The question, as it has been framed, is: how could a minority of hard-line extremists generate enough fear that they were able paralyze their party's leadership forcing the government to shut down and bringing the nation to the brink of default?
The GOP learned its lesson, right? Right? ...
This week will be seen as a turning point in the future. Ted Cruz and his band of merry Tea Partiers fought the Obamacare law, with every ounce of energy they could muster. And the law won.
That is not governing and it certainly does nothing to sell liberals or independents on conservative values. If anything, it pushes even moderate conservatives away from the movement because of its leadership.
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Right-wing activists like to point to California as an example of what could happen to America if progressives have their way. They're right to be worried -- for their own political futures, that is.
Who is the powerful voice of progressives in Washington, on matters of creating jobs and fighting poverty, comparable to the tea party's passion of the right? The answer: There is none.
Cruz took the party down a no-win path. He lacked vision and an end-goal. The Republican brand is now more tarnished, the party more fractured, than ever and he is squarely to blame. The Tea Party's irrational, irresponsible, reprehensible self-serving quest has been an affront to every American.
There is only one route to restoring health to the American polity, comity to its dialogue, constructive and collegial approaches to governance, an end to extortion and a restoration of the belief that the United States truly has a government of, for and by its citizenry. That way is to defang and defeat the Tea Party.
Since sound money is expensive, and bad money is cheap, bad money proliferates and drives good money out of the marketplace. Economists and sociologists have extended this principle to information: Bad information drives out good, and for similar reasons. This is what has happened in the age of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and their ilk.
"Those RINOs don't represent real Americans. You know who they represent: AINOs. Americans In Name Only. Because only people who believe exactly what we believe deserve to be called real Americans."
Nearly all of the Tea Party lawmakers elected in 2010 had signed a document in which the signer forsakes one of the most sacrosanct responsibilities of his office: their independence to use their judgment to make the best decision to ensure the welfare of the American people.
At the end of the day and with of 20/20 hindsight, any Monday morning quarterback can see that the recent government shutdown/debt ceiling debacle rai...
There is another story about how all this gridlock came to be, fronted by the question: "Why didn't the Democrats landslide the cruelest, most ignorant, big-business-indentured Republican Party in its history during the 2010 and 2012 Congressional elections?
Even with the defeat, the tea party folks are not about to relent. They're not going to suddenly see the light and start working with people who hold divergent views to get things done. They weren't sent to Washington to get things done. They were sent to stop things from getting done.
There is a growing sense of unease in the country that we are on an unsustainable path that demands radical action. I believe that many of the most outspoken advocates of reform do not really understand that it will affect their Social Security and Medicare benefits, but their concern is nonetheless credible.