From the House to the Senate. Apr 22, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 30 • By MICHAEL WARREN
When Republican senator Tim Scott addresses an audience, he paces back and forth on the stage. He doesn’t use notes or look at a teleprompter. He punctuates with his hands, pointing his index finger outward or turning his palms upward. He looks and sounds like a revivalist preacher or a motivational speaker. When he asks his audience a question, he expects to hear an answer.
“You want to listen to a quick story?” he asked the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month. They did, so he told one.
3:01 AM, Feb 13, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
There wasn’t much in the way of substance to distinguish Marco Rubio’s official Republican response to the State of the Union Address from the Tea Party response by Rubio’s Senate colleague, Rand Paul. Both were delivered by potential 2016 presidential nominees who entered the Senate on a wave of grassroots support in 2010. Both senators offered conservative rebuttals to President Obama’s stridently pro-government address.
9:44 AM, Feb 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Fox News last night, the boss defended the Tea Party against the GOP establishment:
10:15 AM, Sep 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama's closest political adviser, David Axelrod, is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser later today for a Democratic candidate for Congress who linked the Tea Party with the shooting in Tucson that injured former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The Democrat that will be joined by Axelrod is former congressman Bill Foster who is running for a House seat in the Illinois.
9:38 AM, Aug 16, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Can the Romney campaign become a cause? Can a mere electoral effort become a broad political movement? That's what really successful campaigns do—think Reagan 1980 or Obama 2008. The last few days have suggested this possibility. And the Virginia small businessman who took a stand provides an opportunity to help make this possibility concrete.
Ted Cruz joins Richard Mourdock and Deb Fischer as its latest victors. Aug 13, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 44 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On July 31, former Republican senator Bob Bennett made a bold pronouncement on the Fox Business Network. “I do feel that the Tea Party wave is receding,” he said, “and it’s not going to be nearly as big a factor in this election as it was in 2010.” There was a tone of hopefulness in Bennett’s prediction. In 2010, the three-term Utah senator had been one of the Tea Party’s top Republican targets, losing his renomination with a humiliating third place finish at the state GOP convention.
9:58 AM, Jul 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
This morning, on ABC, reporter Brian Ross suggested the Colorado movie theater shooter might be a Tea Party member:
George Stephanolpoulos: "I'm going to go to Brian Ross. You've been investigating the background of Jim Holmes here. You found something that might be significant."
8:37 PM, Jul 5, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Parma, Ohio, President Obama talked about dressing up like a Tea Party member to get votes in Hyde Park, Chicago:
12:29 PM, Jul 3, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A SWAT team raided the home of the sister of freshman Republican congressman Blake Farenthold of Texas, Politico reports:
KRIS TV reported that a SWAT team searched her Corpus Christi home, looking for drugs and weapons.
The police department did not immediately comment because officers were still in the field, an officer told POLITICO.
11:20 AM, Jun 28, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
With the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare, the issue now shifts to the elected branches of government and raises this question: Will the intense opposition dissipate or will it lead to a fervent new effort to repeal the liberal health care law?
11:37 AM, May 16, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
O, the month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay....
—Thomas Dekker (c. 1572-1632), "The Merry Month of May."
The poet Thomas Dekker is surely set to become a Tea Party favorite, anticipating as he did the merry and gay (in the old-fashioned sense) month of May 2012: Merry and gay for all who'd like to see a more conservative, more reform-minded, more populist (but responsibly populist) Republican party.