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Moderate GOPers at a Tea Party

A.B. Stoddard is joined by Chris Kofinis and John Feehery, Democratic and Republican strategists, to discuss the Tea Party's relationship with the GOP and the administration's reaction to the Gulf oil spill.

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Listen up

A little more than a year ago, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) came up with what I thought was a smart idea. He convinced a group of distinguished Republicans, including Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, that the GOP needed to spend some time listening to the voters to find out what they wanted from their government.

He founded the National Council for a New America with that express purpose. Why don’t we just listen for a change?

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Republican Party and black advancement

Over the past several weeks we have received an unusual volume of mail requesting that research and writings be done regarding the Republican Party and its significance in advancing the plight of American blacks in this nation.

While pollsters and high priest of blackness continue to remind us that black support for the Republican Party has significantly dropped since the election of President Barack Obama, we don't hear much about the many serious black conservative candidates running for Congress today with an excellent shot at winning.

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How the Dems got their groove back

After spending an entire year on healthcare reform, it appears congressional Democrats, sinking in the polls, have now decided to push on regulatory reform, revisit oversight of regulations for the mining and oil drilling industries and pass energy reform and — yes — an immigration overhaul as well. This is the definition of bring it on.

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Why Pataki is important

There can be seen now two schools of Republicans: Bush Republicans and Perry Republicans. This took form in Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s recent primary race when Dick Cheney, George H.W. Bush, Karl Rove and Karen Hughes (W’s proxy) lined up behind Kay Bailey Hutchison and Sarah Palin lined up behind Rick Perry. Perry won in a landslide. But the sides had already been drawn up for and against in Doug Hoffman’s Conservative Party challenge in NY-23. It was the moment of the significant turning. Palin and Perry were there, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty showed up after the brush was cut, while Newt Gingrich and the party regulars lined up behind the traditional Republican. But George Pataki, former governor of New York, was there first. The Bush clan is now sidling up to Tea Party types; Cheney to Rubio in Florida, Mitt Romney to Nikki Haley in South Carolina. But George Pataki was there first.

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The Tea Party diversion

Not only is the Tea Party Right, often far Right, it's also right. It is motivated largely by anger, and there's plenty to be angry about.

Unfortunately, it's also wrong.

The fury and desperation that fuel those who have rallied to this movement are misplaced. Their proper targets should be those in the corporate-finance power structure whose insatiable greed caused a near-collapse of the economy and a full collapse of the lives and well-being of the millions whose money they squandered.

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The Tea Party one year on: Federalism and nationalism

If the nascent Tea Party Movement can be hobbled because Barney Frank and John Lewis claim someone in an anonymous crowd called them a name, consider the American spirit spent.

Awakening always brings the dark with the light; it is the dual nature of Creation. People my age will recall the '60s, a moment of enlightenment in many ways unparalleled, in my opinion, but with scuds like Jerry Rubin, who later guided the Clinton generation to Wall Street, advising his peers to go home and kill their parents. Or Bill Ayers and his murderous colleagues. Or Jean Genet at the Chicago riots of 1968, advising the crowd of tens of thousands to find joy in life: Have sex with a goat. This was the common daily squalor that was the '60s.

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The two Republican Parties: Do we still need the Senate?

Two things were cleared up this week at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. First, there are now clearly two Republican parties: Big Government Republicans (George W. Bush and Karl Rove) and Small Government Republicans (Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Ron Paul). The second thing is that it is now clear what we mean by “small government.” We mean state government.

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Steele's Obama complex

As you may recall, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was swept into office directly after Barack Obama’s election.

As the Republican Party’s first black chairman, he fancied himself the right-wing version of Obama — a symbol of advancement that could drag the Republican Party into the 21st century. He seemed to encourage the comparisons, publishing a book titled, Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda and hitting the TV circuit to promote himself at every turn.

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Steele is a goner

As much as I hate to do it, here is a little advice for the Republicans. Get rid of Michael Steele. This guy is a migraine that won’t go away.

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