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Where the Teabaggers Really Stand

Apr
27

Great post (truly classic) by John Cole on what the Teabaggers really stand for:

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Teabaggers -- Old News

Mar
30

Why is this so difficult? The Teabaggers are nothing but the GOP base. They come out and vote GOP most if not all the time. They've been around for a 100 years. They are not a new phenomena -- to claim so, as the MSM does in cahoots with a bunch of GOP operatives, is to perpetuate a sham.

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Depends What You Mean by 'Failure'

Mar
28

Matt Yglesias on the 'giant failure' of the conservative movement (1964-2009):

In the 45 years since that fateful campaign, the conservative movement managed to gain total control over the Republican Party and to sporadically govern the country. But it’s only very partially rolled back one aspect of the Johnson administration’s domestic policy.

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Obama to GOP: 'It's Got to Work'

Jan
30

It's the easiest thing in the world to come up with a plan when you're completely indifferent to the final results. That's always been the GOPers' advantage when it comes to HCR: basically they can recommend anything they want since universal health care is not part of their agenda, it's part of ours.

So when one of the GOPers in Baltimore whined (in so many words) 'you're ignoring us -- we have a plan too!', it was great to hear Obama respond:

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Ah yes, the Good Old (Accountability-Free) Days

Dec
26

Came across this gem co-written in 2004 by Peter Orzag then at the Brookings Institute discussing the effects of the 2001 Bush tax cuts:

It is astonishing that, more than four years after the proposal was first made public, the administration has still not released an analysis of the plan's long-term economic effects, or even a statement of how it intends to pay for the tax cuts. Even supporters of the tax cut would presumably like to know the answers to those questions.

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Ah Yes, the Good Old Days!

Nov
19

It's strange to point out, but apparently the period following 9/11 when paranoia was at its highest, is actually considered by the GOPers as the Good Old Days.

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Rightwing Populism is a Contradiction in Terms

Sep
19

I love the need of David Brooks and others to portray the teabaggers as "populist" and anti-big-government when there was absolutely no invasion of our civil rights during the Bush Administration -- from imprisonment without trial to warrantless wiretaps -- that these people had problems with.

But if someone like Brooks is going to call these people populists, at the very least, you'd think he'd be under an obligation to show how their beliefs help working people and if he can't show that, then who exactly their beliefs do help.

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Yawn, the Teabaggers

Sep
14

What I can't understand is why these teabagging activities are news. I mean, just because Obama won the election didn't mean the loyal (cough, cough) opposition suddenly ceased to exist.

The fact that they're still around and that you can collect a bunch of them together thanks to their nationwide propaganda network is no big deal. They're always going to be against anything the Democrats do but they're also in the minority -- so not only is their reaction predictable but it's irrelevant as well.

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GOP Relegates Itself to Irrelavance on Health Care Reform

Sep
03

Frankly, since the GOP has run away from the negotiating table, it really doesn't matter what they think. Not. One. Bit. Health care reform is going to pass no matter how hysterical they become. They've relegated themselves to irrelevance.

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GOP Confidence in GOV. - What Happened?

Aug
28

So the head of the RNC is going around bad-mouthing government. You got supporters running around with 'tree of liberty' tee-shirts and others talking about the perils of government access to online medical records.

It's hard then to explain their earlier confidence when government was detaining people without trial and bugging their phones without warrants. No problem there.

So my question is, what happened?

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