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The Weekly Standard takes on Glenn Beck

Conor Friedersdorf makes the point -- which Continetti might have thought was implicit -- that there are less conspiracy-minded conservative figures than Beck who engage in psuedohistory about how liberals and progressives are part of a tradition of America-undermining evil. But even if you define conspiracy down, and only call it outrageous to indulge the strangest, Alex Jones-iest rumors, you don't really have a serious conservative effort to purge all of that. You see, instead, arguments that blame the media for "hyping" that stuff to make conservatives look bad. Continetti's article is notable for how it doesn't pretend that this is true.

By David Weigel  |  June 22, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Florida Rep. Alan Grayson and the tea party

Now, it shouldn't be a surprise that Grayson does work with conservatives. That's not a sham. He worked with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) to pass the "audit the Fed" amendment in the House, and according to Paul staffers, worked hard to ingratiate himself to Paul. Grayson offered to speak at 2009 tea parties in Florida and was denied. But Grayson stands to benefit if conservatives vote for the Tea Party candidate, Peg Dunmire, in his district. And GOP-supporting tea partyers -- that is, most tea partyers -- have been tenacious in their attacks on third party candidates who appear to ease the path to re-election for Democrats. Look at Scott Ashjian in Nevada, whose poll numbers plunged after the Tea Party Express ran ads calling him a fraud.

By David Weigel  |  June 22, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The mysterious 'tea party consultant'

I read Playboy's anonymous piece "Confessions of a Tea Party consultant" last week, and I'm still scratching my head about what the point of it was. It read like it was being dictated by a distracted source to a confused secretary, jumping from point to point, and making assertions that were neither provable nor damning. Follow the work of Big Government's Mike Flynn and Founding Bloggers' videographer Andrew Marcus you know about as much as the mysterious consultant reveals about the movement. Follow the progress of Ensuring Liberty PAC -- which was launched four months ago at the first National Tea Party Convention -- and you wonder whether this piece is promotion for a project that hasn't been very influential yet. Oh, it's fun, but revelations take a back seat to gooey tributes to the people the consultant likes working with.

By David Weigel  |  June 21, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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How's the 'tea party' boycott of Dawn coming?

The first response I see comes from Eric Burns of Media Matters, whose presence in the documentary irritated activists, and who has put out a statement challenged Proctor and Gamble to "refuse to be taken hostage by the extreme anti-government fringe."

By David Weigel  |  June 18, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Tea Party leader backs Barton; Republicans, less so

"I'd call it extortion!" Phillips said, referring to the fund. "If I tried something like that, I'd be looking at a long sentence in a federal prison. There is a legal system in place to assign liability and assess damages. The regime simply wants to bypass that. By hammering BP, they can draw attention away from their own incompetence. What I think it more damaging than the spill itself is the drilling moratorium, which will put more people out of work and put more upward pressure on oil prices."

By David Weigel  |  June 17, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Sharron Angle heading to next National Tea Party Convention

The elusive (although not to conservatives) GOP U.S. Senate nominee in Nevada will speak at the next National Tea Party Convention in Las Vegas, a larger (although Sarah Palin-less) sequel to the Nashville convention that represented a sort of coming-out for the movement.

By David Weigel  |  June 17, 2010; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Older Entries in This Category »

An all-day tea party for D.C. conservatives, David Weigel , June 16, 2010
Another tea party split, David Weigel , May 27, 2010
Tom Paine versus illegal immigration, David Weigel , May 25, 2010
From the 'N-word' to the Washington Times, David Weigel , May 21, 2010
Chatting with Dick Armey, David Weigel , May 19, 2010
The case against drunk-dialing FreedomWorks, David Weigel , May 17, 2010
A people's history of 'teabag', David Weigel , May 6, 2010
A mixed primary night for the tea parties, David Weigel , May 5, 2010
Turning 'teabagger' into a slur, David Weigel , May 4, 2010
The myth of the anti-tea party SWAT team, David Weigel , April 30, 2010
So how doomed is Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah?, David Weigel , April 29, 2010
FreedomWorks raises funds off of GEICO-gate, David Weigel , April 23, 2010
Yes, the media should cover the tea parties, David Weigel , April 22, 2010
The tea party endorsement that wasn't, David Weigel , April 20, 2010
Politico's poll samples a libertarian crowd, David Weigel , April 19, 2010
Victory over the crashers, David Weigel , April 16, 2010
About that Politico poll of tea partyers, David Weigel , April 16, 2010
Tea party crashers, found!, David Weigel , April 16, 2010
Politico conducting survey at D.C. tea party, David Weigel , April 15, 2010
Let's go to the mall -- today!, David Weigel , April 15, 2010
The Tea Party Express comes to D.C., David Weigel , April 15, 2010
Tea party day, 2010, David Weigel , April 15, 2010
Last call, David Weigel , April 14, 2010
The $20 tea party brochure, David Weigel , April 14, 2010
CrashtheTeaParty.org gets crashed, David Weigel , April 14, 2010
Palin in Boston: 'Please, starve the beast!', David Weigel , April 14, 2010
Moving beyond the tea party, David Weigel , April 14, 2010
Fighting back against tea party 'scorn', David Weigel , April 13, 2010
Nevada Tea Party purge is bearing fruit, David Weigel , April 12, 2010
'It's become more of this rally of hate', David Weigel , April 8, 2010
'We were outside waiting for you', David Weigel , April 7, 2010
'Right Now,' in convenient radio form, David Weigel , April 6, 2010
 
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