Tea Party Leader: We Have To Trust Our Leaders (As Long As They’re Republican)

Tea Party Express Leader Amy Kraemer has been out front in her criticism of President Obama for some time now, but she seems to have a different opinion about his predecessor’s decision to take the nation to war in Iraq:

Months after suggesting that President Barack Obama “doesn’t love America the way we do,” a prominent tea party leader on Tuesday made a case for placing trust in the commander-in-chief during a discussion about the intelligence failures that lead to the Iraq War.

Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, told CNN that former President George W. Bush wasn’t the only elected official making a case for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and said that the citizenry can “never have enough intelligence.” But ultimately, Kremer argued, the American people have no choice but to show some faith in the president.

“The American people, I don’t think, have any alternative but to believe our president. That’s why he’s been elected,” Kremer said. “And I certainly hope we never go down this road ever again because you never wanna lose any lives and there’s always unintended consequences.”

Kremer later drew a convoluted connection between 9/11 and the Iraq War, which she asserted “no one wanted.” She then returned to her previous point.

“We have to trust our leaders,” Kremer said. “I think that’s really the only alternative we have.”

But only when they’re Republican, it seems.

Here’s the video:

FILED UNDER: Iraq War, Quick Takes, Tea Party, US Politics
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Comments

  1. MBunge says:

    It was understood by the founders of this republic that within the citizenry there was and always will be a certain number of the stupid, unreasonable, irrational and wicked. They were, perhaps, overly concerned with limiting the potential damage such people can do.

    Today, there seems to be an assumption that everyone is always intelligently arguing in good faith for the common welfare and it’s past time we all became aware of the potential damage for which that attitude opens the door.

    Mike

  2. Tsar Nicholas says:

    What exactly is the “Tea Party Express?” No, seriously, I have no idea.

    In any case, as alluded to above, I’ve never before heard of this Kremer woman, and the likes of CNN and Talking Points Memo are anathema to me, and honestly I don’t care what Kremer says or thinks, but FYI there’s not any logical inconsistency between saying “we have to trust our leaders” and that Obama “doesn’t love America the way we do.”

    Let’s say that I declare: “I have to trust my car mechanic; he’s the only guy in town that’s not literally a criminal miscreant.” And two weeks prior I said: “My mechanic doesn’t love Ford Mustangs the way I do.” Are those two statements inconsistent? Um, no.

    If I say “I have to trust the guys and gals managing the funds in my 401k portfolio,” weeks after saying “the guys and gals managing the funds in my 401k portfolio are grifters who are more concerned about their management fees than risk-adjusted performance,” have I said two diametrically opposite things? Mmm, no, I haven’t. What am I supposed to do? Give up the full matching funds from my employer? Sometimes you have to play the cards you’ve been dealt. You get that, right?

    If I say “I have to trust Obama to do the right thing; he’s the president,” weeks after saying “Obama is loopy space cadet who thinks like a reject from a CPUSA meeting at Columbia,” is there necessarily a logical lucuna in my two statements? No, Chief, there isn’t. Embrace the nuance.

  3. legion says:

    Tea Party Leader: We Have To Trust Our Leaders (As Long As They’re RepublicanWhite)

    FTFY.

  4. Tony W says:

    @legion: Disagree, they spent years trying to cripple Mr. Clinton as well (although some describe him as non-white).

    Republican Platform since the days of St. Ronnie: Party-first, Me second, Country third.

  5. mantis says:

    @Tsar Nicholas:

    What exactly is the “Tea Party Express?” No, seriously, I have no idea.

    Here you go. You’re on the Internet, dufus.

  6. refn says:

    Any citizen who trusts ANYTHING any of the so-called political leaders in this country says or does, needs to have their head examined. Better yet, they should be arrested and thrown into a hole in Gitmo bay and allowed to starve to death.

  7. matt bernius says:

    Remember folks, these are the same people who love it when conservative politicians use teleprompters to read jokes about how Obama needs a teleprompter.

    ’nuff said.

  8. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, told CNN that former President George W. Bush wasn’t the only elected official making a case for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and said that the citizenry can “never have enough intelligence.”

    I love the juxtaposition of GWB and the phrase “never have enough intelligence” in the same sentence.

    Ya think?

  9. NickTamere says:

    In case anyone else is unaware who the Tea Party Express is, they’re the comedy troupe formed by a California GOP political consulting firm who are responsible for launching the stand-up careers of Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell and Sharon “take Harry Reid out/2nd amendment solutions” Angle. At some point they had enough clout to co-sponsor with CNN one of the GOP presidential debates (odd to plead ignorance over a group that influential), and this was after their leader stepped down after catching flak for penning a post with gems such as “We Colored People have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing.” Over 75% of the group’s funding goes to the GOP consulting firm that formed the group, and they were caught taking donations from dead people that they were later forced to return. That is the Tea Party Express.

  10. David M says:

    Is IOKIYAR really news? Spending, taxes, wars, Medicare, it applies to everything.

  11. TheColourfield says:

    @Tsar Nicholas:

    There is this thing on the internet tubes known as teh Google dumbass

  12. An Interested Party says:

    What exactly is the “Tea Party Express?” No, seriously, I have no idea.

    The poor dear…he wouldn’t know the difference between Google and Goldfinger…of course, he also doesn’t know anything about either of those…

  13. al-Ameda says:

    Kremer later drew a convoluted connection between 9/11 and the Iraq War, which she asserted “no one wanted.” She then returned to her previous point.
    “We have to trust our leaders,” Kremer said. “I think that’s really the only alternative we have.”

    Oh yeah, the public has no regrets over trusting LBJ and that Gulf of Tonkin thing.

    Bush, Iraq and WMDs? What inspections showed there to be no WMDs? Oh well, I still trust the president’s judgment despite the loss of over 4,000 American lives, hundreds of thousands of civilian lives, trillions of dollars, and the ceding of power in the region to Iran.

    Gee, all we can do is believe the president and hope for the best.

  14. Barry says:

    BTW, this is not news. The Tea Party is a bunch of Republicans who started a false front organization after their party lost in 2008.