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Could Pot Topple the Tea Party?

The tea party is still less a party than a loose coalition, offering both opportunity for expansion and the threat of division. Take, for example, one growing states’ rights issue that might pose some problems this election season: the legalization of marijuana.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


Carly

Carly Fiorina and the Tea Party: a Love Story?

Is it just a flirtation, or is former Hewlett-Packard CEO-turned-Senate-candidate Carly Fiorina in deep with the tea party? She may play it coy, but Brave New Films is on to her, at the ready with video footage of her vocal support of the conservative cause.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE


The Prophet Palin

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Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE


Jackson, Sharpton and Jealous
AP / Ed Zurga

Racism Reconsidered

In Obama’s America, negative connotations of race are but a relic of the past. But does this mean that it’s now fair game to play the race card in ways that might have been considered politically incorrect before Obama’s election? 

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


Michelle Bachmann
AP / Charles Dharapak

Here Comes the Tea Party Caucus

The newly hatched tea party caucus in the House of Representatives, for which we all have Rep. Michele Bachmann to thank, is sure to be a source of curiosity for many—and derision for others. Haters can hate, but this won’t be a coalition of one, as Bachmann already had another recruit by Tuesday.

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE


Purging the Tea Party’s Racist Poison

When the nation’s leading civil rights organization passed a resolution condemning displays of racism by tea party activists, leaders of the movement reacted with umbrage so thick you could cut it with a knife—then demonstrated that the NAACP’s allegation was entirely justified.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


The NAACP and the Tea Party’s Flag-Burners

Good for the NAACP. We need an honest conversation about the role of race and racism in the tea party. Thanks to a resolution passed this week at the venerable organization’s national convention, we’ll get it.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Sarah Palin 2012: ‘Unstoppable’?

Like her or not, Sarah Palin isn’t leaving the national stage anytime soon if she and her devoted supporters can help it. But can they? Well, for his part, The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan sees signs that Palin may ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Tea Partying for Fun and Profit

If you thought tea party politics were just for rabid wingnuts and certain Twitter-prone politicians, think again or else you may miss out on some hot stock market action before the November elections.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE


Unhinged on the Right

To hijack the horrors of the Holocaust and slavery in the service of a political campaign demeans the candidate and, worse, dishonors the victims. Decency demands that some comparisons be off-limits.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


How Obama Changed the Right

Barack Obama’s campaign promise of change did not include a pledge to transform American conservatism. But one of his presidency’s major legacies may be a revolution on the American right in which older, more secular forms of politics displace religious activism.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Department of Justice

Justice Dept. to Challenge Arizona Law

The Justice Department, as expected, has decided to file a lawsuit seeking to shut down Arizona’s SB 1070, a move that is likely to launch immigration even further into this year’s election debate as conservatives rally around anti-immigrant sentiment in scrounging for votes.

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Sarah Silverman Re-Brands Fox News as ‘Racism Engine’

Sarah Silverman’s no shrinking violet, as she recently demonstrated once again by launching a direct hit on the Murdochian empire that is Fox News, calling the cable news channel “a 24-hour-a-day racism engine” ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Tensions Brew Between Tea Party, GOP

Now that we’ve gotten the inevitable tea party pun out of the way, here’s the newsy bit: According to the astute analysis of Salon’s Gabriel Winant, the relationship between the GOP’s powers that be and certain sachet-carrying members of the tea party ... (continued)

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


Tea Stains on the GOP Too

Rand Paul’s stunning victory in Kentucky demonstrates that the tea party movement does not intend to become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


Rand Paul
AP / Ed Reinke

Who’s Afraid of Rand Paul?

Tuesday’s election results were pretty good for progressives. The retirement of that windbag chameleon Sen. Arlen Specter is long overdue, and pro-labor forces were able to push Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a runoff in Arkansas. Even the big tea party win in Kentucky has its bright side.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Cyber-Smackdown: Roger Ebert vs. Tea Party Tweeters

Roger Ebert isn’t exactly known for his political commentary, but he, like many adult members of the media elite, takes to Twitter to air some of his thoughts on matters not always pertaining to the movies. A group of tea-party-friendly Twitterheads apparently didn’t like what he had to say. (continued)

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Tea Partyers Give Sen. Bennett the Boot

Bob Bennett, three-term Republican senator from Utah, has been ousted from running for re-election by the conservative tea party movement after he was deemed unfit (he supported health care reform). Bennett came in third at the state Republican convention in Salt Lake City.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE



Colorlines.com

Copycat Bills Aim at Illegal Immigrants

The push to criminalize undocumented immigrants, as seen most poignantly in the recent legislation adopted in Arizona, is growing. Many more states are seeing anti-immigrant bills introduced in their legislatures, backed by the far-right group Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Posted on May 8, 2010 READ MORE


The Motto of Mad Men

“I Want My Country Back”—this ubiquitous tea party mantra belongs next to Nike’s “Just Do It” on Ad Age’s list of the most transcendent idioms.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


Crist and Obama
AP / Charles Dharapak

Crist Breaks With the GOP

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s political prospects took a sharp downward turn after he man-hugged President Barack Obama in February 2009. And the emergence of the tea party movement—not to mention the boost it has given Crist’s main rival for election to the U.S. Senate ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


Marcus
AP / David Duprey

Racial Politics, Tea Party Style

We can infer that Lloyd Marcus may be winking at us—saying that African-American may still equal un-American. After all, if African-American actually meant American and if race didn’t matter, then Marcus wouldn’t have to make the gesture. Let’s think about it.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: The Lindsey Graham Sex Tape

Suddenly, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is under the microscope for maybe, potentially, being gay! What’s a conservative Southern senator to do? Well, as Stephen Colbert points out, hanging around with Sen. Joe Lieberman might help, but releasing a (straight) sex tape would be even better.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE


The Populism of the Privileged

Both parties stand to lose if they accept the laughable notion that the media-created protest movement known as the tea party is the voice of true populism.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


Joseph Stalin
Wikimedia Commons / Margaret Bourke-White

Tea Party Financiers Owe Their Fortune to Josef Stalin

The members of the Koch family, America’s biggest financial backers of the tea party, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the godless empire of the USSR.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


Can’t Have a Decent Apocalypse Without a Full Cast

According to a source close to Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, they have already drawn up a list of possible candidates for the additional two horsemen, a list which includes Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter and the entire Cheney family.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Voices of the Tea Party

Tea party members are often depicted as anti-Democrat reactionaries or scoffed at as holding incoherent, outside-reality positions. But a new feature by The New York Times lets supporters speak for themselves, sharing their concerns for the country and what the tea party means to them.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Goldman Fraud?; Financial Reform; Tax Day Tea Party

The SEC has taken its first action against Goldman Sachs for alleged investor fraud—will it help efforts for financial reform and regulation? Or will the financial giant just be slapped with a fine and then allowed to continue business as usual?

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Tea Party Express Rolls Into D.C.

A crowd of tea party types pitched camp in Washington, D.C., for a “tax day” demonstration Thursday, waving their usual socialism-themed signage and talking smack about their three least favorite people on Capitol Hill: President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Lee Jordan (CC-BY-SA)

Do Tea Party Numbers Warrant All the Fuss?

Assuming a new CBS News/New York Times poll is accurate, tea partyers are older, whiter (just 1 percent are black), angrier and better-educated than your average American. And if you count only those who have actually gone to a rally or given money, you’re talking about 4 percent of the population. (continued)

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Lloyd ‘I Am Not an African-American’ Marcus Performs Tea Party Anthem

Here we have singer Lloyd Marcus, who would like everyone to know, as he announced during this performance at a Boston-area tea party rally on Wednesday, that he is “not an African-American.” Well, you might ask, what does that make him?

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE



One Marine’s ‘Liberty Walk’ for the Rest of Us

Ernest Logan Bell, a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran walking 90 miles to make a point, is the new face of the resistance. He is young, at home in the culture of the military, deeply suspicious of the federal government, disgusted by the liberal elite, unable to find work and angry.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Democrat Stupak Won’t Run Again

Bart Stupak, the Michigan congressman who led the charge against President Obama’s health care bill on the grounds that it might allow tax money to pay for abortions, has decided he will not run for re-election in 2010.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Campaign Donors Prefer Democrats

It costs about $1.36 million to win a seat in the House of Representatives and about twice that in the Senate. Democrats are finding that when it comes to raising that kind of cash, it’s good to be in the majority.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Maher and Leno

Bill Maher on the GOP: ‘They’re Such Sore Losers’

Bill Maher was his usual irreverent self on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show,” praising House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “balls” in the health care reform saga and riffing on the infamous “death panel” controversy in ways Sarah Palin most definitely won’t appreciate.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


Democracy and Domestic Violence

When the Department of Homeland Security released a cautiously worded report on the potential dangers of right-wing extremism last April, the talk-radio wingnuts and certain Republican lawmakers went into spasms of indignation.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


Letterman and Stout

Letterman Gets a Tea Party Education

David Letterman didn’t exactly lob any hardballs in his interview with Idaho tea party activist Pam Stout on Tuesday night’s show, opting instead to have a light and informative exchange on Stout’s own history and where she believes the movement might be headed ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


There Are Crazies on One Side

It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree militia by saying that there are “crazies on both sides.” This simply is not true.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?

Fritz Stern wrote “In Germany there was a yearning for fascism before fascism was invented.” It is the yearning that we now see, and it is dangerous.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


Gohmert
AP / Gerald Herbert

So Much for a ‘Post-Racial’ America

Thanks to Newt Gingrich’s loose lips, the cat is out of the bag: The Republican Party, answering the call of a large part of its following, will continue its subtle and not-so-subtle uses of the “race card.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


Jackson

‘SNL’ Alumna Victoria Jackson Says Obama’s a Communist

What happened to bubbly blond Victoria Jackson after her run on “Saturday Night Live”? Well, for her latest act she’s become a tea party demonstrator and she thinks the president’s a communist. “I watch Glenn Beck, and he has taught me well,” she tells Fox News’ Steve Doocy, adding, “Progressive is the new word for communist.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Capsize and Trade

Cap and trade was all the rage back in 2009, with the market-driven system of curbing emissions seen as a dominant force in addressing global warming problems. Now the concept has seemingly fallen out of favor.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


Palin
AP / Ross D. Franklin

How Long Can GOP Leaders Ignore Tea Party Death Threats?

Let’s not pretend anymore that the tea party movement is harmless. Even Sarah Palin is making comments that could have lethal consequences, such as “Don’t Retreat, Instead—RELOAD!”

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


Boehner and friends
AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

The Moderate Republican: An Endangered Species

Boy, the Republicans know how to make Barack Obama look good. What are they going to do now, threaten to repeal a law that forces insurance companies to cover the sick? Or block the provision that allows you to keep your out-of-work kids on your policy until they are 26?

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


Obama signs bill
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Makes Health Care Reform Official

After months of partisan bickering, “Obamacare” paranoia and tea-party whimsy, President Obama made the health care reform bill law on Tuesday, signing it with studied deliberation as Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others from among Fox News’ most beloved federal officials looked on.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / ajagendorf25

Tea Party-GOP Relations Show Signs of Strain

Tea party loyalists may be situated at the right side of the political spectrum, but that doesn’t mean the upstart political movement is an adjunct to the Republican Party, no siree. As it evolves, the loosely unified conservative coalition may be moving farther away from the GOP’s orbit.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


Tea Party Bigotry Can’t Stop History

On Sunday, as comprehensive health care reform was becoming a reality, some people couldn’t bear what they saw.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Tea Party Talk With Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made a stop on his book tour for a somewhat awkward chat with a mustachioed gent and a flaxen-haired She-publican from the right-leaning Newsmax.com, during which he signaled his disapproval of big government, his firm support of free-market principles and his concerns about a potential tea party spinoff from the GOP.
   

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


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