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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 01/30/2011

Tea party leader: Tea party the result of Republican failures under Bush

By Emi Kolawole

Virginia Tea Party Patriots leader Jamie Radtke went after the Republican establishment Thursday during an address to the Senate Tea Party caucus.

During her address to the caucus, National Journal reports Radtke said, "The Tea Party movement would not exist today if the Republicans had not failed under the Bush years."

Radtke was among a number of speakers at the first caucus meeting. She was joined by Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah) and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer, Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips, and FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe.

Radtke was the first Republican to enter the Virginia Senate race, and will be competing against former senator George Allen (R) for the opportunity to face Sen. Jim Webb (D). Radtke has already established that she will be running to Allen's right, calling Allen a member of the "Washington establishment." Radtke worked for Allen briefly after college.

Radtke has said that, if elected, she would join the Senate tea party caucus formed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and that she would support a bill proposed by Paul to cut $500 billion in federal spending.

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By Emi Kolawole  | January 30, 2011; 2:45 PM ET
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Comments

"Radtke has already established that she will be running to Allen's right", so that means she's going to be even more racist than Allen?

Posted by: affable100 | February 2, 2011 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't Bush's ultimate failure, as far as the Tea Party is concerned, that he only went to, and didn't go beyond the period and the end of the phrase, EXTREME RIGHT?

COMMONSENSEFORCOMMONGOOD.COM

Posted by: commonsense4commongoodcom | February 1, 2011 4:05 PM
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This is another laugher. Do you actually believe this? If you do, then where do you get your information from, the DNC, or their unofficial mouthpiece MSNBC?

Posted by: DL13 | February 2, 2011 12:15 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party would do much better if they had any respect for hard facts and figures. Fear-mongering, hype, spin, wholesale exaggeration just don't cut it. And that of course is true for the Republican establishment as well as for independents and Democrats. Cutting 10 per cent of the Federal budget without touching military spending is sheer fantasy and "voodoo math." To say differently is simply to label yourself as a fool.

The way things are moving I see a wrenching split in the offing between the Jim DeMint type of Tea Party Republican and the Richard Lugar-Lindsey Graham type of rational think-things-through type of Republican. The two types are oil and water; they don't mix.

Not too many months down the line, something will have to give. I just hope that Tea Party frustration does not spill over into violence, for among their ranks are those who would defend bringing guns, maybe even automatic weapons, to political rallies. And we know from Tucson what can happen when people feel like "hitting back at the government" and "taking our country back" by any means necessary.

John Patrick Grace
Huntington, West Virginia

Posted by: publishersplace | February 1, 2011 12:10 PM
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I have to shake my head that there are actually those that believe this BS.....

Posted by: DL13 | February 2, 2011 12:08 AM | Report abuse

This kind of bothers me. I am so disappointed in lawyers that are climbing the political social ladder to win political positions. Is there a popularity status thing going on for lawyers nowadays? Those runners campaign for votes using their lawyer argument skills to deceive this country by saying what voters want to hear - like they must think running for President is a game, and their getting votes are like scoring points to win “King of the Hill”. The job of US President is a 4 year dedication of very hard work for our country, and that includes us taxpayers. The voters need the help of the good writers. More writers have got to start writing the positive information about candidates. Usually, there is so much crap written that it is just taking up valuable space where good honest information can be written about candidates. In the future, Americans can not afford to waste any votes. For the voter, finding the best qualified candidate for each job is going to have to be done almost down to a science. Voters have got to get some good research before they vote. Now is the time for all talented good writers to at least, write about the candidates they support. Simply just writing about what those candidates believe in, their backgrounds, qualifications, and how they plan to help and support our country, would be a start, and of great help to all voters.

Posted by: jillsmythe | February 1, 2011 11:24 PM | Report abuse

This kind of bothers me. I am so disappointed in lawyers that are climbing the political social ladder to win political positions. Is there a popularity status thing going on for lawyers nowadays? Those runners campaign for votes using their lawyer argument skills to deceive this country by saying what voters want to hear - like they must think running for President is a game, and their getting votes are like scoring points to win “King of the Hill”. The job of US President is a 4 year dedication of very hard work for our country, and that includes us taxpayers. The voters need the help of the good writers. More writers have got to start writing the positive information about candidates. Usually, there is so much crap written that it is just taking up valuable space where good honest information can be written about candidates. In the future, Americans can not afford to waste any votes. For the voter, finding the best qualified candidate for each job is going to have to be done almost down to a science. Voters have got to get some good research before they vote. Now is the time for all talented good writers to at least, write about the candidates they support. Simply just writing about what those candidates believe in, their backgrounds, qualifications, and how they plan to help and support our country, would be a start, and of great help to all voters.

Posted by: jillsmythe | February 1, 2011 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Bush's ultimate failure, as far as the Tea Party is concerned, that he only went to, and didn't go beyond the period and the end of the phrase, EXTREME RIGHT?

COMMONSENSEFORCOMMONGOOD.COM

Posted by: commonsense4commongoodcom | February 1, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't Bush's failures. They were predicted. It was the organized hate and fear campaign by the Koch brothers and the Murdoch press. They used the economic collapse (which they caused and Obama has fixed) and the un-acceptableness of a Black President to the racist right, for their own political purposes.

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all they have to offer America.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 1, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Funny how long it took for conservatives to come forward after Bush 43. He nearly doubled the debt in eight years, and that's after Reagan tripled it and further quadrupled it with Bush 41, his hand-picked successor. What a coincidence that they found their voice after Obama.

As for for what rights under the 10th Amendment belong to the states? There are plenty. Most law enforcement in this country is state and local, as is marriage and the licensing of everything from barbers to dentists to drivers. Funny that it is conservatives who are the ones who oppose medicinal marijuana and state laws permitting gay marriage. Those should be classical state rights issues.

As for "taking" people's private property, it's called taxation. The constitution was amended to permit the income tax. Funny how conservatives like to pick and choose what portions of the constitution they like to refer to or emphasize. I never hear a conservative ponder the meaning of the Ninth Amendment with regard to privacy or abortion or consider a world in which contraception would be illegal as it was until the mid-sixties.

The Founders were not a monotlithic group. They very much disagreed on a lot of issues and in several cases despised each other. Contrary to what Cornelius argues the Tea Party is not more partiotic than any other group. The Founders could not have conceived what our world would eventually become, one with air travel, and infrared and X-ray devices, Internet, photography, etc. The constitution is not trapped in 1787. It must adapt to current developments and not every policy can be adopted through amendment. So flag-burning and photography are considered "speech" even though they are clearly not. We do not need to reinvent the wheel.

Lastly,the 14th Amendment fundamentally changed the character of our nation and government. As historian Shelby Foote, a southerner, said, the Civil War turned the USA from an "are" to an "is." States, which before the war were able to enslave people and curtail any right in the Bill of Rights, something denied to the Feds, were no longer able to do so after the 1868 passage of the 14th Amendment. So, Cornelius, the Founders' original document was flawed. We fixed it and our interpretation of who can vote and marry and be a doctor or lawyer (i.e., women) has since changed. Welcome to the 21st century . . .

Posted by: darwinsbulldog | February 1, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party would do much better if they had any respect for hard facts and figures. Fear-mongering, hype, spin, wholesale exaggeration just don't cut it. And that of course is true for the Republican establishment as well as for independents and Democrats. Cutting 10 per cent of the Federal budget without touching military spending is sheer fantasy and "voodoo math." To say differently is simply to label yourself as a fool.

The way things are moving I see a wrenching split in the offing between the Jim DeMint type of Tea Party Republican and the Richard Lugar-Lindsey Graham type of rational think-things-through type of Republican. The two types are oil and water; they don't mix.

Not too many months down the line, something will have to give. I just hope that Tea Party frustration does not spill over into violence, for among their ranks are those who would defend bringing guns, maybe even automatic weapons, to political rallies. And we know from Tucson what can happen when people feel like "hitting back at the government" and "taking our country back" by any means necessary.

John Patrick Grace
Huntington, West Virginia

Posted by: publishersplace | February 1, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

So the teabag movement arouse as a result of failed republicans policies under Bush. Well, eight years is a long time to organize. The teabaggers were fully orgainized as soon as Obama took his oath though. Just timing I guess.

Posted by: THATONE2 | February 1, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is an organization of patriots who consider it a sacred duty to preserve liberty for their children, grandchildren and posterity; they are the beginning of the end for activist "Big Mother" cradle to grave Ponzi schemes. We care about returning to liberty and obedience to the Constitution without sophistry. Those that do not "get with the program," Big Government politicians, will be systematically neutralized each election day. People of all colors and creeds are coming down on the side of freedom.

Many politicians have rationalized that the Commerce Clause and the 16th Amendment (IRS) give them the authority to make any law that can be associated with "commerce." Even remote two-step thinking: If he does this, then he might do that, rationale. This is usurpation - making unauthorized (and oppressive freedom robbing) laws. Liberty has become dependent on what the meaning of is, is.

To illustrate why this is so, ask a big government politician exactly: What powers are retained by the states and the people? (10th Amendment of the Bill of Rights) - They have no answer. Ask how, if this is a "free country," they can just "take" (the kindest word for it) private property to redistribute?

Posted by: corneliusvansant | February 1, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

TO: jpalm32 who wrote:
“… Hey Libratards! How are things in the world now?
… How about Europe libs …”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Things are MUCH better than they were under Republican rule, i.e., we’re not being asked to duct tape ourselves in our closets anymore either.

As for Europe, glad you asked. That must mean you’re no longer worried about a “job”.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 31, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

TO: jpalm32 who wrote:
“… Hey Libratards! How are things in the world now?
… How about Europe libs …”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Things are MUCH better than they were under Republican rule, i.e., we’re not being asked to duct tape ourselves in our closets anymore either.

As for Europe, glad you asked. That must mean you’re no longer worried about a “job”.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 31, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

ram9478... NAILED IT!

Posted by: whocares666 | January 31, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Do you even know what research and engaging critical thinking is minogaade?

Does your definition of research include researching obviously biased sources such as HuffPo, MSNBC, FNC etc?

If so, you've got some very serious issues.

Posted by: jdubyaa | January 31, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"Well, let's see, if you eliminate ALL domestic spending programs, which make up less than 10% of the federal budget"
Get your facts straight. From irs.gov, 1040 instruction, page 97, Outlays - Defense, 22%, Social Programs, 21%, Physical, Human and Community Development, 15%, and of course, the big one, Social Security and Medicare, 34%.

Posted by: AT_MD | January 31, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I simply laugh at the tea party rants and the lefty rants against them. But seriously, where is this 500 billion cut in spending going to come from? Well, let's see, if you eliminate ALL domestic spending programs, which make up less than 10% of the federal budget, you don't come near it. Well, tea partiers say they can do this and keep defense strong - sorry - wrong - you will have to cut perhaps a third of the defense budget to get there. As to "domestic spending" elimination, that means no farm subsidies, no school lunches for the imporverished, less money for work on roads and bridges, no FDA, no USDA, no FBI, Justice Dept., ATF, border police, etc. etc. - you get the drift. This whole thing is so outlandishly unrealistic it has jolted me into a realization that either our education system has completely failed, or the wanton ignorance of the population is astounding. As to the concept of "Constitutionalism" - what the hell does that mean? If it means the supposed original intent and plain meaning canards, then I suggest that tea partiers actually learn something about the Founders and the writing of the document rather than the ten page courses they take from other tea partiers. Perhaps they should read the two hundred years of Supreme Court opinions, or at least the highlights. I also suppose that they will, given this "Constitutionalism", remove the right of judicial review from the Supreme Court, and other federal courts for that matter. No such power is vested in the Supreme Court by the founding document. The whole movement is almost laughable, but I don't laugh because more of these loons than I am comfortable with were elected. They are the No-nothings of the 21st century with a combination of some of the isolationist movement of the early 30's (that sure worked out well didn't it). All sloganeering, fantasy, and anger without any PRACTICAL solutions.

Posted by: fwillyhess | January 31, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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Somebody said.............

We are for a return to Constitutionalism and for smaller Government. We are for a rational approach to problem solving without lobbyists doing all the thinking.

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A Rational Approach....You claim to want to cut the size of government..Why? What are the logical reasons for doing so other than your unsupported-by-facts opinion that a smaller Government is better?

Constitutionalism......you mean the Constitution that didn't give women and minorities the same rights as White Men?

How much do you know about the Constitution? Do you know that when the Constituation was written the concept of "Unconstitutional" didn't exist, and that it wasn't until 1803 in Marbury v. Madison that the Supreme Court, in the most blatant act of judical activism in history, declared that the Constitution superceded all laws passed by Congress and that the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of what is Constitutional and what is Unconstitutional. Ergo...Every law passed by Congress and every act by the Executive Branch is by definition Constitutional until and unless the SCOTUS declares otherwise.

So what exactly do you mean by Constitutionalism? Because everything the Government does is Constitutional.

When you say Constitutional, isn't that just code for your batpoo crazy policies which you somehow believe will save America from some amorphous threat? You want you Country back? From who? From the Poor? From the Underclass? From liberals?

You want your Country back so you can put in policies to give it away to the ultra-rich? Let the Timber companies destroy Forests because Timber Countries know what is best for America. Let Industry work people to Death, because Industries have people's interest, not profit motive, at heart.

It's not your Country to take back and until you can understand that you're gonna be in the minority.

Posted by: JoeMck | January 31, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

TO: robtay12003 who wrote:
“It's funny to note that these excited liberal posters missed the point of the criticism of Bush--he was TOO LIBERAL for the Tea Party. So....what does that make the Dems?”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

As usual, it is YOU who are missing the point. We liberals admit that we put the American People first before corporate Fat Cats, which is why Republicans hate us -- because we like to spend American Taxpayer dollars IN AMERICA.

Republicans, who the Tea Baggers are pointing to also borrow and spend just as liberally, it’s just that Republicans spend American Taxpayer dollars OVERSEAS where it won’t do the American People one bit of good.

Tea Baggers claim they won’t spend any money at all.

Point? Republicans aren't "conservative" at all -- it's just ANOTHER lie Republicans like to tell.

Posted by: lindalovejones | January 31, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

How wonderful, now we have 2 politicians who are willing to tell the truth, one Democrat and one Republican Tea Bagger.

I tend to like that in a politician.

Tea Baggers said from the beginning that Republicans were NOT fiscally conservative and DID note all the spending during the Bush/Cheney Administration.

Republicans denied that fact as they do all facts and just "lie and deny" because they wanted a moritorium against Democrats, but Tea Bagger wins had a lot to do firing the GOP too.

Go ahead Tea Baggers, tell the truth and shame the devil!


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 31, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

It's funny to note that these excited liberal posters missed the point of the criticism of Bush--he was TOO LIBERAL for the Tea Party.
So....what does that make the Dems?

Posted by: robtay12003 | January 31, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

It's funny to note that these excited liberal posters missed the point of the criticism of Bush--he was TOO LIBERAL for the Tea Party.
So....what does that make the Dems?

Posted by: robtay12003 | January 31, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Such vitriol by you liberal commentators is confirmation that you really do not understand the grass roots movement that is the TEA Party. We were as upset with the spending and lack of initiative to solve problems and prevent the cave-ins of the credit and mortgage crisis - the inability to lobby and expose when impasse on the hill threatened finances.
We are for a return to Constitutionalism and for smaller Government. We are for a rational approach to problem solving without lobbyists doing all the thinking.
I could go on - but you have made up your minds and don't get it.
Suffice to say we don't like the Country Club either - but hate the Democratic Party Solutions due to their tactics and Socialist intent.

Posted by: brwing | January 31, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree, to some extent, that the Tea Party is a Trojan horse for many of the same arch-Conservative, largely Protestant platforms that have plagued this country for more than a century. The next Know Nothing Party? Anti-Saloon League of the 21st century? Maybe. Nevertheless, political radicalism is dangerous whether from the Left or the Right. That being said, I am fully supportive of the honest-to-goodness libertarian, small government contingent within the Tea Party; in other words, those who truly understand the philosophic position of the Founders: defense of the natural rights of man through tolerance and reason.

Posted by: RandFan | January 31, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Thank God there is now a Party of No. Because there is simply no government program that Democrats will not claim they desperately need. There is no program they will reduce. There is no program they wil cut.

They'll claim they make cuts, but when analyzed, a Democrat cut in spending is only a reduction in a formerly proposed increase. So in liberal parlance "spending less" still actually means spending more.

You think they'll cut military spending...? Fat chance. Because ever since Obama was elected Democrats suddenly love war. The anti-war movement just dried up and disappeared. Code Pink up and left the building.
(It's racist to disagree with anything a black person says).

Oh there are a few members of the principled left out there who still oppose war and corporatism -- but they are infuriated by what Obama has done. They mostly belong to third parties like the Green Party. The Greens actually recognized the common ground they shared with the libertarian wing of the Tea party and formed their own Green Tea Party. Cuz principled people don't make judgements based on warm and fuzzy rhetoric or the the name of a political party. They make judgements based on what politicians actually do.

Most Democrats don't pay attention to what their prez actually does -- becasue if they did they would either have to stop bashing Bush or stop worshipping Obama.

Posted by: carolm62 | January 31, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"Urban fools are incapable of: 1-finding food if it isn't in a store, 2-finding drinkable water if it isn't in a store, 3-fire for their woodstove, oh that's right - ah, get my drift here?

Tea party movement is going to save America, but I don't know about all those arrogantly liberal city folks.

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 30, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse"

One of the measures of society is specialized labor....

Instead of everyone hunting, gardening, cooking, cleaning, et cetera everyday, You have one person hunt all day, one person garden all day, one person cook, one person clean, et cetera.

Yeah, us arrogant city liberals don't have time to hunt and fish and pot water, because we are too busy building weapons, and medicines and communications and transportation infrastructure.

WTF does your rural lifestyle add to society? If it weren't for Big Government tax policies and subsidies, we wouldn't buy your food either.

It's called civilized society because people are civil...if you don't want to coexist with us city folk, go ahead and try to succeed...because isn't that you DBs are all about anyway....xenophobes who hate everything about America that isn't like you...Everything that isn't White, Christian, marginally educated at-best, "middle-class"?

Wake up...you are the working poor just like me and all us city liberals you loathe so much. If it's not governed by the Government, those with the most money rule. Do you somehow think you are part of that 1-5% the run the country?

Posted by: JoeMck | January 31, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Racism, bigotry and racial grievance against A BLACK PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE was the origin and raison de'entre of The Tea Party.

Tea Party cannot rewrite their history.

WITH TEA PARTY IT WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE ABOUT RACE....

Posted by: Whispers

The tea party does not need nor want to rewite their history. So how about you quit lieing about what their history is.
The tea party was formed right after Bush's "bailout wall street" fleecing of the taxpayers. Many R's jumped off the GOP wagon then. Then along came the health bill many D's jumped of the D bandwagon . end result? a much bigger and viable teaparty.

Posted by: kev4 | January 31, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

But they didn't jump in until a black man was put in the White House.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 31, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

DwightCollins wrote:

"obama turned out to be the socialist nobody thought he was"
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Idiot, the only people who believe that Obama is a "socialist" are those who didn't vote for him, and never would.

Posted by: FrankIBC | January 31, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Bush wasn't the conservative we all hoped for...
but obama turned out to be the socialist nobody thought he was...
so attacking the tea party will only backfire...
I and many are tired of being attacked...
time to return the favor...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 31, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Per Wikipedia, here is a listing of the functions of the US Department of Energy:

"Its responsibilities include the nation's nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production. DOE also sponsors more basic and applied scientific research than any other US federal agency; most of this is funded through its system of United States Department of Energy National Laboratories."

Anyone who thinks that you can eliminate 100%, or even 50% of those functions is as high as a kite. At any rate, the Department of Energy budget accounts for less than 2% of the total federal budget.

Posted by: FrankIBC | January 31, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"Urban fools are incapable of: 1-finding food if it isn't in a store, 2-finding drinkable water if it isn't in a store, 3-fire for their woodstove, oh that's right - ah, get my drift here?

Tea party movement is going to save America, but I don't know about all those arrogantly liberal city folks.

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 30, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse"

Go for it, Cletus. There are a lot more urban and suburban fools than there are doublewide- or shack-dwelling, slack-jawed, inbred, drooling teabaggers.

LOL finding drinkable water. What century are you in?

Posted by: Observer691 | January 31, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The GOP needs reform but not in the direction in which the Tea Party is pointing. They really want to take the Country backward not back.

Posted by: fasm7700 | January 31, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

good_angel posts January 30, 2011 3:57 PM
"We want the spending stopped and the federal government drastically reduced in size. I, for one, would shut down the U.S. Dept of Energy and the U.S. Dept. of Education as a first move. They are unneeded and that would save billions of tax dollars."

So what is your plan to reduce the size of government?
Eliminating the department of energy will do what and save how much money?

2.5 BILLION Chinese and Indians agree with you ... reduce funding for education so they can eat America's lunch.

Posted by: knjincvc | January 31, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

So the TP want's to cut 500 Billion from the budget ... OK what are the details?

Posted by: knjincvc | January 31, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The "Tea Party" is not some sort of magical transformation of the Republican Party. It is simply a continuation of the process that started with the "Dixiecrats" leaving the Democrats for the Republicans following passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Nixon's "Southern Strategy" four years later. Since Reagan's time, the moderates have been gradually pushed out of the party, with just the handful that remain (who would have been considered very conservative 30 years ago) being targeted for defeat in the primaries.

Posted by: FrankIBC | January 31, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Have members of the tp ever sat down and pondered the fact that their policies mirror those of the most entitled people in the country, many of whom consistently vote against the interests of the dwindling, middle class? Do they honestly think that the Koch brothers are concerned with the people's taxes and burdens? Certainly you don't see them mingling with the hoi polloi at rallies and meetings; in fact, if such an event was to take place in the vicinity of one of their pollution properties, I'm quite sure the grassroots would be escorted off the premises.

For all of their talk about small businesses, the GOP has consistently voted against any efforts to help them, focusing instead on poor, widdle, multi national corporations, who are automatically excused from paying the taxes, which would help the tax burden for everyone in the country, not just the corps themselves. Also laughable is the argument that tax cuts create jobs. Without help, genuine small businesses don't have the means to hire more people and the largest companies are busy outsourcing and paying lavish bonuses to their CEO's. Wake up and separate yourselves from your handlers, tea people. You might see yourselves as libertarians; their only interest in libertarian principles is cashing in on the opportunity to enrich themselves at others' expense.

Posted by: Koko3 | January 31, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse


"Urban fools are incapable of: 1-finding food if it isn't in a store, 2-finding drinkable water if it isn't in a store, 3-fire for their woodstove, oh that's right - ah, get my drift here?

"Tea party movement is going to save America, but I don't know about all those arrogantly liberal city folks."

Posted by: ruralamericans

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Oh great! So now it's about living off the land. Wake up, fool. it's 2011. 82% of us live in cities and suburbs. About the same proportion of our food is produced industrially. If we all tried to live off the land there would be nothing left to eat anywhere in about a week.

Posted by: msh41 | January 31, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Until Tea Party members and candidates acknowledge the contributions of Reagan and Bush to the country's present debt crisis and begin to criticize the current GOP policies and specifiy their specific proposals, they have no credibility.

Posted by: mikesba | January 31, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"Virginia Tea Party Patriots leader Jamie Radtke went after the Republican establishment Thursday during an address to the Senate Tea Party caucus."

"Radtke was the first Republican to enter the Virginia Senate race."

So is she a Tea Bagger or a Republican? Or are they the same thing? Yes! To bad the WP's intellectual level is soooo low they don't say that.

Posted by: chucky-el | January 31, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

carolem62 wrote?

"As the article points out: "Remember, it was Ron Paul supporters who kick-started the tea party into life on Dec. 16, 2007, when they dumped a $6 million "money bomb" into his presidential campaign on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party."

I was one of those kick starters, so I am well aware of the Tea Party's origins. I am well aware that the Republican Party has attempted to co-opt it for their own purposes..."
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What was being "kick-started" here was the campaign of Ron Paul, REPUBLICAN representative from Texas, for the REPUBLICAN presidential ticket.

Posted by: FrankIBC | January 31, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

... but, but, but George Walker Bush was RIGHT!

Posted by: whocares666 | January 31, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Also, it's worth noting that the Democrats who were defeated last November's election were conservative "Blue Dogs", most of whom voted AGAINST the Healthcare Reform Bill.

Posted by: FrankIBC | January 31, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

carolm62, turbobrain -

You're dreaming. Holding an event commemorating the Tea Party (in 2007) is not the Tea Party as it exists now.

That didn't happen until after January 20, 2009. The Tea Party is nothing more than rural white outrage against a black man being elected president. They were completely silent during the Bush years.

good_angel:

Not everyone who votes for Tea Party candidates is a registered Republican, but they're the same folks that have been voting for Republicans for the last 30-40 years. And the actual Tea Party candidates have never been anything but Republican.

Posted by: FrankIBC | January 31, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

It is important for voters to press Tea Party candidates to explain precisely what they stand for. Under the guise of restoring "constitutional limited government" some in the Tea Party question the constitutionality of programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, federal funding for education, civil rights legislation, and more. Their premise goes much further than reducing the costs of government. They want to end many aspects of government.

Posted by: Viewpoint2 | January 31, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

carolm62, palin is a fool and uneducated. Obama is brilliant and well educated. palin has no substance much like yourself carolm62.

Posted by: letemhaveit | January 31, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I would have a lot more respect for the tea party if they were truly "grassroots". The fact is they are almost 100% funded by millionaires from the Republican party and they vote almost 100% Republican. The wealthy Republicans saw an opportunity to capitalize on a "grass roots movement" to secure votes in the last election--and it worked. Only now are people finding out that it was funded by big money. The R's stategy is pretty clear; make it look like we are for the common person and then when in office make policies that reward the wealthy spreading the gap between rich and poor. Too bad that many fall for this trap.

Posted by: pgmichigan | January 31, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

This may be a moment of self discovery for some Tea Party members, but during their self exploration, perhaps they should ask themselves why, if these conditions had gotten so unbearable, did they wait so long to get angry? Could it be that the real catalyst was the election of a black man as president? Even the least self award of the teabaggers can deny an element of racism in the tea party, just as only the most hypocritical Republican can deny that the GOP is a race based party. This is apparent from the outside of either group, and should be self evident from within as well.

Posted by: ElectricBill | January 31, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Wrong! The Tea Parties are the result of Republican failures-period! From Trickle Down Econ to Endless, unpaid for, War mongering, to our Financial collaspe; all Republican Failures. I find it very peculiar the Tea Parties now find themselves aligned with these losers in some kind of weird Rehabilitation mode. Blessed be the day when NO means NO; as in No more shenanigans from the party of "NO"..., Stop rewarding failure people.

Posted by: SCRIBE3 | January 31, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Wrong! The Tea Parties are the result of Republican failures-period! From Trickle Down Econ to Endless, unpaid for, War mongering, to our Financial collaspe; all Republican Failures. I find it very peculiar the Tea Parties now find themselves aligned with these losers in some kind of weird Rehabilitation mode. Blessed be the day when NO means NO; as in No more shenanigans from the party of "NO"..., Stop rewarding failure people.

Posted by: SCRIBE3 | January 31, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Sit down democrats! Let the tea party point out the failures of the GOP.

But wait! Isn't the tea party and the republicans party one in the same.

What happened, the hang over ware off?

Or

The reality finally sit in.

Now it's time to face reality because the GOP hasn't and will not change.

They will have to remain the party of no.

They will divide the country more and those jobs that Boehner promised will continue to go to communist China thanks to the Chamber of Commerce China, Wall Street and the GOP.

Mr Boehner! Where are the jobs?

Posted by: rbraun2000 | January 31, 2011 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Sit down democrats! Let the tea party point out the failures of the GOP.

But wait! Isn't the tea party and the republicans party one in the same.

What happened, the hang over ware off?

Or

The reality finally sit in.

Now it's time to face reality because the GOP hasn't and will not change.

They will have to remain the party of no.

They will divide the country more and those jobs that Boehner promised will continue to go to communist China thanks to the Chamber of Commerce China, Wall Street and the GOP.

Mr Boehner! Where are the jobs?

Posted by: rbraun2000 | January 31, 2011 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Sit down democrats! Let the tea party point out the failures of the GOP.

But wait! Isn't the tea party and the republicans party one in the same.

What happened, the hang over ware off?

Or

The reality finally sit in.

Now it's time to face reality because the GOP hasn't and will not change.

They will have to remain the party of no.

They will divide the country more and those jobs that Boehner promised will continue to go to communist China thanks to the Chamber of Commerce China, Wall Street and the GOP.

Mr Boehner! Where are the jobs?

Posted by: rbraun2000 | January 31, 2011 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Of course the lady is spot on. Which is why Karl Rove intervened in the Delaware race to defeat whatever chance the lady had of winning. They tried the same thing in Kentucky, but Paul couldn't be treated as a kook because his father can no longer be dismissed as one. The Bushies tried the same game in the Texas governor's race but without success. The Establishment managed to defeat the Tea Party candidates in Nevada and Alaska by withholding full support. I wish the lady luck, although she will have a hard time against Allen, even though he is personally a clod.

Posted by: RobbyS | January 31, 2011 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Of course the lady is spot on. Which is why Karl Rove intervened in the Delaware race to defeat whatever chance the lady had of winning. They tried the same thing in Kentucky, but Paul couldn't be treated as a kook because his father can no longer be dismissed as one. The Bushies tried the same game in the Texas governor's race but without success. The Establishment managed to defeat the Tea Party candidates in Nevada and Alaska by withholding full support. I wish the lady luck, although she will have a hard time against Allen, even though he is personally a clod.

Posted by: RobbyS | January 31, 2011 7:35 AM | Report abuse

One thing is for sure, Obama would not be President were it not for the incompetence and stupidity of that moron w. That is the only thing that moron w can be thanked for. It would have been another century before a black man would have become President in this country.

Posted by: letemhaveit | January 31, 2011 7:34 AM | Report abuse

The tea party is a political placebo foisted on the victim by the GOP.

You tea party voters didn't vote for democrats thinking you could fix them, what makes you think that voting for republicans is going to fix them?

Vote against both parties, that's the only way either of them gets the message. If you vote for republicans, the message they get is that you're a bunch of angry suckers, and you can be sure they got that message.

Posted by: eezmamata | January 31, 2011 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Did you know that 37% of all statistics are made up on the spot?
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this bimbo is going to run to the right of mucaca guy and will follow ayn rand paul's suggestion that we radically slash $500 billion from this year's budget, including 30% from the judiciary and justice department budgets, %75 of the state department's budget, 100% of foreign aid, 83% of federal education spending, gutting the national institutes for health and food and drug administration budgets, getting rid of the consumer products safety commission, hhs and rental subsidies, as well as food stamps (because "they" eat fatty foods bought with food stamps -- it really says this on his website), 50% of homeland security, 75% of the interior department, 25% of both nasa and the corp of engineers, 50% of the transportation department, 62% of the national science foundation, 33% of the agriculture department, 85% of the general services administration; 50% of the commerce department, and while only finding 6% of the defense budget worthy of cutting, mr. paul wants to take $16 billion from our troops in iraq and afghanistan. not too radical, eh.

Posted by: joeblow111 | January 30, 2011 5:24 PM

Posted by: ThoughtCrimeFormerlyExpat1 | January 31, 2011 3:54 AM | Report abuse

I read a great article recently by Jack Hunter on how Obama is the left's Palin -- and Palin is the right's Obama. Both of them are style over substance.

"When you ask Barack Obama’s admirers what they like most about him, you will typically hear of his personality traits before any specifics about policy. Obama’s fans say that he is so “smart… cool-headed… articulate…” To point out that in terms of policy, Obama isn’t that different from most other conventional Democrats–or even that different from George W. Bush–does little to dissuade the president’s most ardent champions, and any failure to live up to liberal ideals does little to change Obama’s current popular status as liberalism personified.

Sarah Palin is the Republican Obama. When you ask Palin’s admirers what they like most about her, you will typically hear of her personality traits before any specifics about policy. Palin’s fans say that she is “warm-hearted… down-to-earth… a good mom…” To point out that Palin’s actual politics aren’t that different from most other conventional Republicans, or in some ways, not much different from Obama’s, does not dissuade the former Alaska governor’s most ardent champions. And any failure to live up to conservative ideals fails to change Palin’s popular status as conservatism personified.

Obama and Palin represent opposing versions of the same identity politics. Based primarily on personality, love, or hatred for the other, it is politics driven primarily by emotion–not logic. If you don’t believe me, try telling an Obama-loving Democrat that he is no different from a Palin-loving Republican or vice versa. Even the soundest reasoning will do little to quell the forthcoming rage.

http://www.amconmag.com/blog/2011/01/18/palin-is-the-republican-obama/

Posted by: carolm62 | January 31, 2011 3:16 AM | Report abuse

if anyone wants to read an interesting article on how the tea party misinterprets the founding fathers, i provided a link below

http://www.suite101.com/content/bill-of-rights-missing-in-egypt-a339618

Posted by: jeffersonian12 | January 31, 2011 2:51 AM | Report abuse

if anyone wants to read an interesting article on how the tea party misinterprets the founding fathers, i provided a link below

http://www.suite101.com/content/bill-of-rights-missing-in-egypt-a339618

Posted by: jeffersonian12 | January 31, 2011 2:49 AM | Report abuse

if anyone wants to read an interesting article on how the tea party misinterprets the founding fathers, i provided a link below

http://www.suite101.com/content/bill-of-rights-missing-in-egypt-a339618

Posted by: jeffersonian12 | January 31, 2011 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Post racial?

No, Obama is the most racial President ever.

He stands by idly while his minions hurl divisive, fabricated charges of racism about.

He has failed, he continues to fail, he lied bigtime to get elected, and now he is paying the piper.

Posted by: mrfr1 | January 31, 2011 2:47 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: saraharris31 | January 31, 2011 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Someone needs to ask Jamie Radtke what it feels like to be bought and paid for by the Koch brothers!

Posted by: paris1969 | January 31, 2011 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Is there any way the Washington Post can set up its comment sections so that someone does not feel compelled to post the same comment four times in a row in capital letters?

This is annoying, to say the least, and indicative of deep insecurities on the part of the person doing the multiple postings.

This is becoming more and more common, unfortunately, and it would be good if the Post would put a stop to it.

Say what you have to say -- once is enough.

Posted by: scrim1 | January 31, 2011 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Good for Jamie Radtke. The Republican establishment is not trustworthy. Washington needs more and more Tea Party members in power.

Posted by: jy151310 | January 30, 2011 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Tea partiers Rand Paul (R-KY) and David Vitter (R-KY) just came out with a proposed constitutional action to eliminate birthright. I must ammend my previous post. The tea party is not just folklore, it is very dangerous. Hitler build his early political campaigns on the notion that allowing birthright was going to "pollute" the aryian race. Paul and Vitter seem to be borrowing a variant of that perspective when approaching the current social situation: As in 1930's Germany we have high unemployement. This turn of events is very troubling.

Posted by: RegisUrgel | January 30, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Racism, bigotry and racial grievance against A BLACK PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE was the origin and raison de'entre of The Tea Party.

Tea Party cannot rewrite their history.

WITH TEA PARTY IT WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE ABOUT RACE....

Posted by: Whispers

-The race card, how original. Barack Hussein Obama is about as "black" as Vanilla Ice. The democRAT party has done more to destroy the black family than KKK Byrd could ever have dreamed of doing. Reality sux, eh loser?

"Poor people have been voting democRAT for over 50 years................and they are still poor"-Charles Barkley

Posted by: LibsRidiots | January 30, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Racism, bigotry and racial grievance against A BLACK PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE was the origin and raison de'entre of The Tea Party.

Tea Party cannot rewrite their history.

WITH TEA PARTY IT WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE ABOUT RACE....

Posted by: Whispers

-The race card, how original. Barack Hussein Obama is about as "black" as Vanilla Ice. The democRAT party has done more to destroy the black family than KKK Byrd could ever have dreamed of doing. Reality sux, eh loser?

"Poor people have been voting democRAT for over 50 years................and they are still poor"-Charles Barkley

Posted by: LibsRidiots | January 30, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Racism, bigotry and racial grievance against A BLACK PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE was the origin and raison de'entre of The Tea Party.

Tea Party cannot rewrite their history.

WITH TEA PARTY IT WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE ABOUT RACE....

Posted by: Whispers

-The race card, how original. Barack Hussein Obama is about as "black" as Vanilla Ice. The democRAT party has done more to destroy the black family than KKK Byrd could ever have dreamed of doing. Reality sux, eh loser?

"Poor people have been voting democRAT for over 50 years................and they are still poor"-Charles Barkley

Posted by: LibsRidiots | January 30, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Racism, bigotry and racial grievance against A BLACK PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE was the origin and raison de'entre of The Tea Party.

Tea Party cannot rewrite their history.

WITH TEA PARTY IT WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE ABOUT RACE....

Posted by: Whispers

-The race card, how original. Barack Hussein Obama is about as "black" as Vanilla Ice. The democRAT party has done more to destroy the black family than KKK Byrd could ever have dreamed of doing. Reality sux, eh loser?

"Poor people have been voting democRAT for over 50 years................and they are still poor"-Charles Barkley

Posted by: LibsRidiots | January 30, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Racism, bigotry and racial grievance against A BLACK PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE was the origin and raison de'entre of The Tea Party.

Tea Party cannot rewrite their history.

WITH TEA PARTY IT WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE ABOUT RACE....

Posted by: Whispers

-The race card, how original. Barack Hussein Obama is about as "black" as Vanilla Ice. The democRAT party has done more to destroy the black family than KKK Byrd could ever have dreamed of doing. Reality sux, eh loser?

"Poor people have been voting democRAT for over 50 years................and they are still poor"-Charles Barkley

Posted by: LibsRidiots | January 30, 2011 10:04 PM | Report abuse

This is really weird. These extremist are now shaming their arch-hero of the last twelve years George W. Bush!!! Like Sarah Pallin, this woman does not seem to have any credible credentials. In any event, the real test for the tea party is to elect a president. Other than that they are part of the 21st century americana folkolore. Who in the tea party will match a sitting president and a roaring economy in 2012?

Posted by: RegisUrgel | January 30, 2011 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Racism, bigotry and racial grievance against A BLACK PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE was the origin and raison de'entre of The Tea Party.

Tea Party cannot rewrite their history.

WITH TEA PARTY IT WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE ABOUT RACE....

Posted by: Whispers

-The race card, how original. Barack Hussein Obama is about as "black" as Vanilla Ice. The democRAT party has done more to destroy the black family than KKK Byrd could ever have dreamed of doing. Reality sux, eh loser?

"Poor people have been voting democRAT for over 50 years................and they are still poor"-Charles Barkley

Posted by: LibsRidiots | January 30, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

The so-called Tea Party cannot revise its history.
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That's right. It can't. And neither can you, despite your determined efforts. Despite the fact that you desperately WANT the Tea Party to have been founded by racists (What kind of person WANTS more racism in the world?) I am very sorry to say that this wasn't the case. Libertarians are very rarely racists. It is against their core philosophy.. Racism is a collectivist notion, and libertarians are individualists, don't you know...?

Now, just because you only read HuffPo and other leftist rags -- just because you weren't paying attention to what was happening in the world -- does not mean things were not happening. One of the things that was happening outside of your peripheral vision was the birth of the Tea Party.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-11-18/news/bs-ed-smith-20101118_1_tea-party-movement-ron-paul-foreign-policy

As the article points out: "Remember, it was Ron Paul supporters who kick-started the tea party into life on Dec. 16, 2007, when they dumped a $6 million "money bomb" into his presidential campaign on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party."

I was one of those kick starters, so I am well aware of the Tea Party's origins. I am well aware that the Republican Party has attempted to co-opt it for their own purposes -- but that has not stopped the original Tea Partiers from pursuing their goals. Now they managed to get Rand Paul and a few others elected who are committed to following the constitution -- disturbing as you may find that idea....


Posted by: carolm62 | January 30, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

This article is right on the money. By the way, race carders, Obama is as much white as he is black, probably more so.

Posted by: JudiBug | January 30, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Jesus, these people are scary. I'm going to file for Social Security when I turn 62 instead of waiting to be 65 before they spend all my lifetime withdrawals for their endless Christian Oil Crusades.

Tell us again of a "Christian Nation" where education and health care are "socialism" but teabagger entitlement programs for defense contractors are not.

Poor old Jesus.

Posted by: areyousaying | January 30, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Racism, bigotry and racial grievance against A BLACK PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE was the origin and raison de'entre of The Tea Party.

Tea Party cannot rewrite their history.

WITH TEA PARTY IT WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE ABOUT RACE....

Posted by: Whispers | January 30, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I really get a kick how you righties are still bring the democrats into this story. Face it, you are monotopic, boring and mindless. Just keep on ragging on "dems", in any context, it simply reveals your stupidity and lack of understanding.

Posted by: larry9 | January 30, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

The so-called Tea Party cannot revise its history. It is an astro turf fake grass roots corporate-funded movement that was started by Dick Armey to cripple the Presidency of the first African American President of the United States. The so-called Tea Party has racism, bigotry, white supremacy and a phony penny-pinching mantra of small government, whatever that is, at its core. The Tea Party is corporate funded, corporate supported, and so called Tea-Partiers are shills for corporations, shills for the reoublican party and shills for the rich.

The so-called Tea Party is only a more bigoted wing of the republican party that hates the President because he is not a white guy, and the phony Tea Party claim that George Bush's profligate spending is what brought them to life is a bald-faced lie. They said not a word while the bumbling Bush squandered billions and sent 4,400 young Americans to die in Iraq for the bottom line of crooked corporations like Halliburton, Blackwater and Brown & Root. Tea Baggers have not supported one single candidate who was not a republican. Tea Partiers are republicans and republicans are Tea Partiers who burn with racist hate for the President. The so-called Tea Party is astro-turf, phony to the core, republican and led by phonies like the grifter Sarah Palin, the scatter-brained Michelle Bachmann, the lifelong republican politician Dick Armey and the Neo-Nazi Stormfront backed Rand Paul.

Posted by: DCSage | January 30, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

ALOT OF PEOPLE SAY THE TEA PARTY IS RACIST BECAUSE OF IT THREW ALOT OF PEOPLE OUT THAT HELPED OBAMA PASS OBAMACARE, THESE SAME PEOPLE THEN ACCUSE IT OF RACISM WHEN IT OPPOSES THE DREAM ACT, SECURE BORDERS AND SO ON. YET THE PRESENCE OF ILLEGALS HURTS WAGES FOR ALL AMERICANS, WHITE, BLACK, LEGAL HISPANIC, AND SO ON WHO DO NOT HAVE COLLEGE EDUCATIONS OR DO A SKILLED JOB THAT STILL PAYS WELL!!! IS THAT ALL THAT MATTERS, THAT A TALENTED BLACK, WOMAN, OR TAKE YOUR PICK CAN ADVANCE TO THE TOP ??? WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US ??? THIS IS HOW THE OVERCLASS RIG THE DEBATES, WHAT ABOUT ALL THE JAPANESE AND GERMAN AUTO COMPANIES THAT SET UP SHOP IN PARTS OF AMERICAN WHERE THERE ARE FEW BLACKS AS A MATTER OF PRACTICE? OBAMA IS NO BLACK PRESIDENT, HE IS A MULATTO TECHNOCRAT, AND WHILE SOLAR PANELS ARE A GOOD IDEA GETTING FLEET VEHICLES TO USE NATURAL GAS IS A GREAT IDEA SINCE SPECULATORS ARE THE ONES RAISING PUMP PRICES!!! AND IF REPUBS WILL NOT CUT MILITARY SPENDING SOME OF THE TEA PARTY WILL SPLIT AND FORM AN UNEMPIRE PARTY AND ALIGN WITH CERTAIN DEMS TO STOP ALL THIS WASTE, CORPORATE WELFARE AND SO ON. NOT ALL OF US ARE GOING TO BE HIJACKED BY BACHMANN AND THE THREAT MONGERING PHONIES!!!

Posted by: oldnotgiftedandwhite | January 30, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

ALOT OF PEOPLE SAY THE TEA PARTY IS RACIST BECAUSE OF IT THREW ALOT OF PEOPLE OUT THAT HELPED OBAMA PASS OBAMACARE, THESE SAME PEOPLE THEN ACCUSE IT OF RACISM WHEN IT OPPOSES THE DREAM ACT, SECURE BORDERS AND SO ON. YET THE PRESENCE OF ILLEGALS HURTS WAGES FOR ALL AMERICANS, WHITE, BLACK, LEGAL HISPANIC, AND SO ON WHO DO NOT HAVE COLLEGE EDUCATIONS OR DO A SKILLED JOB THAT STILL PAYS WELL!!! IS THAT ALL THAT MATTERS, THAT A TALENTED BLACK, WOMAN, OR TAKE YOUR PICK CAN ADVANCE TO THE TOP ??? WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US ??? THIS IS HOW THE OVERCLASS RIG THE DEBATES, WHAT ABOUT ALL THE JAPANESE AND GERMAN AUTO COMPANIES THAT SET UP SHOP IN PARTS OF AMERICAN WHERE THERE ARE FEW BLACKS AS A MATTER OF PRACTICE? OBAMA IS NO BLACK PRESIDENT, HE IS A MULATTO TECHNOCRAT, AND WHILE SOLAR PANELS ARE A GOOD IDEA GETTING FLEET VEHICLES TO USE NATURAL GAS IS A GREAT IDEA SINCE SPECULATORS ARE THE ONES RAISING PUMP PRICES!!! AND IF REPUBS WILL NOT CUT MILITARY SPENDING SOME OF THE TEA PARTY WILL SPLIT AND FORM AN UNEMPIRE PARTY AND ALIGN WITH CERTAIN DEMS TO STOP ALL THIS WASTE, CORPORATE WELFARE AND SO ON. NOT ALL OF US ARE GOING TO BE HIJACKED BY BACHMANN AND THE THREAT MONGERING PHONIES!!!

Posted by: oldnotgiftedandwhite | January 30, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

ALOT OF PEOPLE SAY THE TEA PARTY IS RACIST BECAUSE OF IT THREW ALOT OF PEOPLE OUT THAT HELPED OBAMA PASS OBAMACARE, THESE SAME PEOPLE THEN ACCUSE IT OF RACISM WHEN IT OPPOSES THE DREAM ACT, SECURE BORDERS AND SO ON. YET THE PRESENCE OF ILLEGALS HURTS WAGES FOR ALL AMERICANS, WHITE, BLACK, LEGAL HISPANIC, AND SO ON WHO DO NOT HAVE COLLEGE EDUCATIONS OR DO A SKILLED JOB THAT STILL PAYS WELL!!! IS THAT ALL THAT MATTERS, THAT A TALENTED BLACK, WOMAN, OR TAKE YOUR PICK CAN ADVANCE TO THE TOP ??? WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US ??? THIS IS HOW THE OVERCLASS RIG THE DEBATES, WHAT ABOUT ALL THE JAPANESE AND GERMAN AUTO COMPANIES THAT SET UP SHOP IN PARTS OF AMERICAN WHERE THERE ARE FEW BLACKS AS A MATTER OF PRACTICE? OBAMA IS NO BLACK PRESIDENT, HE IS A MULATTO TECHNOCRAT, AND WHILE SOLAR PANELS ARE A GOOD IDEA GETTING FLEET VEHICLES TO USE NATURAL GAS IS A GREAT IDEA SINCE SPECULATORS ARE THE ONES RAISING PUMP PRICES!!! AND IF REPUBS WILL NOT CUT MILITARY SPENDING SOME OF THE TEA PARTY WILL SPLIT AND FORM AN UNEMPIRE PARTY AND ALIGN WITH CERTAIN DEMS TO STOP ALL THIS WASTE, CORPORATE WELFARE AND SO ON. NOT ALL OF US ARE GOING TO BE HIJACKED BY BACHMANN AND THE THREAT MONGERING PHONIES!!!

Posted by: oldnotgiftedandwhite | January 30, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

ALOT OF PEOPLE SAY THE TEA PARTY IS RACIST BECAUSE OF IT THREW ALOT OF PEOPLE OUT THAT HELPED OBAMA PASS OBAMACARE, THESE SAME PEOPLE THEN ACCUSE IT OF RACISM WHEN IT OPPOSES THE DREAM ACT, SECURE BORDERS AND SO ON. YET THE PRESENCE OF ILLEGALS HURTS WAGES FOR ALL AMERICANS, WHITE, BLACK, LEGAL HISPANIC, AND SO ON WHO DO NOT HAVE COLLEGE EDUCATIONS OR DO A SKILLED JOB THAT STILL PAYS WELL!!! IS THAT ALL THAT MATTERS, THAT A TALENTED BLACK, WOMAN, OR TAKE YOUR PICK CAN ADVANCE TO THE TOP ??? WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US ??? THIS IS HOW THE OVERCLASS RIG THE DEBATES, WHAT ABOUT ALL THE JAPANESE AND GERMAN AUTO COMPANIES THAT SET UP SHOP IN PARTS OF AMERICAN WHERE THERE ARE FEW BLACKS AS A MATTER OF PRACTICE? OBAMA IS NO BLACK PRESIDENT, HE IS A MULATTO TECHNOCRAT, AND WHILE SOLAR PANELS ARE A GOOD IDEA GETTING FLEET VEHICLES TO USE NATURAL GAS IS A GREAT IDEA SINCE SPECULATORS ARE THE ONES RAISING PUMP PRICES!!! AND IF REPUBS WILL NOT CUT MILITARY SPENDING SOME OF THE TEA PARTY WILL SPLIT AND FORM AN UNEMPIRE PARTY AND ALIGN WITH CERTAIN DEMS TO STOP ALL THIS WASTE, CORPORATE WELFARE AND SO ON. NOT ALL OF US ARE GOING TO BE HIJACKED BY BACHMANN AND THE THREAT MONGERING PHONIES!!!

Posted by: oldnotgiftedandwhite | January 30, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

ALOT OF PEOPLE SAY THE TEA PARTY IS RACIST BECAUSE OF IT THREW ALOT OF PEOPLE OUT THAT HELPED OBAMA PASS OBAMACARE, THESE SAME PEOPLE THEN ACCUSE IT OF RACISM WHEN IT OPPOSES THE DREAM ACT, SECURE BORDERS AND SO ON. YET THE PRESENCE OF ILLEGALS HURTS WAGES FOR ALL AMERICANS, WHITE, BLACK, LEGAL HISPANIC, AND SO ON WHO DO NOT HAVE COLLEGE EDUCATIONS OR DO A SKILLED JOB THAT STILL PAYS WELL!!! IS THAT ALL THAT MATTERS, THAT A TALENTED BLACK, WOMAN, OR TAKE YOUR PICK CAN ADVANCE TO THE TOP ??? WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US ??? THIS IS HOW THE OVERCLASS RIG THE DEBATES, WHAT ABOUT ALL THE JAPANESE AND GERMAN AUTO COMPANIES THAT SET UP SHOP IN PARTS OF AMERICAN WHERE THERE ARE FEW BLACKS AS A MATTER OF PRACTICE? OBAMA IS NO BLACK PRESIDENT, HE IS A MULATTO TECHNOCRAT, AND WHILE SOLAR PANELS ARE A GOOD IDEA GETTING FLEET VEHICLES TO USE NATURAL GAS IS A GREAT IDEA SINCE SPECULATORS ARE THE ONES RAISING PUMP PRICES!!! AND IF REPUBS WILL NOT CUT MILITARY SPENDING SOME OF THE TEA PARTY WILL SPLIT AND FORM AN UNEMPIRE PARTY AND ALIGN WITH CERTAIN DEMS TO STOP ALL THIS WASTE, CORPORATE WELFARE AND SO ON. NOT ALL OF US ARE GOING TO BE HIJACKED BY BACHMANN AND THE THREAT MONGERING PHONIES!!!

Posted by: oldnotgiftedandwhite | January 30, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

There is a factual error in this article. Radtke is not running to the left of Allen but decidedly to his right.

Not a very tall order as Allen was a big spender and progressive on a number of issues:

Private Property -
1) Voted for the Heritage Areas Act of 2006, S. 203, a National Park Service scheme to impose back-door federal land-use control on a million acre swath of the land from Charlottesville, VA, thr...ough Frederick County, MD, and end in Gettysburg, PA..

This legislation threatens property rights by:
A) Creating a "management entity" to oversee land use policy in the area composed of groups that have a record of being hostile to property rights.
B) Directing this management entity to create an inventory of all property it wants "preserved," "managed" or "acquired."
C) Giving the management entity the authority to disburse federal funds for the purpose of land acquisition and restricting land use - an enticement for such activities.
Natural Rights -

1) Claims he’s pro-life but was found to own stock in Barr Industries, manufacturer of the morning after pill, in 2006. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/08/AR2006080801323.html
2) Supported the Clinton-Feinstein ban on certain household firearms. http://gunowners.org/pr0700.htm
3) Voted YES on HR 3199 extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
4) Voted YES on S. 2271 reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)

Transparency -

1) Voted NO on Collins Amendment to Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act, S.Amdt.3176 to S.2349, establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity.

“The Constitution gave us not only the right but the duty to create our own rules, including the rules concerning our ethics. They are enforced internally by the Senate itself.” George Allen

In other words, he wanted no transparency regarding bribes in the way of gifts from special interest groups and lobbyists.
2) Voted No on S Amdt 2476 to S 1042 to have more over-sight and accountability for spending practices in Iraq. (June 2006)

More Spending -
1) Voted NO on S AMDT 210 to S Con Res 18 repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore.
2) Voted YES on Bill HR 6, $16 billion Bush Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
3) Voted YES on Santorum amendment to Transportation funding bill; Bill S.Amdt.3015 to S.Con.Res.83, for increased funds of $550M for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
4) Voted YES on State Homeland Security Grant Program Amendment; Bill S AMDT 220 to S Con Res 18, for spending $565M for first-responder programs in the Department of Homeland Security (2005)
5) Voted YES on H Con Res 83, for $300 billion in spending per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2001.
6) Voted YES on Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill; Bill S.1/H.R.1, for spending $400 billion of Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2003.
7) Voted YES on No Child Left Behind (June 2001)

Posted by: johninOleva | January 30, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

There is a factual error in this article. Radtke is not running to the left of Allen but decidedly to his right.

Not a very tall order as Allen was a big spender and progressive on a number of issues:

Private Property -
1) Voted for the Heritage Areas Act of 2006, S. 203, a National Park Service scheme to impose back-door federal land-use control on a million acre swath of the land from Charlottesville, VA, thr...ough Frederick County, MD, and end in Gettysburg, PA..

This legislation threatens property rights by:
A) Creating a "management entity" to oversee land use policy in the area composed of groups that have a record of being hostile to property rights.
B) Directing this management entity to create an inventory of all property it wants "preserved," "managed" or "acquired."
C) Giving the management entity the authority to disburse federal funds for the purpose of land acquisition and restricting land use - an enticement for such activities.
Natural Rights -

1) Claims he’s pro-life but was found to own stock in Barr Industries, manufacturer of the morning after pill, in 2006. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/08/AR2006080801323.html
2) Supported the Clinton-Feinstein ban on certain household firearms. http://gunowners.org/pr0700.htm
3) Voted YES on HR 3199 extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
4) Voted YES on S. 2271 reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)

Transparency -

1) Voted NO on Collins Amendment to Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act, S.Amdt.3176 to S.2349, establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity.

“The Constitution gave us not only the right but the duty to create our own rules, including the rules concerning our ethics. They are enforced internally by the Senate itself.” George Allen

In other words, he wanted no transparency regarding bribes in the way of gifts from special interest groups and lobbyists.
2) Voted No on S Amdt 2476 to S 1042 to have more over-sight and accountability for spending practices in Iraq. (June 2006)

More Spending -
1) Voted NO on S AMDT 210 to S Con Res 18 repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore.
2) Voted YES on Bill HR 6, $16 billion Bush Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
3) Voted YES on Santorum amendment to Transportation funding bill; Bill S.Amdt.3015 to S.Con.Res.83, for increased funds of $550M for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
4) Voted YES on State Homeland Security Grant Program Amendment; Bill S AMDT 220 to S Con Res 18, for spending $565M for first-responder programs in the Department of Homeland Security (2005)
5) Voted YES on H Con Res 83, for $300 billion in spending per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2001.
6) Voted YES on Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill; Bill S.1/H.R.1, for spending $400 billion of Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2003.
7) Voted YES on No Child Left Behind (June 2001)

Posted by: johninOleva | January 30, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Average unemployment during Bush years was 5.2%:
http://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServlet During those eight years inflation remained under 2% and credit rates achieved historic lows. These are collectively known as the "Misery Index." Just before Bush took charge the .com bust happened. Nonetheless he never blamed the guy before him; Bush tax policies led to the lowest misery index in forty years. Today, Wall Street and unions are doing well.

After 9/11, Bush successfully moved the warfront from America to the Middle East where it belongs. He freed 31 million people in Iraq from a brutal dictator that had used weapons of mass destruction against his own people. He joined with the Northern alliance to free another 28 million Afghanis suffering under the cruel Taliban theocracy. Both Afghanistan and Iraq have constitutions, representation and woman have rights. Purple fingers held high, voters exercise their right to throw the bums out, just like we do.

And one more thing - Democracy is breaking out all over the Middle East. Think Bush has nothing to do with it? Think again. Bush was a genuine American hero. Yes he spent a trillion on the war over eight years, but BHO wasted 1.5 trillion just last year.

Posted by: corneliusvansant | January 30, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Sorry but the movement would not have existed if people weren't shocked that the skinny guy with the funny name and darker complexion had actually won the election. They would have been perfectly content if Palin/McCain had won. Why else did they wait until after the election? Shouldn't they have taken up arms when Bush initiated two unfunded wars, an unfunded perscription drug plan and finally TARP?
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LIke has been pointed out many times in this thread already the Tea Party came into existence during the Bush administration to protest Bush policies -- such as TARP. Obama extended those policies so the protests continued.

Why are you not out protesting unfunded massive expenditures...? Why are you not protesting the corporate bailouts...? Why are you not protesting the devaluation of the currency and the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve...? Why aren't you protesting the sweet backroom deals made to Big Pharma and Big Insurance during Health Care Reform? Do you think that protesting anything a black man does makes you a racist...?

Posted by: carolm62 | January 30, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

JoeBlow,

I find it very sad that you have succumbed to the "learned helplessness" that accompanies Big Government. By way of example: Even though the federal Department of Education has only existed since 1979/80, you now believe that children would grow up illiterate without it. It doesn't even occur to you that the states can manage all these programs all by themselves. Tell me, has education been improving since 1980...? NOT!

There is something you need to learn. The government does most things very badly. Why do you want children to be illiterate...?

Posted by: carolm62 | January 30, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

There is always revolt to solve the troubles of USA.....but it seems most everyone is afraid of that.Not I!!!

Posted by: lolas13 | January 30, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Great. Let's take a bet on whether they vote lockstep with the same "failures" they're "blaming" in this piece, i.e. Bush.

What a bunch of geniuses. They came into being because of the epic failure of the republican party -- so by all means, let's help put the same country-killers back in office.

Posted by: monk4hall | January 30, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Try to stay on topic and show logic nor paranoia, libs. I am an independent, but I have to say it, the libs are making nonsense.

Posted by: JudiBug | January 30, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Duh, my google and all my other search engines must be broke, not one of them mentions the tea party movement before 2009.
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Just because the press wasn't paying much attention doesn't mean it wasn't out there. It was formed by Ron Paul supporters/libertarians to protest corporatist policies of the Bush administration -- that were later followed by the Obama administration.

Posted by: carolm62 | January 30, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The failure of the Republican Party to live up to any coherent ideology is pretty obvious. Now if we can just get something equivalent going to confront the Democratic Party with it's total abandonment of commitment to economic justice and other progressive ideals, maybe someday we can have an election between parties that actually stand for something. Right now we have two competing brand names that will stand for anything if it gets them elected.

Posted by: billring99 | January 30, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party = John Birch Society 2010. No real differences between them.

Posted by: minidriver1


Still bitter about the elections, eh loser?

Posted by: LibsRidiots | January 30, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

And yet they waited until Obama was in office before they said anything.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | January 30, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

This article is spot on! George didn't cast his first veto until the 6th year of his administration. Sixth Year!! The Republicans under his lead were as irresponsible and arrogant as the Democrats are today. They spent money like drunken sailors. Now they are the party of "fiscal responsibility." I am registered as a Republican, but I would change my affliation in a heart-beat if the choice of Tea Party was available!!!! I am so upset with Bush and what he has done to the fiscal stability of this nation.

Posted by: jlgottfred | January 30, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party = John Birch Society circa 2011. I hear the exact same message about EVIL BIG GOVERNMENT, paranoia about gun control, any form of government spending, anti-union, etc.

Posted by: minidriver1 | January 30, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

The "Tea Party" supports "God, Family, Country and Israel" and listens to Sarah Palin, that leaves Rand Paul out, he is against Israel. Dump Rand Paul is the current Tea Party cry.

God bless America, President Obama, Sarah Palin and Israel.

Posted by: amos3_3 | January 30, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I cannot express my sorrow at reading some of these beyond moronic so-called "Tea Party" posts, such as: people in the city can't survive without a grocery store. What planet are you from!? Listen: I want my brain surgeon to know how to BE A BRAIN SURGEON, not know how to dress a quail's ass in the bush. God, this is inane, how can anyone be so blitheringly stupid and still be literate? The U.S. is over. I implore the country to enact the most MINIMAL intelligence exam to vote, honestly. Let's root out the Neanderthals! Democracy has become a seriously pathetic dysfunctional joke that begs Darwinism, or maybe, more likely, will prove its validity. These swarming votebot idiots are destroying the country. Really. Read. Learn. Get an education. It's great that you feel a civic obligation, but connect your brain before you go to war.

Posted by: minogaade | January 30, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party = John Birch Society 2010. No real differences between them.

Posted by: minidriver1 | January 30, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Everybody knows what the problem is, U.S. Military dominance throughout the world. It's cost is destroying us. We spend 6 X more than China on defense. Our Navy is bigger than the next top 14 countries Navies, combined. We spend more on defense than every country in the world, combined. And it's sure as hell not doing anything for this country. Our Govt. had the technology to get us away from oil 40 years ago. How much longer are we going to PNAC around the world, putting our boot-heel on everybody's neck?

Posted by: HemiHead66 | January 30, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

During her address to the caucus, National Journal reports Radtke said, "The Tea Party movement would not exist today if the Republicans had not failed under the Bush years."
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Of course, the failure must be taken out on the President and the Democrats!

It all makes perfect sense!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 30, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Everybody knows what the problem is, U.S. Military dominance throughout the world. It's cost is destroying. We spend 6 X more than China on defense. Our Navy is bigger than the next top 14 countries Navies, combined. We spend more than every country in the world, combined. And it's sure as hell not doing anything for this country. Our Govt. had the technology to get us away from oil 40 years ago.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | January 30, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The REAL tea party, here & now, should be that - by historic model - which revolts against oppression = the G.O.P.
That which is calling itself "The Tea Party" is usurping the term, attempting to dignification of corrupted lack-of-philosophy.
ALL CONSERVATISM is rooted in INSECURITY; fear that the other guy is as bad as you see-yourself as being.
Thus the need to distrust the motives of others, the need to Control politics and business; and to self-reassure by projecting an insecure interpretation of what you think "God" Thinks.
The socially insecure are unhappy, and selfish.
Loosen-up, and Feel-Safe.

Posted by: Arjuna1 | January 30, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party arose out of the failure of GOP....

...therefore, all Tea Party Electees called themselves Teapublicans and joined GOP. Read the Constitution and lived happily ever after.

These whackjobs give hypocrisy a bad name!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 30, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Mar 25, 2006 - Pitched as a non-partisan protest, but dominated by conservatives and libertarians, the national Tea Party protests took place in over 800 locales - from mega-city Atlanta to little Craig, Colo. - with people waving mostly homemade signs, chanting "USA!By some estimates, over half a million Americans took to the streets last Wednesday to protest taxes and Washington spending - the largest single-day turnout of protesters in the US since 750000 people marched in Los Angeles in support of rights and protections for immigrants on March 25, 2006. Pitched as a non-partisan protest, but dominated by conservatives and libertarians, the national Tea Party protests took place in over 800 locales - from mega-city Atlanta to ...
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Posted by: Neurotech | January 30, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, and GOP neocons like George Allen of Virginia are but bit players in the new Tea Party reincarnated GOP, so the Virginia GOP need find another candidate to challenge Webb. The new Tea Party GOP ship has sailed, and those GOP oldsters who are currently snug in their cabins, have already missed the boat, which is not turning back.

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Correction: Those who are NOT currently snug in their cabins have already missed the boat.

Posted by: hared | January 30, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Jan 2007 - Nancy Pelosi has practically given birth single-handedly to the Tea Party movement by hiking annual federal spending more than a trillion dollars since taking the Speaker's gavel in January 2007. And Democrats think that even more spending will win them the ...That takes a special kind of denial in this election cycle. The mood of the country has turned against profligate spending. Nancy Pelosi has practically given birth single-handedly to the Tea Party movement by hiking annual federal spending more than a trillion dollars since taking the Speaker's gavel in January 2007. And Democrats think that even more spending will win them the midterm elections? But the point is, once you've hooked everyone up, it's tough to wean them.
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2007 - I grew up in Connecticut and lived there for a year in 2007. That so many in a prosperous, supposed Yankee blueblood state would identify with the Tea Party is quite extraordinary. But Democrats mostly have themselves to blame. They don't know what they stand ...I grew up in Connecticut and lived there for a year in 2007. That so many in a prosperous, supposed Yankee blueblood state would identify with the Tea Party is quite extraordinary. But Democrats mostly have themselves to blame. They don't know what they stand for. This is starting to look — for Obama and Blumenthal – like a Yeats election. The best lack all intensity and the worst are full of passionate conviction. Blumenthal needs money and a narrative that connects him ...
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Posted by: Neurotech | January 30, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans just want to throw some Republicans under the bus by claiming that they are the tea party now, and not the old republicans who completely ruined our economy, stole billions for their corporate masters, ruined the retirement savings and home values for a hundred million Americans, and just want us to trust these, newer Republicans.

Posted by: kamdog | January 30, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans just want to throw some Republicans under the bus by claiming that they are the tea party now, and not the old republicans who completely ruined our economy, stole billions for their corporate masters, ruined the retirement savings and home values for a hundred million Americans, and just want us to trust these, newer Republicans.

Posted by: kamdog | January 30, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Urban fools are incapable of: 1-finding food if it isn't in a store, 2-finding drinkable water if it isn't in a store, 3-fire for their woodstove, oh that's right - ah, get my drift here?

Tea party movement is going to save America, but I don't know about all those arrogantly liberal city folks.

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 30, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, and GOP neocons like George Allen of Virginia are but bit players in the new Tea Party reincarnated GOP, so the Virginia GOP need find another candidate to challenge Webb. The new Tea Party GOP ship has sailed, and those GOP oldsters who are currently snug in their cabins, have already missed the boat, which is not turning back.

Posted by: hared | January 30, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh brother. So few of you know ANYTHING about the Tea Party, but still claim to be experts. Let me set you straight.

The Tea Party was started during the Bush Administration. Therefore it could not have been started to protest the election of a black president, duh.
sssssssssssssssssssss
Duh, my google and all my other search engines must be broke, not one of them mentions the tea party movement before 2009.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 30, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Teabuggers have all sorts of made-up stuff to explain who they are and why they think they're so important.

But c'mon. We all know they're a bunch of racist half-wits who think that Sarah Palin would make a fine president. You can look all you want, but you won't find that much more to them.

Posted by: karlmarx2 | January 30, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Always classic. The true Tea Party has no leaders by its nature. This guy, Palin, Bachmann, Dick Armey- they're all losers trying to commandeer the party for their own political ends. Please. The true Tea Party activists are tired of the invasive nature and incompetence of the Federal Government- regardless of which party. Throw the bums out- vote out the incumbents.

Posted by: edwardnorton54 | January 30, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh brother. So few of you know ANYTHING about the Tea Party, but still claim to be experts. Let me set you straight.

The Tea Party was started during the Bush Administration. Therefore it could not have been started to protest the election of a black president, duh.
sssssssssssssssssssss
Duh, my google and all my other search engines must be broke, not one of them mentions the tea party movement before 2009.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 30, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Always classic. The true Tea Party has no leaders by its nature. This guy, Palin, Bachmann, Dick Armey- they're all losers trying to commandeer the party for their own political ends. Please. The true Tea Party activists are tired of the invasive nature and incompetence of the Federal Government- regardless of which party. Throw the bums out- vote out the incumbents.

Posted by: edwardnorton54 | January 30, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers have all sorts of made-up stuff to explain who they are and why they think they're so important.

But c'mon. We all know they're a bunch of racist half-wits who think that Sarah Palin would make a fine president. You can look all you want, but you won't find that much more to them.

Posted by: karlmarx2 | January 30, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers have all sorts of made-up stuff to explain who they are and why they think they're so important.

But c'mon. We all know they're a bunch of racist half-wits who think that Sarah Palin would make a fine president. You can look all you want, but you won't find that much more to them.

Posted by: karlmarx2 | January 30, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Sorry but the movement would not have existed if people weren't shocked that the skinny guy with the funny name and darker complexion had actually won the election. They would have been perfectly content if Palin/McCain had won. Why else did they wait until after the election? Shouldn't they have taken up arms when Bush initiated two unfunded wars, an unfunded perscription drug plan and finally TARP?

Posted by: AverageJane | January 30, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the tea party is pointing fingers. Must be coming up on the 2012 election cycle.

Can't wait to see the fight during the primary among the republi-teaparty party. No matter what they do, they will end up destroying themselves because those on the right can only campaign negatively. Obama only has to remain above the noise and stand presidential. A cake walk.

And once again the republicans have nothing to offer America except the same old don't tax the wealthy and offer less services. Good luck getting people to vote against social security and medicare. America might look at republicans again when they start doing something positive for America.

Posted by: Fate1 | January 30, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Says Bush created the movement yet no protests of Bush's criminal activities (the war in iraq) or the increase in spending while the rich got tax cuts to further redistribute the wealth in this country.

Radke, you are a good corp shill... I am sure they pay you well.

Posted by: dwdave67 | January 30, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the redundant posts my browser kept hanging up.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 30, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The fact that this country held a tax revolt that sparked a revolution doesn’t make our country unique in world history. What makes us unique is what we did with the power that we gained because our Founding Fathers chose to give it to "We the People”, while understabd­ing that our fragile beginnings would never tolerate the "change" of giving slaves their freedom or women the vote. What makes the Founding fathers exceptiona­l is that they then gave us the tools to perfect what they had given us, and it didn’t just involve how much and by whom we were going to get taxed. Corporatio­ns allowed to run amok are no better than the worst tax. Just go back in history where it wasn’t uncommon to have a company literally own the town and its workers, right here in the U.S.A..

With the gift of those tools, and after we were establishe­d as a country, we just needed to wait for the next exceptiona­l leaders to come along to abolish slavery, give women the vote, allow the people to unionize, take care of the elderly, establish Civil Rights, right up to the rights gained last year.

There will always be people afraid of change; exceptiona­l leaders, as our now unique American history has shown are the ones that challenge us all to be exceptiona­l, are few and far between. Thank God one of them now lives in the White House, because I am not going back to the tea party revolt, I've come too far.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 30, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The fact that this country held a tax revolt that sparked a revolution doesn’t make our country unique in world history. What makes us unique is what we did with the power that we gained because our Founding Fathers chose to give it to "We the People”, while understabd­ing that our fragile beginnings would never tolerate the "change" of giving slaves their freedom or women the vote. What makes the Founding fathers exceptiona­l is that they then gave us the tools to perfect what they had given us, and it didn’t just involve how much and by whom we were going to get taxed. Corporatio­ns allowed to run amok are no better than the worst tax. Just go back in history where it wasn’t uncommon to have a company literally own the town and its workers, right here in the U.S.A..

With the gift of those tools, and after we were establishe­d as a country, we just needed to wait for the next exceptiona­l leaders to come along to abolish slavery, give women the vote, allow the people to unionize, take care of the elderly, establish Civil Rights, right up to the rights gained last year.

There will always be people afraid of change; exceptiona­l leaders, as our now unique American history has shown are the ones that challenge us all to be exceptiona­l, are few and far between. Thank God one of them now lives in the White House, because I am not going back to the tea party revolt, I've come too far.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 30, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The fact that this country held a tax revolt that sparked a revolution doesn’t make our country unique in world history. What makes us unique is what we did with the power that we gained because our Founding Fathers chose to give it to "We the People”, while understabd­ing that our fragile beginnings would never tolerate the "change" of giving slaves their freedom or women the vote. What makes the Founding fathers exceptiona­l is that they then gave us the tools to perfect what they had given us, and it didn’t just involve how much and by whom we were going to get taxed. Corporatio­ns allowed to run amok are no better than the worst tax. Just go back in history where it wasn’t uncommon to have a company literally own the town and its workers, right here in the U.S.A..

With the gift of those tools, and after we were establishe­d as a country, we just needed to wait for the next exceptiona­l leaders to come along to abolish slavery, give women the vote, allow the people to unionize, take care of the elderly, establish Civil Rights, right up to the rights gained last year.

There will always be people afraid of change; exceptiona­l leaders, as our now unique American history has shown, are the ones that challenge us all to be exceptiona­l, are few and far between. Thank God one of them now lives in the White House, because I am not going back to the tea party revolt, I've come too far.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 30, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The fact that this country held a tax revolt that sparked a revolution doesn’t make our country unique in world history. What makes us unique is what we did with the power that we gained because our Founding Fathers chose to give it to "We the People”, while understabd­ing that our fragile beginnings would never tolerate the "change" of giving slaves their freedom or women the vote. What makes the Founding fathers exceptiona­l is that they then gave us the tools to perfect what they had given us, and it didn’t just involve how much and by whom we were going to get taxed. Corporatio­ns allowed to run amok are no better than the worst tax. Just go back in history where it wasn’t uncommon to have a company literally own the town and its workers, right here in the U.S.A..

With the gift of those tools, and after we were establishe­d as a country, we just needed to wait for the next exceptiona­l leaders to come along to abolish slavery, give women the vote, allow the people to unionize, take care of the elderly, establish Civil Rights, right up to the rights gained last year.

There will always be people afraid of change; exceptiona­l leaders, as our now unique American history has shown, are the ones that challenge us all to be exceptiona­l, are few and far between. Thank God one of them now lives in the White House, because I am not going back to the tea party revolt, I've come too far.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 30, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

btw carol (whether you are 62 or 50), are you planning on receiving social security or depending on medicare for your health care in the future? an additional question, have you thought through the implications to the unemployment rate, our infrastructure, food safety, protecting against infectious diseases, and the future of our children without education, food, and housing support (i.e., what happens to all of the scofflaws that we cut off -- do they disappear from the earth?)

Posted by: joeblow111 | January 30, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

carol m must be 62 -- we would have the money if corporations paid their taxes (last year, GE paid no taxes) and if bush and the republicans with the support of your beloved teabagger disciples would not hold middle class tax cuts hostage to the 90 billion dollar extension of the millionaires holiday.

Posted by: joeblow111 | January 30, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Perfect! Bush (and his Democratically-controlled congress) threw fiscal responsibility out the window. Obama upped the ante on Bush, so now it's evident that both Democrats and Republicans can't govern responsibly.

The Tea Party will be successful if it keeps both sides honest. It should not be an extension of the Republican Party.

The upshot is that whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, you better hope this movement is successful. It's our only hope that politicians will make an honest effort to reduce the deficit.

Posted by: diehardlib | January 30, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

michaelqazqaz: The libertarian wing of the Tea Party, the Rand and Ron Paul types, DO want to cut military spending, but not by cutting the salaries of soldiers.

Posted by: carolm62 | January 30, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

JoeBlow: When are you going to notice that we DON'T HAVE THE MONEY for all that Big Government...?

Posted by: carolm62 | January 30, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh brother. So few of you know ANYTHING about the Tea Party, but still claim to be experts. Let me set you straight.

The Tea Party was started during the Bush Administration. Therefore it could not have been started to protest the election of a black president, duh.

The Tea Party is about more than protesting taxes. It is about protesting corporate bailouts and the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve. All you "experts" should know that.

The positions of the libertarian wing of the Tea Party, which started the Tea Party, are very different in philosophy and practice than the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party -- and neoconservative Republicans are no different than Democrats.

Oh BTW Dems: Whatever happened to your anti-war movement...? I don't see one. Why's that...? Let me help you. You're only anti-war when there are Republicans in office.

Posted by: carolm62 | January 30, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh brother. So few of you know ANYTHING about the Tea Party, but still claim to be experts. Let me set you straight.

The Tea Party was started during the Bush Administration. Therefore it could not have been started to protest the election of a black president, duh.

The Tea Party is about more than protesting taxes. It is about protesting corporate bailouts and the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve. All you "experts" should know that.

The positions of the libertarian wing of the Tea Party are very different in philosophy and practice than the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party -- and neocon Republicans are no different than Democrats.

Oh BTW Dems: Whatever happened to your anti-war movement...? I don't see one. Why's that...? Let me help you. You're only anti-war when there are Republicans in office.

Posted by: carolm62 | January 30, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh brother. So few of you know ANYTHING about the Tea Party, but still claim to be experts. Let me set you straight.

The Tea Party was started during the Bush Administration. Therefore it could not have been started to protest the election of a black president, duh.

The Tea Party is about more than protesting taxes. It is about protesting corporate bailouts and the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve. All you "experts" should know that.

The positions of the libertarian wing of the Tea Party are very different in philosophy and practice than the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party -- and neocon Republicans are no different than Democrats.

Oh BTW Dems: Whatever happened to your anti-war movement...? I don't see one. Why's that...? Let me help you. You're only anti-war when there are Republicans in office.

Posted by: carolm62 | January 30, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

this bimbo is going to run to the right of mucaca guy and will follow ayn rand paul's suggestion that we radically slash $500 billion from this year's budget, including 30% from the judiciary and justice department budgets, %75 of the state department's budget, 100% of foreign aid, 83% of federal education spending, gutting the national institutes for health and food and drug administration budgets, getting rid of the consumer products safety commission, hhs and rental subsidies, as well as food stamps (because "they" eat fatty foods bought with food stamps -- it really says this on his website), 50% of homeland security, 75% of the interior department, 25% of both nasa and the corp of engineers, 50% of the transportation department, 62% of the national science foundation, 33% of the agriculture department, 85% of the general services administration; 50% of the commerce department, and while only finding 6% of the defense budget worthy of cutting, mr. paul wants to take $16 billion from our troops in iraq and afghanistan. not too radical, eh.

Posted by: joeblow111 | January 30, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

If the Tea Party exists because of the Bush failures, I assume it means relative to the deficit. If this is the case, then the Tea Party should support eliminating the Bush Tax Cuts and reducing military expenditures. These were the two big issues with Bush Fiscal policy.

On the regulatory front, the miss was inadequate execution of the existing banking regulations.

Is this what the Tea Party appears to be about? I don't think so, and therefore I remain confused.

The Tea Party seems to be more about renegade right wing conservatives. These are the people who have been screwed by the Big Business oriented Republicans. These people tend to have a higher than average percentage of family members who are or have been in the military. To them, cutting military spending is putting their family at risk. This is a short sighted viewed. Nobody should be suggesting cutting pay for solidiers. Benefits for solidiers. Or protections for soldiers. We however need to cut the investment in new weapons systems, fewer weapons, and focus on peace, not war.

Posted by: michaelqazqaz | January 30, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party has the courage to say "Cut Defense".
The Republican party is still stuck with the same old mantra. "Cut programs we don't like. Increase spending on programs we like. Result: more red ink.
If we want to cut 500 billion out of the budget we could do it immediately. Cut 500 billion out of defense spending. Increase the medicare and social security age to 70.
Lower tax rates and Simplify the tax code so there are no more special deductions for corporations.
There. Done!!!

Posted by: naksuthin | January 30, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The author should have reviewed this paragraph before posting:

"Radtke was the first Republican to enter the Virginia Senate race, and will be competing against former senator George Allen (R) for the opportunity to face Sen. Jim Webb (D). Radtke has already established that she will be running to Allen's left, calling Allen a member of the 'Washington establishment.'"

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Shouldn't that be Allen's RIGHT? The Tea Party isn't a leftist (or centrist) movement.

Posted by: chiguy | January 30, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Perfect! Bush (and his Democratically-controlled congress) threw fiscal responsibility out the window. Obama upped the ante on Bush, so now it's evident that both Democrats and Republicans can't govern responsibly.

The Tea Party will be successful if it keeps both sides honest. It should not be an extension of the Republican Party.

The upshot is that whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, you better hope this movement is successful. It's our only hope that politicians will make an honest effort to reduce the deficit.

Posted by: diehardlib | January 30, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The problem with any discussion about the Tea Party is to determine which one you are talking about.

I see two Tea Parties.

There is indeed a grassroots TP made up of somewhat libertarian people who believe that taxes is the issue and just about the only issue. This version of the Tea Party is fairly small, not heavily financed, and has so far had little influence on elections.

The other Tea Party is a re-branding of the social and Christian conservative wing of the GOP that G.W. Bush managed to make part of his base in 2000 and 2004 but otherwise ignored. That group of conservatives saw the media wave the original Tea Party started and caught it. They have an interest in taxes and deficits but they also have a greater interest in their social agenda. This version of the TP is better-financed, has some professional operatives, and has had some influence electorally.

Most Tea Party candidates talk like a grass roots Tea Partier when campaigning but depend on the second, re-branded social conservative variety to get elected.

Posted by: tunkefer | January 30, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The problem with any discussion about the Tea Party is to determine which one you are talking about.

I see two Tea Parties.

There is indeed a grassroots TP made up of somewhat libertarian people who believe that taxes is the issue and just about the only issue. This version of the Tea Party is fairly small, not heavily financed, and has so far had little influence on elections.

The other Tea Party is a re-branding of the social and Christian conservative wing of the GOP that G.W. Bush managed to make part of his base in 2000 and 2004 but otherwise ignored. That group of conservatives saw the media wave the original Tea Party started and caught it. They have an interest in taxes and deficits but they also have a greater interest in their social agenda. This version of the TP is better-financed, has some professional operatives, and has had some influence electorally.

Most Tea Party candidates talk like a grass roots Tea Partier when campaigning but depend on the second, re-branded social conservative variety to get elected.

Posted by: tunkefer | January 30, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I was talking to a Greek immigrant today who was talking about the one or two million Middle Eastern immigrants that have flooded into bankrupt Greece since the beginning of the Iraq War. His take on Egypt is the haves against the have-nots. He didn't realize things were so bad in Egypt until he heard about the have-nots making about $2 per day. Then he suggested that if things do not change in America, the have-nots will revolt here. Let me see, massive tax breaks for the super wealthy. About 3/4s of Virginia's economic stimulus money controlled by the new Republican governor goes to five of Fortune 500 companies. He talks about supporting small businesses - with one or two million dollars- while giving the 10s of millions of dollars to big business, one of which layed off as many jobs as it created. (Reported in The Virginian-Pilot today)

Remember, Republicans became the party of the rich, the party of "no" and the party of borrow-and-spend. At some point, the house of cards was going to crumble. It was crumbling during 2004 but the people re-elected Bush. Four more disastrous years and then people complain about Obama. When the ball is already rolling full speed downhill, it takes a major effort to stop it. Guess what? The Republicans have done everything in their power to keep the ball rolling downhill. Now they dare suggest that they know how to stop it. What nerve!

By the way, remember when McCain said that he knew where Osama was? Elect McCain because he knew where he was and would get him right after taking office. Some American he is, he knows but will not tell. Go figure. No wonder he was for don't ask, don't tell.

Posted by: EarlC | January 30, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is the result of one thing and one thing alone -- the election of a black man as President of the United States and the consequent panic of racist whites in the South, the rural Midwest and a couple of Western states. This panic was stirred by Republican talk show doom-and-gloom propagandists, a relative handful of folks responded by little street demonstrations, the GOP talk show hosts then went full throttle and the Republican Party saw its opening vis-a-vis its long-standing Southern Strategy and co-opted the movement, which, after all, was made up almost entirely by its racist white base. And there you have it.

Posted by: ram9478

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This pretty much shows that you don't understand the Tea Party at all. Protests were already happening in response to TARP well before Obama was elected, and many of these protesters were disaffected conservatives who didn't like corporate bailouts and were sick of years of big spending under Bush.

Yes, some of Bush's spending was military, but he also expanded Medicare, created No Child, etc. The fiscal restraint of the 1994 conservative wave died by the time Gingrich got pushed out as House speaker and Hastert and Delay took over. Bush's "compassionate conservatism" was really just a vision for expansionist, progressive government mingled with socially conservative values and market incentives and handouts. Bush did everything possible to help Wall Street, and would have handed Wall Street the biggest boon ever if his privatization of Social Security had passed, and people were sick of it. Liberals hated Bush for his social policies, but fiscal conservatives and conservative populists grew to dislike him almost as much for his free spending, especially in support of mega-corporations.

TARP got people angry, and when Obama essentially continued Bush policies, except with a more liberal bent in the spending decisions, by responding to decades of fiscal excess by spending even more, ad hoc protests organized loosely into a movement. It was only then, after the Tea Party was moving, that the likes of Fox News and eventually Palin and Bachmann began to horn in.

Here's a news flash for you: The Tea Party would have formed in response to any president who undertook the same spending policies and government expansion that Obama did, especially in the wake of the Bush years. Both Republicans and Democrats proved themselves incapable of trimming government fat as they instead expanded government massively, and it was time to put both parties on warning. Given that 60-70% of Americans agree with Tea Party policy positions, even though many feel uneasy about the Tea Party itself, mostly due to the negative press campaigns waged against it and the horning in of divisive Republicans, the Tea Party should have Republicans and Democrats alike scared.

Posted by: blert | January 30, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

The 'tea party' was formed during the 2008 Ron Paul Presidential campaign. It wasn't known to many outside of the movement because most people didn't care about Ron Paul's Presidential Bid. But he lit a grass-fire and provided a home for those wayward conservatives (libertarians and independents make up the biggest chunk of his supporters). Regardless, it was Ron's ideas that now have formed the basis for the modern day tea party that the mainstream GOP is trying to co-op or at least appear sympathetic too...but yes, Bush's administration definitely helped provide a catalyst for all this to crystallize so fast...but I agree with an earlier poster, everything is so new, and from now to 2012 will tell the tail about the Tea Party

Posted by: turbobrain9 | January 30, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that all you TeaBaggers claim that we (the media and everyone else) have no clue as to what the Tea Party" actually is. That's an excellent plan. That leaves it open for anyone to join since we can therefore believe it represents any dman thing we want it to. Perhaps, though, there is one overriding message, the glue that holds it all together, and that is "I got mine, the rest of you will have to pry it out of my cold dead hands." It's all about money. It's a Republican thing.

Posted by: wordofgod | January 30, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I am an FDR left wing bleeding heart liberal and proud of it; my parents raised me to believe that a great country takes care of its least priviledged; whatever happened to this country, that a selfish, greedy 1% control a majority of all wealth, and need multiple homes; that banks and all corporations are totally unregulated, so that their executives can create fictitious profits for themselves and leave the rest of us struggling to meet our current obligations? Where are the polititions with big hearts and compassion, who actually care about those that they are supposed to be serving, instead of voting themselves great pensions and great healthcare entitlements and denying the same to ordinary citizens?
Trying to help poor people or even talking about it, is the sure way to NOT get elected to anything, in our current stingy, selfish, greedy, hateful culture.
What a shame!

Posted by: 6157 | January 30, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey ruralamericans, Bring it! We can see you from the road in your Mack truck. The tea party is becoming the bully that everyone hates, with all their threats, "If you don't do what I say, watch out." rhetoric. It's getting old and boring. Remember,the only way to beat a bully is to stand up to them. It's time to stand up to them!

Posted by: Michael829 | January 30, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey ruralamericans, Bring it! We can see you from the road in your Mack truck. The tea party is becoming the bully that everyone hates, with all their threats, "If you don't do what I say, watch out." rhetoric. It's getting old and boring. Remember,the only way to beat a bully is to stand up to them. It's time to stand up to them!

Posted by: Michael829 | January 30, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Let's see - Republicans failed under Bush, therefore the Tea Party voted for Republicans.
lol
Makes perfect sense in bizarro world.

Posted by: angie12106 | January 30, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Worse Secretary of State EVER!!! Worse President EVER!!!
Way to tell them Hillary! You good for nada!
Hey Libratards! How are things in the world now?
Obama sure making progress:
North Korea? China? Russia? Sudan? Haiti? Middle East? Iraq? Afghanistan? Europe? Egypt?
How about Europe libs, they think he is the most jerky person EVER to sit in the white house.

Posted by: jpalm32 | January 30, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Worse Secretary of State EVER!!! Worse President EVER!!!
Way to tell them Hillary! You good for nada!
Hey Libratards! How are things in the world now?
Obama sure making progress:
North Korea? China? Russia? Sudan? Haiti? Middle East? Iraq? Afghanistan? Europe?
How about Europe libs, they think he is the most jerky person EVER to sit in the white house.

Posted by: jpalm32 | January 30, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is the result of one thing and one thing alone -- the election of a black man as President of the United States and the consequent panic of racist whites in the South, the rural Midwest and a couple of Western states. This panic was stirred by Republican talk show doom-and-gloom propagandists, a relative handful of folks responded by little street demonstrations, the GOP talk show hosts then went full throttle and the Republican Party saw its opening vis-a-vis its long-standing Southern Strategy and co-opted the movement, which, after all, was made up almost entirely by its racist white base. And there you have it.

Posted by: ram9478 | January 30, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is the result of one thing and one thing alone -- the election of a black man as President of the United States and the consequent panic of racist whites in the South, the rural Midwest and a couple of Western states. This panic was stirred by Republican talk show doom-and-gloom propagandists, a relative handful of folks responded by little street demonstrations, the GOP talk show hosts then went full throttle and the Republican Party saw its opening vis-a-vis its long-standing Southern Strategy and co-opted the movement, which, after all, was made up almost entirely by its racist white base. And there you have it.

Posted by: ram9478 | January 30, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is the result of one thing and one thing alone -- the election of a black man as President of the United States and the consequent panic of racist whites in the South, the rural Midwest and a couple of Western states. This panic was stirred by Republican talk show doom-and-gloom propagandists, a relative handful of folks responded by little street demonstrations, the GOP talk show hosts then went full throttle and the Republican Party saw its opening vis-a-vis its long-standing Southern Strategy and co-opted the movement, which, after all, was made up almost entirely by its racist white base. And there you have it.

Posted by: ram9478 | January 30, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is the result of one thing and one thing alone -- the election of a black man as President of the United States and the consequent panic of racist whites in the South, the rural Midwest and a couple of Western states. This panic was stirred by Republican talk show doom-and-gloom propagandists, a relative handful of folks responded by little street demonstrations, the GOP talk show hosts then went full throttle and the Republican Party saw its opening vis-a-vis its long-standing Southern Strategy and co-opted the movement, which, after all, was made up almost entirely by its racist white base. And there you have it.

Posted by: ram9478 | January 30, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is the result of one thing and one thing alone -- the election of a black man as President of the United States and the consequent panic of racist whites in the South, the rural Midwest and a couple of Western states. This panic was stirred by Republican talk show doom-and-gloom propagandists, a relative handful of folks responded by little street demonstrations, the GOP talk show hosts then went full throttle and the Republican Party saw its opening vis-a-vis its long-standing Southern Strategy and co-opted the movement, which, after all, was made up almost entirely by its racist white base. And there you have it.

Posted by: ram9478 | January 30, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

getcentered wrote: The tea Party never existed. It was a propaganda campaign to rally the disaffected Republicans. The media was paid to say "Tea Party" instead of saying "Republican" and in doing so created a new "brand" that was not tainted by the failure and incompetence of the Republican Party.

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You are a leftist living in a dream world. As a member of the TEA Party movement in West Virginia I know there is no media involvement with us and we are not just Republicans. There are more independents in our movement than anything and I, like the majority of us, identify myself as a conservative, not a Republican. During the 2012 election you will see further proof of this. If the old dog Republicans do not change their spending habits and bureaucratic ways, they will be voted out along with the Democrats. We want the spending stopped and the federal government drastically reduced in size. I, for one, would shut down the U.S. Dept of Energy and the U.S. Dept. of Education as a first move. They are unneeded and that would save billions of tax dollars.

Posted by: good_angel | January 30, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The two party system no longer represents the American people. The hierarchy of both party's must be replaced. Both party's embrace the mandates of the United Nations even though they are in direct conflict with the U.S. Constitution. The U.N. is nothing more than the military arm of global corporations. They use their money to promote a viscous division of our people using people like Rush Limbaugh and Jesse Jackson. The Democratic party is now known to represent what has been perverse and immoral for thousands of years.

Posted by: aarroozz | January 30, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I am not a member of the Tea Party, nor do I follow Glenn Beck, but I dropped the Republican Party after the Bush and the Party totally dropped Conservatives. So I can well believe that the most of the Tea Party movement dropped them as well. I don't think the media will ever get a clue. They just make up whatever pleases them. This is why there is a Fox News, though I don't often watch it. Just leave Conservatives out and see what happens, media.

Posted by: JudiBug | January 30, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Again, "sense" to - forgive me - urbanized mentalities is relative. You folks don't have a clue about tea party movement sensibilities.

First clue: the stereotypical tea party type would NEVER ignore a persons screams for help... EOM

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 30, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Thinking people aren't allowed in the Republican Party. You must agree 100% with their crazy ideologies or you might as well consider yourself a Democrat.

The tea Party never existed. It was a propaganda campaign to rally the disaffected Republicans. The media was paid to say "Tea Party" instead of saying "Republican" and in doing so created a new "brand" that was not tainted by the failure and incompetence of the Republican Party.

The Republican Party has been reduced to a propaganda machine and Republican voters are Saudi Arabian peasants.

For Example: Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns a 7 percent stake in News Corp — the parent company of Fox News — making him the largest shareholder outside the family of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch.

The U.S. buys Saudi Arabia's oil, and the bulk of his country's gross domestic product (GDP) comes from oil. Fox News reliably broadcasts misinformation on clean energy, and aggressively fights efforts to move America away from being dependent on fossil fuels.

Conclusion:
If all you care about is making people vote against their own interests, then all you need to do is proliferate anger, falsehoods and confusion.

Republicans don't actually have to stand for anything and no one asks them to.

Posted by: getcentered | January 30, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Tea party movement is still in nascent form - we've only seen the tip of the garden hoe so far.

Have to admit, it's deliciously, revengefully, hilarious that urban intellects (pedestrians?) especially the jounalistas' haven't a clue about the tea party movement.

However, in a couple years, city folks, if there are any left, will begin to understand tea party movement improvements in how elected public servants perform their job duties.

Bitter old partisan grudge holders beware - I can see Nov. 2012 from the front seat of my Mack truck!

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 30, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the few reasons I have heard that makes sense. The Democrats did not disintegrate, the GOP did, leaving a lot of social and fiscal conservatives feeling "homeless".

This would have been fertile ground for the generous application of political manure to stimulate those "grassroots".

Posted by: OldUncleTom | January 30, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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