Entries Tagged as 'tea party'

Best of FF: A Party of Jerks

December 30th, 2011 at 12:00 am 41 Comments

As 2011 comes to a close, FrumForum plans to re-run some of our best featured pieces from the year. Here is Eli Lehrer’s observation on the GOP leadership.

I’m not the first to make this comment, but the current debt limit debate shows what the Tea Party movement (which I once basically supported) really values: being a jerk. Speaker Boehner has a close-to-perfect voting record on conservative issues, is not terribly warm in person (heck, Newt comes across better) and has proposed a good, tough spending cut plan. But he has also demonstrated a modicum of willingness to work with the president and appears to want to bring the debt ceiling crisis to a close.

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Boehner is Trapped by His Caucus

December 21st, 2011 at 1:09 pm 46 Comments

An old joke heard often in the Southwest ends this way: “It isn’t always your enemies that get you into it; it isn’t always your friends who get you out of it; but, purchase when you are in it up to your neck, keep your damned mouth shut.”

Unfortunately, Speaker John Boehner’s predicament confirms again the truism above.

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She’s Back!

December 14th, 2011 at 1:55 pm 29 Comments

Last night, recipe the most coveted endorsement in the Republican presidential primary was secured by Mitt Romney.

Ending months of intense speculation, Tea Party diva and thrice-failed Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell threw her support behind the former Massachusetts Governor’s bid to secure the nomination on the Sean Hannity Show.

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The Cost of the Tea Party

David Frum November 30th, 2011 at 8:47 am 79 Comments

Here’s some interesting data from Pew.

Americans turning against the “tea party” (however they understand the “tea party” to mean) is not exactly a new story, but here it continues to accelerate.

More surprising: the tea party seems to be contaminating the larger Republican brand.

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Crowdsourcing a Personal Question

David Frum November 12th, 2011 at 8:58 am 88 Comments

I’ve finished work on a novel about Washington in the time of the Tea Party. With a view to publishing during primary season, I’m weighing e-publishing as opposed to a paper book.

I’m curious to know how many FrumForum readers use e-readers–and in particular, whether you use them only for short-form media or whether you’d ever use them to read a whole book?

Write your comments below, or email them to editor[at]frumforum.com.

The GOP’s Best Case/Worst Case

David Frum October 31st, 2011 at 12:09 pm 62 Comments

In my column for CNN, I discuss how the Tea Party will react to the different possible outcomes of the 2012 election:

A new CNN poll finds that about half of Republicans sympathize with the tea party movement. The other half either remain aloof or (5%) even express hostility.

That second group of Republicans has received remarkably little media attention this cycle. Yet their man — Mitt Romney — has held steady in first or second place for the past three years. Meanwhile tea party Republicans have bounced from Sarah Palin to Donald Trump to Michele Bachmann to Rick Perry to (now) Herman Cain, transfixing the media every time they lose faith in one messiah and search for another.

Yet sooner or later, the tea party Republicans must converge on a single choice. When they do, they will present the non-tea party Republicans with a troubling menu of possibilities.

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Perry’s New Gambit

October 21st, 2011 at 12:00 am 40 Comments

Perry’s chances of winning the Republican nomination depend entirely on his ability to sell himself as a Teastablishment candidate. Perry has a ten-year record in Texas that shows an interest in governance, prescription and he has way with sharp rhetoric (“treason”) that sends thrills up the leg of your average Tea Partier.

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They Wouldn’t Occupy if They Had the Votes

October 18th, 2011 at 4:42 pm 49 Comments

If the Occupy Wall Street protestors represent ‘the 99%’ then why don’t they already dominate our government?

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, nurse the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street protests should create some concern. These are not the products of healthy politics.

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Romney Can’t Stop the Tea Party

October 14th, 2011 at 1:58 am 84 Comments

By all appearances Mitt Romney seems likely to walk away with the Republican Party’s 2012 nomination. We can still expect a few scares, viagra sale particularly in Iowa and South Carolina, seek but it’s getting harder to construct a credible scenario in which Romney fumbles this one away. He looks smart, savvy, and ready to take on a struggling President. Rational Republicans all over the country are imagining that it’s safe to come out from under their desks.

Hunker down. This is the eye of the storm.

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‘Democracy Denied’ is the Guide to Fighting Over-Regulation

October 13th, 2011 at 12:50 am 63 Comments

Phil Kerpen’s Democracy Denied ($24.95 in hardcopy; $9.99 for Kindle) Is a none-too-long book that, if widely read (which it deserves to be) would provide something that’s absent from today’s politics: a coherent and useful agenda for the Tea Party and its fellow travelers. Kerpen’s manifesto-like book, more than anything else, aims to focus the Tea Party on the excesses of government regulation.

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