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Vulgar Borkians: The Tea Party and the Judge

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 2:45 PM

One of the great riddles of the 2009 and 2010 Tea Party heyday was contained in the famous sign that appeared in many of their anti-Obamacare demonstrations: "Government hands off my Medicare."

How could they think that? It's a plain contradiction since, obviously, Medicare is a government program...

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It's the Tea Party, Stupid

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 11:50 AM

Apart from certain quarters on the Right predicting a Romney victory on Election Day, the final weeks of the campaign witnessed a gathering sentiment, almost a last-minute conventional wisdom, about the election's outcome. It went something like this: Obama had a significant and reliable lead until the first...

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Neocons and the Foreign Policy Presidential Debate: The ism That Dare Not Speak Its Name

(11) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 1:10 PM

In Monday's final presidential debate, President Barack Obama came full circle and more from his conflict-averse showing in the first debate. Obama not only attacked his opponent, but, in the absence of much challenge from Mitt Romney, took it upon himself to raise the very points required to mount his...

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Approach-Avoid: Understanding the Tea Party and the Presidential Election of 2012

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 5:30 PM

Let me start with a brief overview of the Tea Party.

The Tea Party is a historically exceptional confluence of two long-standing traditions on the American Right.

One tradition is extreme fiscal conservatism. These days this perspective is represented by such organizations as Americans for Prosperity, the Cato Institute,...

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Tea Party Tuesday in Tampa

(3) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 5:36 PM

At one level it was obvious that the first full day of the Republican Convention was Tea Party Day in Tampa. It was the day the Republican Party adopted a platform that, well, here's how the headline from Tuesday's Freedom Works website puts it: "Republican Party Adopts Majority...

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Mapping Paul Ryan

(3) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 5:22 PM

Paul Ryan represents one of two branches of the Tea Party. Let's call it the libertarian branch. These are people who are single-minded and absolutist about "free-market economics." Theirs is a passion that leads to across-the-board opposition to taxes and government regulation of economic life, to bemoaning public debt, and...

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