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Republicans’ big problem with crazy

The GOP establishment pandered to Tea Party extremism to win the 2010 midterm elections. Now, it’s reaping the whirlwind If you’re looking for a Republican congressman who truly embodies the ethos of the Tea Party, Maryland Representative Andy Harris is a pretty good pick. Harris, you see, is no fan…

Maddow: Tea Party backlash could hurt GOP in November

On Tuesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow brought up what could be an important factor in the 2012 election, a topic that has not thus far been discussed a great deal. The fact is that the repercussions from the last major election cycle in 2010…

Tea party joins unions in opposition to Georgia anti-picketing bill

The Atlanta Tea Party Patriots have joined labor unions and environmentalists in opposition to legislation that would outlaw some types of mass picketing. “The bill at face value, appears to be geared toward labor unions, but the devil is in the details,” the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots said in an…

As Romney rises, Tea Party focuses on Senate races

CHICAGO (Reuters) – As Mitt Romney inches toward the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, many conservative activists are increasingly focused on a different political prize for 2012: the Senate. Republicans, who currently have 47 of the 100 Senate seats, are seen as having a good shot of winning control of the…

WATCH LIVE: Tea party and Occupy members debate

MSNBC’s Richard Lui moderates a live discussion with members of both the Occupy movement and tea party affiliated groups. Watch this live video from MSNBC, broadcast Jan. 11, 2012. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Occupiers support local Tea Party against overdue tax claim

By Matthew Ward (Reuters) – Despite political differences with the conservative Tea Party movement, anti-Wall Street protesters in Richmond, Virginia, have come out in support of the local Tea Party group against “unfair” treatment from the city. After the city accused the Richmond Tea Party of being overdue on tax…

Tea Party support falling in U.S.: poll

WASHINGTON — Support for the conservative Tea Party is slipping across America, even in areas that a year ago swept the movement’s first lawmakers to power in a devastating blow for Democrats, a new poll says. And in a worrying sign for Republicans ahead of the November 2012 elections, the…

Van Jones: ‘I am mad at us for being so quiet’

Former Obama adviser Van Jones came to the “Take Back The American Dream” summit in Washington, D.C. on Monday with one big message: stop being mad at the tea party, and started learning from them. “I’m not mad at [the tea party] for being so loud,” he said. “I’m mad…

The Tea Party’s influence felt on the local level, with book bannings

Even though it will be pointedly ignored by mainstream media types wed to the narrative that the Tea Party is a spontaneous uprising of people who were apolitical before Obama sent them around the bend, I'm guessing many of you read with interest Robert Putnam and David Campbell's distillation of…

Religious fanatics and the debt ceiling

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy There's so much to comment on from this clip, but what really struck me about this report on Boehner's visible loss of control over the Tea Party idiots in his party is that the teabaggers, as an act…

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