Tag Archives: Tea Party Patriots

Is there still a Tea Party movement?

If a political movement doesn’t mobilize, is it still a movement?  Although the term “Tea Party” is thrown about a lot these days, particularly in reference to the hard-line anti-debt faction of Republicans in the House, it’s not clear that … Continue reading

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The debt debate: Can the Republican Party sell out the Tea Party?

Political parties have to sell out the movements that support them.  First, they exploit the energy, incorporate new activists and ideas, and then find some watered down way to soften the rough edges. Parties that can’t tame the movements that … Continue reading

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Breaking up the Tea Party: Raising the debt ceiling.

The unfolding debt ceiling standoff is exacerbating divisions within the Tea Party movement that have been visible from the outset.  (Confession: I started writing about this end of the Tea Party on election day, 2010.) The United States has to … Continue reading

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Who’s Serving the Tea?

The Tea Party hit institutional politics early, and now activists have to grapple with the realities of politics indoors. This is, of course, a common story for social movements in America.  Activists mobilize for broad, often-ill-defined, goals, and then have … Continue reading

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