Posts tagged Tea Party movement
The cuckoo does not build a nest or rear its own young. Instead it lays its eggs, one by one, in the nests of other, smaller birds. When the chicks hatch, the larger cuckoo chick immediately pushes the smaller babies out of the nest to their deaths and then benefits from the tireless efforts of the little parent birds who exhaust themselves, often to the point of their own death, by feeding the ravenous interloper until it has grown much bigger and stronger than they are.
This, in a rather sad way, is what has happened to the Tea Party. (more…)
The dust is finally settling from the election. And I’ll be talking more later about some of the ramifications. Today, though, I’m interested in some navel gazing. There are many lessons to be learned from this election, by many parties.
I’ll cover some high-level views today, but next week I’m going to delve into some of the bigger topics from the White House and Senate perspective.
And, with that, here are some lessons. (more…)
It’s now been over two months since Zuccotti Park was commandeered by the beginnings of the Occupy Movement. As I noted several weeks ago, the group promised to demand “one thing”, but never quite delivered on the promise.
Compare this to the Arab Spring in Egypt. The protests began on Tuesday, January 25, and President Mubarak stepped down from office on Friday, February 11, just over two weeks later. The timing matters. (more…)
Last year, people all over the political universe were calling Republicans crazy for rejecting the more moderate Mike Castle, Sue Lowden, and Jane Norton for the more extreme Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle, and Ken Buck. After all, those three Senate seats would have been enough to shift the majority from the Democrats to the Republicans.
The response from many in the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party is that it’s better to lose with a “real” conservative than to win with a RINO. Is that position really all that crazy? It’s worth investigating, given that this year’s leading Presidential candidates, other than Mitt Romney, have all been working diligently to find just how far off the right end of the political spectrum they can go. (more…)
Congress is more or less in recess. One might think this could give a short respite to the strong-arm tactics we’ve been seeing from Republicans. But no, the Republicans are holding occasional pro-forma sessions during the recess, simply to prevent President Obama from making any recess appointments to fill the positions in the Executive branch that Republicans have been filibustering for the last two years.
This is of a type for what the Disloyal Opposition has been doing since the election of President Obama. We saw the Luntz reactions to health care reform even before there were any proposals to react to (a government official between you and your doctor, government takeover of health care, and so on). During the debate, there was obstruction, filibuster, and outright lies (see: “death panels”).
Filistro has written copious prose about the Tea Party, and her belief in its destiny to rend the Republican Party in two. But right now, it seems that the Republican Party has had its fill of tea.
We saw how the Tea Party cost Republicans as many as three Senate seats this last election cycle, by replacing leading moderate Republicans with extremely conservative Tea Partiers in the primary elections. Three seats would have been enough to have 50 Republicans, and possibly a defection on the part of Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), which would have handed the Senate to the Republicans.