Republican Establishment Planning Attack on Tea Party in 2014

By: Thursday October 24, 2013 11:20 am

There are many lessons that can be learned from the disastrous 16 day government shutdown this month. One would be that if the Republican Party doesn’t get its act together the 2014 congressional elections could be brutal. And that’s a lesson the Big Business wing of the Republican Party seems to understand as they plot the demise of the Tea Party.

 

Late Night: Take This Job and Shove It

By: Thursday January 10, 2013 8:00 pm

Perhaps out of a combination of peevishness and thirst, John Boehner recently blurted out, “I need this job like I need a hole in my head.”  Of course, the job he was complaining about, Speaker of the House, third in line for the Presidency, happens to be well-paid, prestigious, and quite evidently can be performed, after a fashion, even when drunk.  That is, it’s decidedly not like the jobs that the vast majority of Americans toil away at, should they be lucky enough to have a job at all. 

FreedomWorks Document Leak Reveals Reliance On Rich Donors

By: Monday January 7, 2013 7:01 am

Remember when the Tea Party was supposed to be a grass roots organization, unaffiliated with either party, just a group of folks who were fed up with corruption in Washington? To all those who didn’t buy it, you win.

Dick Armey Says No One Saw The Gun During Attempted FreedomWorks Coup

By: Thursday December 27, 2012 8:03 am

The plot thickens in the Tea Party Civil War. Apparently Dick Armey did not go quietly into that good night. In fact, he first tried to muscle his opponents out:

Tea Party Civil War Puts Dick Armey In Spotlight

By: Wednesday December 26, 2012 7:02 am

When the “tea party” phenomenon broke out, believed to be inspired by Rick Santelli’s painfully oblivious Post-TARP rant about the pitfalls of helping those in financial distress, I was like many Americans – confused but interested. Maybe this was more than the most reactionary elements of the Republican Party finding an excuse to demonize a black president. Maybe this was more than astroturfing plutocrats trying to throw up roadblocks made of lunatics at new business regulations. Maybe this was more than a parade of parasitic self-promoters swiping some airtime and ratings for themselves at the expense of civil society. Maybe, honest to God, this was a sincere movement reasonably concerned with fiscal responsibility.

And then Dick Armey showed up.

The Plan B Follies: Freedomworks Jumps Off the Ship

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 12:09 pm

This clown show on the House floor just got more hilarious. At some point in the last four hours or so, Freedomworks, a key tea party group, abandoned their support of Plan B, this Boehner proposal to create what looks like a conservative wish list.

Fox News Pro-Coal “Expert” Is a Former Pro-Tobacco Scientist

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 2:36 pm

Tom Borelli, a former science director at Philip Morris who fought claims that secondhand tobacco causes lung cancer and respiratory illness in children, is now touted on Fox News as an expert on the cleanliness of the coal industry. Borelli was busy this election season fighting Obama’s “war on coal” on behalf of his new employer, FreedomWorks.

Borelli has a long history of attacking the EPA on behalf of Big Tobacco. Serving in his role as Philip Morris’ Director of Corporate Scientific Affairs, Borelli appeared in a notorious 1992 film produced by Philip Morris attacking the Environmental Protection Agency for declaring secondhand tobacco smoke a known cancer causing agent.

Boehner Purges Conservative Members from Influential Committees

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 11:03 am

As I noted, John Boehner got as much flak from his right flank on his three-page “counter-offer” as he did from his left. Conservative groups groused at the inclusion of $800 billion in revenue collection increases, even as it followed the Romney campaign pattern of lowering rates while broadening the base. Obviously they would rather do that without having to raise revenue at all. RedState put up the “white flag of surrender” to characterize the counter-offer.

GOP Tea Party Hangover Hits Before Votes Are Counted

By: Thursday October 28, 2010 6:40 am

A remarkable theme echoing through much of the political press Thursday morning is the realization that Tea Party candidates who are running for office as Republicans are hurting the party’s chances in a year that otherwise has been predicted to be a huge Republican landslide. The Washington Post headlines its story on the topic “Tea party antics could end up burning Republicans“, while Reuters declares “Tea Party-backed Republicans spur party switches“. The Guardian brings out the best headline and best line, however, with the headline “The GOP’s coming Tea Party hangover” and the line “Tea is the Republican party’s cocaine: thrilling for a moment, but ruinous over time.” Tea Party candidates have won nominations in Republican primaries by channeling unfocused rage, but as that rage now erupts into a combination of genuine violence and a complete inability to articulate a platform (as demonstrated by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in this video, where she can’t even deliver an opening statement in a debate), even Republicans are moving away from “the crazy” and looking for candidates who are interested in good government rather than good theater.

MSNBC Appearance on Today’s Washington DC Rally

By: Saturday October 2, 2010 11:46 am

I was on MSNBC with Alex Witt commenting on today’s rally in Washington DC. It will inevitably be compared to Glenn Beck’s rally, but that’s not really fair. The Beck rally represented the pinnacle of a well-funded 2 year plan to organize the tea parties by building up local groups around the country, pumping out a consistent message through right wing media outlets like Fox News, and promoting celebrities like Glenn Beck.

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