade pressed on, undeterred. “But he talked a lot about it,” he said. “And they knew that if they elected Mitt Romney, he would have repealed it. And on top of that, too, if this thing is so bad and is so unorganized as we’re seeing this morning it is, why not let it start? Because then you could get the Senate if you’re a Republican and maybe you have a shot at the White House if you’re a Republican, and you could begin to unwind it. But right now, it’s been flooded with the lockdown information.”

As soon as Kilmeade finished, Hasselbeck quickly pivoted to a business-as-usual segment of Obamacare fear-mongering with “death panel” alarmist Betsy McCaughey, but it was too late to silence Kilmeade’s dissent. Prominent liberal news sites have already begun replaying the video, eager to show how the Republican Party’s shutdown strategy loses even a Fox News host like Brian Kilmeade.

UPDATE: Another prominent Republican, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, has expressed his public disgust with the Ted Cruz wing of the Republican Party. In an interview with the Washington Post, Norquist said, ” Ted Cruz, from left field, said we have to defund Obamacare permanently in this CR. If they offered the Keystone pipeline and the privatization of Fannie and Freddie you couldn’t take that. We only want this, and we only want it on Tuesday — Wednesday is no good. The debt ceiling is no good. So that got locked in as a principle. And people went out on talk radio and said if you’re not for this you’re a coward, you’re a RINO.”

In the same interview, Norquist later added, “Cruz stood on the side and confused people about the fact that every Republican agrees. He said if you don’t agree with my tactic and with the specific structure of my idea, you’re bad. He said if the House would simply pass the bill with defunding he would force the Senate to act. He would lead this grass-roots movement that would get Democrats to change their mind. So the House passed it, it went to the Senate, and Ted Cruz said, oh, we don’t have the votes over here… Cruz said he would deliver the votes and he didn’t deliver any Democratic votes. He pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away.”

The Ted Cruz-led Republican Shutdown has even lost Grover Norquist

The objection Kilmeade and Norquist have raised is not a rejection of the Republican Party itself, nor an endorsement of Obamacare. Kilmeade, for example, clearly believes the Affordable Care Act’s programs are doomed to fail. Instead, the Fox & Friends host expressed the view of mainstream leaders in the Republican Party, the same opinion expressed by Senate leaders such as John McCain (R-Arizona), Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), and Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma). Their perspective is, this effort to stop Obamacare cannot possibly succeed, due to Senate Democrats and the President’s veto, and it will only hurt the Republican Party’s image more in the minds of moderate and liberal voters.

In fact, the notion of holding the American economy hostage doesn’t appear to come out of fear that Obamacare will fail. If it did, the GOP would benefit. Republicans like Kilmeade believe Obamacare will be a poorly implemented bureaucratic failure, a story the GOP could be running with and profiting from already due to the technical difficulties with online insurance exchanges. Those on the Right could be winning the public relations war right now in anticipation of the next election. Instead, polls show that Americans blame Republicans for the shutdown, and while they don’t like Obamacare, they like consequences of closing down the federal government even less.

In their opposition to the mainstream Republicans’ previous plan to let Obamacare happen so it can fail, the far Right’s concern is revealed. Their driving fear seems to be not Obamacare’s failure, but its success. If this occurred, the country would, once again, be leaving the Tea Party’s minority values behind. The worst outcome for them is that if the Affordable Care Act is implemented, it could be popular and, therefore, permanent. Perhaps this worry is driven by a version of Governor Mitt Romney’s 46% notion, the misguided idea that half of the American electorate will love any program that gives them something free or at a discount.

Unfortunately for the GOP, because of this Tea Party-driven last stand, the current prevailing Obamacare narrative is not about the law itself, but rather about the shutdown being used to obstruct it. For the Republican Party, this is a larger public relations defeat, at the exact moment when they could be celebrating Obamacare’s awkward birth pangs to increase their chances in national elections.

For the Tea Party congressmen driving this effort, however, national politics are not the issue. They were elected in heavily Republican (and often heavily gerrymandered) districts, by white, Conservative majorities who don’t reflect the country’s larger electorate. In fact, this doomed fight against Obamacare has been a goldmine for these politicians, who are collecting huge increases in campaign contributions from extremist Conservatives by leveraging their intractability in fighting universal healthcare.

However, while Right-wing extremists may applaud them, the overall strategy is costing the GOP as a whole. The elections in 2014 and 2016 may be good for these same Tea Party House members, but the Republican Party can’t win nationally if it loses the support of even Fox News hosts like Brian Kilmeade and hardcore Republicans like Grover Norquist.

Written By: Jeremy Forbing

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15 Responses to "Republican Party Loses Even Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade UPDATE: And Grover Norquist"

  1. electriclady281   October 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    The Tea Party’s ideas take us back to and recreate the prevailing scenario in Europe, especially England, that caused New World emmigration to begin with: destitute, uneducated, landless serfs and peasants with no rights on the one hand and a handful of aristocrats who owned or controlled all the land, money, and rights and were the only ones with any education at all.

  2. Cody Ryder   October 4, 2013 at 5:39 am

    The actions of the Republican Party borders on treason, this misguided attempt to hijack the government clearly demonstrates the total disdain and contempt the Republican House maintains for the constitution, the American people, and American values. I find it interesting to note how Tea Party Republicans are stuffing their pockets with cash contributions for their acts of treason while the nation as a whole is going down the drain. This is a situation that demands that all Americans take serious note of the treasonous actions of the Republican Tea Party efforts to derail democracy, and the democratic process, and dictate a mandate that was not endorsed by the national elections. When a few attempt to seize power from the elected representatives of the nation by force, that is treason, and should be addressed as such. Holding the nation hostage is beyond contempt, and if those responsible are not run out of town for their treasonous actions, then the nation no longer deserves to consider itself a democracy, and allows its elected officials to convert us from a democratic nation to a communist based dictatorship. Wake up before its too late……this isn’t about the Democrats, or the Republicans in general, the bottom line is this is about a select minority cult attempting to hijack the American Government at the expense of the people. Members of Congress and the House are bound by constitutional law to act on behalf of the nation as a whole, their loyalties are not restricted to their individual bases, or those stuffing money in their corrupt pockets. This House of Republican traitors has brought international disgrace and shame on our great country, and holds in contempt, the blood shed by our founding fathers to build this once grand democracy, of the people, ( not the select few ), for the people, (not the select few ), by the people, (not the select few ).

  3. Rob   October 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Im a 23 year old hard working American, and with everything I see today I have never been so afraid of my government than I am today. Granted there are two sides to every story, I find it ridiculous that a minority can rule the majority on so many levels. As we see with this “situation” in Congress, a mere 30 hard-line Tea Party can take the reins of the entire GOP, and on a broader scale, the top 1% of this country is richer than the rest of us combined. The only explanation I can come up with is…money rules Washington, and ultimately it rules us too. What do you think?

    • jane   October 4, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Other twenty years old should learn from you — make intelligent, informed observation of our politicians, and make the correct voting decision in the next election.

  4. littlelizard   October 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    When the teabagggers start having thier shills at Fake News turn against them you know they scre**d up.

  5.   October 3, 2013 at 10:59 am

    The Tea Party is VERY VERY happy. They don’t like the Government and now it’s shut down…they are raising money like crazy. Except…it hurts the less fortunate, minorities, families, workers etc. Tea Party doesn’t care let’s explain something…Tea Party are WHITE, Wealthy, ignorant, selfish, radicals that don’t care about anything but making their EGOs bigger. There was once a rapper that rapped about “911 being a joke”…then he was injured and needed to call 911…and an ambulance came. See…Tea Party thinking believes that helping someone, loving them, providing Christian ideals is the WORST THING EVER! Selfish Douche bags if you ask me.

  6. simkatu   October 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Republicans would rather see America shut down and start a Great Depression rather than let Obama have anything positive happen during his term.

    • RATBIG   October 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm


    • CommonSense   October 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      You’ve put the needle on the record! There was no Tea Party before Barack Obama became the leader of the free world, and he’s African American.
      Ted Cruz was born in Canada, how hypocritical is that?
      Where the Tea Party is concerned, hatred trumps patriotism.
      It’s treason if you as me.

      • jane   October 4, 2013 at 10:06 am

        Exactly, being born in Canada made him a socialist!

      • wahapngBill Camp R   October 6, 2013 at 1:16 pm

        And the matter of his citizenship still remains constitutionally pending. If he was born overseas of parents, either one, working for the US Government or any of its agencies, then he must provide his citizenship documents. So far, none of this has transpired. If it turns out that he is a Naturalized citizen (USCIS Form N400), then he is locked out of the presidential desk. On the other hand, since his parents were working overseas and he IS a Canadian, then if he provides all the necessary documentation, he is issued USCIS Form N600, with all the privileges and rights. But as of this moment, he has not presented neither one of these documents. How do we know that he learned his tactics and strategies in another country, say Cuba. His father gives a conflicting story of torture etc. by Cuban officials, but then he gives a story that he was pro-Fidel and little by little he became dissolution and then he became a crypto-freedom fighter. Just as Republicans demanded and continue to demand that Obama show his birth certificate, which he has done, we must demand that Cruz show is N400 or N600 certificate!

  7.   October 3, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Well…one option for moderate Republican is to change party like I did. The best feeling ever. I don’t have to hate anyone anymore…

  8. TRAN NGUYEN (@trnnguyen346)   October 3, 2013 at 6:56 am

    My slogan to the House Republicans : ARE YOU HAPPY NOW!

  9. icansee4miles   October 3, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Wow, this is just like watching the last Presidential election all over again; except it’s even better! Goodbye, Banana Republicans!! LOL!!

  10. Amy Whatley   October 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Nailed it!

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