October 27, 2009 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) beat back a stiff challenge from Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) to claim the title of most overrated governor in the country in the eyes of Fixistas. More than 9,000(!) votes were cast in less than 24 hours with Perry capturing 43 percent to 35 percent for Crist. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was the highest vote-getter among Democrats, taking 16 percent. None of our other three nominees -- Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.), Martin O'Malley (Md.) and Brian Schweitzer (Mont.)
January 13, 2012 |
Chronicling the American political zeitgeist has never been easy — voters are fickle beasts — and in the past few years it's been nearly impossible to keep up. The tea party movement, that nascent power that drove the 2010 elections, has seen its popularity and influence wane as new movements on the left — Occupy Wall Street, for instance — have stormed onto the stage. Pity the soul who is trying to document the chaotic scene — someone like, say, Thomas Frank. In the past decade, Frank has...
September 26, 2013 |
Con gressional Republicans have become a party of grievances in search of a strategy. Their first grievance is with President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the single most unifying issue for a party that has been showing signs of divisions all year. Rank-and-file Republicans, especially those who are aligned with the tea party movement, despise the new health-care law. Their anger has welled up to force GOP leaders to respond with ever-riskier strategies to delay, defund or in some other...
January 30, 2010 |
HONOLULU -- The Republican Party 's flirtation this week with a proposal to punish GOP candidates who do not commit to a list of conservative principles was about more than just purity. It was about winning over angry activists. The dispute was the latest example of the party's uncomfortable relationship with the growing band of disaffected conservatives who make up the grass-roots "tea party" movement. These activists remain deeply distrustful of political parties, yet their swelling numbers have made them such...
November 27, 2011 |
Ever since the tents showed up on McPherson Square in Washington, I've been trying to get a fix on just what to make of the Occupy D.C. movement. The protesters were a curiosity at first, then part of the workaday downtown scene, plopped down as they are on a small patch of park bounded by four busy streets. The occupiers seemed no more disruptive than a street reconstruction project, something to engage with caution or steer around. In recent weeks, it feels like we entered a new phase.
June 27, 2012 |
SEN. RAND PAUL (R-Ky.) came to Washington on the wave of the tea party movement to limit big government. "I think a lot of things could be handled locally . . . the more local the better, and the more common sense the decisions are, rather than having a federal government make those decisions," he said during his 2010 campaign . So how to explain his spoiling a move to give the District autonomy over its own tax dollars by — and this is really rich — injecting the federal government into local affairs?