Former GOP lawmaker, a friend of John Boehner, says Tea Party is run by a gang of grifters

The word “grifter,” if you don’t know, is defined as a con artist or swindler. It’s not a word you would expect a Republican politician to apply to members of his own party. But that’s exactly the case in THIS ESSAY by former Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette of Ohio (above): Over the last few years we have seen the rise of a new grifter—the political grifter. And the most important battle being waged today isn’t the one about which party controls the House or the Senate, it’s about who controls the...

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Noted political centrist offers a perfect characterization of the Tea Party movement

Norman Ornstein (above) is no political ideologue. He’s a resident scholar of the American Enterprise Institute and a political scientist with a reputation for centrism. Ornstein offers a characteristically measured analysis of this year’s Republican congressional primary elections. He notes, for example, that despite House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss the other day, “the batting average for ‘establishment’ Republicans this year will still be over .900.” But perhaps the best part of...

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Does the Tea Party movement really exist as a formal political organization?

The answer to the question in the headline above would seem to be no. The Tea Party has become — or perhaps always was — a more amorphous political entity than either the Republican or Democratic parties. The political philosophies most frequently associated with the Tea Party movement existed before the Tea Party entered the public consciousness five years ago and probably will exist after the Tea Party label fades away. And the chance that it will, in fact, fade way seems ever more likely. A recent poll shows that public support...

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Poll: Support for Tea Party sinks to new low — even among Republicans

Just hours after most of their candidates lost to establishment Republicans in Tuesday’s primary elections, Tea Party folks suffered further embarrassment with today’s release of a new poll. HERE‘s the story: The tea party was an important factor in the 2010 elections, but its support may be waning, according to a new CBS News poll. Today, just 15 percent of Americans say they are supporters of the tea party movement – the lowest since CBS News began asking about the tea party in February 2010. The tea party reached...

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GOP dilemma: Tea Party scoffs at global warming, but most other Republicans don’t

As we all know by now, the Tea Party movement is the tail that wags the Republican dog. Halfway reasonable politicians in the GOP are forced to play patty-cake with the kooks for fear of being challenged in primary elections.   Yeah, it’s a cowardly phenomenon, but it’s also a matter of political self-preservation. Bravery is for losers. You see, Tea Party zealots are more likely than comparatively civilized conservatives to vote in GOP primaries. So survival sometimes requires going along to get along. But there’s another...

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