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Will the movement sink or save the conservatives?

A sign at a Tea Party rally lampoons President Barack Obama, 09/14/09. (photo: EPA)
A sign at a Tea Party rally lampoons President Barack Obama, 09/14/09. (photo: EPA)

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0 # Guest 2010-02-22 02:18
The Tea Party cannot be assimilated.

"The insurgent party may well drive the GOP so far to the right that it proves something of an albatross in November. "

The Tea Party does not exist to attack or hold back the Republican Party.

" The impetus for the Tea Party movement is excessive government spending and taxation. Our mission is to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize our fellow citizens to secure public policy consistent with our three core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionall y Limited Government and Free Markets."

Seems more like an albatross for progressives.
0 # Guest 2010-02-22 03:13
At this point in time PASS ANYTHING. Work from within the Senate bill if that is more likely to succeed. How's chances that a coallition of the above-named agencies might form a new insurance corporation which would do the "right" things.? My guess is it would very soon become the popular counter force attracting wide participation from the fat cat sector- the "me first" types love a bargain. Make use of American greed.
+4 # Guest 2010-02-22 09:48
The tea partiers have every right to be angry. We're all angry. Their problem is that they don't see the problems in the context of the last 10 years. They're acting as if this just all happened under Obama's watch. They don't even realize that the stimulus has lowered their taxes.
Then you have the republicans (that voted for the biggest deficit in history) saying "Hey, what idiots caused this big mess !" -as if they didn't know !
+3 # Guest 2010-02-22 11:26
The problem with the Teapartyers, and everyone that say they are concerned about deficit spending and costs, is that the true debate has yet to even take place. It seems widely accepted that deficit spending is a bad thing; Of course, it wasn't seen as "bad" by Reagan, GWB or, when asked, Dick Cheney.
In the new "World Economy" does ANYONE really KNOW what the true effect of a high deficit is or will be on America? Let's talk basic economics; Then I will believe that people actually KNOW what they are talking about and WHY they have a particular stand.
0 # Guest 2010-02-22 17:36
With all sincerity and with somber regard I fervently hope that the Republican Party goes all out partnering with and coopting the Teabaggers. Let their identities fuse, please. Then the rest of us can sit back and watch a dead albatros dance for our amusement. The combination of know nothings with the do nothings, bloviators and liars, dead heads and greed mongers, should make for a very interesting spectacle.
Sooner or later someone, some party, some source of nascent intelligence, is going to come forth with some intriguing ideas, clarity of vision, a knack of clarifying the obvious in ways that even maybe Teabaggers might understand, and finally, at last, raise the bar to something resembling meaningful public discourse.
At what point, in the meanwhile, is the public going to wake up and realize that the sum of the spectacle we all face is subterfuge, misdirection and hog wash that by it's very nature obscures and befuddles. When will we realize we've been had and revolt?
+1 # Guest 2010-02-23 11:08
Somehow whenever someone says "Tea Party" I get a mental picture of oblivious individuals shouting meaningless slogans in the streets. The mob appears determined to disregard the effects of the pre-Obama years and similarly disinterested in planning much for the decades ahead.

Taxes seem to be some sort of general rallying cry, although I have yet to see anyone come up with an alternative source of revenue to keep our society afloat. I suspect that this entire bogus splinter group, which disguising itself as some sort of champion of average Americans actually is concerned merely with any sort of initiative that might disturb the status quo of wealthy Americans--like taxing them in a fair manner to help assure a future for us all.

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