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If you’re going to be a nut, your past as a reasonable person will come back to haunt you

Wake up people! Owning a part of the major banks in America is not a bad thing. We could make a profit while solving a problem. 

That’s Herman Cain, firebrand candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, defending TARP a few years ago. Lately, he’s been making a reputation for himself by saying crazy things in a way that makes them sound like common sense. I hope his followers forgive him for once holding a measured and reasonable position.

From David Weigel

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Ok Tea Party, you did a good thing there

Score 1 for the Tea Party, who kept the House from passing a temporary extension to the PATRIOT Act. I gotta give them credit for having some libertarian sack.

The House voted 277-148 under a process that required a two-thirds vote, ending up seven votes short. Twenty-six Republicans voted against the bill. Democrats were divided, with 67 voting in favor and 122 against.

GOP leaders chose the ill-fated process to avoid amendments that could have ended up restructuring the measure.

Via The Slatest.

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When Michele Bachmann says “deficit” she doesn’t mean deficit

Michele Bachmann, founder of the Tea Party Caucus in the House, isn’t worried about the tax cuts increasing the deficit. Because she doesn’t use definitions like you do. Here she is on the Today Show, regarding the tax cuts:

VIEIRA: But how — how do you justify adding more money to the deficit, that much more?

BACHMANN: Well remember, that money is — when people are allowed to keep their own money, that’s considered a deficit. I don’t — I don’t agree with that definition. When people keep their own money, that’s considered a deficit to government, but it’s not a deficit to your pocket or mine, so I think it’s important that people can keep their money.

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Democrats recruit fake Tea Party candidate

A Democratic consultant in New Jersey recruited Peter DeStefano to run as a spoiler candidate under the party name “NJ Tea Party”. And while this is underhanded and unethical and the people behind it and with prior knowledge of it should be held accountable in some way, I also think this kind of thing is an inevitable and maybe appropriate consequence of the Tea Party phenomenon. Because what else is the Tea Party than a way for Republicans to escape the tarnished Republican brand? The whole thing is a ruse, and it has worked out very well for Republicans so far. But dividing your identity has side effects.

Via The Daily Dish.

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Moe Tucker of VU is a Tea Partier

Sadly.

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Five myths about the Tea Party

David Weigel explains five myths about the Tea Party. They are, in brief:

1) The Tea Party isn’t a reaction to President Obama, it’s a reaction to the bank bailouts.
It officially started before Obama, but it became popular only after Rick Santelli’s rant against the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan.

2) The Tea Party is racist.
Any significant racism that liberals see in the Tea Party is racism they’ve already been complaining about for years — it’s a conservative thing, not a Tea Party thing.

3) Sarah Palin is the leader of the Tea Party.
Most Tea Partiers don’t think she’d make a good president.

4) The Tea Party hurts the GOP.
First, there are always wacky, embarrassing candidates. Second, enthusiasm is priceless in an election.

5) The Tea Party will transform American politics.
Tea Partiers are overwhelmingly Republicans. When the enthusiasm dies down, they will still be Republicans.

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More Tea Party Polling

There’s another poll out examining the views of self-identified Tea Partiers. Among the issues that a majority of Tea Partiers agree with (while the country as a whole disagrees):

  • Immigration is changing the culture in the US for the worse.
  • Welcoming immigrants to US society, even immigrants who entered illegally does not make America better off in the long run.
  • Disapproval of Barack Obama’s policy of engaging with Muslim countries.
  • We should single out Muslims or Middle Easterners for airport security stops.
  • Compared to the size of their group, lesbians and gays have too much political power.

While I think it’s unfair to call the Tea Party a racist movement or to assume its members are racist, it’s not hard to see where the perception comes from.

From Bruce Bartlett, Via Andrew Sullivan

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The problem with the Tea Party

Michael Kinsley gets feisty with Tea Party Patriots:

Principled libertarianism is an interesting and even tempting idea. If we wanted to, we could radically reduce the scope of government—defend the country, give poor people enough money to live decently, and leave it at that. But this isn’t the TPP vision. The TPP vision is that you can keep your Medicare benefits and balance the budget by ending congressional earmarks, and perhaps the National Endowment for the Arts.

Via Andrew Sullivan

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The one good thing the Bush years had going for them

 The one good thing the Bush years had going for them

Via Ffffound

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Bad optics

My experience with Confederate Yankee (who deletes dissenting comments but only when the commenter has a point) has prompted me to read more conservative blogs in an effort to avoid my own epistemic closure.

As a result, I’ve read an eyeful about the Tea Party’s tax day demonstrations, which by all accounts (even those outside the conservative media) went pretty well. The movement has become a little more mainstream, and the crazies have been reined in. Which has led conservatives to blog feverishly about how the mainstream media is still trying to push the story that Tea Party members are racist nuts. I’m not sure that charge is true, but it’s at least arguably true. The point remains: the Tea Party wants to be judged fairly, as a whole, and not by their worst elements. I can get behind that.

Nevertheless, it’s hard to ignore reports like this one, wherein Colorado embarrassment and former congressman Tom Tancredo wants to send Obama back to Kenya among other madness. Ok, yes — most tea partiers are not hateful lunatics. But isn’t this kind of embarrassment the price you pay for billing yourselves as a grassroots, populist movement? If you don’t want to take the rap for craziness, then you have to marginalize the crazies in your movement, yes?

Because at the very least, including unrepentant xenophobes and homophobes and many other types of phobes is “bad optics”. This is a concept that conservative bloggers like Instapundit and Confederate Yankee understand at least as far as it concerns Obama.

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