Shouldn’t We Laugh When Right Wing Groups Rip Off Tea Partiers?

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 6:35 pm

he first answer to my headline questions would be, YES! We should laugh and rub our hands together in glee. “HA ha! Suckers!” But there is something more to do when we read about conservatives financially conning conservatives.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Daniel Schulman, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

By: Sunday August 3, 2014 1:59 pm

Mainstream political understanding in the United States is increasingly informed by the perception that our elections and lives are being determined by the outsized spending of millionaires and billionaires we will never meet. The poster boys of plutocracy are the subject of this year’s book by Mother Jones senior editor Daniel Schulman in Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty.

With a timely release, considering our current national zeitgeist and upcoming midterm elections, Sons of Wichita has been received and celebrated with a twist: Schulman’s tomb of “Kochology” has been received with surprise for its non-condemning tone. The Daily Show host Jon Stewart joked “these Koch brothers almost seem human,” in an interview with Schulman.

Tea Party Founder Told Live On Air ‘It’s Impossible For You To Have Been More Wrong’

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 6:30 am

In 2009 when CNBC reporter Rick Santelli went on a rant about bailing out homeowners with government money and how people should protest like the American colonists with a Tea Party, a portion of the Republican Party’s base listened. What followed was a media storm where the GOP base re-branded themselves the “Tea Party” and went on to ride the public backlash against the financial crisis and bank bailouts to take over the House of Representatives.

Andrew Levine on Tea Party Smarts and the Poison of Ted Cruz

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 7:25 pm

There are a hell of a lot of them, in Geauga County, the Villages in Florida, in Arizona…. So it would be smart not to just brush them aside. Nor would I play nice with them in any way. They could be – actually are – big trouble.

GOP Civil War Breaks Out Over Mississippi Senate Election Results

By: Friday June 27, 2014 6:51 am

After Chris McDaniel refused to concede on Tuesday night in a highly contested runoff between himself and Senator Thad Cochran citing voting irregularities, the Tea Party wing of the GOP got to work seeking to discredit the official election results claiming that election fraud had occurred. The GOP establishment responded by mocking the Tea Party and hinting at racial bias. And thus began an ever worsening rift in the Mississippi GOP that is spreading throughout the Republican Party nationwide.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Defeated In Primary

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 7:12 am

For the first time since the position was created in 1899 a sitting Majority Leader of the House of Representatives has been defeated in a party primary. Eric Cantor was soundly defeated last night in Virginia’s 7th congressional district Republican primary by David Brat, a conservative college professor who represented the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.

The “Tea Party” Doesn’t Actually Need to Win Many Elections to Have Influence

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 9:02 am

If Chris McDaniel ends up winning it will be labeled a rare victory for the Tea Party this cycle, although that term has become mostly meaningless now that it is basically a catch all for any conservative activists or outside groups that are to the right of establishment Republicans. But judging the conservative organization’s success based purely on the number of elections won this year versus last year provides a very misguided view of their effectiveness.

Tea Party Support Continues to Erode

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 9:02 am

The so called “Tea Party” movement’s brand continues to deteriorate. The number of Americans who say they support the Tea Party is down to only 22 percent while 30 percent of Americans say they oppose it. These are the worst numbers for the Tea Party since Gallup started asking about it.

Come Saturday Morning: The Tea Party, the DNC’s Best Friend

By: Saturday March 1, 2014 6:45 am

“I am stunned that Senator Cruz is involved in this fundraising effort for a group that has targeted his colleagues in the Republican caucus,” Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, told CNN.

House Passes Clean Debt Ceiling Bill With Democratic Support

By: Wednesday February 12, 2014 6:45 am

There’s no two ways about it, Speaker Boehner conceded because President Obama and the Democrats held the line. Apparently, to paraphrase the president, negotiating with “hostage takers” is the wrong move. And, subsequently, saying you won’t play their game can yield some positive results. Better to learn that in 2014 than never?

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