Tea Party movement

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Featured image The Republican party of Kentucky has approved a rule change that will allow Rand Paul to run for president while seeking reelection to the Senate. That’s the good news for Sen. Paul. The bad news is that, according to the RCP poll average, Paul’s share of the GOP vote stands at 4.3 percent. This puts him a three-way tie for 8th place with Mike Huckabee and John Kasich. That’s quite »

Is Rick Perry on his way out? Is Rand Paul?

Featured image The Washington Post reports that Rick Perry has stopped paying his presidential staff because his fundraising has “dried up.” The campaign reported raising $1.14 million in the second quarter of this year. As of July 15, Perry had almost $900,000 on hand. However, he probably blew through some of this money in advertising aimed (unsuccessfully, it turned out) at pushing him into the top 10 in time for the early »

Putting the Senate on Cruz Control?

Featured image Last night I watched on C-SPAN the Senate roll-call vote on the transportation bill amendment to reinstate the Export-Import Bank, and it passed by a vote of 69-28. (McConnell voted no on the amendment.) So note that there is overwhelming support in the Senate for the Ex-Im Bank, at least on a recorded vote. It is remarkable that the opposition to this small piece of crony capitalism has succeeded in »

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 »