Tea Party movement

Cochran leads McDaniel in early returns from Mississippi showdown [UPDATED -- COCHRAN WINS]

Featured image Tonight’s most important primary election is the runoff in Mississippi for the Republican Senate nomination. Incumbent Thad Cochran faces a stiff challenge from Chris McDaniel, the candidate of choice for the Tea Party and other staunch conservatives. Recent polls have shown McDaniel ahead, but with 37 percent of the precincts counted, Cochran leads by 53.5 to 46.5. In raw numbers, this translates to a little more than 6,000 which, of »

Is Thad Cochran clueless? Not entirely

Featured image Eliana Johnson reports that Sen. Thad Cochran, who is battling for his political life in Mississippi, didn’t get word of Dave Brat’s upset win over Eric Cantor. Asked on Friday about the House majority’s leader’s stunning defeat on Tuesday, the 76-year-old Cochran responded: “I don’t know what you’re talking about, what happened in Virginia?” Once informed of the result, Cochran rallied with this analysis: “Well, it happens. Some win, some »

Why is the Tea Party like Lebron James?

Featured image Because the assessment of both seems to change on almost a daily basis. If you listen to sportswriters, sports-call hosts, and sports-callers, you’d think there were two players named Lebron James. When Miami wins an important playoff game, James is a ferocious, do-it-all competitor who has led Miami to four straight NBA title series and is beginning to rate comparison with Michael Jordan. When Miami loses a big game, James »

Mississippi’s Republican brawl too close to call [UPDATED -- runoff coming]

Featured image This is another primary day in the 2014 cycle. The most interesting race is the Republican Senate primary in Mississippi between longtime Senator Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel, the Tea Party’s favorite in the race. I don’t believe we have written about this contest and, frankly, I have averted my eyes. It has been that distasteful. I’ve always thought, however, that Mississippi could do with a more conservative »

Happy Birthday to the Tea Party

Featured image There will be a celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Tea Party today in Washington DC.  The Wall Street Journal‘s Jason Riley gives a run down here.  The Tea Party is the best thing to happen to American politics since the tax revolt of the 1970s.  Paradoxically, its broader focus has made it both less easy to lead and organize effectively, and easier for liberal media to attack, such »

Sarah Palin Should Sell Tea

Featured image If a liberal were stuck on a life raft with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz (as a proxy for the Tea Party), who would she try to shove off first?*  Trick question: the answer is neither, because conventional wisdom among the media and the Left (but I repeat . . .) is that Palin and the Tea Party are both damaging to the Republican Party. Well guess what mom?  Two »

Love is in the air

Featured image Glenn Reynolds has rescued his interview last year with Utah’s prospective Fourth District Republican congressional candidate Mia Love from the archives. Love narrowly lost her race last year to incumbent Fourth District Rep. Jim Matheson. With the pending retirement of Mathewson from Congress, Love is in the air. Roll Call notes that she is the clear front-runner for Matheson’s seat. Her campaign Web site is here. Glenn asks Love about »

The Tea Party, The Constitution, and the Future of Conservatism

Featured image Charles Kesler, author of I Am The Change: Barack Obama and the Future of Liberalism (now out in paperback), lectured at Hillsdale College last month about the Tea Party and the future of conservatism.  He mixes praise with criticism of the Tea Party, just as we have here from time to time.  This lecture is an hour long, so you’ll need a moment of leisure to take it in, but »

Maybe It’s Something in the Tea?

Featured image The Tea Party is a wholly disruptive force in the Republican Party (a disruption I largely approve, just for the record, even if particular tactics or specific candidates lack prudence or plausibility), and so it is natural that both the media and the GOP establishment will pour out scorn and condescension.  Just as arguments about “process” and “reform” are always cover for saying that you should abandon your principles, agree »

What if?

Featured image Byron York wonders: What if, instead of throwing its political energy into a failing effort to defund Obamacare, the Republican Party had spent the month of August, and then September, and now October, pounding the Obama administration on the arrival of the president’s national health care scheme? What if the days before October 1 had been filled with Republican predictions of calamity, and the days after filled with Republican exploitation »

The Tea Party rises up against amnesty

Featured image It took a while, but the Tea Party movement seems now to be in full cry against amnesty-style immigration reform. The cry isn’t unanimous but, according to this article in Politico, it’s overwhelming: Activists are promising to spend the congressional recess reminding lawmakers who support the Gang of Eight legislation what the base is capable of. Think loud town halls, jammed phone lines and primary challenges down the road — »

How Crazy Are Democrats? This Crazy

Featured image Scott Rasmussen, in a survey of 1,000 likely voters, reports findings that shed considerable light on the mentality of Barack Obama supporters. Rasmussen asked this question: Which is a bigger terrorist threat to the United States today – radical Muslims, the Tea Party, local militia groups, the Occupy Wall Street movement, or other religious or political extremists? Now, there is only one sane answer to that question. No Tea Party »

Hunting That Elusive Tea Party Bomber

Featured image Hope springs eternal. Whenever an act of political violence occurs, liberals eagerly wish for the perpetrators to be Tea Partiers. Alas, they are always disappointed. Via InstaPundit, Tim Blair points out that the disease isn’t limited to the U.S. The Sydney Morning Herald ran a very silly column by one Waleed Aly, who said, among other howlers: But it’s possible, too, that this reticence is a product of the very »

A Tea Party election day

Featured image My post yesterday bemoaning the apparent superiority of Team Obama’s ground game failed to mention at least one important consideration — groups like the Tea Party that will supplement the Romney ground game. One reader tells me: I signed up, since I live in the red hills of Texas, to make calls in Virginia with the Election Day Tea Party. I got this information from Instapundit. They are also going »

George Will says: This book is a blast

Featured image When Encounter Books debuted its Broadsides series of pamphlets in 2009, I saluted it in this post. Three years later, it is time to look back. That is the mission of The New Leviathan: The State Versus the Individual in the 21st Century: A Collection of Encounter Broadsides. Edited by Roger Kimball, the book compiles Broadsides pamphlets written by a panoply of prominent authors including Daniel DiSalvo (“Government unions and »

Did Obama mastermind the rise of Paul Ryan?

Featured image Ezra Klein of the Washington Post has an interesting, if somewhat delusional, take on the rise of Paul Ryan. According to Klein, Ryan’s rise was orchestrated by President Obama. In Klein’s telling, Ryan was just an obscure committee chairman with a plan Republican insiders had no interest in, until Obama starting gushing about how serious Ryan was. Even then, Ryan’s profile wasn’t rising quickly enough. So in April 2011, Obama »

Ted Cruz is cruising

Featured image With more than one-quarter of the vote in, Ted Cruz is leading David Dewhurst in the Texas Republican Senate run-off. His margin is 54-46 which translates into 50,000 votes. Politico has declared Cruz the winner. This is a huge victory for the Tea Party which, polls showed, supported Cruz overwhelmingly and provided him with his margin of victory. It’s also a victory for the Republican Party because Cruz is both »