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Tea Party struggles to regain political traction

How do you win the White House? US conservatives and Tea Party faithful launched their annual convention Thursday seeking to answer that gnawing question after several setbacks in Washington. Born of a grass-roots thirst for small government and greater protections of constitutional liberties, the Tea Party movement celebrated its fifth…

The Tea Party just turned five — and it’s not going away

Some date the advent of the tea party to 2007, when then-presidential candidate Ron Paul held a “tax day tea party” fundraiser to fill his campaign coffers. But the broader movement began five years ago last week — shortly after Barack Obama was……

Noam Chomsky: The Tea Party is the ‘petit bourgeois’ face of corporate oligarchs

The Tea Party is just the popular face of corporate power in the United States, says political philosopher Noam Chomsky. “I wouldn’t call them revolutionary,” Chomsky said, dismissing a suggestion that the conservative political faction had anarchist characteristics. He told Radio VR during an interview posted online last week that…

The Tea Party is losing support — even among conservative Republicans

Results from last week’s elections and national polling show the Tea Party has seen a major drop in popularity since 2010 It was just three years ago that the Tea Party was flying high. Riding a wave of anti-establishment and anti-Obama anger, Tea Party candidates knocked off Democrats and Republicans…

The tea party created an existential threat to America, not Obamacare

Let me make sure I understand. The tea party Republicans in the House and Senate have determined that the Affordable Care Act is so reprehensible, so pernicious, and so destructive of American liberties that it poses an existential risk to the republic.;  …

Study finds tea party can act as a political ‘racialization’ experience

Is the tea party motivated by racial animus over the election of the first non-white president in the United States? Many critics of the conservative movement think so. Tea party supporters themselves have objected to such claims. They insist their movement is based on legitimate concerns about the size and…

Reid: ‘The tea party is dying out’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appeared on Meet The Press Sunday morning, expressing his belief that the tea party’s influence is diminishing. Reid talked about his frustration again with Republicans in Congress, citing last month’s payroll tax debate as a potential turning point for improved relations. “I would hope…

Bachmann: Occupy’s goal is ‘having other people pay for their stuff’

Struggling Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) says that a recent poll showing more people disagree with the tea party is hogwash — and that it’s really the Occupy movement that is out of step with public opinion. The Pew Research Center found last month that 27 percent of Americans…

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…

The Ants Go Marching One By One

Republicans went ahead with Paul Ryan's plan to have everyone hate them…err, end Medicare, despite the fact that it polled terribly and has only gotten worse for them.   “The tea party itch has definitely not been scratched, so the voices who were saying, ‘Let’s do this in a way…

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