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Three moments -- 1911, 1964, now -- coming together compelled me to think about when and why people resist power, why they acquiesce, and why, sometimes, they may believe they are resisting when they are in truth acquiescing. If it is so self-evident that the Triangle Army was compelled to say “enough is enough” back then and act on that resolve, what has happened now?

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Joyce Kaufman isn't going to Capitol Hill after all. On Thursday, the controversial conservative radio host from South Florida announced that she had decided not to follow tea party fave and Congressman-elect Allen West to Washington as his chief of staff.

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The tea party movement took a hit and made a big score, respectively, in the defeat of Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell in Delaware and Marco Rubio's Senate victory in Florida over Gov. Charlie Crist.

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Each election cycle brings fun new ways to mock politicians using the wonders of technology. Here's something that candidates haven't really had to contend with until now: Watch as Christine O'Donnell's "I'm not a witch" spot gets the remix treatment, complete with auto-tune action.

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If the tea party movement really does represent not only "common-sense conservative principles," as Sarah Palin puts it in this glossy instructional video, but also "the future of politics" in America, we can look forward to (continued).

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There was a lot of talk about "us" and "them" in tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell's speech at the ultra-conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday -- but does that come as any surprise?

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Perhaps angling to put a lid on any talk about right-wing rifts, GOP schemer Karl Rove took to the Fox News airwaves Thursday to demonstrate that he's not trying to slow down the tea party express, at least when it comes to Delaware congressional hopeful Christine O'Donnell.

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This little exchange between Karl Rove and Delaware primary victor Christine O'Donnell, mediated by George Stephanopolous on Wednesday's "Good Morning America," just might indicate that the tea party movement is creating rifts within the GOP in a potentially useful way for the opposition.

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At its core, the tea party movement is rife with contradiction, incoherence and a willful contempt for facts or reason. It is but a parody of the legitimate movements for which American democracy has historically been held in such high regard.

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