The Week: Most Recent The Tea Party recent posts.en-usTue, 19 Feb 2013 14:58:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent The Tea Party from THE WEEKTue, 19 Feb 2013 14:58:00 -0500Tea Party group depicts Karl Rove as a Nazi<img src="" /></P><p>Karl Rove recently ruffled some feathers in the GOP with the launch of a new super PAC called the Conservative Victory Project, whose mission is to sideline right-wing candidates in Republican primaries. And you know who else started a secretive organization designed to destroy their political enemies? You guessed it &mdash;&nbsp;the Nazis!</p><p>Or so goes the imagined storyline behind a new fundraising email from the Tea Party Patriots, which features Rove's face photoshopped onto the body of SS leader Heinrich Himmler. The image features the inscription: "Reichsfuhrer-SS" and "K. Rove." The email...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:58:00 -0500The Tea Party has sold out<img src="" /></P><p>On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of joining the lovely Abby Huntsman on <em>HuffPost Live</em> to discuss&nbsp;Sen. Rand Paul's Tea Party response to the State of the Union address. While the discussion was lively and touched on several issues, Abby's questions generally focused on a common theme: Why the hell did the Tea Party feel the need to give an address separate from the GOP response, which was delivered by Sen. Marco Rubio? I wondered the same thing when I read a transcript of Paul's remarks &mdash; then I actually saw footage of Paul giving the speech, and the answer was staring me right in the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:35:00 -0500Will Jim DeMint's departure deflate the Tea Party?<img src="" /></P><p>Sen. Jim DeMint's surprise announcement that he is leaving the Senate to head the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, has cast a shadow over the future of the Tea Party movement &mdash; which the South Carolina Republican has for years helped to lead. DeMint's departure also comes after a rough November election in which some of the Tea Party's most vocal lawmakers lost re-election bids. Will this be yet another significant setback for small-government, anti-tax activists?<br /><br /><strong>This weakens the Tea Party considerably:</strong> "DeMint's resignation comes at a tough time for the Tea Party," says Chris...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 07 Dec 2012 10:40:00 -0500Will Democrats' election victories kill the Tea Party?<img src="" /></P><p>Almost any way you look at it, the Tea Party had a terrible Election Night. The small-government movement picked up one important new member, Senator-elect Ted Cruz (R-Texas),&nbsp;but two other Tea Party&ndash;backed candidates, Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana, did much to keep the GOP from taking control of the Senate, losing races a more moderate Republican should have easily won. And in the House, at least 10 of the Tea Party Republicans swept in during the 2010 election were swept out, including movement stars Joe Walsh (Ill.) and (pending a possible recount) Allen West...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 08 Nov 2012 09:24:00 -0500What Orrin Hatch's survival says about the Tea Party<img src="" /></P><p>Since 2010, the Tea Party has claimed some pretty big scalps in the Republican Party, mounting successful primary challenges to several long-time incumbents, including&nbsp;Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) and&nbsp;Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) was supposed to be next on the hit list after the Tea Party forced him into his first serious primary fight since he joined the Senate nearly four decades ago. But on Tuesday, Hatch seized the nomination by trouncing Tea Party-backed state Sen. Dan Liljenquist, all but assuring himself another six years in the Senate, since Hatch's November...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 27 Jun 2012 09:53:00 -0400After Dick Lugar: Who will the Tea Party target next?<img src="" /></P><p>Energized conservative activists reveled in their power this week after the GOP primary&nbsp;defeat of Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) at the hands of Tea Party-backed Richard Mourdock. The Tea Party has struggled for visibility since its heyday leading up to the 2010 midterm elections, but grassroots activists crow that their victory over Lugar, the longest-serving Republican senator in Washington, will reinvigorate the movement. "We're already starting to see the momentum carry to other states," Jackie Bodnar, spokeswoman for the Tea Party umbrella group FreedomWorks, tells <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>....</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 10 May 2012 10:30:00 -0400Michele Bachmann's Swiss citizenship: The best jokes<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the former presidential candidate and conservative darling, is officially a Swiss citizen. Bachmann's husband Marcus has long been eligible for dual citizenship due to his parents' Swiss origins, and he went through with it in March, automatically making his wife and three of their young children dual citizens as well. Bachmann is even eligible to run for office in the Swiss "canton," or district, of Thurgau. The improbable development was sure to strike the funny bones of bloggers everywhere, given that Bachmann has&nbsp;suggested that President Obama holds "anti...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 09 May 2012 16:10:00 -0400The Tea Party's waning influence: 4 theories<img src="" /></P><p>Nevada was a hotbed of Tea Party activity in the 2010 midterms, but in the weekend's GOP presidential caucuses, the Silver State activists' least favorite candidate, Mitt Romney, trounced the field. In Colorado &mdash; which, along with Minnesota and Missouri, picks its preference for the GOP presidential nominee on Tuesday &mdash; the Tea Partiers who dominated the political scene two years ago are no longer holding many rallies. And now an Ohio Tea Party leader tells <em>The Daily Beast</em> that while the movement may have been a giant killer in 2010, it's "dead" and "gone" this year. What happened?...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 07 Feb 2012 10:22:00 -0500Is the GOP presidential field a Tea Party failure?<img src="" /></P><p>More than a year ago, the Tea Party capped an incredible 18-month run with a historic midterm election that took a whopping 68 House seats away from the Democrats, and handed the speaker's gavel to Republican John Boehner. No party had lost more seats in a midterm election in 72 years. While that outcome didn't surprise many activists in the Tea Party movement, it certainly appeared to catch many others off guard.</p><p>Now the shoe seems to be on the other foot. Fourteen months after that singular achievement, the Republican field for the presidential nomination seems to have no real Tea Party candidate...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/edward-morrissey" ><span class="byline">Edward Morrissey</span></a>Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:15:00 -0500Does Herman Cain's rise prove that the Tea Party isn't racist?<img src="" /></P><p>Of all the things Tea Partiers hate &mdash; socialism, President Obama, Big Government &mdash; perhaps none wrankles them more than the allegation that they're racist. Now, many Tea Party backers are lining up behind a black man, Herman Cain, as their choice for president. In a new NBC-<em>Wall Street Journal</em> poll, 69 percent of Tea Party supporters gave the former Godfather's Pizza CEO a "favorable" score. Does this prove once and for all that the Tea Party isn't racist?<br /><br /><strong>Yes. This confirms the racism smear was bogus: </strong>The Left can't deal with "Herman Cain's rise to Tea Party favorite and top-tier GOP...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 18 Oct 2011 13:13:00 -0400Will the Tea Party abandon politics?<img src="" /></P><p>Remember the Tea Party? It used to be a very big deal in this country. Yet here we are, weeks away from January Republican primaries that are likely to be decisive, and one by one the Tea Party candidates for president have fallen away.</p><p>Sarah Palin: Bowed out.</p><p>Michele Bachmann: Campaign imploded.</p><p>Donald Trump: Remember him?</p><p>Ron Paul: Too odd for prime time.</p><p>Newt Gingrich: Dead on arrival.</p><p>Tim Pawlenty: Miscast in the role.</p><p>Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, Haley Barbour: All declined the part.</p><p>Herman Cain: At minute 13 of his 15 minutes of fame.</p><p>And the messiah who was supposed to turn things...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/david-frum" ><span class="byline">David Frum</span></a>Thu, 13 Oct 2011 06:07:00 -04002012 GOP race: Has the Tea Party already lost?<img src="" /></P><p>Tea Partiers hoping to catapult a staunch fiscal conservative into the Republican presidential nomination have suffered a string of recent setbacks: Just this week,&nbsp;Chris Christie and&nbsp;Sarah Palin announced they won't jump into the race. Another Tea Party favorite, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is sinking in the polls. The first primary contests are still three months away &mdash; but has the Tea Party already failed in its bid to pick the nominee? <br /><br /><strong><span ><strong>Yes. Tea Partiers are being too fickle:</strong>&nbsp;We get it &mdash; the Tea Party wants "an authentic conservative" to be the one to challenge President...</strong></span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 06 Oct 2011 11:55:00 -0400The 'gruesome' video game that kills off zombie Tea Partiers<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> A new free video game lets players club, shoot, or otherwise destroy post-apocalyptic zombie versions of conservatives and Fox News personalities like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly. Not all the target zombies are celebrities &mdash; you can also decimate undead creatures with generic right-wing names like "Pissed Off Stupid White Trash Redneck Birther Zombie." (Watch a clip below.) The "gruesome" online game &mdash; called "Tea Party Zombies Must Die" &mdash; was created&nbsp;as a "personal project"&nbsp;by Jason Oda of video game ad firm StarvingEyes...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 08 Sep 2011 10:31:00 -0400James Hoffa's call to 'take out' the Tea Party: 'Inexcusable'?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> In a fiery Labor Day speech, Teamsters Union President James Hoffa accused the Tea Party of starting a "war on workers," and promised President Obama an army of voters to take the country back. (See the video below.) "We are ready to march," Hoffa said shortly before Obama took the stage at a Michigan rally Monday. "Everybody here's got to vote. If we go back, and we keep the eye on the prize, let's take these son of a bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong."&nbsp;Tea Party leaders quickly condemned&nbsp;Hoffa's remarks as an&nbsp;"inexcusable" call "for violence...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 06 Sep 2011 09:55:00 -0400A Democrat's 'race-baiting' Tea Party attack: 'Beyond the pale'?<img src="" /></P><p>Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) is facing a fierce&nbsp;backlash for telling a largely black crowd&nbsp;at a Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) event in Miami&nbsp;that "some of them in Congress right now with this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me... hanging on a tree." After audio of Carson's speech was posted on a conservative website Tuesday, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) &mdash; the only member of both the CBC and Tea Party Caucus, and no stranger to racially inflammatory comments &mdash; said he might quit the CBC over Carson's "race-baiting" remarks. Carson is standing by his words. But...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 01 Sep 2011 10:57:00 -0400Can the Tea Party accept that it won the debt-ceiling battle?<img src="" /></P><p>The standoff over the debt ceiling has finally come to an end. The House and Senate passed the compromise reached at the eleventh hour, and President Barack Obama signed it into law, just in time to allow Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to sell bonds to fund continuing deficit spending. The debate over spending and taxation will now focus on a bipartisan Congressional commission and a presidential order that will raise the debt ceiling once more before the next election.</p><p>Who won, and who lost? Did anyone win? If we gauge winners and losers by the reaction from politicians and activists across...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/edward-morrissey" ><span class="byline">Edward Morrissey</span></a>Wed, 03 Aug 2011 11:59:00 -0400