GOP establishment now held captive by the Tea Party monster it helped create

When the Tea Party movement arose in the Republican Party soon after Barack Obama became president, the GOP establishment didn’t put up much of a fight against it. It almost welcomed the newcomers. But more than a few Republicans who can walk upright eventually became fearful of angering the knuckle-draggers on the far right. Look at what happened to Rep. Eric Cantor, who had risen to the third-ranking post among GOP House members. The Tea Party kooks decided that he wasn’t sufficiently radical, so they defeated him in a primary...

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Poll: Tea Partiers and the less-educated are more fearful of Ebola than other Americans

For some reason, THIS doesn’t really surprise me: According to a new national poll, the more educated you are, the less you fear an Ebola outbreak in a major U.S. city, while the less educated, the greater the fear. Well that’s what the latest Reason-Rupe national poll shows anyway, along with the fact that Tea Partiers fear the coming Ebola apocalypse more than Democrats and Republicans. Interesting. So in case you were wondering why your neighborhood preppers have stopped shooting at you when you mistakenly take a run on top of their...

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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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