October 10, 2013 |
There is red and there is red . As in fire engine-ruby-crimson-blood-cardinal red. Politically speaking, Utah falls into the latter category. It has been nearly half a century since the state voted Democratic in a presidential election. President Obama received a wincingly small 25% of the vote in Utah in 2012, his worst performance in the country. That was down from a merely awful 35% in 2008. The state's congressional delegation is all Republican, save for Democrat Jim Matheson, who represents a Salt Lake City-area district and enjoys perennial membership in the national GOP's Top Congressional Targets Club.
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October 9, 2013 |
It is an oft-noted truism that the tea party Republicans who have already engineered the partial government shutdown and are now threatening to let the country default on its debts have the full support and enthusiasm of constituents in their carefully drawn, politically homogenous districts. They don't have to worry about getting tossed out on their ears come the 2014 midterm elections, goes the thinking, and so they will pay no political price for their intransigence and the House will remain in Republican hands.
October 7, 2013 |
The government shutdown has revealed the impressive skill of tea party Republicans to say untrue things with sincerity so convincing that they almost sound as if they believe what they are saying. Michele Bachmann, with her toothy grin and startling wide-eyed stare, is especially adept at this. The other day, the queen of the House tea party was standing before the TV cameras at the World War II Memorial with her arm around a frail-looking veteran of that war. A group of ancient vets had come to the capital for an event at the memorial only to find they couldn't get in because of the government shutdown.
October 6, 2013 |
Their partisans in Washington have shut down the government and, as the debt ceiling deadline nears, have given much of the country a case of the shakes. But these are heady times for the tea party. “It's amazing how we can be completely irrelevant and shut down Congress at the same time,” one of the movement's early organizers, Mark Meckler, chortled at a Saturday evening gathering at the weekend state Republican party convention in Anaheim. Minutes earlier, Tim Donnelly, a former Minuteman border watch leader who is the movement's favored candidate for governor, rolled into the meeting to a standing ovation from nearly 200 tea party supporters.
October 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For the first two years of Barack Obama's presidency, Rep. Kevin McCarthy traveled the country recruiting and coaching anti-establishment, tea party-backed candidates for the 2010 election. Many of the candidates recruited by McCarthy and his fellow Republican "young guns" - Reps. Eric Cantor of Virginia and Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin - went on to win, creating a GOP majority and propelling the amiable congressman from Bakersfield into the No. 3 post in the House leadership, majority whip, whose job is to count votes and "whip up" support for the party's positions.
October 1, 2013 |
Because the No. 1 priority of House Republicans is to cater to the fantasies of their tea party constituents, the federal government has been shut down. The loony legions that drive Republican primary elections now are driving the United States toward calamity. Weirdly, the continuing funding resolution that the Republicans have refused to pass is a seriously conservative budget plan far closer to what House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan asked for than what President Obama would have liked.
September 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- As the deadline draws closer for large parts of the federal government to begin shutting down, backers of the nation's three major political factions have very different views on whether their representatives should compromise or hold firm. By more than a 3-to-1 margin, Republicans who identify with the tea party said they want lawmakers who agree with them to “stand by their principles, even if that means the government shuts down,” according to a new Pew Research Center survey . By contrast, majorities of Republicans who do not identify with the tea party, as well as most Democrats, said they want lawmakers who agree with them on the issues to “be more willing to compromise, even if that means they pass a budget you disagree with.” Democrats took that position, 76%-18%, while non-tea party Republicans said so 54%-38%.
September 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With one week left before a possible government shutdown, congressional debate has exposed deep divisions within the Republican Party, pitting tea-party-backed conservatives against their colleagues. Budget moves orchestrated by tea party leader Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas have encountered outright hostility from fellow Republican senators who say his strategy does not appear to have an endgame. "I didn't go to Harvard or Princeton, but I can count," Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
September 20, 2013 |
Republicans in Congress took their first vote Friday in a gamble that almost no one expects to end up going their way. The bet is that, to avoid a government shutdown, Democrats and President Obama would agree to gut funding for his signature domestic program, the nation's healthcare law. Even Republicans in the Senate have acknowledged that is not going to happen. But the measure passed anyway , largely because Obama's plan has become, for a hugely influential piece of the Republican Party, about something far bigger than healthcare.
September 18, 2013 |
With the nation still reeling from another mass shooting, Starbucks has made it clear that customers should enjoy their beverages unarmed. Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz has issued a public letter "respectfully requesting" customers to refrain from bringing guns into his stores. It's not a flat-out ban. Enforcing such a prohibition "would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers," Schultz said. So don't expect signs discouraging firearms or employees asking gun-toting patrons to disarm.