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May 5, 2013
Michael Silverstein is the author of "Fifteen Feet Beneath Manhattan" Looking at the Democratic Party these days from a progressive perspective, one can't help but think of that old blues lyric: "You've been a good old wagon, but you've done broke down. " The broke-down wagon here is a Democratic Party that has moved away from its economic roots. It's now a party not only supported financially by Wall Street and other very rich backers, but intellectually supportive of those at the top as well, at the expense of traditional Democratic constituencies.
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June 13, 2014 | By E. J. Dionne, For The Inquirer
In 1961, John F. Kennedy said: "In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside. " In November of 2010, Eric Cantor said: "The tea party are ... an organic movement that played a tremendously positive role in this election. I mean, certainly, it produced an outcome beneficial to our party when you're picking up at least 60-some seats. " Yes, Republican leaders happily rode the tea-party tiger when doing so was convenient. Now, Cantor has fallen to the very forces he and his colleagues unleashed and encouraged.
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August 30, 1988 | By GEORGE P. SHULTZ, From the New York Times
The people who represent the United States abroad serve in the front lines of America's interests. Our diplomats often work in areas which can only be described as combat zones. I am reminded of this every time I enter the State Department and see two plaques on the wall commemorating members of the Foreign Service who died in the line of duty. The older plaque took 187 years to fill up. Most of the people listed there lost their lives to accident or disease. The more recent plaque, however, took only 20 years to fill up. And most of the people on it were murdered by terrorists.
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September 21, 2010
By Leonard Boasberg Three younger Republican leaders in Congress have undertaken an effort to rebrand the Republican Party, hoping to unload the stigma of the Bush administration and memories of their party's failures. In a new book, Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders , they deliver a scathing critique of the Republican record. "We let the people down," says one of the trio, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 House Republican. The book does not make clear what new policies the young guns have in mind, but Cantor has given us a hint.
NEWS
September 16, 2010
The Republican Party wrapped up its polarizing primary-season purge Tuesday by nominating conservative tea party candidates in Delaware and New York. The most disappointing result was Christine O'Donnell's triumph over Rep. Michael N. Castle (R., Del.) in the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Delaware. Castle, one of the most decent and thoughtful public servants around, was beaten by a candidate who has trouble telling the truth about her credentials. O'Donnell's victory should have Republicans asking who's in charge of their party.
NEWS
April 16, 2012 | By Joshua Green
Rick Santorum's decision to quit the presidential race last week clarified a number of things: Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee; the general election will be closer; and for the second cycle in a row, the conservative activists who make up the GOP's base are going to get stiffed. This is not how the 2012 Republican primary was supposed to unfold. When the race unofficially got under way 18 months ago, the tea party was at the peak of its influence, having just handed Republicans control of the House.
NEWS
October 20, 2010
By Tim Rutten Though the actual voting is still two weeks away, it seems clear that this midterm election cycle will be defined by a surprising presence and a remarkable absence. The presence, of course, is the tea-party movement, and what's absent are the social issues that so bitterly divided the electorate in recent campaigns. Demography and evolving public opinion are well on the way to making an electoral dead letter of same-sex marriage, which played a pivotal role in the 2004 presidential campaign.
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July 3, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, Republican presidential candidate from Minnesota, turned away from her audience at a campaign stop Wednesday and pointed to the small of her back. "I may have a yellow dress on back here," she said. "But I have a titanium spine. " The crowd in Daniels Island, S.C., went crazy. In New Orleans, 2,000 conservative activists at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference last month were moved in a similar way, stomping, whistling, and cheering when she delivered this ringing call to arms: "President Bachmann will allow you to buy any lightbulb you want!"
NEWS
January 12, 2012 | By Laura Olson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
ROCK HILL, S.C. - If you ask South Carolina tea party leaders about conservatives coalescing behind a Republican presidential candidate other than front-runner Mitt Romney, they'll say you're a few months behind the curve. The state's fledgling antiestablishment groups tried to do just that last fall, aiming to re-create the success they had last election cycle in flipping some long-held legislative seats. "We understood the math, that it would be Romney and four conservatives or Romney and one we'd get behind," said Karen Martin of the Spartanburg tea party.
NEWS
June 28, 2011 | By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers
WATERLOO, Iowa - The U.S. House of Representatives is a notoriously poor launching pad for presidential ambitions, but Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), who formally kicked off her campaign Monday in this town where she was born, enters the contest for the 2012 GOP nomination with several strengths. They include deep family roots here in the first state to vote next winter; a strong conservative record that appeals to tea-party activists hungry for a champion against both major parties in Washington, and a rousing speaking style that rallies the faithful and helps her stand out in the pack.
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May 5, 2016
By Craig Snyder A movement arises within and surrounding a major American political party, a movement that rejects and condemns the official and unofficial establishment of that party's leadership. The party "establishment" is vilified as corrupt and corrupting. National leaders in the party, at both the presidential and congressional level, have to fear first, maybe even mostly, their primary elections. They can afford less and less to position themselves for the broad American political center because they must survive ideological purity contests in primaries within their party.
NEWS
March 9, 2016
ON SATURDAY, when Republican front-runner Donald Trump stretched his considerable lead by winning the Louisiana presidential primary, I realized that Mitt Romney had failed yet again. Romney, you may recall, is the presidential two-time loser whom the GOP tapped in an attempt to slow Trump's momentum. Republican leaders hoped that Romney delivering a speech in which he called Trump a liar, misogynist, con man and fraud would make the party faithful turn to a more traditional candidate.
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October 14, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News Staff Writer
If they're old enough to read - or, at least, to understand - the original Alice in Wonderland, they're old enough to appreciate the Rosenbachs' three-pronged exhibit. One room delves into the history of the timeless book, from a boat trip in Oxford through the story's Disney-fication and psychedelic reimaginings. The next, "Alice's Adventures in Phillyland," has mostly grown-up appeal, with typed letters and handwritten figures that tell the local piece of the true story. The last space is 100 percent interactive, with the inventions of Charles Dodgson (a/k/a Lewis Carroll)
NEWS
July 27, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The party's over - the local tea party is, anyway. One of the Philadelphia region's most prominent branches of the tea party movement is removing from its title all allegiances to the political splinter group, its leaders announced Friday in front of Independence Hall. Expressing confidence in Republicans' chances in congressional races this fall, what had been the Independence Hall Tea Party Association - now the Independence Hall Foundation - said it would replace campaigning and political fund-raising with a more educational and outreach-based approach to its policy goals.
NEWS
July 22, 2014
AS LAWMAKERS in Washington haggle over the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, Michael Strange has no doubts about where he stands. Strange is owner and president of Bassetts Ice Cream, which has about 25 employees at its Center City headquarters. Exports, mostly to China, account for 20 percent of Bassetts' annual revenue. Ex-Im is an obscure federal agency that helps American businesses, mostly small, sell goods abroad. But some lawmakers - primarily tea party Republicans in the House - want to close down Ex-Im when its authorization ends Sept.
NEWS
July 8, 2014
ISSUE | TEA PARTY Toss these slights of critics overboard On Independence Day, the editorial board maligned tea party groups ("It's our government," July 4). In fact, the vast majority of its members want a government that represents the people; one that we don't have now. As for tea party-ers being anarchists, the politician hailed as great - George Washington - was one as well. I guess the board isn't so critical of all anarchists when it suits. Gregory Busch, Sewell Need broader vision The July 4 editorial shattered my illusion (delusion?
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | By E. J. Dionne, For The Inquirer
In 1961, John F. Kennedy said: "In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside. " In November of 2010, Eric Cantor said: "The tea party are ... an organic movement that played a tremendously positive role in this election. I mean, certainly, it produced an outcome beneficial to our party when you're picking up at least 60-some seats. " Yes, Republican leaders happily rode the tea-party tiger when doing so was convenient. Now, Cantor has fallen to the very forces he and his colleagues unleashed and encouraged.
NEWS
May 28, 2014 | BY DOYLE McMANUS
SEN. MITCH McConnell's easy victory over his tea-party opponent in Kentucky's Republican primary presents a tidy story line: The establishment strikes back. In the primary season so far, McConnell and fellow GOP incumbents have successfully out-organized and outspent such challengers from their right. And yet, even as they rack up wins, they are revealing how the tea party already won the battle for influence in the Republican Party. The GOP's civil war now looks more like a merger: The establishment has moved right, and many of the tea party's voters are rejoining/reconciling with that new mainstream - even if some of their self-appointed leaders are not. Things looked vastly different when these Senate campaigns began and tea-party groups, such as FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, audaciously announced their plan to unseat McConnell, the Senate Republican leader.
NEWS
December 24, 2013
OVERHEARD again and again is that the tea party is full of conservative zealots. I say: Good for them! For more than 30 years, we've sent Republican politicians to Washington who have promised to "shrink the spending and the size of government" in Washington. What have we gotten from all these gasbags? A government that instead of shrinking has exploded in size. They've created the Department of Homeland Security, which has made Americans of all political stripes feel more insecure and exposed to privacy abuses.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
The picture book Tea for Ruby is transformed into a stage production by the Metropolitan Ballet Company on Saturday and Sunday at Abington Friends School's Josephine Muller Auditorium. Children can also have a queen's tea with the book's New York Times best-selling illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser. Ruby is having trouble learning good manners, but she is determined to succeed. She receives a surprise invitation to have tea with the queen at the palace and works hard to learn etiquette befitting a princess.
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