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Tea Party Mad as Hell, and Sort of Nonexistent

Obama 'swinging wildly' at them, needs to co-opt energy

(Newser) - The Tea Party is mad as hell and ... that's about it, writes Richard Cohen in the Washington Post. Beyond anger, the Tea Party "has no leader. It has no address, no phone, and no Washington headquarters. It is everywhere and nowhere." When a Post posse tried to track... More »

Ask a Tea Partier: Why Do You Hate Obama?

Most can't exactly explain

(Newser) - Why does the tea party hate Barack Obama? For a vast number of reasons—most of which apparently aren't rooted deeply in reality. New Left Media asked protesters at the National Tax Day demonstration to explain their motivations, and perhaps predictably gathered some less-than-well-thought-out answers in this video, picked up... More »

Tea Partiers' Common Thread: Glenn Beck

Talking head, Fox News provide the movement's 'water cooler'

(Newser) - Of all the data points from the recent mega-poll of tea party members , one stands supreme to Nate Silver: They really like Glenn Beck. "Do the math, and you'll find that 59% of those who do think highly of Beck consider themselves a part of the tea party. This... More »

Dear Tea Party: I Love Tax Day

Haven't tea partiers ever heard of sharing?

(Newser) - Steve Almond used to hate taxes. But now he hates the Tea Party movement (or, more accurately, the Tea Party's “series of highly publicized tantrums”) even more…and he’s ready to confess something “almost heretical”: He actually loves Tax Day. Here’s why:
  • It made him
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Palin, Bachmann Rev Up Tea Partiers

Movement is "growin' and steamin,'" says Palin

(Newser) - A political dream team—for the tea party set, anyway—of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann wowed the faithful today during a joint appearance in Minneapolis. "The tea party is growin' and steamin,'" declared Palin, who showed up to give Bachmann a boost in her campaign for re-election... More »

Tea Party, GOP Must Work Together

Third party challenges historically benefit those they oppose: Quayle

(Newser) - Watching the emergence of the Tea Party movement is giving Dan Quayle flashbacks—about Ross Perot. Perot's Reform Party siphoned off 19% of the votes in the 1992 presidential election, effectively denying the elder George Bush a second term. "There's a well-worn path of third-party movements in American history,... More »

What Tea Partiers Need to Do Next

Rove suggests 'citizen's pledge' to strengthen movement

(Newser) - Democratic attacks on the Tea Party movement show they're scared, and with good reason, writes Karl Rove. With public opinion still against ObamaCare, the movement needs to keep its momentum going, Rove urges in the Wall Street Journal . He suggests tea partiers sign a "citizen's pledge" demanding to know... More »

Tea Party Could Doom GOP in November

If they run candidates, Democrats will win: Quinnipiac

(Newser) - Just 13% of Americans self-identify as members of the Tea Party movement, but a new Quinnipiac poll shows they may well hold the key to the 2010 midterm elections. Respondents say they would vote for a Republican over a Democrat by 44% to 39%. But if a Tea Party candidate... More »

Steamed Tea Partiers Vow Revenge

Legislation 'has awakened a giant,' activists warn

(Newser) - The Democrats are in for a rude awakening if they think they can pass health care reform and get away with it, incensed Tea Party leaders warned yesterday. Tea Party groups across the country plan protests and a campaign to force the people who voted for reform out of Congress... More »

Scott Brown Stumps for John McCain in Arizona

(Newser) - New GOP golden child Scott Brown campaigns in Arizona today for John McCain. With McCain fighting to save his seat, the visit will be the first test of Brown's ability to reel in support on the right. Of course, given Brown's vote in favor of the Democrats' jobs bill, this... More »

'Coffee Party' Brews Up Progressive Answer to Tea

Activists say civil discourse beats tea partying

(Newser) - Citizens who say tax protests and rage against government aren't their cup of tea have started a caffeinated movement of their own. The Coffee Party movement "gives a voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government," says founder Annabel Park, who became the movement's de facto... More »

The Cool Kids Care About Taxes at Changing CPAC

Old guard rubs elbows with grass roots

(Newser) - This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference will be very different from those of years past—or even from that of 2009—as an influx of grass-roots populists displaces the old guard. These days, the energy is flowing from the anti-tax, anti-spending tea party movement, and its activists are crowding... More »

Tea Partiers Attempt GOP Takeover From the Inside

Activists fill local posts that set policy, choose candidates

(Newser) - If you thought tea partiers weren’t joiners, think again, as conservative activists across the country fill vacant local Republican Party positions in an effort to change the GOP from the inside. Precinct representatives have a hand in electing county leaders, who determine the platform and even which candidates to... More »

Welcome to the Tea Party Decade

Dissatisfied public will make movement a major player

(Newser) - America's beginning this decade in a bad mood, and the tea party movement is poised to conquer it the way hippies dominated the '60s and Christian conservatives the '80s, writes David Brooks. Public opinion is shifting not just to the right, but away from the interests of big business and... More »

There's Not More Extremists, Just More Internet

The fringes aren't more prevalent, but they are more visible

(Newser) - With all the left- and right-wing "extremism" out there, the media love pushing the narrative that "the country is coming apart at the seams! The center is dying!” But it’s not true, writes Nate Silver. A glance at long-running polls show Americans identify with the fringes... More »

Culture Wars Took 2009 Off

Conservative protests were largely secular, writes EJ Dionne

(Newser) - America called a ceasefire in the culture wars this year as the economy and debate on the role of government pushed battles over religion and culture to the back burner, writes EJ Dionne. The change was most apparent on the right, where the loudest voices of protest came from the... More »

Palin's a Flip-Flopper on Climate Change

She made sense while governor; now, not so much

(Newser) - Back when Sarah Palin was the governor of Alaska, she was pragmatic and forward-looking on climate change, Eugene Robinson writes, and not the shrill, nonsensical reactionary we now know. She toyed with “carbon-trading markets,” set up a high-level commission on climate change, and acknowledged that the problem affected... More »

GOP Hopes to Take Tea Party Cash to the Bank

PACs compete for 2010 donations from anti-tax activists

(Newser) - As Tea Party wrath brews, conservatives are hoping the anti-tax activists put their money where their mouth is in 2010—and a plethora of political action committees are springing up, angling for a piece of the pie. Dick Armey's Freedomworks Foundation launches its Take Back America PAC this week and... More »

Tea Baggers Demand Mandatory Xmas Carols

Initiative seeks to force Calif. schools to offer festive music

(Newser) - Members of the Tea Party movement are fighting to force California schoolchildren to sing Christmas carols. Substitute teacher Merry Hyatt has partnered with churches to gain signatures for the ballot initiative, which would require children to either sing or perform Christmas songs at school. Penalties would be imposed on schools... More »

Far-Right Challenger a Threat to McCain

Talk show host JD Hayworth gets close in new poll

(Newser) - Everyone’s favorite maverick could be unseated in 2010 by a hard-line conservative talk show host who's mulling a bid, a new Rasmussen poll suggests. John McCain leads potential primary opponent JD Hayworth, a local radio host and former House member, by a razor-thin 2%, which is within the poll’... More »

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