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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.


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.


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.


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.


Newt the truthsayer

Let's bend over backward to be fair to Newt Gingrich. He contends his comments were misconstrued.

The Washington Post suggested that in warning Democrats they'd pay a huge political price for healthcare reform, he was saying it would be similar to the huge success the Republicans had achieved when they exploited the resentment of bigots and extremists after landmark civil rights legislation passed in the ’60s.


The Republican bondage scandal

This is too good to be true. It now appears as though the Republican National Committee authorized spending of almost $2,000 for an establishment that featured bondage. Of course, there are endless permutations for Democrats to suggest what this latest episode tells us about Republicans, but since I always take the high road, here are some key points:

This scandal was unearthed by (or handed to) the Daily Caller, the site founded by Tucker Carlson, a respected journalist who landed a great scoop. Who knows what is next, after the bondage affair, which raises some serious issues:


GOP at it again

Any and all threats to lawmakers supporting the healthcare reform law are out of line, uncivil and unacceptable and the Republicans (and Democrats) who opposed the bill should continue, as long as it continues, to disavow all of it as firmly and clearly as they can. 
Let's be clear: The GOP doesn't own criticism of the reform law and cannot be blamed for every threat. There are many Democrats and independents who oppose the law. But as I said in my column today, the Republican Party can be hurt by the behavior of people who agree with them and their new "repeal" message will make things worse.


What planet do the Tea Partiers live on? And many Republicans, too

A new Harris poll tells it all. 

The misrepresentation of President Barack Obama is truly incredible. 

25 percent of Americans believe that he was not born in the U.S. and so is not eligible to be president. (45 percent of Republicans) 

23 percent believe he is a racist. (42 percent of Republicans) 


The Republican right’s Waterloo

David Frum had it right — here is one conservative Republican who understands where this is all headed. His column on Sunday night hit his party hard and even held that its performance these last few months on healthcare would not lead to Obama’s Waterloo, but its own.

The Republican Party is rewarding the crazies — it is encouraging the crazies. What better way to whip up anger into a frenzy than to put forward the Michele Bachmanns of the world, the Limbaughs, the Becks, and follow that with the unbelievable performance by John Boehner on the House floor? With cries of “baby killer” toward Bart Stupak — outrageous. 


‘Hope America Fails Republicans’ terrified of positive jobs news

Today's unemployment numbers were nothing to write to mom about, but they will create fear in the hearts of Republicans who hope America fails because they desperately want President Obama to fail. The mediocre jobs numbers today suggest the probability of a strong jobs number next month, with winter ending, spring coming and the snowstorms over.

Republicans try to play the fear card, but the real fear is Republicans afraid that jobs come back after the latest Republican recession.