Tea Party

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Jul 6, 2015 4:17 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

On the women's movement, Ted Cruz, the Teahadists, and why we can't all just be Amish. more

May 1, 2015 4:53 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

While it is doubtful any of these women can match Bachmann’s sheer nuttiness, they all share her anti-abortion, climate-change denying, rightwing economic vision—and the habit of smiling when they dish it out. Image credit: AP Images more

Mar 6, 2015 1:55 PM Magazine 1 Comments

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hit a new low in political theatre last night at his 2015 State of the State address. Image credit: Rebecca Kemble more

Jan 14, 2015 1:58 PM Dispatches 5 Comments

At a time when most Americans agree that the country has too much power in too few hands, the world’s two wealthiest men are only six seats away from seizing the Senate and consolidating their current control of the House.  T... more

Oct 24, 2014 5:45 PM Dispatches

It was fun to be at the Madison capitol today to protest Sarah Palin and the tea partiers. more

Aug 5, 2014 1:58 AM Dispatches 2 Comments

Many have noted that the Koch Brothers' dad was a Bircher, but new documents show Charles was, too. more

Jul 8, 2014 6:45 AM Dispatches 16 Comments

Most of the news about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss this week focused on his opponent Dave Brat's appeal to the anti-immigrant Tea Party base. But there is another, more interesting angle to Brat's win, and that is... more

Jun 11, 2014 2:42 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

It's not good news for Scott Walker that Wisconsin Republicans plan to debate a proposal on secession at their state party convention in early May. The Wisconsin Governor, who is widely seen as a 2016 Republican Presidential hopeful, told repo... more

Apr 14, 2014 7:56 PM Dispatches

Tea Party candidates had a mixed showing in spring elections across in the country. In one snapshot race in a Wisconsin county that voted 52% to 46% in favor of Barack Obama in 2012, the Tea Party's candidate for mayor was walloped, 70% to ... more

Apr 3, 2014 10:04 PM Dispatches

One thing about the tea party Republicans in Congress is that they do know who butters their biscuits. Several have recently rushed forward with an anguished plea in defense of Wall Street barons, CEOs, and billionaires: "Stop the vilificat... more

Feb 19, 2014 5:37 PM Dispatches

In the Wizard Of Oz, Dorothy assessed the odd things she was experiencing and said to her little dog, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." Lately, Sen. Pat Roberts has gained a new understanding of what Dorothy meant. more

Feb 18, 2014 4:09 PM Dispatches

Never have so few done so little for so many. At least they've finally adjourned for the year. more

Dec 26, 2013 4:39 PM Dispatches

Appearing on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" Thursday night, The Progressive's editor Ruth Conniff broke down the reasons why Sarah Palin and the tea party seem to be feeling threatened by Pope Francis these days. more

Nov 15, 2013 4:21 PM Dispatches

Appearing Thursday night on MSNBC's "The Ed Show," The Progressive's editor Ruth Conniff reminded viewers that Governor Chris Christie only appears moderate in comparison to the extremists in the tea party, warning that he still represents ... more

Nov 8, 2013 6:26 PM Dispatches

One of the stupidest bits of conventional wisdom popping out of Washington these days is that, whatever opinion you have about far-right tea party extremist Ted Cruz, you have to concede that he's "smart." more

Nov 4, 2013 5:51 PM Dispatches

What a show the goofily-fanatical tea party Republicans are putting on in Washington! more

Oct 30, 2013 6:10 PM Dispatches

Appearing Tuesday evening on MSNBC's "The Ed Show," The Progressive's Executive Editor Ruth Conniff offered a direct response to Sarah Palin's conspiracy theory that Obamacare is a secret plot to push America into full-blown socialized medi... more

Oct 23, 2013 3:48 PM Dispatches

And now, Dr. Hightower offers this advice for improving your mental health: Don't fume about the GOP's lunatic effort to kill health care reform -- just laugh at their farcical show. more

Oct 17, 2013 5:06 PM Dispatches

Boy, the leaders of the Tea Party sure have a lot of gall. more

Oct 14, 2013 7:45 PM Op-Eds