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  • Defying the Death Watchers - The Tea Party's remarkable victory in the House.

    10/31/2012 8:16:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10.31.12 | MATT PURPLE
    "Bring out yer dead!" The left spent the last two years shouting the famous Monty Python line at the Tea Party, determined to infect the movement with cadaverous gloom. By mid-2011 the press had started a death watch. "Tea Party's heyday could be nearing end," warned the Hill. "Tea Party movement looks stalled," exhorted ABC News. A poll by CBS/New York Times (and when are they ever not reliable?) alleged that Tea Partiers were less popular than Democrats, Muslims, and atheists. Also Stalinists, Imperial Stormtroopers, and the Jersey Shore cast. Loony Tea Party ideas, declared serious people with pale faces...
  • Is the Tea Party Losing Its Grip on the GOP?

    01/30/2012 6:38:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 112 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 30, 2012 | Erin McPike
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Newt Gingrich's fast Florida fade is the latest indication that the Tea Party is losing its grip on the GOP, with the establishment poised to triumph once again. An official endorsement Saturday night from last year's Tea Party standout, Herman Cain; an all-but-official backing from longtime Tea Party darling Sarah Palin; and the support of an increasing number of Tea Party officials around the country have not lifted Gingrich back over Mitt Romney in the Florida polls. That weakened clout has been accompanied by the Republican establishment's full-throttle charge at Gingrich's past -- to great effect with...
  • Chris Matthews: Tea Party "Un-American" For Not Compromising

    12/01/2011 11:38:48 AM PST · by neverdem · 55 replies · 1+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 30, 2011 | NA
    In an appearance Tuesday at Washington, D.C.'s Politics & Prose bookstore, MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews told a standing room-only audience that his new book "Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero" was important because it taught "leadership," and that's something many people today don't know about - especially under President Barack Obama, Jeff Poor at The Daily Caller reported.Chris Matthews on the Tea Party: "This crowd doesn't want to deal because they believe the word 'deal' is bad," Matthews said...
  • Does Anyone Have a Grip on the G.O.P.?

    10/13/2011 10:37:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NY Times Magazine ^ | October 12, 2011 | MATT BAI
    It wasnt that long ago that Republican moneymen and operatives in Washington were moping around K Street like Eeyore in the Hundred Acre Wood, lamenting their partys extremist image and casting about for a candidate with a chance of beating Barack Obama in 2012. Citing what he called the near self-immolation of House Republicans during the debt-ceiling fiasco, Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, worried in early August that a large number of Republican primary voters, and even more independent general-election voters, will be wary of supporting a Republican candidate in 2012 if the party looks as if its...
  • Neither Party Stands Against Illegal Immigration: It's Tea Time

    08/19/2011 4:15:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | 08/19/2011 | Ryan James Girdusky
    The fight against illegal immigration has accelerated over the last year from Arizona to, most recently, Alabama. States across the country have taken the responsibility that federal government has relinquished. Regular polling reveals that a majority of Americans favor halting the flow of illegal aliens across the border. Despite the wishes of the American people, neither party has effectively stood for the defense of our borders and our sovereignty. In the 24 years since President Reagan signed an amnesty bill into law, the federal government has failed to protect the borders. The situation on the U.S.-Mexico border has become anarchy....
  • Dems' Risky Tea Party Smear Strategy

    08/16/2011 9:49:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 13, 2011 | Paul Kengor
    I was sitting in my office, checking my email, minding my own business, when I was suddenly assaulted by a most bizarre news item: Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) had blamed the Tea Party for S&P's downgrade of America's credit rating. No, Kerry didn't blame President Obama, or Congress, whether the current divided Congress or past Democrat or Republican Congresses, or even President Obama's favorite culprit: George W. Bush. He blamed "the Tea Party." My initial thought was that Kerry's allegation was fortunately so absurd that even the most emotional, robotic liberals would not buy this whopper. But then it happened:...
  • Urban Warming and Racial Climate Change

    08/14/2011 9:55:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The American Interest ^ | August 11, 2011 | Walter Russell Mead
    In one of those lapses of news judgment that with regrettable frequency make mainstream journalists resemble characters in Scoop, the media herd that gathered in Wisconsin to chronicle the great Democratic triumph in the state senate elections has gone back to the coasts — and missed what could grow into a much more consequential story than the failure of organized labor’s second attempt to punish the Wisconsin GOP: the outbreak of racial hate violence at the Wisconsin State Fair. A story that involved Scott Walker getting his just deserts, even if it didn’t quite work out that way, was infinitely...
  • The blame game: America's economic panic is the fault of Tea Partiers, S&P, speculators, and Big...

    08/12/2011 10:14:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    The Week ^ | August 11, 2011 | Robert Shrum
    America's economic panic is the fault of Tea Partiers, S&P, speculators, and Big Business. And it's up to Obama to convince us to put country first Barack Obama is being blamed right, left, and center — by almost everyone for one thing or another — including the credit downgrade, the market crash, a slouching economy, and the miasma of the Washington swamp. Critics and erstwhile admirers grumble among themselves — and, mostly anonymously, to the press. Columnists once ready to cheer Obama's rise now jeer his timid, professorial leadership; Maureen Dowd ridicules him as the "Withholder in Chief."The reaction is...
  • Who Lost the Middle Class? - A question for historians in the not-too-distant future

    08/12/2011 7:57:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    City Journal ^ | 11 August 2011 | Fred Siegel
    Forty years from now, politicians, writers, and historians may struggle to understand how America, once the quintessential middle-class society, became as socially stratified as Europe or even Brazil. Should that dark scenario come to pass, they would do well to turn their attention first to New York City and New York State, which have been in the vanguard of middle-class decline. It was in mid-1960s New Yorkunder the leadership of a Barack Obama precursor, Hollywood-handsome John Lindsaythat the countrys first top-bottom political coalition emerged. In 1965, Gotham had more manufacturing jobs than any other city in the country. But the...
  • The glorious truth: Tea Party Movement outnumbers Obama Libs!

    08/06/2011 6:11:31 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 11 replies ^ | 8/6/11 | Judi McLeod
    The name for Tea Party members hated and feared most by Barack Obama and his cohorts is `patriot. Thats why they hurl the names racist, bigot, bitter clinger and domestic terrorist at the Tea Party, and thats why the Obama running dog mainstream media so desperately works to Even in the midst of all the Obama Regime destruction, America has something to celebrate: Tea Party Patriots are keeping Obama from completing his threatened Fundamental Transformation of America. No one elected to public office from either side has ever stepped forward to ask Obama who is he to fundamentally transform American....
  • Buffalo Swing: A Medicare proxy war and tea-party squabbles shake up a special House election...

    05/21/2011 2:36:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 1+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | May 19, 2011 | Robert Costa
    Buffalo SwingA Medicare proxy war and tea-party squabbles shake up a special House election in western New York. For decades, the late congressman Jack Kemp was western New York’s conservative champion. A tough supply-sider and former Buffalo Bills quarterback, Kemp personified the region’s grit. Since Kemp left office, the area’s blue-collar factory towns and sprawling farms, which constitute much of New York’s 26th congressional district, have remained solid Republican territory: Sen. John McCain won here, as did George W. Bush. Until this week, NY-26 was widely expected to remain safely in GOP hands. Republicans enjoy a 26,000-voter registration edge, and...
  • Ask George III if Demonizing the Tea Party Works

    04/17/2011 2:08:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 17, 2011 | Lee Cary
    Future historians will describe the Democratic Party's demonization of the Tea Party movement as a major political blunder that put them squarely on the wrong side of America's 21st Century financial crisis. When Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on a conference call that he'd been instructed by "the caucus" to use the word "extreme" when referring to the Tea Party, he carelessly revealed the previously obvious but unacknowledged truth. Democrats have a coordinated plan to demonize the Tea Party movement (TPM) via their oft-repeated meme that implicitly characterizes law-abiding citizens as terrorists -- as with fundamentalist Islam or domestic militias,...
  • Michael Barone: No More Tea? Tea partiers still have to argue their case.

    04/01/2011 11:52:39 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 31, 2011 | Michael Barone
    No More Tea?Tea partiers still have to argue their case. Has the wind gone out of the sails of the small-government movement? Is the Tea Party going through a hangover? You can find some evidence for these propositions. In Washington, Democrats such as former party chairman Howard Dean gleefully anticipate a government shutdown, and Sen. Charles Schumer thinks he can drive a wedge between Speaker John Boehner and “extremist” tea partiers. In state capitals, some new Republican governors are getting hostile receptions to their plans for cutting spending and curtailing the power of public-employee unions. In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich...
  • Renowned Historian Lauds Sarah Palin, Tea Party and America

    03/07/2011 5:03:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 7, 2011 | M. Catharine Evans
    Paul Johnson doesn't suffer from PDS like some others. Rather he sees Sarah Palin as a courageous leader and likes "the cut of her jib." The celebrated British historian and journalist Paul Johnson expounded on American exceptionalism, the Tea Party and Sarah Palin in a Wall Street Journal interview this past Saturday. He's optimistic about this "marvelous country" and its ability to overcome the forces working to undermine its greatness. Johnson specifically credits conservative women as key players in shaping a new direction for the country in 2012. Interviewed in his West London home the prolific author offered a buoyant,...
  • Democrats just don't understand the new populism

    02/24/2011 3:45:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 23, 2011 | Timothy P.Carney
    The Obama campaign and other liberals are looking to tap into the populist current of today's politics and turn the Wisconsin union fight into a national issue in the 2012 election. While the liberals can wield rhetorical pitchforks and light political torches, they should realize that it's their guys who are living inside the castle today. Specifically, public-sector unions -- by many measures the most entrenched special interest in American politics -- are not fighting against The Man, which is to say the entrenched powers of government. In this struggle, The Man is the government unions, which are sitting in...
  • The Real Revolution Has Begun

    02/21/2011 11:34:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 21, 2011 | J. Robert Smith
    How delicious is irony, how fickle fate? Just a little more than two years ago, liberals were ecstatic about Barack Obama's election and Democrats' control of Congress. Liberal pundits were all atwitter about the brand new Democratic Era that voters had ushered in. America would finally become what America should have been years ago: a European-style social democracy. Boy, did Democrats misread their mandate! With very little hindsight needed, it's apparent to all but ideologically-blinkered liberals that the Democrats' gross overreach isn't what voters wanted or expected. Voters wanted a redo of the Clinton years. Instead, in the person of...
  • Americans Believe GOP Should Consider Tea Party Ideas: Half of Republicans are Tea Party...

    02/01/2011 11:27:57 AM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Gallup ^ | January 31, 2011 | Lydia Saad
    Half of Republicans are Tea Party supporters; 5% are "opponents" PRINCETON, NJ -- About 7 in 10 national adults, including 88% of Republicans, say it is important that Republican leaders in Congress take the Tea Party movement's positions and objectives into account as they address the nation's problems. Among Republicans, 53% rate this "very important."These results are from a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted Jan. 14-16, prior to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.Although few Democrats (6%) are supporters of the Tea Party or even have a favorable view of it (11%), more than half say it is important...
  • The Wilderness Years Conclude (January 2007 until this lameduck Congress)

    12/24/2010 10:09:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 2+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | November 29, 2010 | Charles R. Kesler
    A short two years ago, the Democrats basked in the glow of their dynamic new president, elected by their largest popular-vote margin since Lyndon Johnson in 1964, accompanied into office by a fiercely Democratic House of Representatives and a veto-proof Democratic Senate. A long two years later, after the party in power had delivered prodigious deficits and debt, relentless 10% unemployment, and the folly of Obamacare, the voters threw a little Tea Party and heaved scores of Democratic legislators and 400 years of seniority into the drink. What had seemed to many liberals the beginning of a Democratic electoral realignment—40...
  • Brown draws ire on the right - Latest votes stir Tea Party talk of primary challenge

    12/24/2010 6:12:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 124 replies · 4+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 24, 2010 | Matt Viser
    WASHINGTON Senator Scott Browns decision to buck his party leadership in recent days on the dont ask, dont tell military policy and on a nuclear arms treaty has set off a new wave of anger among some of the activists who helped elect him and renewed talk among conservatives that he might face a primary challenge. Tweet 1diggdiggYahoo! Buzz ShareThis Some Tea Party movement leaders who dislike Browns votes acknowledge that the Massachusetts Republican has demonstrated his independent and pragmatic streak, and by doing so may strengthen his chances at reelection in 2012. No primary challenger has emerged,...
  • One nation, under too many laws (I never read a better OpEd.)

    12/12/2010 11:50:05 AM PST · by neverdem · 69 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 12, 2010 | Philip K. Howard
    America is choking on laws of our own making. Once a law is in place in the United States, it's almost impossible to dislodge. Our political class assumes that, after a law is forged in the crucible of democracy, it should be honored as if it's one of the Ten Commandments - except it's more like one of 10 million... --snip-- Sunset laws have been proposed from time to time, and they were a domestic priority for President Jimmy Carter. "Too many Federal programs have been allowed to continue indefinitely," he wrote to Congress in 1979, "without examining whether they...
  • Lap Two for the Tea Party

    11/20/2010 10:10:02 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 18, 2010 | Herbert E. Meyer
    Politics is a relay race, not a sprint, which means that those of us who belong to the Tea Party or support its goals must start thinking about the kind of candidates we'll run in 2012. In this year's elections -- Lap One, so to speak -- the Tea Party demonstrated what so many of us have always known but couldn't prove: namely, that this is a center-right country. The Tea Party did this by keeping the Republican Party from blowing an historic opportunity (no mean feat, alas) and then by pulling in virtually every "small-c" conservative voter. With so...
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg in China: People elected to Congress 'can't read'

    11/08/2010 8:01:42 AM PST · by neverdem · 55 replies · 1+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | November 6th 2010 | Celeste Katz and Kathleen Lucadamo
    Here's how Mayor Bloomberg views the newest members of Congress: What a bunch of rubes! "If you look at the U.S., you look at who we are electing to Congress, to the Senate, they can't read," Bloomberg told The Wall Street Journal while in Hong Kong for the C40 summit."I'll bet you a bunch of these people don't have passports. We're about to start a trade war with China if we're not careful here - only because nobody knows where China is. Nobody knows what China is."Bloomberg, who went to Johns Hopkins and Harvard and has three private planes at...
  • The Tea Party movement: deluded and inspired by billionaires (Moonbat Monbiot barf alert!)

    10/26/2010 1:54:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | 25 October 2010 | George Monbiot
    By funding numerous rightwing organisations, the mega-rich Koch brothers have duped millions into supporting big business The Tea Party movement is remarkable in two respects. It is one of the biggest exercises in false consciousness the world has seen and the biggest Astroturf operation in history. These accomplishments are closely related. An Astroturf campaign is a fake grassroots movement: it purports to be a spontaneous uprising of concerned citizens, but in reality it is founded and funded by elite interests. Some Astroturf campaigns have no grassroots component at all. Others catalyse and direct real mobilisations. The Tea Party belongs...
  • Rise of the Bitter Clingers - Understanding the Tea Party's appeal

    10/20/2010 11:21:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    Reason ^ | October 20, 2010 | David Harsanyi
    Many of my more enlightened friends like to ask me: How could someone as intellectually gifted, delightfully urbane, profoundly moral, and breathlessly handsome not want to spit at these stupid Tea Party candidates, with their stupid positions and their stupid stupidity? (That's slightly embellished; obviously, I'm not that handsome.) Do I wish there were more articulate and intellectual free market candidates? Sure I do. But alas, Americans are in no mood for know-it-alls who think sailing is a sport.Do I wish that science-challenged believers would resist the urge to raise their hands when asked whether they believe the world is...
  • Tea Party Set to Win Enough Races for Wide Influence

    10/15/2010 1:56:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 14, 2010 | KATE ZERNIKE
    Enough Tea Party-supported candidates are running strongly in competitive and Republican-leaning Congressional races that the movement stands a good chance of establishing a sizable caucus to push its agenda in the House and the Senate, according to a New York Times analysis. With a little more than two weeks till Election Day, 33 Tea Party-backed candidates are in tossup races or running in House districts that are solidly or leaning Republican, and 8 stand a good or better chance of winning Senate seats. While the numbers are relatively small, they could exert outsize influence, putting pressure on Republican leaders to...
  • A Reform the Tea Party Should Embrace

    10/14/2010 11:32:50 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2010 | Bruce Walker
    One of the greatest delights of the Tea Party is disdain for traditional partisan affiliations. The grand theme of the movement is reduction: cut taxes, reduce deficits, limit regulation, and remove the concentration of power in Washington which creates a Never-Never Land for entrenched politicians of both political parties. In fact, the heart of many Tea Party concerns is the plague of unaccountable and self-serving elected officials in Washington. What is true in our nation's capital is true, on a smaller scale, in our state capitals. Soon after the November elections, legislators all over the nation will engage in one...
  • Tea and Hostility - Two new books show how alienated Americans have become from Washington.

    10/04/2010 2:38:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    City Journal ^ | 3 October 2010 | Fred Siegel
    Mad As Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System, by Doug Schoen and Scott Rasmussen (Harper, 336 pp., $27.99) Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America, by Kate Zernike (Times Books, 256 pp., $25) During the 1980 presidential campaign, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a man of considerable prevision, was, as he described it, terrified by the movement to turn Republicans into Populists, a party of the people arrayed against a Democratic Party of the State. This restructuring of American politics was occurring, he argued, not by chance but by dint of substance and often complex...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Visigoths at the gate?

    09/24/2010 11:07:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 91 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 24, 2010 | Charles Krauthammer
    When facing a tsunami, what do you do? Pray, and tell yourself stories. I am not privy to the Democrats' private prayers, but I do hear the stories they're telling themselves. The new meme is that there's a civil war raging in the Republican Party. The Tea Party will wreck it from within and prove to be the Democrats' salvation. I don't blame anyone for seeking a deus ex machina when about to be swept out to sea. But this salvation du jour is flimsier than most. In fact, the big political story of the year is the contrary: that...
  • The Organizational Secret of the Tea Parties

    09/24/2010 10:36:52 AM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 24, 2010 | J.R. Dunn
    American politics has never seen anything quite like the Tea Parties, though few appreciate the revolutionary organizational principle powering the movement. A major reason why the Tea Parties have been so successful, why the political establishment has found them so difficult to combat (and one that explains, among other things, why I've chosen to use the plural in referring to them), lies in their organization. The Tea Parties comprise a distributed network -- a non-hierarchical system of autonomous nodes with no central control point, and with all nodes possessing the same value and freedom to act independently. A distributed network...
  • 7 Things The Establishment Gets Wrong About The Tea Party

    09/21/2010 5:02:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1+ views ^ | September 21, 2010 | John Hawkins
    You can barely look at a political website these days without reading a post about the Tea Party movement. Of course, we've heard plenty from liberals. "They're fascist-racist KKK-Nazis!" The Rockefeller Republicans have tut-tutted their opinions from the cocktail circuit as well, "Egads! Some of these people look as if they shop at Wal-Mart!" However, there are plenty of old school Republicans who don't hate the Tea Party movement per se; they simply don't understand it. So, let's talk about some of the perceptions the establishment Republicans have about the Tea Party movement and why they're mistaken. The Tea Partiers...
  • A Monumental Contest (Election 2010 and beyond)

    09/21/2010 10:01:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | September 20, 2010 | The Editors
    With the primary season complete, the terms of battle are set — for the general election and for the next era in American politics. Barack Obama’s election in 2008 was said to constitute the next great wave of progressivism after FDR and LBJ. But a massive electoral backlash is brewing against his policies, all his stimuli have manifestly failed, and his party is increasingly in intellectual and political disarray (witness its agony on extending the Bush tax cuts). Obama may only have set the table for the third wave of conservative reform, the first instituted by Ronald Reagan in the...
  • R.I.P. Political Establishment

    09/21/2010 8:20:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 2+ views ^ | September 21, 2010 | David Paul Kuhn
    The big story of American politics stretches from the netroots to Barack Obama's victory to the tea party movement. The political establishment's reign has finally ended. The National Republican Senate Committee supported eight candidates during the Republican primary. All eight lost. One week ago, the primary season closed with the most suitable of metaphors: the tea party movement sacked GOP's Castle...
  • The Counter-Revolution Has Begun

    09/20/2010 8:45:20 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 20, 2010 | J.R. Dunn
    The Tea Party victories of last week have clearly revealed the movement for what it actually is: not a tantrum, not a voter mutiny, not a short-term insurrection, but something never actually seen before in this country -- it is a counter-revolution. A lot of attention is being paid to the candidates and their chances. Carl Paladino will have an uphill battle in New York, divided as it is between an ultraliberal NYC and environs, and Mohawk Valley and adjacent mountain regions, in which the population has been reduced to a peasantry doing what they're told and voting the way...
  • Whos picking up the tab for the tea party?

    09/19/2010 7:29:58 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 64 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 09-19-10 | Brad Knickerbocker
    Whos picking up the tab for the tea party? The tea party movement may have genuine grassroots. But just beneath the surface are professional fund-raisers, foundations, and political action committees some of which have been around for years pushing a conservative-libertarian agenda. Demonstrators carry signs during a march by supporters of the conservative tea party movement in Washington on September 12, 2010. Several thousand people gathered for the march from the Washington Monument to the US Capitol. Specifically, the tea party particularly as it fights government spending and taxation under Obama and the Democratically-controlled Congress is...
  • Tea Party insurgents prepare to seize power in 2012 [UK perspective]

    09/18/2010 8:10:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/18/2010 | Toby Harnden
    Misunderstood and misrepresented, the Tea Party is a genuinely democratic movement with growing political power. First they were ignored. Then they were derided as the tools of Big Money. Then they were branded as racists, the unhinged, the unwashed, the paranoid, the subversive and the ignorant - or some combination thereof. Now, they stand accused of aiding and abetting the enemy by splitting the Republican party and giving Democrats hope for the November mid-terms. It has been a rough ride for members of the Tea Party in the 19 months since their movement sprung up. But each insult and attempt...
  • Welcome to the Party - If the tea-party candidates are so extreme, why are they so popular?

    09/02/2010 11:52:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | September 1, 2010 | Michael Tanner
    Welcome to the PartyIf the tea-party candidates are so extreme, why are they so popular? At first glance, it seemed a silly headline even by the standards of MSNBC: “Can the GOP Survive a Tea Party Takeover?” Of course, the story was yet another in the narrative that has been eagerly embraced by both the mainstream media and desperate Democrats: “Extreme” candidates who are associated with the tea-party movement are dooming Republicans to defeat this fall. If only the Republicans had nominated more moderate, “go along to get along” candidates, who supported tax increases and the health-care bill — why,...
  • A Tea Party Manifesto ("It is aiming for a hostile takeover," of the GOP.)

    08/17/2010 8:14:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 79 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 17, 2010 | DICK ARMEY AND MATT KIBBE
    The movement is not seeking a junior partnership with the Republican Party. It is aiming for a hostile takeover. On Feb. 9, 2009, Mary Rakovich, a recently laid-off automotive engineer, set out for a convention center in Fort Myers, Fla. with protest signs, a cooler of water and the courage of her convictions. She felt compelled to act, having grown increasingly alarmed at the explosion of earmarks, bailouts and government spending in the waning years of the Bush administration. President Barack Obama, joined by then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, was in town promoting his plan to spend a trillion dollars in...
  • Remember Who We Are

    07/30/2010 6:39:25 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies ^ | July 30, 2010 | annem040359
    A slide show presentation about the USA, a nation, that is fighting to keep itself going. Music to encourage we the people pushback and keep on going. Song single by Krista Branch.
  • Should Black Folks Give the Tea Party a Second Look?

    07/15/2010 2:12:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies
    The Root ^ | July 14, 2010 | Sophia Nelson
    Yes, the Tea Party movement is overwhelmingly white. But this writer says the black community should stop being emotional and consider the facts. As a black woman in America, I have remained largely silent about the Tea Party movement and whether the movement itself is ''racist,'' as it is being charged by many in our community, including the leadership of the NAACP. As a community, we should take a step back for a moment and learn how to stop making emotional judgments and consider the facts about the Tea Party movement. I think we can all agree that the Tea...
  • Race Card Politics, Part 2, NAACP Calls Tea Party Movement Racist

    07/13/2010 1:44:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies ^ | July 13, 2010 | annem040359
    Once again, the old tired race card is being played once again. At the annual NAACP convention in Kansas, City, MO, a plan to call the grass-roots based movement, the tea party movement racist and to stand against the movements attempt to push our country back to the pre-civil rights era. What gets me very offended as well as hurt is that the NAACP is attacking a grass-roots organization which WELCOMES ALL AMERICANS OF ALL DIFFERENT BACKROUNDS, who believe that the government on all levels, federal,state,county,and local on the issues of out-of-control spending and out-of-control government regulations.
  • Tea Party Member Attacked Video FoxNews

    06/10/2010 3:52:13 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies · 432+ views ^ | June 10, 2010 | annem040359
    This attack on a tea party movement member comes as no surprise. During what I believed will be an ugly political year as far as the upcoming mid-term elections is concerned, look for more attacks on patriotic men and women who want to do the right thing and stand up to these power hungry socialists.
  • Senator Bob Bennett: What the Tea Party can learn from Jimmy Carter

    05/22/2010 9:22:52 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 874+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 23, 2010 | Senator Bob Bennett
    Jimmy Carter won the White House in 1976 by riding the wave of anger and disillusionment that followed Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon. Carter tapped into that anger with the slogan "I will never lie to you." An angry electorate, disgusted with Nixon, decided that was reason enough to give Carter the presidency. He won, in large part, because he made it clear that he wasn't Richard Nixon. Pundits called Carter a political genius. Four years later, however, he was a political pariah. Voters embraced Ronald Reagan because he wasn't Jimmy Carter, proving that good slogans do not necessarily...
  • Will the GOP Wake Up and Smell the Tea?

    05/12/2010 11:35:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies · 1,037+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 13, 2010 | J.R. Dunn
    It's a painful thing to imagine Robert Bennett over the past few days, sitting alone in a darkened room, staring off into space wondering what hit him and whistling Nick Cave's "There She Goes My Beautiful World" over and over again. It happened quickly. Events in politics aren't supposed to happen that quickly. It came out of nowhere, with next to no warning at all. Even a few weeks ago, there was little sign that Bennett was in trouble. Then the spirit of 2010 suddenly rose out the darkness and took him down. It also wrong-footed the chattering classes, most...
  • Jayna Davis: The Tea Party, Timothy McVeigh, and Tainted History

    04/23/2010 12:40:14 AM PDT · by neverdem · 98 replies · 2,239+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 23, 2010 | Jayna Davis
    Anyone waving a placard or voicing dissent against the Obama administration dare not protest too loudly. President Bill Clinton has reignited the incendiary rhetoric of April 19, 1995. He effectively sealed his second White House bid in 1996 by blaming conservative talk radio for inciting the heartland bomber Timothy McVeigh. Now, fifteen years later, the Democratic playbook promises to claim far more victims. Only this time, hardworking Americans stand in the crosshairs. In a recent CNN interview, the former commander-in-chief sounded a battle cry to the political left, press and pundits alike: Vilify the Tea Party, deeming its membership capable...
  • Lloyd Marcus of the Tea Party Express III tour: Blacks, the Media, & the Tea Parties

    04/21/2010 10:37:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 767+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 22, 2010 | Lloyd Marcus
    I am exhausted. I returned home after performing at tea parties in 42 cities, from Searchlight, NV to Washington, D.C., in nineteen days while on the Tea Party Express III tour. I'm black conservative singer/songwriter, entertainer, author, and spokesperson Lloyd Marcus. I wish to share with you how the liberal mainstream media has dealt with my participation on the Tea Party Express III tour. Liberal mainstream media all but call me an Uncle Tom. Their reports imply that I am a token black too stupid to realize that I am being used by the tea party movement. In typical liberal...
  • What's behind the anti-Tea Party hate narrative?

    04/20/2010 11:17:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 91 replies · 1,760+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 20, 2010 | Byron York
    (AP File) There's a new narrative taking hold in the wake of the recent Tea Party protests and the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing: The Tea Partiers' intense opposition to the Obama administration has led to overheated political rhetoric, which could in turn lead to violence, perhaps as devastating as Oklahoma City.Former President Clinton is the leading voice of this new narrative. In newspaper interviews, television appearances and a widely discussed speech Friday, Clinton said it's "legitimate" to draw "parallels to the time running up to Oklahoma City and a lot of the political discord that exists...
  • Michael Barone: Thanks, Ill Do It Myself - Tea partiers fight Obamas culture of dependence.

    04/19/2010 2:10:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 875+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 19, 2010 | Michael Barone
    Thanks, I’ll Do It MyselfTea partiers fight Obama’s culture of dependence.  ‘Do you realize,” CNN’s Susan Roesgen asked a man at the April 15, 2009, tea party in Chicago, “that you’re eligible for a $400 credit?” When the man refused to put down his “drop socialism” sign, she went on: “Did you know that the state of Lincoln gets fifty billion out of the stimulus?” Roesgen is no longer with CNN, and CNN has only about half as many viewers as it did last year. But her questions are revealing. They help us understand that the issue on which our...
  • Americas Constitutionalist Revolt - The tea partiers want a return to the Founders principles...

    04/18/2010 4:49:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,135+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 15, 2010 | Larry Kudlow
    America’s Constitutionalist RevoltThe tea partiers want a return to the Founders’ principles of constitutional limits to government.  So much is being written in the mainstream media about who the tea partiers are, but very little is being recorded about what these folks are actually saying. We know that this is a decentralized grassroots movement, with many different voices hailing from many different towns across the country. But the tea-party message comes together in the “Contract from America,” the product of an online vote orchestrated by Ryan Hecker, a Houston tea-party activist and national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots. With...
  • Those 'Radical', 'Extremist' 'Tea-Baggers'

    04/15/2010 1:53:12 AM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 12 replies · 798+ views
    MSMB ^ | April 15th, 2010 | Rob W. Case
    Whenever you have elitist, left wingers in power, there are certain attributes that can always be counted on without fail. 1. In their arrogance and self righteousness, they feel that they are always right and can do no wrong. Condescending behavior and the belief that they are ultimately superior guide their path. 2. When the truth is not on their side, they work very hard to manipulate the truth and create deceptive images. This is where being a lawyer comes in handy....
  • Richard Viguerie: Tea Partiers and the New Party Leaders

    04/08/2010 11:28:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 401+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 08, 2010 | Richard Viguerie
    The goals driving the tea party movement will not be realized without a new generation of party leadership, something the GOP establishment understandably is loath to admit. Karl Rove's April 1 Wall Street Journal column, "Where the Tea Partiers Should Go From Here," had some good advice for Tea Partiers. It was, however, what you would expect from a Washington-establishment Republican leader. By that I mean that nothing Rove said would challenge the Republican Party's leaders, whether in Washington, D.C. or state capitols. Tea Partiers know and remember that the Republicans lost control of Congress in 2006 and the White...