The first big warning sign that the lines were fast becoming blurred between the tea party and the GOP establishment was last year's partial government shutdown and the GOP saber rattle over the debt ceiling raise.
Her real political advantage will be her ability to lead a national conversation about issues. It's not just that these are important matters. It's that a willingness to talk about them will contrast nicely to the tone and substance of a Republican dynamic full of manufactured crises and rhetoric that will scare off everyone to the left of the Koch brothers.
Tea Party groups have evolved over time. Initially, they were supposed to be grassroots, libertarian, and spontaneous; but there were many who almost immediately attempted to grab the Tea Party mantle and turn it into their own giant political machine.
Even the best political analysts don't contemplate is the Latino vote. Should the Democratic Party decide to actively campaign for Latino votes, as Reid did in 2010, a November "Latino Surprise" will save the Democrats.
Privacy in the future will resemble that in a small village. As with any small community, dissent from the prevailing conventional wisdom will be easy to spot and punish. Welcome to the world of social conformity enforced by hashtags.
The degradation of history and language in the service of political argument is a profound mistake and a profound danger. America will survive Sterling and Bundy and similars. It will be harder to survive the embrace of their vocabulary by mainstream leaders.
Let's not get crazy. Let's not take the NBA's rather surprising and (cautiously) encouraging smackdown of racist billionaire team owner Donald Sterlin...
Over the course of the next two months, the Tea Party movement may become to be seen (to mix a few metaphors) as more of a paper tiger than the tail that wags the Republican dog. To put it a little more concretely, the Tea Party may be losing some of its outsized influence over the Republican Party.
It is impossible to disconnect the "states' rights," anti-government foundations of conservatism from the racism that hides beneath it, exposed nakedly every so often by the Cliven Bundys of the world.
Immigration reform isn't a policy debate for Hispanics. It stands as a proxy for societal respect. While it's not fair to judge the GOP based on people like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), he and other anti-immigrant Republicans have become the effective spokespeople of the GOP on this issue.
If the GOP is so willing to ignore fact and public sentiment that they will deceive, and distort the facts about any and all public and political issues in order to gain or retain power, then what is the use of the First Amendment, an amendment the purpose of which was antithetical to lies?
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The New Deal is dead. Long live the Raw Deal! The far Right white one percent are using the psychology of disenfranchisement that they leveled against...
The speed by which political shifts take place has grown exponentially. The Internet and television dominate the political and chattering classes and what we hear there immediately spills over into the realm of real people. If you need proof of that assertion, take a peek at what's happened to New York's formerly fearsome Governor Andrew Cuomo.
So it turns out the bully mentality is part of human nature, really, and so part of our culture. It is then up to those employees who want to better themselves to find a way to oppose that culture and mentality.