John Boehner

GOP’s break from tea party over fiscal cliff plays into Democrats’ hands

by JOHN GUZZARDO, Examiner  |  published on December 1, 2012

If the words of Dave Heimbold, Chair of the St. Augustine (FL) Tea Party, are any indication, the movement is far from ready to tone down its anti-tax rhetoric, even while facing calls from the Republican establishment to do so.

“We will not ‘cool it.’ We will not shut up! Long live the Republic!” – Dave Heimbold, in a letter to the St. Augustine Record published Friday.

The issue for the tea party is the apparent fracturing within the Republican Party as a result of a Capitol Hill stalemate with Democrats over ways to avert the dreaded “fiscal cliff.” As talks drag on, establishment Republicans and tea party activists have begun to see the “No Tax Pledge.” taken by many Republicans several years ago, as a flashpoint of sorts. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, along with fellow Republicans Peter King of New York, and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, have decided to break ranks in the hopes of hammering out a deal with Democratic leadership.

Boehner addresses reporters after meeting with Obama administration officials.Boehner addresses reporters after meeting with Obama administration officials.

Graham, when faced with questions Sunday about the pledge, admitted he was willing to abandon it, but only as a means of restarting stalled negotiations.

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