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Archives by Tag 'Tea Party'
Libertarianism in the Age of Obama
ANDREW LEVINE
In national politics these days, the most ardent opponents of the Bush-Obama surveillance state are libertarians in the GOP. In the aftermath of the Snowden revelations, a few Democrats have taken leading positions too, but they equivocate, emphasizing the importan...
Return of the Tea Party?
ANDREW LEVINE
Two years ago, optimists had something to be optimistic about.  Today there is nothing: the Occupy movements have gone dormant, and the historic struggles that preceded them — the massive and prolonged demonstrations in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and other ...
The Radical Center and Armed Revolution
ROB URIE
Following release of the results of a recent Fairleigh Dickinson University ...
Disabling the Government
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The “GOP right wing is serious about disabling government.” This is the chilling byline from The Hill’s Congress Blog, July 19, 2012 by Former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) referencing:  H.R. 4078- Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act. H.R....
The Tea Party, Canada and Health Care
DAVE LINDORFF
Let me preface this column by saying that I don’t think all conservatives and right-wingers are stupid. In fact I have some right-leaning friends of a libertarian bent who are really smart, and a lot of fun to argue with. They may have an unquestioning faith, bordering ...
50 Shades of Populism
DAVID MACARAY
Like a bad penny that keeps turning up, we can’t seem to get rid of Samuel Wurzelbacher (aka Joe the Plumber).  Introduced at a Republican rally in 2008 by candidate John McCain, who saw him as a metaphor for the Common Man, Joe liked to talk about what a great country...
Palin’s America
BINOY KAMPMARK
Oh, the torments that can be inflicted on language, notably by American political strategists.  But in HBO’s recent ‘The Game Change’, an effort by Jay Roach to chart the political emergence of Sarah Palin as a force of the Republican Party in the 2008 presidential...
Ayn Rand: the Tea Party’s Miscast Matriarch
PAM MARTENS
Gary Weiss, long time Wall Street reporter and author, has written a new book, due out this week from St. Martin’s Press, on the rising influence of Ayn Rand in modern politics.  Titled ...
Two Bubbles That Went Pop
PAUL STREET
Long after its leading encampments have been torn down – often with brute force and (educationally enough) by predominantly by Democratic mayors and with the approval and involvement of a Democratic White House – the populist Occupy Movement deserves major credit for ...
Why the Tea Party Needs Mitt
THOMAS FRANK
For the last few months, the world has been fascinated by your frenzied search for a presidential candidate who is not Mitt Romney. We know that you find the man inauthentic and that you have buoyed up a string of anti-Mitts in the Iowa polling — Michele Bachmann, R...
The Rise of the Tea Party
KEVIN YOUNG
US press coverage has usually cast the Tea Party as an authentic expression of popular anger against Washington insiders. Anthony DiMaggio’s new book, ...
The Mayberry Incident
KATHLEEN PEINE
The president was coming to town. And Neil Jednoralski was prepared. He’d taken his list and checked it twice. Handcuffs, Arrest Warrant, 4 guns! Check. Barack Obama was coming to Osawatomie, Kansas, reportedly to do a Teddy Roosevelt impression. Neil was goi...
A Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Alliance?
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Many are thinking about the Tea Party and its relationship (or lack thereof) with Occupy Wall Street.  I’ve received numerous complaints from some liberals who seem set on fostering an alliance between both forces in terms of what they promise will be a mass campaign t...
Why Republicans Are Acting So Crazy
SAM SMITH
Not every change in national policy and events is announced with a new conference or presidential speech. A case in point is the rapid rise of apparent mental instability in the Republican Party. You used to just disagree with Republicans; now you have to worry whe...
Sugar Daddies of the Tea Party
PHILLLIP DOE
It’s interesting about Bill Koch, the energy and mining billionaire and Tea Party sugar daddy, though his brothers seem to be more the Tea Party groupies than he.  He reminds me of Marie Antoinette, not in his looks, but in his mindless pursuits. She prized ...
Report From Iowa
PAUL STREET
What a difference four years makes. Around this time in 2007 the race for Iowa’s pivotal Democratic Party presidential caucus was in full swing. The big national money and media focus was on the corporate-sponsored candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, but John E...
The Rise of the Tea Party
SCOTT BORCHERT
Scott Borchert: Your primary focus as a scholar is on media and communications — so why a book on the Tea Party? Anthony DiMaggio: I’ve also researched and participated in social movements and interest group politics consistently for the last ten y...
“End Regulation Now”
DAVID ROSEN
Many Christian fundamentalists believe that one day they will awake to the Rapture.  On that day, the chosen will mount chariots of fire and be transported to Heaven while the rest of us unworthy survivors, those stranded on this living planet, will be visited by all th...
In Pursuit of Political Amnesia
KATHLEEN PEINE
They thought they glimpsed a flash of Rick Perry’s soft underbelly. Eyes certainly strained from behind the Medicare benefit bifocals.  Yes, it was a soft underbelly! He showed a moment of compassion by mentioning that it was hardly fair to deny children of illegal im...
Death’s Cheerleaders
KATHLEEN PEINE
He’s just a commodity anyway! I find it grimly amusing that so many people were stunned by the Republican debate crowd who happily cheered on the demise of the 30 year old who wouldn’t pay his insurance tolls. By my way of thinking, at least the sociopathy is c...
Executive Orders and the Tea Party
ANDREW LEVINE
If Republican candidate debates are an indication, executive orders have become anathema to Tea Partiers.  This is bad news for Rick Perry– and not just because in a lapse from his usual know-nothing, puritanical moralizing, the Texas governor issued an executive ...
Mr. Mean: Eric Cantor
MICHAEL WINSHIP
  For Manhattan at least, last week was the weather week that wasn’t. But the minor earthquake and weakened Hurricane Irene served as reminders of the caprice of nature and — only a couple of weeks before the tenth anniversary of 9/11 — the k...
Is Obama’s Pragmatism a Losing Bet for 2012?
FIRMIN DeBRABANDER
Reflecting upon growing voter indifference in democracies across the Atlantic, historian Tony Judt chalked it up to a roster of world leaders that “convey neither conviction nor authority” and “stand for nothing in particular.” These words resonate in the aftermat...
The Marketing of Rick Perry
ROBERT FANTINA
Texas Governor Rick Perry has ridden into the GOP presidential race on his high horse,  threatening to ‘get ugly’ with Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve Chairman, stopping just short of accusing him of treason, and catering, as expected, to the most radical of the ra...
Dysfunction and Downgrades
JAMES ZOGBY
Several sad parallels can be found in the bumbling way Washington dealt with raising the debt ceiling and averting financial catastrophe, and the US’s overall handling of the search for Israeli-Palestinian peace. When Standard and Poor’s downgraded the ...