Judson Phillips Commentary: RIP Tennessee Republican Party


RIP Tennessee Republican Party.

The Tennessee Republican Party died on April 19, 2017.

Ten years after the GOP became the majority party in Tennessee, led by a liberal governor, the party committed political suicide.

By voting for the largest tax increase in the history of the state of Tennessee, the Republicans in the state legislature knifed their base in the back and repudiated everything they claim to stand for. Tennessee Republicans routinely make campaign speeches talking about how conservative they are and how they believe in limited government.

Today, Tennessee’s conservative base knows this is a lie. Despite that, these same politicians will return home and tell the local people how conservative they are. Clearly these politicians think that the people who make up base are idiots. After all, they seriously think they can name the largest tax increase in the history of the state, the “Tax Cut Act of 2017” and expect the base to believe them.

Unfortunately, the Tennessee Republicans supermajority in the legislature chose to listen to a lame duck, feckless crap weasel governor instead of the people who put them in office.

Since the Tennessee Republicans did not listen to their base, it is time for the base to make them feel pain. Every Republican who voted for the largest tax increase in the history of the state should be primaried.

Conservatives must begin now to find credible candidates who can run against the tax and spend liberals who voted for the Tax Increase Act of 2017.

Conservatives need to understand a few things. Good candidates are hard to find. And just because a good candidate runs, that does not mean they will win. But if conservatives unite, enough of these candidates will fall so that a message is sent.

Among the first targets should be liberal, faux Republican Sam Whitson. Whitson challenged former Representative Jeremy Durham in 2016. In previous years, Durham led the opposition to Governor Haslam’s liberal agenda. But between being targeted by the left wing of the Republican Party and self-inflicted problems, Whitson defeated Durham.

Whitson’s biggest primary supporter was a group called “Stand for Children.” The Nashville Director of Stand for Children in 2016 was Daniel O’Donnell. O’Donnell was a former campaign staffer and later White House staffer for Barack Obama. That should have been the first clue about Whitson’s liberal credentials.

Whitson is not the only one who should be targeted. House Speaker Beth Harwell, who thinks she will be the next governor, voted for the bill. And no one should forget the infamous, Barry “Boss” Doss, who made certain the rules be damned, so the massive tax hike could be passed.

The Tennessee Republican Party is no longer a conservative party. It is not even a Republican Party. It has become the Nashville “uniparty.” It stands for nothing more than being reelected and keeping its power. The TNGOP feels it owes nothing to the base and the base should reciprocate.

If Tennessee Republicans are going to be a tax and spend party, then the conservative base should vote against them. If these liberals survive primary challenges, then conservatives should vote for the Democrat in the race or if there is a credible Libertarian candidate, vote for that person.

Republicans often run on the threat that if we do not elect them, the Democrats will win.

After the passage of the Haslam/Harwell/Doss/Whitson tax hike, “at this point, what difference does it make?”

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Judson Phillips is a Tennessee attorney and founder of Tea Party Nation.

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4 Thoughts to “Judson Phillips Commentary: RIP Tennessee Republican Party”

  1. Yes, TN GOP is no more than a bunch of RINOs for the most part. Anywhere they are in the majority they do nothing or act as dems. TN is the most corrupt state in the union. I live in Rutherford County; the most corrupt county in the state. It is more than just a dirty, filthy, corrupt Sheriff and County Attorney. It is 85 to 90 percent of all politicians; both parties. The big names around here are do nothings except support, cover, protection of each other and friends. I lost a car to notary fraud and ID theft. Called Mike Sparks and Bill Ketron. Asked for help. Stonewalled. Asked for support to change law. Nothing. Rude, lazy, couldn’t even remember my name from week to week. What Constituent Services???? Joe Carr and almost all GOP here only look for a camera or public venue to advertise their so-called conservatism. The entire “system” in the county is as rotten as anywhere I have ever lived. Law Enforcement, attornies, judges, politicians, and all their friends. They prosper and wallow in their secure castle like Lord over the serfs (we the people). Someone please reveal this and investigate the entire function of the county. I have been threatened by their “friends” FOR a friend. This is a third world government.

  2. Bob

    I am pleased that my representative voted against this disaster. Haslam has come at us time after time with pet projects (PROMISE and Drive for 55 are prime examples.) that cost taxpayers. Will a real conservative run for Governor? I surely hope so.

  3. David K Dyer

    Progressivism knows no party. Big government Statists at the Federal, State, and Local levels are killing our Nation. https://www.wimp.com/the-american-form-of-government/

  4. Cannoneer2

    They were “Same Crap Different Party” all along, it just took you this long to notice.