Tea Party

What killed England's anti-debt Country Party?

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The closest and most relevant election Tuesday may turn out not to be any of those on the Eastern Seaboard that have been soaking up the media’s attention—for governor in Virginia and New Jersey, and for mayor in New York and Boston—but rather the special Republican primary for an open House seat in the deepest Deep South, in and around Mobile, Alabama.

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I Used to Hang a Confederate Flag on My Wall

Here's why I took it down

Thanks to angry Republican protesters, the Confederate flag is back in the news. Someone who used to fly the flag now ponders its meaning.

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Right-wing Populism Could Hobble America for Decades

The tea party is going down. Dysfunction is not.

Even if the Tea Party flames out, right-wing populism could hobble America for decades. 

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Ever since the Tea Party Republicans arrived on the scene in Washington, I’ve cast a wary eye at the notion of them as grass-roots insurgents disconnected from the party’s big business and Wall Street base. Heck, when I went looking for one Tea Party tribune, Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia, the night of the August 2011 vote to resolve that summer’s debt-ceiling showdown, I found him at a fundraiser in AT&T’s box at National Stadium.

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There's a New Political Story Line—and it's Good for Republicans

Better to be two warring tribes than a single reviled one.

The GOP used to be viewed as a right-wing monolith. Now it's thought of as a party split between radicals and non-radicals. This is actually good news for Republicans.

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Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have nearly completed a deal that would reopen the government and increase the Treasury Department's debt ceiling. President Obama has signalled his support, as have Democratic leaders in the House. But House Republicans aren't ready to give up on their dream of threatening shutdown and default to extract concessions. They're making yet another counter-offer, with some of the same demands Democrats rejected perviously—even though, within two days, Treasury is likely to exhaust the "extraordinary measures" it's been using to pay its bills.

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Pundits Are Running Out of Lunatics to Compare with Republicans

Find a disturbing historical analogy before they're all taken!

Trotsky? Taken. Col. Kurtz? Spoken for. The punditocracy is dangerously low on unique historical analogues for the GOP.

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Apparently, it’s become fashionable to wonder whether fissures in the GOP might eventually grow into a schism, with tea party candidates mounting independent challenges to the GOP in the 2014 elections. Last night, David Frum went a step farther, writing that a tea party exodus might actually help Republicans by freeing them of Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz, allowing the GOP to slide back to the political center. It's a centrist fantasy.

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The Shutdown is Coming to an End—With a Win for Lobbyists

The tea party's gift to K Street

After all that, the Tea Party may have helped K Street end a tax that annoyed fatcats 

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