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Those “independent” tea partiers

Via DEDC, I went through some poll numbers for our Washington State election. There’s a couple issues where you expect to see libertarians voting with the democrats, in particular gay marriage and legalization and regulation of marijuana. So, does the … Continue reading

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Freedom’s Just Another Word For Peeing in a Cup

The Tea Party promised freedom from government but it hasn’t exactly delivered on its promise.  Tea Party favorite Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, wanted to require all welfare recipients in the state to submit urine samples to make sure they … Continue reading

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Birth Of A Tea Party

From the New York Times, October 14, 2008: MOBILE, Ala. — The McCain campaign’s depiction of Barack Obamaas a mysterious “other” with an impenetrable background may not be resonating in the national polls, but it has found a receptive audience with … Continue reading

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The Orange Man’s Chickens Coming Home To Roost

According to the Tea/Republican Party’s talking points about governance, everything this gentleman says is 100% correct: Who is David Lewis and what is he doing giving House Speaker John Boehner a primary challenge? While his origins are somewhat unclear, the Tea Party activist’s agenda … Continue reading

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A Man Who Will Fight For Your Honor

Salon’s Justin Elliott read Rick Perry’s previous book, On My Honor: “Student campus unrest, rejection of authority, the ‘self-esteem’ movement, moral relativism, and the demands of secularists all gradually fused into a series of attacks on American institutions,” he writes … Continue reading

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The Right Of The People To Eat Ho-hos And Ride Medicare-Funded Scooters, Shall Not Be Infringed

Very thoughtful point from David Frum: What you are hearing here is the secret of the Tea Party. Americans do not clearly distinguish in their minds between “rights” in the James Madison sense and what we might call “folkways.” The … Continue reading

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Meet The New Boss

In the comments to yesterday’s post, and earlier, we’ve talked a good amount about whether Rick Perry can be considered the GOP front-runner. Fareed Zakaria is coming around to the idea:  I get the sense that the Republican Party is … Continue reading

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Inside The Minds Of The Tea Party

Summary of a recent study from UMass: Results indicated that at a conscious level, White and non-White ethnic groups were held to the same standard and construed as significantly less American when members expressed their ethnic identity publicly vs. privately. … Continue reading

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There’s nothing to shoot here

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people, right?  Think a person would have an easier time killing five people with a knife or with an AK-47?  These questions and more will not be answered as we take a gun rampage … Continue reading

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Coming From Inside The House

So, as we know, America hates the Tea Party. Will the media let them know that the Tea Party has successfully taken over the GOP? Are we witnessing the end of the Tea Party’s electoral rebellion? Did the GOP civil … Continue reading

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Peak Tea (Party)

PYM has been following the rise of the New Hampshire Tea Party over the past year.  It was only seven months ago that Tea Party fav and newly elected Chair of the New Hampshire GOP, Jack Kimball, earned his own article in the … Continue reading

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They Are Who We Thought They Were

If the Republicans nominate Bachmann, maybe we can nominate a gay atheist Muslim, just to settle bar bets between political scientists: Of course, politicians of all stripes are not faring well among the public these days. But in data we … Continue reading

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Glass House Award

I know this isn’t exactly breaking news, but it seems that tea party favorite Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) is in a bit of a bind these days. As you may already of heard, the Congressman who once remarked “I won’t place … Continue reading

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Getting To Know All About You

Americans’ views of the Tea Party congressmen are markedly more negative than they were at the beginning of the year. Independents viewed them favorably, 29 percent to 14 percent negative, in January; now those numbers are 24 percent positive, 28 … Continue reading

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Barbaric Yawps from the Tea Party

I know this isn’t at all what Walt Whitman had in mind when he described sounding his “barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world”, but I’ve run out of adjectives for this tea party nonsense (via Politico): The founder of … Continue reading

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The Tea Party: The Last Gasp Of The Southern Strategy

The Tea Party is the GOP base, wearing old hats, claiming to be very mad at Pres. Obama about deficits and federal power, despite having supported the deficits and expansions of federal power under Pres. Bush. Their policy-averse, irrational, resentment-fueled … Continue reading

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The Race Riots in Peoria

While looking through The Tree Of Liberty forums earlier, I stumbled across a story about an alleged race riot in Peoria. Sounded alarming and … well, I won’t play around for narrative purposes, it sounded like complete bullshit: The screen … Continue reading

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The Iron Law Of Institutions, Our Infamous Polarization, And Eric Cantor

The Iron Law of Institutions holds that “the people who hold power in institutions are guided principally by preserving power within the institution, rather than the success of the institution itself.” Eric Cantor walked out of talks on meeting America’s … Continue reading

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